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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Meet the Arnazes: 1954

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Meet the Arnazes: 1954

1954. "Actress Lucille Ball and husband Desi Arnaz with children Desi Jr. and Lucie in front of their Palm Springs home." Photo by Maurice Terrell for the Look magazine assignment "Lucy Goes Shopping." View full size.

Not only two-tone

"Mom wasn't short, and Dad was a Cuban with a Latin male's pride. . . . [And] he did occasionally wear what they used to call elevator shoes."

Desi Arnaz Jr., quoted in Celebrity Diss and Tell By Boze Hadleigh

Thumbnails

A number of good interior views by clicking the thumbnails on the link Peter provided. The house was mid-century beautiful.

Faux pas indeed

Applying today's fashion criticism to a 59-year-old costume is presumptuous, and you're welcome.

Fashion faux pas

Uh, Desi, socks with shorts are a no-no. You're welcome.

The house is still around today, although it was extensively renovated about a decade ago. I've only found one picture of the current exterior:
http://www.paulrwilliamsproject.org/gallery/1950s-houses/

Gorgeous!

LOVE that house! It's probably gone now or renovated beyond recognition.

Humble abode

No Hollywood star today would live in such a humble dwelling.

[Lucy and Desi's 4,400-square-foot bungalow had six bedrooms, six baths and a giant swimming pool. - Dave]

Geezer fashion

So now we know whom to blame for the practice of wearing shorts with dark socks and two-tone shoes. And I hope that Phillip Morris didn't notice that Desi's missing a pack of the sponsor's finest in that rolled-up sleeve.

 
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