Louise Gets Down


With thanks to Muscato, from whom I swiped this.

One of the rewards of having arrived at a certain age is that I can actually remember people looking like this. When I was a mere child, most of the ladies I was exposed to had nailed this look down flat. Of course, as the perceptive Muscato points out, “Louise Wallis” sounds an awful lot like an anagram of “Walter A. Lewis,” and it seems possible that Louise is, in fact, Walter. Give either of us a chance and we will unerringly head for the trannny connection.

Still, the cats-eyes, the slightly wilted bouffant, the insipidly understated accessories; all of it could have been any of my aunts, Sunday school teachers, or cashiers at the Piggly Wiggly that I knew so well. To the best of my knowledge, none of them could jam on an organ and a piano simultaneously, but then, I led a rather sheltered life.

About mrpeenee

A former bon vivant and terror of a number of New Orleans bars in the mad, gay 1980s, I'm now quietly retired and widowed in San Francisco. I have a crooked nose due to an unfortunate Frisbee accident.

8 responses »

  1. It’s probably a couple of years after this album, but you just know the walls of that franchise dining room rang to the haunting sounds of “Lara’s Theme” and “Theme from Love Story”. Probably as a medley that also featured her rousing “Hooray for Hollywood”…


  2. Being from Mississippi and a state that is late in catching on to trendy looks I remember my great aunts working this look well into the late 1970’s. Very Farside.

    And yes I tend to veer towards the tranny hypothesis too, but what tranny worth her salt would go for wash-n-wear polyester, shampoo-set, and cat eyeglasses?


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