The Futuristicostume” worn by Forry Ackerman at the first Worldcon

ORIGIN STORY. The International Costumers Guild revisits “The Futuristicostume” worn by Forry Ackerman at the first Worldcon in 1939.

We started our research by going back to the beginning, back to the first convention costumers Forrest J Ackerman and Myrtle Douglas.

Everyone is familiar with their photos. Most know the how and the why of their costumes. But how were they made? What color were they? We now have some answers and some theories along with new, never seen photos.

We now know his “futuristicostume” still partially exists. Most of the cape probably has not survived, but the pants and shirt are in the hands of a private collector. The shirt appears to be pale gold. As you can tell even in the black and white photos on line, the pants are most likely WWI military surplus. The most interesting story is about the cape. We found 2 references describing it as green. New photos from Ackerman’s personal collection recently came to light, so we snapped them up for the Archives. We understand that the cape he is wearing in them is a recreation, but it would appear to verify our references. However, in the book “House of Ackerman: A Photographic Tour of the Legendary Ackermansion”, by Al Astrella, James Greene and John Landis, there’s a color photo of what’s left of the cape, where it appears to be an antique gold. We are 90% certain we know the reason why. The clue was found in analyzing Myrtle’s costume…

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MonSFFA’s Holiday Feast!

MonSFFA’s Holiday Feast!

                         SURPRISE!

We invite our members, friends, family, and all Montreal area fandom to join us for our annual Holiday Feast, which will happen on December 9th,18:00h, at the Irish Embassy Pub and Grill, http://www.irish-embassy.com/ , 1234 Bishop, just below Ste-Catherine.

The cost of the meal is 25$ + taxes and 17% gratuity, except for the linguine which is vegetarian, and is priced at 20$

The holiday menu  will feature a choice of salad or soup, brownie or apple cake, and a choice of one of these main dishes:
Prime Rib au jus, Maple glazed salmon, Turkey dinner, Linguine Pomodoro.

Please RSPV to <president@monsffa.ca>   not obligatory, in case you get a sudden urge to drop in, but the pub appreciates getting the number of seats right.

There will be raffle prizes!!
There will be fun!
The theme is:  Surprise! Wear your brightest (or silliest!)) seasonal sweater, hat, earrings,  or tie!