My Face Pressed Up Against The Windowsill

Cecil Beaton photograph of Cimi Mosely

One night I was walking through a particularly pretty street in the West Village and came across this secondhand bookstore.  Closed, but in the window were all sorts of amazing things.  First editions of Sylvia Plath’s Crossing the Water and Dylan Thomas’ In Country Sleep. A signed Ernest Hemingway picture.  Postcards signed by Henry Miller.

This really caught my eye though – as the caption says, a signed Cecil Beaton photograph of Lady Cynthia “Cimi” Mosley.  After her sudden death, her husband Sir Oswald went on to marry Diana Guinness, nee Mitford.  And everyone knows I’m obsessed with the Mitfords, and the surrounding circle of brilliant, mad, witty friends they kept.

Just seeing this was one of those amazing stumble-into-it moments that make you feel like the world’s a game of buried treasure.


September 29, 2009. Uncategorized.


  1. kirstin blitzem replied:

    Expensive treasure*

    There’s a shop similar to this in Balmoral, an antiques/bookshop. You’d probably like it.

    Oswald Mosley. As in Max Mosley’s father. Funny…what an odd find.

  2. swingsandskateboards replied:

    Balmoral, Auckland or Australia? Thanks! Have never came across anywhere like in in New Zealand before.

    And yes, Max Mosley’s dad… couldn’t believe how throwbacky it was when he (Max) had that Nazi sex scandal last year.

  3. Jimmy Rickets replied:

    Good engrish Laura, are you high again. And yes, Auckland.

  4. S replied:

    Where is this West Village?!

  5. swingsandskateboards replied:

    Where my heart is… NYC

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