Hold those Mad Men presses! Thanks to my obsessive internet detective activities, I have come across the NYT obituary of Vera Neumann. Guess where she lived? OSSINING NY, home of fictional characters Don and Betty Draper.
Now don’t you think the ladies of Ossining, Betty included, would have had some Vera things they picked up in the local department stores, or at least at B.Altman when they spent the day shopping in the city? I do. I’m sure old Vera talked some local shops into carrying her stuff before she got the big contracts. I will be gravely disappointed if we don’t start seeing some Vera pop up here and there.
Although, it’s entirely possible that we’ve already seen a Vera scarf on who else? Joan “Men Love Scarves” Holloway. I’ve been watching season 3 reruns to get myself primed up and came across the scene where the ad men were goofing around with hai lai equipment in the office and smashed an ant farm. The end of that scene is Joan dressed in light blue and gold holding a very familiar looking scarf up to her nose while she leaned in close to the ants and their pheromones to inspect the damage.
Anyway, I wasn’t looking for her obituary -which by the way I think the NYT could put a little more effort into it – I was looking for her tombstone to see if it had a ladybug or a poppy engraved on it. No luck so far – she may have been cremated.
Here’s some FAB!! Vera plastic trays with shrimp/crawfish and crackers? on them.