NC museum displays 'Gone with the Wind' film items
by Martha Waggoner ,Associated Press
August 30, 2012 11:45 AM | 2070 views | 19 19 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
These images made available by the North Carolina Museum of History on Wednesday show dresses worn by actress Vivian Leigh in the movie ‘Gone with the Wind’. The museum opens an exhibit of memorabilia from the ‘Gone With the Wind’ movie that belongs to Jim Tumblin. He's the former head of Universal Studios makeup and hair department. His collection is considered the largest private holding of ‘Gone with the Wind’ memorabilia.
These images made available by the North Carolina Museum of History on Wednesday show dresses worn by actress Vivian Leigh in the movie ‘Gone with the Wind’. The museum opens an exhibit of memorabilia from the ‘Gone With the Wind’ movie that belongs to Jim Tumblin. He's the former head of Universal Studios makeup and hair department. His collection is considered the largest private holding of ‘Gone with the Wind’ memorabilia.
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These images made available by the North Carolina Museum of History on Wednesday show dresses worn by actress Vivian Leigh in the movie ‘Gone with the Wind’. The museum opens an exhibit of memorabilia from the ‘Gone With the Wind’ movie that belongs to Jim Tumblin. He's the former head of Universal Studios makeup and hair department. His collection is considered the largest private holding of ‘Gone with the Wind’ memorabilia.
These images made available by the North Carolina Museum of History on Wednesday show dresses worn by actress Vivian Leigh in the movie ‘Gone with the Wind’. The museum opens an exhibit of memorabilia from the ‘Gone With the Wind’ movie that belongs to Jim Tumblin. He's the former head of Universal Studios makeup and hair department. His collection is considered the largest private holding of ‘Gone with the Wind’ memorabilia.
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By Martha Waggoner

Associated Press Writer

Sprinkled throughout an exhibit of memorabilia from the movie “Gone with the Wind” at the N.C. Museum of History are reminders that racial attitudes during the era when the film was released had not changed much since the period shown on screen.

The exhibit, “Real to Reel: The Making of Gone with the Wind,” opens Friday. On display are 120 items from the personal collection of Jim Tumblin, a former head of the Universal Studios makeup and hair department who lives in Oregon and Hawaii.

It includes costumes, Vivien Leigh’s Academy Award and the story boards created by William Cameron Menzies. Curator Katie Edwards also notes the ugliness of the times, such as the original segregation of the set in Culver City, Calif., and the banning of the black actors from the December 1939 premiere in Atlanta.

“Just like you can’t talk about the Civil War without talking about slavery, you can’t talk about ‘Gone with the Wind’ without talking about racism,” said Steve Wilson, film curator at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, home of producer David O. Selznick’s papers.

Selznick decided early on not to mention the Ku Klux Klan in the movie, Wilson said, and the n-word also wasn’t used. Hattie McDaniel, who played Mammy, and Butterfly McQueen, who played Prissy, were three-dimensional characters, which was unusual for the times, yet they also were stereotypes, he said.

The curator’s notes highlight aspects of the era in which the movie was filmed, including this one: The Culver City, Calif., set was segregated until an extra complained about the separate bathrooms to Clark Gable, who said the actors would quit if it continued.

The stars of the show are the clothes: Scarlett O’ Hara’s dress from the Shantytown scene; Bonnie Blue’s velvet dress from her final scene; Belle Watling’s burgundy velvet jacket and fur muff; and the uniform that Ashley Wilkes wore when he returned home at the end of the Civil War.
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By All Appearances
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September 12, 2012
Mr. Tumblin has moved on and away from Marietta, and for the better!
Tumblin needs to
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September 12, 2012
keep moving.... the farther away the better!
Ashamed of Marietta
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September 13, 2012
@ now now: You should be ashamed.
now now
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September 11, 2012
@good riddance: It would appear that hearing the truth is bothersome to you?
Good Riddance!
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September 12, 2012
The only one that seems to be “bothered” by the removal of the traveling Tumblin collection is the unemployed “former museum worker(s)”
Truth Patrol
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September 11, 2012
@gone & forgotten: By your comment the truth still (even after 10 years) hurt's doesn't it?
Gone & Forgotten
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September 11, 2012
@“Truth Patrol” the only one obsessing over this and apparently still suffering from a bruised ego is you, no one in Marietta cares - we don't live in the past.
Truth Patrol
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September 12, 2012
@gone & forgotten: Tell "we don't live in the past" to Leo Frank, won't you?

Try doing just a little research before talking about something of which you know nothing and trying the sully the name of others!
Former Museum Worker
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September 06, 2012
@"good riddance" This former museum worker is neither male or named "Jim". The only thing "pathetic" is the fact that you completely ignore documented (by MDJ)and published facts and are merely content to toss around untruthfulness.
Good Riddance!
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September 07, 2012
What’s pathetic is the alleged “former museum worker” hasn’t moved on with their “androgynous” life after 10 years, Marietta has benefited from the departure of the Traveling Tumblin Gypsy collection.

Let's hope Raleigh doesn't have to "escort" the glorified wig comber out of town too
Former Museum Worker
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August 30, 2012
Bravo to Raleigh, North Carolina! I am a former Gone With The wind Museum staffer who remembers both Mr. Tumblin and his wonderful collection. I recall, with great sadness, how horribly our city treated Tumblin allowing portions of his collection to be ruined by leaks in the roof, a total lack of proper security for his collection and indifferent support from Bill Bruton. I recall how Mr. Tumblin came to the support of the staff during a time when we were being bullied by the (then) museum "manager" Beth Tippins. For this, he shall forever be in my prayers. Sadly, and after 1 year of poor treatment, Tumblin pulled his collection - defying threats from Bruton - and, not surprisingly, has gone on to bigger and better things...not to mention cities and venues. I might also add that, at the last minute, Bill Bruton literally begged Tumblin not to leave Marietta offering him $20,000 per quarter to stay. Sure wish I could have been a "fly on the wall" to hear Tumblin's response1!
Old Man
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August 31, 2012
You sound like Jim Tumblin himself. All the former museum workers remember is a man who blamed the city for everything, was hard to get along with, very demanding, and caused general mischief. There was no water damage and the city bent over backwards to accommodate you (I mean Jim.) I'm glad you are doing better Jim. No one here asked you to stay.
A Real Former Worker
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August 31, 2012
No one in the Gone With the Wind Museum was bullied by Beth. We worked for her and Tumblin didn't like her. He didn't care for anyone in the city and went out of his way to be disagreeable. It was with pleasure that we saw him leave, although we had to clean up a mess. So, whoever wrote this is NOT NOT NOT a former worker.
was there too
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September 02, 2012
Bravo, "Former"! I was also an employee of the previous GWTW Museum and can attest to your comments regarding the discraceful treatment the previous collector endured at the hands of our so-called city government and Tippins! In fact, I saved all of the MDJ clippings which described in great detail what transpired. I first met the previous collector who at the time was on his hands and knees personally moping up the wet floors from water that had leaked through the roof. He told me that he had been there since 4:30 am! Nowhere, repeat nowhere, was anyone from our city to help. I also witnessed and heard Warren Hutmacher Bruton's "assistant" saying that "it wasn't worth breaking my back over" when he was asked to help. Shameful! They did literally nothing to support the previous collector or his collection and now look what we have in it's place; Junk. Good Luck, Mr. Tumblin! I plan on visiting your latest exhibit in Raleigh.
Former Museum worker
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September 04, 2012
@oldman: Your "age" is showing. Even a cursory review of past MDJ articles would prove everything I said to be true. Furthermore, your comments would best be directed to him personally, and not to me. My opinion is that you are just another hack for our local city government who is trying to do damage control for their past misbehavior.
Good Riddance!
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September 06, 2012
Marietta’s gain is the N.C. Museum of History's loss... perhaps the “former museum worker” should call himself the "traveling ambassador for the gypsy collection of Forgeries and Reproductions, that would be a more accurate and truthful job title than "a former head of the Universal Studios makeup and hair department"

It’s pathetic that you’ve kept the clippings from the MDJ “Jim” - it’s been a decade since you were “escorted” out of town.

former museum worker
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September 06, 2012
@good riddance: What is "pathetic" is that the more you "rant" and post falsehoods on this topic the more everyone here will come to realize that you know nothing about the subject. I suggest that you do even a little research via old MDJ stories on this topic before writing again.

Truth Patrol
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September 09, 2012
I would suggest that "Good Riddance", "Old Man" & "A Real Former Worker" take a few mements to type in "Marietta Vows" on Google. Should they do this, they would read that everything "Former Museum Worker" has posted here is true.

In addition, and according to newspaper reports, rather than being "escorted" out of Marietta, Tumblin gave this city several months notice that he intended to pull his collection for the very same reasons as stated by "Former Museum Worker"!

Furthermore, additional simple online research has discovered that after leaving our city, Tumblin continues to exhibit his collection(apparently very successfully) in several other cities without even a hint or mention of the issues he faced in Marietta.

I would suggest that anyone wanting to comment on this subject do their research first, rather than hastily and unsuccessfully trying to sully someone who merely wanted to do something nice for this city.
Gone & Forgotten
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September 10, 2012
@ Truth Patrol & former museum worker, it's been 10 years.... get over it and get a life!
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