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23 Impossibly Stylish 1930s Photos

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If you were of the right class and in the right circumstances the 1930s was an incredibly stylish place to be. Even if you weren’t one of the privileged few the fashions helped you be stylish anyway. A few of these photos are of Hollywood stars or models, but the majority of them of the others are normal people, looking fabulous!

Above: Alma, Michigan, 1934. Tommy Garey from Washington, D.C., sitting on the bumper of a brand new Dodge Brothers truck. Taken on a Sunday. Dressed up to go to church. 1934

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Crown Prince Olaf of Norway on his yacht ‘Oslo’ in 1930

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American dancers with pictured painted on their knees (I have no idea why sadly), 1930

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Three women with beautiful doll-like faces in Somoto, Madriz, Nicaragua, 1930

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1930s movie star Norma Shearer

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Swimsuit layout from Ladies Home Journal 1932

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1933 model Dodge advertising photo

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Parents and daughter, August, 1931

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Publicity photo of Joan Blondell for Argentinean Magazine, 1931

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Anna Neagle (1904 – 1986), originally Marjorie Robertson, the English actress born in London, seen here in ‘Stand Up and Sing’, at the London Hippodrome. 1930

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Cuban-American actor Cesar Romero, February 23rd 1934

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Women attending the race at Warwick Farm Racecourse in Australia 1934

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Panhard & Levassor 6CS RL-N Coupe X72 BELKA (1934) with Madame Kow and her daughter on a Concours d’Élégance

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Colleen and Goldie Gray at the Ascot races, Brisbane, August 1933

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Man and woman c. 1933

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Fashion Photo: Modell Jantzen. Circa 1932

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Fashion photo, model with dog. Circa 1932.

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Young woman with umbrella, Louisiana, 1937.

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Actress Jane Wyman sitting in lounge chair on California beach, 1935

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Huddie Ledbetter (Leadbelly) and Martha Promise Ledbetter, Wilton, Conn. 1935

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Promotion photo: Dolores del Rio with Don Alvarado and Everett Marshall (sitting) I Live for Love, 1935. Dolores del Rio wears an Orry-Kelly gown

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Even children were more stylish then! Young girls on the Asbury Park boardwalk, England 1935


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2 thoughts on “23 Impossibly Stylish 1930s Photos

  1. Dar

    All super-goregous and classy!

    I especially loved the Women attending the Australian race one.

    And ofcourse Joan Blondell. Growlll!

    Thanks for posting these gems!

    Reply
    • Mary, WHV

      Hi Dar, thanks for commenting, glad you liked the post! I particuarly love the striped cardi/jacket in that raceday picture. I wonder what colour it was… :)

      Reply

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