1940s

The hardships which were caused by a world at war dictated the fashions of the 1940s. Once again Hollwood had a major influence of the style of everyday women who were encoraged to look good despite rationing and shortages to keep up morale.

Young women of Naples in their swimsuits, Italy 1948

Young women of Naples in their swimsuits, Italy 1948

Young girls in bikinis posing for a photo in Naples, 1948. Which is your favourite swimsuit? I think mine is the striped bikini. Source and copyright: his photograph is in the public domain in Italy because it was first published in Italy and its term of copyright has expired. Edited with BlogPad Pro

Who knew she’d soon be the most beautiful woman in the world?

Who knew she’d soon be the most beautiful woman in the world?

Norma Jean Dougherty (who later became Marilyn Monroe) photographed for US Army magazine YANK on June 26 1945. There’s no doubting that Norma Jean is very pretty but it’s hard to see how she transformed to the iconic star and pin up queen she became later… See other YANK pinup girls here

WWII army pinup girls

WWII army pinup girls

During World War 2 all of the big Hollywood stars posed for pin up photos to raise the morale of the troops. The official US Army magazine was called YANK (is it just me that finds that funny?) Lots of the big silver screen starlets of the time are here: Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Rita(…)

Rita Hayworth, 1940

Rita Hayworth, 1940

A publicity photo of the wondeful movie actress Rita Hayworth, 1940 Source and copyright: This work is in the public domain in that it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice.

Lauren Bacall 1940s

Lauren Bacall 1940s

A publicity photo of Lauren Bacall 1940s Source and copyright: This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1963 and although there may or may not have been a copyright notice, the copyright was not renewed.

Esther Williams

Esther Williams

If you’ve never seen an Esther Williams movie, and don’t understand the appeal of a swimming movie – just watch this clip and all will become clear! Wasn’t she wonderful?

1940 US sailors and their tattoos

American sailors photographed with their tattoos in 1944 Source and copyright:  This file is a work of a sailor or employee of the U.S. Navy, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.

1940s Bluebell girls

1940s Bluebell girls

Margaret Kelly Leibovici with her Bluebell Girls in 1948 Source and copyright “I grant anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law.“

Waist Training: a Visual History of Corsetry

Waist Training: a Visual History of Corsetry

I found myself wondering the other day about waist training and just how corsets and girdles have shaped women and fashions over the last century. The fashion for different body types has definitely changed with the decades, but what underwear was needed to help women achieve this? I hope we’re getting to an age where(…)

Gregory Peck getting steamy with Ann Todd

Gregory Peck getting steamy with Ann Todd

Gregory Peck embracing Ann Todd in publicity still for Alfred Hitchcock’s film “The Paradine Case”, 1947.  You can see why he made the ladies swoon can’t you? Source and copyright: This work is in the public domain in that it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice.

1940s Hairstyles

1940s Hairstyles

Looking for a cute 1940s-inspired hairstyle? Take your pick! Which do you like best? Source and copyright: This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1963 and although there may or may not have been a copyright notice, the copyright was not renewed Source and(…)

Gene Kelly 1949

Gene Kelly 1949

Dancer and actor Gene Kelly in a publicity photo. The scar on his cheek was caused by a childhood accident – this is what he said about it: I’d love to ascribe that scar to some great dramatic event, but actually I fell off my tricycle when I was a sprout of five. Source and copyright:(…)

Lucille Ball pin up photo

Lucille Ball pin up photo

Lucille Ball in a pin up from Yank Magazine. This photo is a far cry from the image I remember from I Love Lucy when I was little! Source and copyright: This image is a work of a U.S. Army soldier or employee, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a(…)

Ballet dancers 1940s

Ballet dancers 1940s

Ballet dancers from the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo rehearsing the Nutcracker in 1940. Source and copyright: This work is in the public domain in that it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice.   Edited with BlogPad Pro

1940s beach fashions

1940s beach fashions

1940s beach fashions: Members of the Women’s Army Corps stationed in North Africa enjoy a run on the beach in some lovely 1940s swimwear. Source and copyright: This file is in the public domain, because “All Photographs are Copyright Free and in the Public Domain” per FDR Library website http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/photos.html

Paul Newman in the navy, WW2

Paul Newman in the navy, WW2

The US Navy portrait of a very young Paul Newman taken during Word War 2, probably in 1944 or 1945. Source and copyright: This file is a work of a sailor or employee of the U.S. Navy, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government,(…)

Rita Hayworth dancing with Fred Astaire

Rita Hayworth dancing with Fred Astaire

Rita Hayworth dancing with Fred Astaire from the movie ”You Were Never Lovelier’ Source and copyright: This work is in the public domain in that it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice