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How to bend down in a bikini

How to bend down in a bikini

Sarasota Sun-Debs from 1949 learning how to elegantly pick things up off the floor at Lido Beach, Florida. Which one of these two are doing it correctly? I’m guessing it’s the girl who’s got her knees bent rather than the one bending down with her bottom at perfect pinching level! Does anyone know what a Sun-Deb is? Are they(…)

Irene Castle with her pet dog (or is it a fox?)

Irene Castle with her pet dog (or is it a fox?)

Dancers Vernon and Irene Castle with their pets ‘Wolf’ and ‘Waldo’ on board a ship c. 1910. It’s hard to make out the dog that Irene is holding, I’m not sure whether the tail is part of a fur wrap, or whether Waldo is actually a pet fox…? Can you make it out? You can(…)

Now they look a handful! 1960s girl with 3 lion cubs

Now they look a handful! 1960s girl with 3 lion cubs

This girl looks like she’s having a lovely cuddle with these lion cubs. I don’t know whether she was a model posing for this photo or whether she was just a girl photographed having some lion-time, what do you think? Those cubs look like they’re starting to wriggle to me and are going to become(…)

1930s cruise fashions

1930s cruise fashions

2 stylish ladies and a baby on board a boat sometime in the 1930s. I’d love to know what colour these dresses were – what do you think?

Windswept 1960s beauty contestants

Windswept 1960s beauty contestants

Beauty contestants at Tri-City Suncoast Festival: St. Petersburg, Florida 1962. Left to right: Tri-City Queen, Rita Mathies; former Tri-City Queen, Pinky Clough; Miss St. Pete, Marja Paulsen; Tri-City Princess, Sally Fuller; Tri-City Princess, Judy D’Angelo; Miss Clearwater, Marie Stragar and Tri-City Princess, Paula Reeves.

A 1900s lesbian couple?

A 1900s lesbian couple?

I’m not sure quite what’s going on in this photo. Are they a lesbian couple (which I’m guessing would have been pretty scandalous at this time), or is the woman dressing as a man because her husband wasn’t around and a lady couldn’t sit on an ‘actual’ man’s lap without losing her reputation…? There’s no(…)

My first attempt at colorizing a photo

My first attempt at colorizing a photo

This is my first attempt at colorizing a vintage photo (below), what do you think? I love the original photo party because of the fabulous hairstyles of the two women. One of the women is wearing a “peysuföt” (a traditional Icelandic Costume) and the other a Danish dress. The photo was taken sometime between 1900-1920.(…)

Mystery woman in a 1920s evening dress

Mystery woman in a 1920s evening dress

Photo of an unidentified woman photographed (I would guess) in the 1920s in Sydney, Australia. I love her outfit, from her sharp flappers bob, to her feather fan and drop waisted evening dress, it’s such a pity that her name has got lost in the mists of time. Could she even be a relative of(…)

Vintage women’s boxing: late 1800s to 1920s

Vintage women’s boxing: late 1800s to 1920s

I assumed that women’s boxing was a fairly new sport, after all it was only included in the Olympics last year for the first time, but from these photos you can see it was going on (although with varying degrees of inappropriate outfits) since at least the late 1880s. I’m guessing it wasn’t a mainstream(…)

Black and white vs re-colour: Buffalo Bill in a flowery coat

Black and white vs re-colour: Buffalo Bill in a flowery coat

A photo of Wild West showman and buffalo hunter Buffalo Bill wearing a surprisingly flowery embroidered coat. This photo was taken in 1889 when he would have been 43 (I think). Apparently he had to have a kind of hunt-off against William Comstock to earn exclusive right to use the name ‘Buffalo Bill’.  He won the buffalo-shooting(…)

Celebrity mug shots: Jim Morrison

Celebrity mug shots: Jim Morrison

Two different mug shots of Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors,  from 1963 and 1970. In 1963 he was arrested in Tallahassee after pulling a prank while drunk at a Florida State University football game. In 1970 he was arrested indecent exposure and profanity after he exposed himself during a March 1969 concert(…)

The controversial 1930s sport of Turtle riding

The controversial 1930s sport of Turtle riding

The strange and (thankfully) short-lived sport of turtle riding was popular for a while in Australia during the 1920s and 1930s. The general idea seemed to be that you would sit astride a turtle as it heaved its way across the sand and tried to stay ‘aboard’ once it was swimming in the sea.  Probably(…)

1920s Eskimo family portrait

1920s Eskimo family portrait

Isn’t this the most beautiful family portrait? A photo of an Eskimo mother, father, and son, photographed in Noatak, Alaska, by Edward Sheriff Curtis circa 1929.

1930s race day fashions

1930s race day fashions

Two very stylish ladies in their 1930s race day fashions at Warwick Farm racecourse. I particuarly like the long striped jacket (or is it a cardigan?). What colour do you think it was?

Celebrity mugshots: Dennis Hopper

Celebrity mugshots: Dennis Hopper

Actor Dennis Hopper phographed by the Taos, New Mexico Police Department in 1975 after fleeing  the scene of a traffic accident.

Colour or black and white? 1920s pilot in winter flying gear

Colour or black and white? 1920s pilot in winter flying gear

I love a good colorized photo, (emphasis on the GOOD). When this process is done well it can completely bring an old photograph alive. I’ve recently discovered the amazing History in Color, which is full of beautifully colorized photos and I had to share this photo with you. Its of pilot William C. Hopson who(…)

Harley Davidson, the famous speed roller skater from 1912

Harley Davidson, the famous speed roller skater from 1912

Harley Davidson was a famous speed roller skater from 1912. Have you seen how many medals he has on his chest? That’s impressive in any sport! Harley Davidson motorcycles were supposedly named after this man, although I can’t confirm that… Does anyone know for sure?

The real Butch Cassidy

The real Butch Cassidy

The real Butch Cassidy (looking nothing like Paul Newman) photographed in 1894 in a mug shot from Wyoming Territorial Prison in Laramie. Cassidy’s real name was Robert Leroy Parker and he was a notorious American train and bank robber and leader of the Wild Bunch Gang.