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The many hats of 1920s criminals

The many hats of 1920s criminals

I found these photos of 1920s criminals absolutely fascinating, partly because I think mug-shots make for really interesting candid photographs, but also because of the variety of different hats worn by the men in these photos. They were all taken in Calgary in 1920. What do you think they were arrested for? Number 6088 definitely(…)

1920s wedding photos

1920s wedding photos

After the end of World War 1, the 1920s were a time of optimism and exuberance. Fashions for women were more relaxed than ever before, suiting a slim athletic figure in contrast to the tight corseting of previous decades.  1920s wedding styles are having a resurgence at the moment, partly perhaps because of The Great(…)

An elegant 1930s sailor suit

An elegant 1930s sailor suit

Isn’t this a lovely outfit? The 1930s were so stylish with the slim fitting long and mid-length dresses.  I love the sailor-styling and the bows on her shoes – so elegant! The lady is Miss Hera Roberts on board HNLMS Java, 10 October 1930. You can read more about her here.

Love in the 1970s

Love in the 1970s

A young couple kiss on the banks of the Frio Canyon River near Leakey, Texas, 1973. Source and copyright: No known copyright restrictions

Young Elvis Presley aged 12

Young Elvis Presley aged 12

A very young Elvis Presley photographed in 1948 aged either 12 or 13.  He looks completely different without his trademark hairstyle doesn’t he?

Elvis Presley aged 2

Elvis Presley aged 2

A very young Elvis Presley photographed in 1937 with his parents Gladys and Vernon Presley. Would you have recognized him..? I can quite confidently say I wouldn’t have guessed who this was!

Vintage 1950s weddings: Miss Muriel Prince and Mr L Worsley

Vintage 1950s weddings: Miss Muriel Prince and Mr L Worsley

Isn’t this a beautiful vintage 1950s wedding photo? Miss Muriel Prince and Mr L Worsley married on August 6, 1952 at Oswald Road Church, Oswestry, Wales. They both look delightfully happy, don’t they? I love so many details about her outfit, the elbow length gloves, that pretty veiled hat, the long bouquet of roses, the(…)

A personal snapshot of Sean Connery with bushy eyebrows, 1950s

A personal snapshot of Sean Connery with bushy eyebrows, 1950s

Sean Connery is one of those people who always looks like a movie star in every photo you see, so I really like this 1950s picture which just shows him as a normal guy (albeit with very bushy eyebrows!). The photo was taken in January 1954 in London at the Buxton Club (a hangout for(…)

Vintage circus: strong men and contortionists

Vintage circus: strong men and contortionists

As a treat today I thought you might like to see some taut buttocks, rippling muscles and incredible bygone bendyness. Enjoy! [4 photos] Portrait of strongman Don Athaldo

WW2 factory girls

WW2 factory girls

WW2 factory girls working on military aircraft in 1940s America. [4 photos]

Naked girl a box of rabbit fur, 1920s

Naked girl a box of rabbit fur, 1920s

I’m not entirely sure why there is a naked girl in this box of rabbit fur. Do you think it was a promotional photo, or is she just a girl who likes feeling fur against her naked skin and got snapped in the process..? I prefer to think it’s the second option 🙂

Miss Bobbed Hair, 1925 (and all the other contestants)

Miss Bobbed Hair, 1925 (and all the other contestants)

The winner (above) and runners up of the Bobbed Hair contest held in Coral Gables, Florida in February 1925. That’s a big old cup for a hairstyle isn’t it? Coral Gables,Personally I think the lady 4th from the left should have won… Source and copyright: No known copyright restrictions  | Source and copyright: No known(…)

Vintage ghost photos and the invention of spirit photography

Vintage ghost photos and the invention of spirit photography

I don’t know what to make of these vintage ghost pictures. Spirit photography was ‘invented’ in the 1920s and made possible by the long exposure needed to take a photograph at that time. It meant that if somebody walked into the photo briefly a ghostly shadow image was created. I’m assuming these photographs are fake(…)

1930s racegoers

1930s racegoers

Two very chic racegoers, I’m guessing from the fashions that this was taken in the 1930s. If this were today they’d be looking at their mobile phones instead of racing slips!

1950s swimsuits

1950s swimsuits

A gorgeous collection of 1950s swimsuits, photographed in Florida in 1959. Which is your favourite – I love the red and white one! Source and copyright: No known copyright restrictions

1920s girls playing in the surf

1920s girls playing in the surf

It’s tipping it down with rain here today and I’m sitting here with a living room full of new garden furniture which needs oiling before it goes out in the garden. Oh how I *wish* we had the weather to be frolicking in the surf like these 1920s girls! Isn’t this photo great? I love(…)