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1920s photo: another lost beauty

1920s photo: another lost beauty

Another beautiful portrait of a woman whose name has got lost somewhere in the mists of time. She was photographed in 1924 by Frank A. Kunishige and may (or may not) have been called Betti. I love her beautiful hat (and very serious expression, she looks like she may have been a bit cross with(…)

Vintage swimwear: 1940s bikinis

Vintage swimwear: 1940s bikinis

Some great 1940s bikinis modelled by the ‘Sarasota Sun-Debs’. The photo was taken at Lido Beach, Florida in January 1949. I wish it was warm enough to wear bikinis in January in the UK!

The realities of war: 1940s breast-protecters (yes, really)

The realities of war: 1940s breast-protecters (yes, really)

I know industrial accidents are no laughing matter, but I’d seriously never considered a need for breast-protecters before (as modelled so beautifully by this brave lady).  I guess it’s just the female equivalent of a cricket box, I wonder whether they’re still worn in certain industries today…? This photo is from 1943.  The original caption(…)

1960s stewardesses (or are they air hostesses?)

1960s stewardesses (or are they air hostesses?)

I’m not quite sure of the right terminology to use, is it PC to call these ladies stewardesses? Flight attendants? Air hostesses? I’m sure you’re not allowed to use some of those phrases today but I really have no idea. Anyhoo, these ladies worked for PSA in the 1960s – don’t you just love those(…)

3 vintage beauty queens from the 1920s

3 vintage beauty queens from the 1920s

These 3 vintage beauties are the winners of a Beauty contest at the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables, Florida in 1924. Who do you think was the winner and who were the runners up? Or do you think they were winners in 3 different categories…?

An enigmatic 1960s portrait with baggy fishnets

I have a real fascination for portraits of unknown people. Like the forgotten beauties from a few days ago the only thing known about this woman is when and where she was photographed. The photo was taken by American photographer James Jowers in Washington Sq Park in 1968, but nothing is known about the subject(…)

Making health fun (and frightening) for kids in the 1920s

Making health fun (and frightening) for kids in the 1920s

Health was clearly an important issue to be tackled in schools in the 1920s, so the authorities brought out the big guns. Presumably the Health Fairy (above) would visit all the children who had been good, and Cho Cho the Health Clown would scare the bejeezers out of all the naughty children (or something like(…)

Taking a leap…

Taking a leap…

Some awe-inspiring 1930s acrobatics – would you have enough confidence in someone to jump this high? I wonder where she was leaping from, she couldn’t have jumped that high off the ground surely?!  

A soldier’s goodbye from a (hungry) cat’s point of view

A soldier’s goodbye from a (hungry) cat’s point of view

Yeah yeah, I know you’re off to war, but you know you haven’t FED ME YET?  This photo was taken during the Second World War as an Australian solider said goodbye to his wife before leaving. If you had a full view of the couple you would undoubtedly focus on their faces, but shot like(…)

Beautiful portraits of forgotten women

Beautiful portraits of forgotten women

These beautiful photo portraits of all of women photographed in the 1920s and 1930s in Sydney Harbour, Australia. Sadly all of the names have been lost and none can be identified. Aren’t they stunning photos? [6 photos]

1920s wooden bathing suits

1920s wooden bathing suits

The gorgeous 1920s “Spruce Girls” photographed on a beach wearing spruce wood veneer bathing suits during “Wood Week” to promote products of the Gray Harbor lumber industry, Hoquiam, Washington c. 1929. Aren’t they stunning? I don’t know how comfortable a wooden bathing suit would be though. Do you fancy that…? [6 photos]

Criminal mugshots from the 1900s (some sexy, some creepy)

Criminal mugshots from the 1900s (some sexy, some creepy)

Criminal mugshots of men arrested in England in the early 1900s for a variety of crimes including Larceny (is this the same as theft?), False Pretences and Indecent Exposure (he’s a creepy one). I must admit that Andrea Laudano (above) is rather dishy, you can see he probably had a real way with the ladies(…)

Esther Williams in a swimsuit aged just 17

Esther Williams in a swimsuit aged just 17

Olympic swimmer and later movie star Esther Williams photographed in 1939 “on her way to the 1940 American Olympic Games” aged 17. Just a week before this she broke the national record for the 100 yard breast stroke. She never competed in the Olympics in the end because of the outbreak of World War 2.(…)

Al Capone’s mug shot

Al Capone’s mug shot

A mug shot of American gangster AlĀ  Capone taken in June 1931. He spent 11 years in Alcatraz for tax evasion, which I imagine was one of his lesser crimes!

Young girl in a knitted 1950s bikini

Young girl in a knitted 1950s bikini

A young girl wearing a knitted 1950s bikini top and shorts. The photos were taken in Leipzig in 1950. How on earth does a knitted bikini top not stretch out of shape when she comes out of the water..?? [2 photos]

1930s acrobats on the beach

1930s acrobats on the beach

I’m not the most coordinated and flexible of people, so I have a natural awe of acrobats (and dancers) and the amazing things they can do with their bodies! These 1930s acrobats were photographed on the beach in Sydney. They make this look so easy don’t they?!

1920s swimwear photos

1920s swimwear photos

A group of young women photographed in 1920s swimwear, some of which is lovely and some of which is terribly unflattering. The photos were taken at Potomac Tidal Basic beach in Washington in 1922. The woman on the left above (and in the boat below) is actress Kay Laurell, but I don’t know about the(…)

Pin up girls at a Navy dance during WW2

Pin up girls at a Navy dance during WW2

Beautifully dressed pin-up girls waiting to be asked to dance at the NAS Seattle Spring Formal Dance in 1944. Who could resist such beautiful smiles? No wonder a dance with one of these ladies would raise the morale of the Navy!