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A man-pyramid, 1940s

A man-pyramid, 1940s

A very impressive man-pyramid from the 1940s. Acrobats never cease to amaze me with what they can do with their bodies, just wow! This photo was taken in the 1940s (some towards the end of just after the Second World War) in Egypt.

Is this a trick photo or does this girl just have amazing skills?

Is this a trick photo or does this girl just have amazing skills?

A girl standing on tip toe on a champagne bottle in a pleated costume and top hat from 1904. Is this even possible? My balance is absolutely terrible so it certainly seems impossible to me. Do you think this is a trick photo or just some acrobatic brilliance..?

Colour video of London in the 1920s

Colour video of London in the 1920s

I discovered this video today and I thought it was absolutely fascinating! It is original colour video footage taken in London in 1927. It was taken by an early British pioneer of film, Claude Frisse-Greene, who made a series of travelogues using the colour process his father William – a noted cinematographer – was experimenting(…)

Edward Steichen’s war photographs

Edward Steichen’s war photographs

Edward Steichen is best known (at least to me) as being one of the main photographers for Vogue and Vanity Fair during the late 1920s and 1930s. He made a name for himself as a war photographer during World War 1 and between the wars became one of the best paid and well-known fashion photographers.(…)

1970s mens fashion: short white shorts and leather headband

1970s mens fashion: short white shorts and leather headband

Wow, what a fabulous outfit! This stylish young man was photographed in Lassing Park, St. Petersburg, Florida in October 1971. Source and copyright: I, the copyright holder of this work, release this work into the public domain. This applies worldwide. Edited with BlogPad Pro

Vintage brides: 1940s wedding dresses

Vintage brides: 1940s wedding dresses

The 1940s were an interesting time in fashion, in part because so much of the style of this decade was developed via necessity. Traditional bridal fabrics such as silk were rationed and a lot of brides opted instead for day dresses, suits or even military uniforms and accessorized them with corsages, hats and gloves. Which(…)

1920s Chinese wedding dress

1920s Chinese wedding dress

1920s Chinese wedding dress: Chiang Kai-shek and Soong May-ling married on 1st December 1927 in Shanghai. Source and copyright: This image is now in the public domain in China because its term of copyright has expired.

1970s hairstyles: Paul and Linda McCartney and their mullets

1970s hairstyles: Paul and Linda McCartney and their mullets

Wow, what hairstyles! I can’t imagine the mullet ever looked good, even on the rich and beautiful! The person who took this photo has a really interesting story to go with it which I thought you might like: I took this Picture of Paul & Linda McCartney at the 1973 Academy Awards (which were presented(…)

Holiday snapshots on the moon

Holiday snapshots on the moon

Photos taken by the astronauts on moon during the Apollo missions in the late 60s and early 70s. The photo above shows a commemorative plaque left on the moon in during Apollo 15 in 1971 to remember the 14 deceased NASA astronauts and USSR cosmonauts. The tiny silver man represents the figure of a fallen astronaut.(…)

Vintage brides: 1930s wedding dress gallery

Vintage brides: 1930s wedding dress gallery

There’s something about photos of real brides on their wedding day which I find fascinating. These brides are all from the 1930s and there are some really unusual outfits. I particularly like the lady with the halo headdress and also the poor woman who accessorised her wedding dress with crutches (presumably out of necessity)! Which(…)

60s Style Icons: Jackie Kennedy

60s Style Icons: Jackie Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy is one of the iconic figures in 1960s fashion.  Her grace and understated style appealed to a wide audience and the ‘Jackie Kennedy look’ was widely emulated in the USA in the early years of the decade. Her status as a fashion icon was costly though, in her first year in the White(…)

Vintage wedding dress embroidered with pearls

Vintage wedding dress embroidered with pearls

American Eleanor Clay Ford, wife of Edsel Bryant Ford, in her beautiful beaded wedding gown and headdress, 1916. I like the way the pearl necklace reflects the pearls on the bodice and in her hair, isn’t it a beautiful outfit? And here she is (below) with her husband in 1924 wearing some very natty checked(…)

Watching the Apollo launches

Watching the Apollo launches

These are photos of the crowds and spectators of the Apollo launches in 1969, which include Apollo 10, 11 and 12. Apart from loving the wonderful array of 1960s sunglasses on display I genuinely envy the people in these pictures. I’ve always been fascinated by space, and vividly remember how excited  I used to watching(…)

1960s NASA: Apollo 1 crew in training

1960s NASA: Apollo 1 crew in training

The crew of NASA’s Apollo 1 training in Florida. The 3-man crew comprised of Virgil I (Gus) Grissom, Edward H. White, II, and Roger B. Chaffee. Sadly they didn’t make it into space as all three were killed shortly after these photos were taken on January 27, 1967 when a fire erupted in their capsule during(…)

1940 bikini

1940 bikini

Publicity photo of Adele Mara wearing a polka dot bikini for Argentinean Magazine. 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 swimwear

1940s swimwear

A group of bathers photographed in 1946. The group includes Swedish writers Artur Lundkvist and his wife Maria Wine (second and third from left). Do you have any vintage family photos you’d like to share? If so I’d love to see them! You can email them to me at weheartvintage (at) hotmail.co.uk.

1920s swimsuits

1920s swimsuits

Girls in their swimsuits photographed in 1920. These female swimmers were photographed at the Tidal Basin in Washington DC. I love the range of different styles these women are wearing, don’t they look great?