Vintage

Lucille Ball dressed as a fat clown

Lucille Ball dressed as a fat clown

I’ve accidentally inflicted a bit of a clown-themed day on you today, what with Cho Cho the nightmarish children’s health clown from earlier. What can I say (except sorry)? Here’s Lucille Ball dressed as a fat clown. Have a great weekend everyone!

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?!  

Fashion sketch: 1930s vs 1950s

Fashion sketch: 1930s vs 1950s

I’ve been messing around with some painting recently especially while I was away on holiday, and this is one of my fashion design experiments. A 1930s day dress (although realistically it’s probably a bit short for that) and a 1950s fit and flare outfit with a fitted leopard print jacket. I’m not overly delighted with either(…)

I’m going back to bed…

I’m going back to bed…

I just thought I’d explain why I’ve not really been around today. I’m sick (sympathy please!). Nothing too bad, but one of those days where you really need to just get yourself back to bed and sleep until you feel better. Not that I’m moaning ha ha! I had such big plans for today, but(…)

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(…)

My top 10 vintage playsuits for this summer

My top 10 vintage playsuits for this summer

There’s nothing quite as cute for summer as a vintage playsuit. Sadly the weather in the UK simply isn’t nice enough to lounge around in my garden in one of these right now, but that just makes me yearn for one even more! Here are my favourite 10 which range from the 1950s to 1990s(…)

Vintage weddings: 1930s wedding dress on a windy day

Vintage weddings: 1930s wedding dress on a windy day

Isn’t this photo charming? The 1930s wedding dress is beautiful and it’s captured a really nice moment as the veil tries to fly away! The people in the photo are musical stars Madge Elliott and Cyril Ritchard who married at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney on 16 September 1935.

Vintage days out: The Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival

Vintage days out: The Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival

We had a great vintage family day out on Saturday at one of my favourite places: Brooklands Museum. The atmostphere there invariably transports me back to a bygone age and it’s always a pleasure to visit.  If you haven’t heard of it before Brooklands Museum is the ‘home of British motorsport and aviation’. Brooklands is(…)

1930s fur advert

1930s fur advert

1930s Dutch advert for fur coats from 1938. Which is your favourite style?

Elizabeth Taylor flighting with Lucille Ball

Elizabeth Taylor flighting with Lucille Ball

Publicity photo of Lucille Ball, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor from the television show Here’s Lucy. In this episode, Lucy tries on Elizabeth Taylor’s famous large diamond ring, which gets stuck on her finger. Source and copyright: PD-PRE1978.

Dickies: Slacks for Campus Tigers

Dickies: Slacks for Campus Tigers

This is a bit like an adult version of Frosties’ Tony the Tiger for this ad for Dickie’s trousers from the 1960s. Don’t they look greeeeeaaaaat? (see what I did there…?) Actually it reminds me a bit more of Alan Partridge ‘You’re a tiger….’ I was so excited to hear that there’s an actual Alan(…)

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]

David McCallum looking terrified of a huge dog

David McCallum looking terrified of a huge dog

David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin from the TV program The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. This episode is “The Bow Wow Affair” and the girl is Susan Oliver. What an amazing pooch! Anyone know what breed it is? I’m not a dog person but this one’s fabulous!

Are vintage sunglasses safe?

Are vintage sunglasses safe?

I’ve been wearing vintage sunglasses for a while now but it was only recently, lying by the pool in Cyprus, that I started to wonder about the health implications of wearing them. We’re all nagged constantly about the importance of wearing high-factor suncream and avoiding excessive sun exposure and an important part of that is(…)

Caption competition: 1940s ballet dancers

Caption competition: 1940s ballet dancers

I love this 1940s ballet picure, it just made me giggle. How would you caption it? I have no prizes to give away (apart from the obvious prestige you’ll gain from having the most amusing answer) but if you’re in it for financial gain you can always enter my latest competition too 😉