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.(…)
A vintage sewing pattern from the 1940s, designed with Betty Grable in mind by Hollywood Patterns. I think I prefer the short sleeved version of this dress best. Thanks to Julie Kirby for scanning this and sending it in to me, if you have any vintage photos or magazines I’d love to see them! The(…)
Isn’t this wonderful? The illustration is just gorgeous, but is this the vintage swimwear in this Cole of California advert actually a swimsuit or a bikini? I’m not sure. The text reads: Streamline – beautiful new backsweep… in a Lastex swimsuit… from Cole’s “Westward to the Sea” beachwear collection.
Actress and movie star Tallulah Bankhead photographed in the late 1930s or early 1940s.
This sketch started out being a 1950s evening dress, but (being a bit of a Star Wars geek) the folds and draping just really shouted ‘Princess Leia’ to me so I couldn’t resist adding bagel-bun hair and a cape just to make it a little more sci-fi. What do you think? Would Leia wear this(…)
There has been so much lovely fashion blogging gorgeousness this week, it was hard just to pick my top 4, but here they are: This week I wish I’d been wearing: This great Superman-inspired outfit by Vintage Vixen Andi B Goode’s cute 50s housedress with red accessories – I love her Mickey Mouse phone case too! Sammy(…)
A mug shot of American gangster Al Capone taken in June 1931. He spent 11 years in Alcatraz for tax evasion, which I imagine was one of his lesser crimes!
Lillian Gish, who was one of the biggest stars of the silent movie era and known as “The First Lady of American Cinema”, photographed c. 1915.
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]
I’m so used to seeing photos of Richard Burton with Liz Taylor that it seems surprising to see him with another woman! He and Sophia Loren made a remake of Brief Encounter in 1974, so I’m guessing that photo is from around that time. Although why someone would want to remake such an amazing movie(…)
I’m sure you all know by now that I’m very anti-real-fur, so I constantly find it strange to see vintage adverts for fur when it was seen as something desirable and, well, socially acceptable! These adverts for furs are both from the 1920s. I just don’t think you’d get adverts for fur coats any more(…)
Is it just me or is this a bit of a strange photo of Britt Ekland? She’s so naturally beautiful, and yet what she’s wearing seems to do nothing for her at all – the fur hat, the ringlets, that pinky red lipstick…?! The photo was taken on Hampstead Heath in London in 1986. What(…)
Photo of David McCallum and David Opatoshu from the television program The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. The episode is “The Alexander the Greater Affair” and Opatoshu plays a mad scientist who intends to turn the drugged Illya into a mummy while still living. I haven’t seen this episode, but David McCallum doesn’t look unhappy at being(…)
I haven’t seen the movie Charade, but I keep seeing photos from it, and I desperately want to have the time to watch it. Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn just seem like the most fascinating on-screen couple. Have you seen Charade? Is it good?
The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you’ll grow out of it. – Doris Day
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?!
Joan Crawford looking very different to her 1930s and 40s screen image. This photo dates from 1927.She was signed to MGM in 1925 and just received small flapper roles until she managed to promote herself into more prominent roles.
Lucille Ball dressed as Marlene Dietrich from the TV show Here’s Lucy. In this episode, Carter decides to have a benefit show at the employment agency and Lucy does a Marlene Dietrich imitation. What do you think, does she make a good Marlene Dietrich?