Vintage

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.(…)

1940s Hollywood sewing patterns: Betty Grable

1940s Hollywood sewing patterns: Betty Grable

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(…)

Vintage swimwear: Stunning 1940s Cole of California bikini (maybe?)

Vintage swimwear: Stunning 1940s Cole of California bikini (maybe?)

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. 

Tallulah Bankhead

Tallulah Bankhead

Actress and movie star Tallulah Bankhead photographed in the late 1930s or early 1940s.

1950s gown vs a party dress for Princess Leia

1950s gown vs a party dress for Princess Leia

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(…)

This week I wish I was wearing…

This week I wish I was wearing…

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(…)

Al Capone’s mug shot

Al Capone’s mug shot

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!

Silent Movie star Lillian Gish

Silent Movie star Lillian Gish

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.

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]

Sophia Loren and Richard Burton’s Brief Encounter

Sophia Loren and Richard Burton’s Brief Encounter

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(…)

1920s fur coat adverts, which make me a bit uncomfortable!

1920s fur coat adverts, which make me a bit uncomfortable!

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(…)

Britt Ekland looking a bit wierd, 1980s

Britt Ekland looking a bit wierd, 1980s

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(…)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (stripped naked and tied up)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (stripped naked and tied up)

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(…)

Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn

Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn

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?

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?!

Joan Crawford 1920s

Joan Crawford 1920s

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 as Marlene Dietrich

Lucille Ball as Marlene Dietrich

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?