Vintage

Roger Moore with Clint Eastwood Hair, 1960s

Roger Moore with Clint Eastwood Hair, 1960s

Roger Moore with Clint Eastwood Hair (IMHO). The photo was taken in 1960 announcing his role as Beau Maverick on the television program Maverick. Good looking boy wasn’t he?

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(…)

Cary Grant in army uniform

Cary Grant in army uniform

English: Original studio publicity photo of Cary Grant for the film I Was a Male War Bride (1949). Doesn’t he look dashing in a uniform? He had the mole on his cheek removed the year after this photo was taken. I don’t know whether Cary Grant actually was in the armed forces during the war,(…)

Washing vintage clothes: 7 top tips

Washing vintage clothes: 7 top tips

One really common question when buying vintage clothes is how to wash them. They frequently have that ‘charity shop’ smell and so I always find myself wanting to clean my vintage clothes as soon as I get them home. I’m quite lucky in that I normally buy vintage which dates from the 1960s and 1970s(…)

Josephine Baker in costume (well, some feathers & rhinestones)

Josephine Baker in costume (well, some feathers & rhinestones)

French actress and dancer Josephine Baker in an amazing stage costume which seems to be made of just rhinestones, feathers and confidence! I’ve known about and admired Josephine Baker for years, but I didn’t realise until recently that she was quite such a remarkable woman outside her stage and cinema career. She was an important(…)

Child actor Elizabeth Taylor

Child actor Elizabeth Taylor

A publicity photo of the very young Elizabeth Taylor, I’m guessing this dates from around 1944 when she got her first major part in National Velvet. That would make her aged about 12. Does that sound about right?

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!

This week I wish I was wearing…

This week I wish I was wearing…

I’ve decided to start a ‘I wish I was wearing‘ feature as a way of sharing some of my other favourite bloggers and blog posts. After all, if I love these blogs, maybe you will too! If you want to see more of any of these just click on the links to read the full articles.(…)

My vintage: 1960s Mary Quant

My vintage: 1960s Mary Quant

I absolutely adore this dress, sadly it’s not real Mary Quant, but it is a very cute vintage 1960s shift dress. Oh come ON summer, hurry up and arrive so I can start wearing sixties style dresses without getting goosebumps! A real Mary Quant vintage dress would be my all time vintage ideal. What vintage(…)

1920s movie actress Theda Bara as Cleopatra (in very risqué costumes)

1920s movie actress Theda Bara as Cleopatra (in very risqué costumes)

Silent Movie actress Theda Bara in some of her famously risqué costumes from the 1917 film Cleopatra. I find it quite amazing how small and skimpy her costumes are (although they’re not all terrifically flattering!), but I suppose it was before the Hayes Code was enforced which clamped down on ‘indecency’… Sadly it seems that(…)

Vintage fashion meets bondage in the 1940s

Vintage fashion meets bondage in the 1940s

These photos were taken in January 1949, and very little is known about them. They were discovered in a collection of photos by Turners Photography Ltd in Newcastle (UK) and juts labelled with the date and the label ‘Mr Steinberg’s Model.’ They seem to me to be a strange mixture of fashion and bondage, as(…)

Elizabeth Taylor, Mike Todd and their baby

Elizabeth Taylor, Mike Todd and their baby

Isn’t this the most gorgeous photograph? I don’t remember looking quite that beautiful and serene when I had a newborn baby, but then I’m no Liz Taylor! The photo is of Taylor and her husband Mike Todd with baby Liza from who was born in August 1957.   Within six months Mike Todd was killed in(…)

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.

Rex Harrison lurking in the background

Rex Harrison lurking in the background

Oh what I crush I had on Rex Harrison… Here he is photographed with his wife, German actress Lilli Palmer in 1950. I like the way this photo has been composed, the way she’s lost in her own little world and he’s gazing adoringly at her from the background.   Having said that he was married(…)

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..?

Rex Harrison getting up close and personal

Rex Harrison getting up close and personal

After a childhood spent watching My Fair Lady over and over again I almost find it a bit shocking to see a photo of Rex Harrison not only getting a bit up close and personal, but with another woman! Perhaps I loved that movie a bit too much… but in my eyes Audrey Hepburn is(…)

Stylish 1930s swimwear

Stylish 1930s swimwear

A beautiful 1930s bathing suit from around 1930. Isn’t it stylish? Do you think the photo is of two different models, or using some clever manipulation to show the same model from the front and back? I couldn’t decide!