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Photos from a Victorian Mental Asylum

Photos from a Victorian Mental Asylum

During the 1850s British physician Dr. Hugh Welch Diamond took a series of haunting photographs of mentally ill patients under his care. He was one of the pioneers of early photography, starting in 1839 shortly after the medium was invented, and was one of the founding members of the Photographic Society. Diamond (pictured below) had(…)

V&A Wedding Dress Exhibition

V&A Wedding Dress Exhibition

I visited the Wedding Dresses (1775-2014) exhibition at the V&A last week. It was a fantastic display of bridal fashions ranging from incredibly wide 1700s dresses which would make you turn sideways to get through doorways (I explained that really badly, I mean this kind type of thing), to modern day celebrity wedding dresses. The(…)

What the Creature From the Black Lagoon Really Looked Like!

What the Creature From the Black Lagoon Really Looked Like!

The Creature from the Black Lagoon is one of those iconic monsters that everyone recognizes, like King Kong, Dracula and Frankensteins’s Monster. Unsurprisingly he was much better looking without his head on! Ricou Browning played the Gill-man in all 3 Creature movies, but only in the underwater scenes – different actors played the creature on(…)

Marilyn Monroe’s Wedding Dresses (Her Real Ones)

Marilyn Monroe’s Wedding Dresses (Her Real Ones)

Marilyn Monroe was married three times, once as a sixteen-year-old brunette in the 1940s, and twice more at the height of her stardom. You don’t hear much about her wedding outfits, and I think that’s because she never chose to wear a classic wedding dress. Actually she did wear a traditional white wedding gown for(…)

How Did Edwardian Ladies become Frivolous Flappers in Just 1 Decade?

How Did Edwardian Ladies become Frivolous Flappers in Just 1 Decade?

How did women go from the straight laced Edwardian era to free and easy fashions of 1920s flapper in just 1 decade? The catalyst was the same that changed not only fashion, but society and many aspects of everyday life: war. The Edwardian Era Just in case you’re not sure what Edwardian ladies looked like,(…)

The V&A: A Trip Through 19th Century Fashion

The V&A: A Trip Through 19th Century Fashion

I visited the V&A a week or so ago. One of my favourite museums in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum is an eclectic mix of sculptures, religious art, design and fashion, but on this visit I wanted to spend some time in their Fashion section. One thing which really surprised me was the size of(…)

The Downton Abbey Wedding Dresses: Did They Get It Wrong?

The Downton Abbey Wedding Dresses: Did They Get It Wrong?

I don’t profess to be any kind of historical costume expert, but I do have an interest in vintage fashions and I love a good wedding dress. Because of this I’ve spent hours both looking at old wedding photos and watching Downton Abbey, and it strikes me that they don’t seem to tally at all!(…)

Vintage Yearbook Photos: Class of 1941

Vintage Yearbook Photos: Class of 1941

Vintage high school photos taken in 1942 at McGuffey High School in Miami. Aren’t these great? I love the different hairstyles, some are so fancy. I wonder whether they wore their hair like this every day or whether it was a special effort on photo day? Can you tell from the photos who the different(…)

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mary Pickford

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mary Pickford

Even if you’re not a silent movie buff you’ve probably heard of ‘America’s Sweetheart‘ Mary Pickford. Here are some interesting facts you might not have known about the famous Blondilocks: She co-founded the movie studio United Artists with Charlie Chaplin, husband Douglas Fairbanks Sr and D.W. Griffith in response to the restrictive and controlling ‘Star(…)

Moving 1940s Photo Portraits by Costică Acsinte

Moving 1940s Photo Portraits by Costică Acsinte

I came across this amazing collection of photographs on Flickr yesterday and was totally captivated by them. The photographer was Costică Acsinte, a Polish Romanian war photographer during WW1 and afterwards. These photos all seem to have been taken around 1940 and are a real mixture: some are of military personnel, some are posed photo(…)

The High Halloween Costumes For 2010

The High Halloween Costumes For 2010 A hair replacement wig is a head of hair, natural, horse-hair or artificial which is worn in addition to or as an alternative of ones own hair. Many ladies at present would love to be able to change the colour and style of their hair day by day. The(…)

Pin Up Girls: A Brief History

Pin Up Girls: A Brief History

Pin up girls have been around for a lot longer than you think. Since as early as the 1890s girls have been drawn, painted and photographed and presented to the world as the ideal of beauty and sexuality.  Like fashions in beauty and body shape, the pin up has changed enormously over the last century.(…)

A Moment in Time: Skirts Blowing in the Wind 1930

A Moment in Time: Skirts Blowing in the Wind 1930

I thought this photo was delightful, there’s something delicious about seeing little glimpses back in time. It looks like neither these women nor the ships officer knew this photo was being taken and I love the way the ladies are both trying to stop their skirts from flying up in the breeze.  It’s so much(…)

Inexpensive Promenade Attire

Inexpensive Promenade Attire You can retrieve the article in plain text kind, and set the column width to no matter you like mechanically; or you can copy it as HTML, prepared to repeat and paste straight into a web web page. Ladies start planning and planning the promenade evening several weeks prior to as a(…)

Movie Tuesday: Dial M For Murder (1954)

Movie Tuesday: Dial M For Murder (1954)

Oh, how I love a Hitchcock movie! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad one, apart from ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much‘. And that’s just a strange story line told using unlikeable characters, as you might remember me complaining a while back. Actually that’s probably a good definition of a bad movie isn’t(…)

Movie Sunday: A Trip To The Moon (1902)

Movie Sunday: A Trip To The Moon (1902)

Well, this is definitely the oldest movie I’ve watched, and it’s truly fabulous! It’s quite incredible that it was made way back in 1902. Only fifteen minutes long, Le Voyage dans la Lune was the first sci-fi film ever made and tackles the idea of a trip to the moon they way they thought it(…)

Joseph Bell: The Man who was Sherlock Holmes

Joseph Bell: The Man who was Sherlock Holmes

Did you realize Sherlock Holmes was inspired by a real person? Nope, me neither! Apparently Arthur Conan Doyle (above right) based the fictional character of Sherlock on a doctor he knew called Joseph Bell (above left).  Bell was known for his powers of deduction and even helped police with investigations in Scotland. Doyle met Bell,(…)