1920s

Silent movie star Bebe Daniels

Silent movie star Bebe Daniels

The stunning 1920s silent movie star Bebe Daniels in a signed publicity photograph. She looks like she’s wearing a velvet coat with fur trim – very chic! If you fancy seeing her in action here she is in the 1918 movie Two Gun Gussie with Harold Lloyd.

Ziegfeld Follies girl Doris Eaton Travis

Ziegfeld Follies girl Doris Eaton Travis

Ziegfeld Follies girl Doris Eaton Travis photographed somewhere around 1918-1920. I love the fancy top she’s wearing – I wonder whether it’s a costume? It seems a bit spangly and skimpy to be a regular dress. What do you think?

A Chinese-Inspired 1920s Ballet Costume

A Chinese-Inspired 1920s Ballet Costume

The caption which goes alongside this photo reads: Miss Finney dancing, Montreal, QC, 1923. Does anyone know anything alse about it? Isn’t the costume fabulous?

The Enigmatic Ms Garbo

The Enigmatic Ms Garbo

Greta Garbo photographed in 1920 wearing a cloche and a velvet coat. She always looked impossibly glamorous, although I have to say I don’t think she would have looked quite as striking in *colour* as in black and white. I know that sounds strange, but if that lipstick were dark pink or bright red I(…)

Doris Eaton Travis

Doris Eaton Travis

Ziegfeld Follies girl Doris Eaton Travis (1904-2010) in her youth (somewhere around 1922).

8 flapper essentials that Daisy Buchanan would love!

8 flapper essentials that Daisy Buchanan would love!

Is there a more recognizable literary flapper than the flighty and frivolous Daisy Buchanan from the Great Gatsby? As much as I’m loving the elegant and understated 1920s style of Downton Abbey I can’t resist the allure of the flapper either! I’ve had a fun morning browsing around looking for fashions that Miss Buchanan would(…)

Style Me Downton (please!)

Style Me Downton (please!)

I’m totally engrossed in Downton Abbey this season. I was a late starter and only began watching it at the beginning of last season (series three) and I don’t know how I ever did without it! I can’t believe it’s the last in the season this Sunday! I plan to revel in every single minute(…)

Shooting criminals: Are these the most beautiful mug shots in the world?

Shooting criminals: Are these the most beautiful mug shots in the world?

I seem to have a slight obsession with vintage mug-shots this week and I couldn’t resist sharing these beautiful photos with you. They were taken between 1910 and 1930 by New South Wales Police Department. Called ‘special photographs’, I’m not sure whether they replaced traditional mug-shots or were supplimentary, but they were  photographs of “men(…)

Femme fatale: The stylish female criminals of Australia, 1920s

Femme fatale: The stylish female criminals of Australia, 1920s

I was talking about my fascination with vintage mug-shot photos a few days ago and since then I stumbled upon these amazing photos of 1920s women who were incarcerated at the State Reformatory for Women, Long Bay, NSW. What makes these photos so interesting is that they took a full length photo of each woman,(…)

Ziegfeld Girl in a Peacock Plume Dress

Ziegfeld Girl in a Peacock Plume Dress

Kathleen Rose, aka “Rose Dolores”, a Ziegfeld Girl in peacock plume dress. c.1917-1923 Isn’t this the most wonderful costume? I’d love to know what kind of show it was a part of, whether she just moved slowly around the stage and posed in the costume or whether it was part of some kind of routine. I’m(…)

Dancer Ruth Saint Denis, 1920s

Dancer Ruth Saint Denis, 1920s

1920s dance pioneer and performer Ruth St Denis wearing an amazing outfit in a Burmese solo dance from 1923.

Ziegfeld girl draped in pearls

Ziegfeld girl draped in pearls

Ziegfeld Follies girl draped in velvet and long stings of pearls photographed by Alfred Cheney Johnston, 1920s. Isn’t she lovely?

“May I make you a star?”

“May I make you a star?”

Actress, singer, and dancer Ruby Keeler was born Ethel Hilda Keeler in Canada, 1910. She became a Ziegfeld Follies girl after receiving a  note from Flo Ziegfeld, who sent her bunch of roses and a  charming note asking “May I make you a star?”.

A very fancy 1920s cloche hat

A very fancy 1920s cloche hat

A very fancy 1920s cloche hat with amazing detailing and what looks like metallic inserts. Isn’t it fabulous?

Lillian Gish

Lillian Gish

The beautiful 1920s silent movie star Lillian Gish. I assume this is a publicity photo from one of her movies, but does anyone know which movie it’s from?