1930s

1930s cruise fashions

1930s cruise fashions

2 stylish ladies and a baby on board a boat sometime in the 1930s. I’d love to know what colour these dresses were – what do you think?

The controversial 1930s sport of Turtle riding

The controversial 1930s sport of Turtle riding

The strange and (thankfully) short-lived sport of turtle riding was popular for a while in Australia during the 1920s and 1930s. The general idea seemed to be that you would sit astride a turtle as it heaved its way across the sand and tried to stay ‘aboard’ once it was swimming in the sea.  Probably(…)

1930s race day fashions

1930s race day fashions

Two very stylish ladies in their 1930s race day fashions at Warwick Farm racecourse. I particuarly like the long striped jacket (or is it a cardigan?). What colour do you think it was?

An elegant 1930s sailor suit

An elegant 1930s sailor suit

Isn’t this a lovely outfit? The 1930s were so stylish with the slim fitting long and mid-length dresses.  I love the sailor-styling and the bows on her shoes – so elegant! The lady is Miss Hera Roberts on board HNLMS Java, 10 October 1930. You can read more about her here.

Joan Crawford looking veiled and edgy, 1930

Joan Crawford looking veiled and edgy, 1930

Isn’t this a stunning photo of Joan Crawford? It dates from the early 1930s and I love the dark lace-veiled hat and those wicked lips – isn’t she fabulous?

Marlene Dietrich with one of the first manicures

Marlene Dietrich with one of the first manicures

Marlene Dietrich photographed during the 1930s. It’s nice to see a photo of her in a day outfit rather than a vampy evening dress. Her manicure would have been quite a new thing too, as nail polish was only invented in the 1930s and started with by the kind of manicure you can see here(…)

Book Review: 1930s Fashion, The Definitive Sourcebook

Book Review: 1930s Fashion, The Definitive Sourcebook

When I first started finding out about vintage fashion I had a pretty good idea of the stereotypical fashions from each decade. There were flappers in the 1920s, smart suits with padded shoulders and neat little hats in the 40s, nipped in waists in the 50s, minidresses in the sixties (and so on). The one(…)

Elvis Presley aged 2

Elvis Presley aged 2

A very young Elvis Presley photographed in 1937 with his parents Gladys and Vernon Presley. Would you have recognized him..? I can quite confidently say I wouldn’t have guessed who this was!

1930s Actress Mary Maguire

1930s Actress Mary Maguire

Australian actress Mary Maguire (1919-1974), photographed some time around 1937. Does anyone know anything about her?

1930s racegoers

1930s racegoers

Two very chic racegoers, I’m guessing from the fashions that this was taken in the 1930s. If this were today they’d be looking at their mobile phones instead of racing slips!

Taking a leap…

Taking a leap…

Some awe-inspiring 1930s acrobatics – would you have enough confidence in someone to jump this high? I wonder where she was leaping from, she couldn’t have jumped that high off the ground surely?!  

1930s fur advert

1930s fur advert

1930s Dutch advert for fur coats from 1938. Which is your favourite style?

Beautiful portraits of forgotten women

Beautiful portraits of forgotten women

These beautiful photo portraits of all of women photographed in the 1920s and 1930s in Sydney Harbour, Australia. Sadly all of the names have been lost and none can be identified. Aren’t they stunning photos? [6 photos]

The 1930s radio hat

The 1930s radio hat

Portable radio in a straw hat, made by an American inventor in 1931. Any why not?

Naked 1950s girls (and a boy) in gold body paint

Naked 1950s girls (and a boy) in gold body paint

Well that’s got your eyes open on this early Tuesday morning (or Monday night depending on where you are in the world)! These golden Parisienne dancers were photographed in 1955. I’m hoping that the gold body paint wasn’t lead-based! And in case you were wondering guys looked equally good in gold body paint too (see(…)

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.(…)