1940s

Movie Monday: Citizen Kane (1941)

Movie Monday: Citizen Kane (1941)

Am I the first person to ask what all the fuss is about Citizen Kane? It has been heralded as one of the greatest movies of the 1940s.  I only watched it for the first time this week and I have to say I don’t really get it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a perfectly(…)

Vintage Lookbook: 1940s Daytime Outfit for Carmen Miranda

Vintage Lookbook: 1940s Daytime Outfit for Carmen Miranda

I haven’t done a vintage lookbook for ages now, so I decided to put together a 40s outfit inspired by the fabulous Carmen Miranda, who can’t have been dressed in frut-topped hats and exotic costumes all the time! I think she would have rocked a look like this, some chic wide legged trousers, a tropical(…)

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Ann Miller

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Ann Miller

The first movie I watched starring Ann Miller was On The Town, and I was totally wowed by her dancing. Her legs were the longest on screen (or at least they seemed to me to be) and her tap speed was truly astonishing! Here are some facts you might not know about the lovely Ann(…)

1940s Screen Icons: Gene Tierney

1940s Screen Icons: Gene Tierney

Brooklyn-born Tierney was a leading actress in 1940s Hollywood. She started out her adult life as a socialite, before becoming bored with the social scene and pursuing a career as a stage actress (her family thought being a ‘proper’ actress was more respectable than being in the movies). Her Broadway career started in a pretty(…)

The Faces of Female Nazi Concentration Camp Guards

The Faces of Female Nazi Concentration Camp Guards

These are photos of the female prison camp guards which were taken after the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen Nazi concentration camp.while they were awaiting trail in 1945. Their sentences ranged from a few short years imprisonment to the death sentence. Here’s an interesting challenge, see if you can guess just by looking at the photos(…)

How Hitler Influenced 1940s Fashion

How Hitler Influenced 1940s Fashion

When you think of 1940s fashion, you probably think of tailored looks, tea dresses, victory rolls and red lipstick (even after makeup the had run out), but fashions were very different in Nazi Germany. Hitler had a very specific idea of how women should look. He even created a German Fashion Board, the Deutsches Modeamt(…)

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Judy Garland

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Judy Garland

Judy Garland is one of those movie stars that everyone is aware of, even if it’s just becaue they watch The Wizard of Oz every Christmas (surely everyone has seen that movie, haven’t they?). Everyone remembers the happy, talented girl on screen, but not so many are aware of the tragedy of her life which was filled(…)

A Bare-Faced Marilyn

A Bare-Faced Marilyn

I came across this photo of Marilyn doing her lipstick from 1948 while I was looking for a photo of her to use in my Paper Doll post yesterday, and I thought it was just charming! I love all the little drawings of lip shapes on the wall behind her too! The caption that goes(…)

10 Moving Crime Scene Photos from the 1940s

10 Moving Crime Scene Photos from the 1940s

I hope you don’t think these photos are too macabre, but there’s something terribly poignant about seeing these ordinary domestic scenes which have been turned upside down by a tragedy or a moment of rage. Somehow the fact that the pictures are in black and white makes them more interesting, perhaps it gives them a(…)

Movie Tuesday: Caught (1949)

Movie Tuesday: Caught (1949)

I took a break from Hitchcock movies and delved into the world of 1940s Film Noir this week. ‘Caught‘ is ‘The Story of a Desperate Girl’ who gets herself trapped in a marriage to a controlling sadistic husband but then ultimately falls for James Mason (who wouldn’t?). It’s the first movie James Mason made in(…)

Vintage Style Icons: Adrian – MGM’s Costume Designer Extraordinaire

Vintage Style Icons: Adrian – MGM’s Costume Designer Extraordinaire

Adrian Adolph Greenberg, better known as just ‘Adrian’ was one of the most amazing costume designers ever seen in Hollywood. He was MGM’s head costume designer from 1928 and 1941 and designed the costumes for over 250 movies during the 1930s and 40s. Remember Dorothy’s iconic glittering ruby slippers in the Wizard of Oz? Well(…)

Top 10 Leading Men of the 1940s

Top 10 Leading Men of the 1940s

There were some great movie actors around in the 1940s, it truly was the golden age of cinema! Here are my top 10 leading men of that decade – have I missed anyone crucial out? 1. Humphrey Bogart Bogart was ranked the greatest male movie star in history by the American Film Institute, and he(…)

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Elizabeth Taylor

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Elizabeth Taylor

Taylor was married 8 times. Her shortest marriage was with her first husband Conrad Nicky Hilton which lasted just 9 months, and her longest marriage was with Richard Burton which lasted 10 years (plus an extra year when they re-married in 1975). Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton starred together in 11 movies.

Win This Beautiful 1940s Sweetheart Locket

Win This Beautiful 1940s Sweetheart Locket

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS Jolice McGee, CONGRATULATIONS JOLICE LUXXOR VINTAGE WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU ABOUT YOUR PRIZE! I have the prettiest prize to give away on my blog today thanks to the lovely Sarah at LUXXOR Vintage. She specialises in selling the most lovely antique lockets and rings as(…)

1940s Movie Icons: Ida Lupino

1940s Movie Icons: Ida Lupino

Ida Lupino was a British actress and director who appeared in over 50 movies as well as becoming a pioniering and prolific director. She started her movie career working out of Teddington Studios in England in the early 1930s and moved to Hollywood in 1933. She continued to work in Hollywood throughout the 30s and(…)

My Vintage Take on the Oscars

My Vintage Take on the Oscars

The news this morning is filled with the pictures and winners from last night’s Academy Award ceremony – well, that and the slightly terrifying crisis in Crimea. As always the dresses were gorgeous (at the Oscars that is – I’m woefully under-informed about dresses in the Ukraine) and Jennifer Lawrence continued her Awards tradition of(…)

1940s Style Icons: Veronica Lake

1940s Style Icons: Veronica Lake

Veronica Lake was one of the most popular movie stars in the early 1940s. She made her name paired with Alan Ladd and was known for playing sexy femme fatale roles.  The image of her looking out from beneath her trademark hairstyle – the peek-a-boo fringe (said to be the inspiration for Jessica Rabbit’s hair)(…)

Beauty and the Blitz: How to Wear 1940s Makeup

Beauty and the Blitz: How to Wear 1940s Makeup

Beauty in the 1940s was a strange mixture of glamour and practicality. Despite harsh rationing and shortages of makeup and soap women were encouraged to look their best to help keep up morale. Here’s my guide to getting your 1940s makeup right. Let me know if you think I’ve missed anything out! Foundation / Base(…)