August 31, 2012

Vintage Women's Hats and Headgear Fashions From the Early 20th Century

Women's hats were quite lavish and ostentatious during the early 1900s. Even when the clothing styles became more subdued, the hat was still fairly exuberant. Large, wide-brimmed hats decked out with plumes and flowers came in a wide variety of shapes and styles.

The introduction of the automobile in the early 1900s prompted the need for motoring hats and veils. For cycling, women frequently wore simple straw sailor hats.

Norma Talmadge in a fantastic velvet beret, 1919

Mae Busch in something truly different, 1929

Viola Dana in a great-looking geometric pattern, 1926

Barbara La Marr in a scarf a la the 1923

Claire Windsor looks elegant in fur, 1925

Photos of Portobello Road in the 90s

Portobello Road is a street in the Notting Hill district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in west London, England. It runs almost the length of Notting Hill from south to north, roughly parallel with Ladbroke Grove. On Saturdays it is home to Portobello Road Market, one of London's notable street markets, known for its second-hand clothes and antiques. (Wikipedia)

August 30, 2012

Astonishing Mugshots of the Newcastle upon Tyne Criminals From the 1930s

From those wearing smart suits to the dishevelled figures with their hair askew, these portraits are unlikely to make it into any family photo album. But they are perfect for a police record - hardly surprising considering they are mugshots of criminals from the 1930s.

These mugshots come from a police identification book believed to be from the 1930s. It was originally found in a junk shop by a member of the public and subsequently donated to Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. No information is available to confirm which police force compiled it but evidence suggests it's from the Newcastle upon Tyne area.

August 29, 2012

Double-decker Buses in the 1930s

Assembling the bodies on AEC bus chassis, 1937

Assembling the bodies on AEC bus chassis, Nov. 1937

Stage coach & double-decker bus in procession, Sydney Harbour Bridge Celebrations, 1932 / photographer Hall & Co.

Empire Air Training Scheme Airmen leave by "Awatea" for Canada, 22/2/1941, by Sam Hood

Adelaide Boys' Band arriving at Central Railway, Sydney, 14 January 1937 / photographer Sam Hood

August 28, 2012

Rare Vintage Photographs of Chinese Women from the 1860s and 1870s

These incredible photographs are believed to be among the earliest of their kind in existence and offer an fascinating insight into life in China during the 1860s.

At home or abroad, in holiday robes or in plain clothing, the heart of a Chinese female seems to be at all times ready to overflow with mirth and good humor.

In this photograph from 1868, the bound feet of a Chinese woman are juxtaposed with a normal, unbound foot. The difference is incredible. The tiny shoe propped up against the wall looks like it was made for a small child, not a full-grown woman.

Here’s a sight that isn’t really that unusual, even today: two ladies, in this case Amoy women, sitting together for a bit of a chat.

Pictured here, in another photograph from 1871, is a young woman from Taiwan, which was known as ‘Formosa’ in the 19th century.

Seen here is one of the most widespread traditions of human society in any country, the wedding. The bride stands with her face covered, and indeed, it was quite normal for a groom not to see his bride before they were wed.


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