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July 25, 2015

Beautiful Vintage Portraits Showing 21 National Types of Beauty From the Early 1930s

‘National Types of Beauty’ was a series of real photo cigarette cards distributed in the 1930s. Some of the women portrayed were well-known actresses in their country, such as Anna May Wong from China, Frances Doble from Canada and Greta Nissen from Sweden.


The photographers were unidentified but the portraits would have been taken by major studios of the time. Tellingly, no black women were represented but this may have more to do with their lack of recognition as actors in America and Europe than any deliberate exclusion on the part of the cigarette company.

Australia

Brazil

Canada

China

Czechoslovakia

Holland

Italy

Japan

Mexico

New Zealand

Norway

Persia

Poland

Portugal

Rumania

Scotland

Sicily

Spain

Sweden

Turkey

Yugoslavia


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