I’VE BEEN PRODUCING THIS BLOG FOR LONG ENOUGH THAT I HAVE COLLECTED SOME BRILLIANT VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHY THAT DESERVES TO BE REVISITED IN MY BIGGEST POST OF IMAGES EVER. ALL MY IMAGES ARE FROM MY PERSONAL VINTAGE COLLECTION. SOME IMAGES ARE OLD SNAP SHOTS, SOME ARE POSTCARDS AND SOME ARE COLLECTED FROM MY VINTAGE MAGAZINE COLLECTION. IN SOME CASES I HAVE CLEANED UP THE IMAGES OR ADDED CAPTIONS. I HAVE POSTED THE MAJORITY OF THESE IMAGES IN THE PAST, BUT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT YOU CAN SEE THEM IN ONE GLORIOUS POST. I WILL BE SHOWCASING PHOTOGRAPHY AND ART WORKS FROM THE EDWARDIAN ERA, THE 1900S, 1920S, 1930S, 1940S & 1950S. IF YOUR IN THE MOOD FOR SOME EYE CANDY THEN GET SCROLLING NOW!
Thin boyish figures became fashionable in the early 1920s. A straight up and down figure with little to no bust was desirable. Women began the arguably unhealthy practice of dieting. According to a home beauty course from the 1920s women were advised that there were, you may and may not foods which consisted of:
“You May Not” foods
Too much butter
Too much cream
Too much sugar in coffee and tea
Pork (interestingly lean pork is considered healthy today)
Any fat meats
“You May” foods
Almost any lean meat except pork
Graham, rye or bran breadstuffs
All green vegetables
Thin milk (not much cream)
It is also recommended to keep your bowels in perfect condition and to avoid laxatives.
DURING THE 1920S NEW, LIGHT MACHINE AGE FABRICS, WERE COMING INTO FASHION & HEMLINES WERE GETTING DARINGLY SHORT. HOWEVER DURING THE 1930’S SKIRTS WERE LENGTHENING & FASHIONS WERE A LITTLE MORE REFINED & CONSERVATIVE. CLOCHE HATS WERE REPLACED WITH PERFECTLY COIFFED HAIR & TURBANS WERE COMING INTO THEIR OWN. EYEBROWS WERE SHAVED OR PLUCKED & PENCILED ON IN THIN HIGH ARCHES.
I FOUND THIS OLD POSTCARD IN A JUNK & EPHEMERA STORE. I AM FASCINATED TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN LADIES PIPE BAND. ALL THAT I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FIND OUT SO FAR, IS THAT THE BAND WAS AROUND IN THE 1920S & WENT ON AT LEAST ONE WORLD TOUR. I WOULD IMAGINE A LADIES PIPE BAND FROM DOWN UNDER WOULD HAVE BEEN SOMEWHAT OF A CURIOSITY IN THE ROARING TWENTIES, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY WENT ON THEIR WORLD TOUR. WHILE I WAS SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION ON THE LADIES PIPE BAND I STUMBLED ACROSS THIS POSTER ADVERTISING FOR IMMIGRANTS TO COME TO AUSTRALIA DURING THE EARLY 1920S. I’TS A BIT SEXIST. IF THE WOMEN IN THE PIPE BAND WHERE TO STAY AT HOME LIKE THE POSTER SUGGESTS, THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NO WORLD TOUR & I WOULD NEVER HAVE FOUND THEIR CURIOS POSTCARD.
From the time we are little girls we are given birthday cakes baked in the image of pretty girls. Then as we grow older some of us dream of being a girl on a wedding cake. The fashion for decorating girls in icing has changed over the years. Here I present some retro photographs of girls & women on cakes. This woman looks a little like a Stepford wife & her husband looks like a Ken doll made of plasticine.