1930s

Vintage: London Zoo in the 1930s

Vintage: London Zoo in the 1930s

London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. It was opened in London on April 27, 1828. It was believed that tropical animals could not survive outside in London’s cold weather and so they were all kept indoors until 1902, when Dr Peter Chalmers Mitchell was appointed secretary of the Society. He set about a major reorganisation of the buildings…
Vintage: Padaung women in London (1935)

Vintage: Padaung women in London (1935)

The Kayan Lahwi people, also known as Padaung, are a minority ethnic group with populations in Burma and Thailand. Padaung women are famous for their distinctive custom of wearing brass coils around their necks. Women of the Kayan tribes identify themselves by their forms of dress. Women of the Kayan Lahwi tribe are well known for wearing neck rings, brass…
Vintage: Trams in Poland (1930s)

Vintage: Trams in Poland (1930s)

In 1927, a privately owned light rail line called EKD was built, connecting several neighboring towns with the center of Warsaw using electric railcars similar to trams, only larger and more massive, with frequent stops and tracks running along the streets in city; however the system was incompatible with the Warsaw trams as it used standard gauge tracks while the…
Vintage: Kentucky Derby (1920s-1930s)

Vintage: Kentucky Derby (1920s-1930s)

In 1872, Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., grandson of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition, traveled to England, visiting the Derby, a famous race that had been running annually since 1780. From there, Clark went on to Paris, France, where in 1863, a group of racing enthusiasts had formed the French Jockey Club and had organized the Grand…
Vintage: Beauty Salons and Early Hair Dryers (1920s-1940s)

Vintage: Beauty Salons and Early Hair Dryers (1920s-1940s)

In 1890, French stylist Alexandre-Ferdinand Godefroy devised a contraption combining a seat with a hood connected to a gas stove. A client would sit underneath the hood while a hand crank blew hot air from the stove over her hair. Godefroy’s hair hood dryer was widely copied and iterated upon, and became a staple of hair salons. Variants included features…
Vintage: pre-war Nazi Germany by Hugo Jager

Vintage: pre-war Nazi Germany by Hugo Jager

Hugo Jager was a personal photographer of Adolf Hitler. He traveled with Hitler in the years leading up to power and throughout World War II. As the war was drawing to a close in 1945, Jaeger hid the photographs in a leather suitcase. He then encountered American soldiers prompting fears of potential arrest and prosecution for carrying around so many…
Vintage: Greta Garbo Portraits (1920s-1930s)

Vintage: Greta Garbo Portraits (1920s-1930s)

Greta Garbo was a Swedish-born American film actress and an international star and icon during the 1920s and 1930s. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, she was the youngest of three children of a working class family. In 1920, she took a job as a salesperson at the leading Swedish department store, PUB, a job which led to her appearance in two…
Vintage Mug Shot of criminals from Newcastle upon Tyne (1930s)

Vintage Mug Shot of criminals from Newcastle upon Tyne (1930s)

This mug shot comes 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.
Vintage: London in the 1930s by Wolfgang Suschitzky

Vintage: London in the 1930s by Wolfgang Suschitzky

Wolfgang Suschitzky (born 1912) decided there was no future for him in Austria and in 1934 left for London, where his sister lived. Suschitzky focusesing in particularly on Charing Cross Road and its famous bookshops. His own family were booksellers and publishers, and East End street life., Hhe has created fascinating social documentaries of the period recording the people as…
Vintage: Wedding Dresses from the 1920s and 1930s

Vintage: Wedding Dresses from the 1920s and 1930s

Collection of glamorous wedding dresses in France which were published on Les Modes (Paris). At the beginning of the 1920s, women were moving from their confined Edwardian corsets to rejecting them completely with their “dropped waist” dresses. But by the end of the 20s, the waist became popular again as women enjoyed their curves.
Vintage: City Lights (1931)

Vintage: City Lights (1931)

City Lights is a 1931 American romantic comedy film written by, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin. The story follows the misadventures of Chaplin’s Tramp as he falls in love with a blind girl (Virginia Cherrill) and develops a turbulent friendship with an alcoholic millionaire (Harry Myers).