1930s

Vintage: Canadian Brides by Yousuf Karsh (1930s)

Vintage: Canadian Brides by Yousuf Karsh (1930s)

Renowned Armenian–Canadian portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002) – one of the great portrait photographers of the 20th century by Time magazine and the Metropolitan Museum of Art – has a wide array of wedding photographs, particularly portraits of the bride. via Library and Archives Canada
Vintage: Halloween in the 1930s-1960s

Vintage: Halloween in the 1930s-1960s

By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a secular, but community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide parties as the featured entertainment. Despite the best efforts of many schools and communities, vandalism began to plague Halloween celebrations in many communities during this time. By the 1950s, town leaders had successfully limited vandalism and Halloween had evolved into a holiday directed…
Vintage: Bolivia in the 1930s

Vintage: Bolivia in the 1930s

During the early 20th century, tin replaced silver as the country’s most important source of wealth. A succession of governments controlled by the economic and social elite followed laissez-faire capitalist policies through the first thirty years of the 20th century. Living conditions of the native people, who constitute most of the population, remained deplorable. With work opportunities limited to primitive…
Vintage: Portraits of Myrna Loy (1930s and 1940s)

Vintage: Portraits of Myrna Loy (1930s and 1940s)

Portrait photographer Henry Waxman had taken several pictures of Loy, and they were noticed by Rudolph Valentino when the actor went to Waxman’s studio for a sitting. He was looking for a leading lady for Cobra, the first independent project his wife Natacha Rambova and he were producing. Loy tested for the role, which went to Gertrude Olmstead, instead, but…
Vintage: New York City in the 1930s

Vintage: New York City in the 1930s

The Great Depression, which was to affect the rest of the world, began with the Stock Market Crash of 1929. The recently completed Empire State Building would be known as the “Empty State Building” for many years because it could not attract sufficient tenants in the bleak business climate. When New York Governor Franklin Roosevelt becam president, the Hooverville shacks…
Vinatge: Harlem Street Life in the late 1930s by Hansel Mieth

Vinatge: Harlem Street Life in the late 1930s by Hansel Mieth

By the late 1930s, Harlem was a bustling cultural center, home to two thirds of New York City’s African-American population. The Harlem Renaissance, a robust period of literary and artistic expression, had helped put the neighborhood on the map, and a walk through its streets revealed stately houses of worship like the Abyssinian Baptist Church, a thriving music scene centered…
Vintage: United States in the 1930s by John Gutmann

Vintage: United States in the 1930s by John Gutmann

A painter turned photographer, John Gutmann began working as a photojournalist in 1933 for Presse-Photo. Being Jewish, in 1936 he fled Nazi Germany to the United States where he worked as a photographer for various German magazines, signing on with Pix Publishing, an agency he worked with for over twenty years. Gutmann’s main subject matter was the American way of…
Vintage: Everyday Life in London by Bill Brandt (1930s)

Vintage: Everyday Life in London by Bill Brandt (1930s)

Born in Hamburg, Germany, son of a British father and German mother, Bill Brandt grew up during World War I, during which his father, who had lived in Germany since the age of five, was interned for six months by the Germans as a British citizen. Brandt later disowned his German heritage and would claim he was born in South…
Vintage: First Female Flight Attendants (1930s)

Vintage: First Female Flight Attendants (1930s)

The first female flight attendant was a 25-year-old registered nurse named Ellen Church. Hired by United Airlines in 1930, she also first envisioned nurses on aircraft. Other airlines followed suit, hiring nurses to serve as flight attendants, then called “stewardesses” or “air hostesses”, on most of their flights. In the United States, the job was one of only a few…
Vintage: The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Vintage: The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

The Bride of Frankenstein is a 1935 American horror film, the first sequel to Frankenstein (1931). Bride of Frankenstein was directed by James Whale and stars Boris Karloff as The Monster, Elsa Lanchester in the dual role of his mate and Mary Shelley, Colin Clive as Henry Frankenstein, and Ernest Thesiger as Doctor Septimus Pretorius.
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: 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: It Happened One Night (1934)

Vintage: It Happened One Night (1934)

It Happened One Night is a 1934 American romantic comedy film with elements of screwball comedy directed by Frank Capra, in which a pampered socialite (Claudette Colbert) tries to get out from under her father’s thumb, and falls in love with a roguish reporter (Clark Gable).
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: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Vintage: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

The Adventures of Robin Hood is a 1938 American swashbuckler film directed by Michael Curtiz. The film is about a Saxon knight who, in King Richard’s absence in the Holy Land during the Crusades, fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army against Prince John and the Norman lords oppressing the Saxon commoners.