Vintage: Ankle competitions (1930-1953)

Vintage: Ankle competitions (1930-1953)

Some of the earliest recorded instances of “pretty ankle contests” appear in the first decade of the 20th century as special shows within women’s “physical culture” pageants. Some pageants also judged prettiest shoulders, arms and legs. Contestants would be concealed…
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Vintage Santa Claus photos

Vintage Santa Claus photos

Santa Claus is an important figure with legendary, historical and folkloric origins who, in many Western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children on 24 December, the night before Christmas Day. The modern figure…
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Vintage: London Fog in black and white

Vintage: London Fog in black and white

The cold weather preceding and during the smog meant that Londoners were burning more coal than usual to keep warm. Post-war domestic coal tended to be of a relatively low-grade, sulfurous variety (economic necessity meant that better-quality “hard” coals tended…
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