Queen of Muscle Beach: 20 Vintage Portraits of Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton From the 1940s

Abbye Eville, more commonly known around the world as Pudgy Stockton, was born August 11, 1917 in Santa Monica, California. During her childhood she acquired the nickname, “Pudgy” and it stuck with her; little did she know it was a name soon to be known all around the world. After graduating high school, she startedContinue reading “Queen of Muscle Beach: 20 Vintage Portraits of Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton From the 1940s”

The “Bra Burning” Miss America Protest, 1968

The Miss America protest was a demonstration held at the Miss America 1969 contest on September 7, 1968, attended by about 200 feminists and civil rights advocates. The feminist protest was organized by New York Radical Women and included putting symbolic feminine products into a “Freedom Trash Can” on the Atlantic City boardwalk, including bras,Continue reading “The “Bra Burning” Miss America Protest, 1968”

Amazing Women’s Hat Fashions From Between the 1920s and 1940s

Hats are head coverings with a crown and usually a brim. They are distinguished from caps that are brimless but may have a visor. Hats are important because they adorn the head, which is the seat of human rational powers, and they also frame the face. Women’s hats have often been differentiated from men’s headwear,Continue reading “Amazing Women’s Hat Fashions From Between the 1920s and 1940s”

Photograph of a Woman Seen From the Back, ca. 1862

Woman Seen From the Back is an 1860s photograph by 19th-century French photographer, Vicomte Onesipe Aguado de las Marismas (1830–1893). It is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and was purchased by the Museum in 2005 as part of the Gilman Photographs Collection. Onesipe Aguado was the youngest of three brothers bornContinue reading “Photograph of a Woman Seen From the Back, ca. 1862”

45 Glamorous Photos of Young Betty Grable in the 1930s

Born 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, American actress, pin-up girl, dancer, and singer Betty Grable began her film career in 1929 at age 12. She had contracts with RKO and Paramount Pictures during the 1930s, and appeared in a string of B movies. Grable came to prominence in the Broadway musical DuBarry Was a LadyContinue reading “45 Glamorous Photos of Young Betty Grable in the 1930s”

30 Elegant Photos Show the 1860s Women’s Dress Styles

Victorian era saw many changes in fashion, including changes in styles, fashion technology and the methods of distribution. Various movement in architecture, literature, and the decorative and visual arts as well as a changing perception of the traditional gender roles also influenced fashion. During the early and middle 1860s, crinolines began decreasing in size atContinue reading “30 Elegant Photos Show the 1860s Women’s Dress Styles”

20 Stunning Vintage Photographs of Women Posing With Automobiles From the 1920s

During the 1920s, many Americans had extra money to spend, and they spent it on consumer goods such as ready-to-wear clothes and home appliances like electric refrigerators. In particular, they bought radios. The first commercial radio station in the U.S., Pittsburgh’s KDKA, hit the airwaves in 1920; three years later there were more than 500Continue reading “20 Stunning Vintage Photographs of Women Posing With Automobiles From the 1920s”

28 Gorgeous Photos of Actress Valerie Leon During the 1960s and 1970s

Born 1943 in Hampstead, London, English actress Valerie Leon started as a trainee fashion buyer at Harrods. One day, Leon went to an audition which led her to her become a chorus girl. Leon appeared with Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s West End. Leon appeared in severalContinue reading “28 Gorgeous Photos of Actress Valerie Leon During the 1960s and 1970s”

Florida-Towel Bathing Suit of the 1950s

A prominent fashion photographer in the 1940s and 1950s, Nina Leen was one of the first female photographers to work for LIFE magazine. She grew up in Europe (Russian born) and her first camera was a Rolleiflex which she used to primarily photograph animals. Nina Leen is mostly known for her animal photography, but inContinue reading “Florida-Towel Bathing Suit of the 1950s”

Portraits of Highland Park High School Teenage Girls, 1947

Highland Park High School is a public, co-educational high school located immediately north of downtown Dallas in University Park, Dallas County, Texas. It is a part of the Highland Park Independent School District, which serves residents who are predominantly college-educated professionals and business leaders in the Dallas community. It serves: all of the city ofContinue reading “Portraits of Highland Park High School Teenage Girls, 1947”