35 Amazing Photos Showing Street Style of 1920s Young Women

Twenties fashion is often remembered for its glitz and glamour, though underlying this was a move toward simplicity in dress. At the dawn of the 1920s, the world was still reeling from the First World War. The conflict, which ended just over a year before the new decade began, had a fundamental and irreversible effectContinue reading “35 Amazing Photos Showing Street Style of 1920s Young Women”

48 Amazing Vintage Photos of Actress Theda Bara: The First Sex Symbol of the Film Era

Born 1885 as Theodosia Burr Goodman in Cincinnati, Ohio, American silent film and stage actress Theda Bara moved to New York City in 1908 and made her Broadway debut the same year in The Devil. Between 1915 and 1919, Bara was Fox studio’s biggest star, but tired of being typecast as a vamp, she allowedContinue reading “48 Amazing Vintage Photos of Actress Theda Bara: The First Sex Symbol of the Film Era”

40 Stunning Photos of Suzanne Somers in the 1970s

Born 1946 in San Bruno, California, American actress, author, singer, businesswoman, and health spokesperson Suzanne Somers began acting in small roles during the late 1960s and early 1970s. She appeared in the television role of Chrissy Snow on Three’s Company and as Carol Foster Lambert on Step by Step. Somers later became the author ofContinue reading “40 Stunning Photos of Suzanne Somers in the 1970s”

30 Stunning Photos of Argentine Actress Susana Giménez in the 1960s and 1970s

Born 1944 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Susana Giménez became a model at 19 years old, and made her name in a TV commercial for Cadum, a brand of French soap. Most of her subsequent film career was in adult-oriented comedies. Giménez has acted in over 30 films, including the cult film La Mary, and 10Continue reading “30 Stunning Photos of Argentine Actress Susana Giménez in the 1960s and 1970s”

The Radium Girls: The Living Dead Women in the 1920s

The Radium Girls were female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint. From 1917 to 1926, U.S. Radium Corporation, originally called the Radium Luminous Material Corporation, was engaged in the extraction and purification of radium from carnotite ore to produce luminous paints, which were marketed under the brand nameContinue reading “The Radium Girls: The Living Dead Women in the 1920s”

Vintage Photographs Show German Women Practicing Swedish Gymnastics in Hamburg From the Early 20th Century

These photographs were taken between 1902 and 1910 by Heinrich Hamann in Hamburg, Germany. As a keen gymnast, Hamann portrayed many athletes in action. Here, German women exercising Swedish Gymnastics in a sports hall and on the Heiligengeistfeld (German: “field of the Holy Spirit”) in Hamburg’s St. Pauli quarter. During the 19th century, Swedish GymnasticsContinue reading “Vintage Photographs Show German Women Practicing Swedish Gymnastics in Hamburg From the Early 20th Century”

In 1907, a Shipload of 1,000 Immigrant Women From the Baltic Seeking Husbands Came to New York

Was there really a shortage of marriage-minded women in the United States in the early 1900s? Apparently rumors had been circulating in Europe that American men couldn’t find wives. With this in mind, just over 1,000 “maids” booked passage on a New York–bound ship that arrived on September 27, 1907. The Washington Post wrote anContinue reading “In 1907, a Shipload of 1,000 Immigrant Women From the Baltic Seeking Husbands Came to New York”

40 Beautiful Vintage Photos of Ruby Keeler during the 1930s

Ethel Ruby Keeler (August 25, 1909 – February 28, 1993) was a Canadian actress, dancer, and singer who was paired on-screen with Dick Powell in a string of successful early musicals at Warner Bros., particularly 42nd Street (1933). From 1928 to 1940, she was married to actor and singer Al Jolson. She retired from showContinue reading “40 Beautiful Vintage Photos of Ruby Keeler during the 1930s”

40 Amazing Photos Showing Prostitution in Paris in 1966

Prostitution in Paris, both street prostitution and prostitution from dedicated facilities has a long history but also its own modernity in the French capital. Prostitutes are mostly women but also include transgender people and men. Of men born between 1920 and 1925, one in five had experienced his first sexual relationship in a maison-close. ParisContinue reading “40 Amazing Photos Showing Prostitution in Paris in 1966”