19 Interesting Vintage Photographs That Show What Spring Break Looked Like in Southern California in the 1940s

Back in 1947, when LIFE accompanied 10,000 young men and women to Balboa Beach in Southern California for spring break, the shenanigans wouldn’t have scored any higher than a PG rating. Daylight brought beachside dancing, boat races, beauty pageants and sunbathing. The evening hours found students aglow in the warmth of bonfires as portable radiosContinue reading “19 Interesting Vintage Photographs That Show What Spring Break Looked Like in Southern California in the 1940s”

45 Glamorous Photos of Ava Gardner in the 1940s and 1950s

Born 1922 in Grabtown, North Carolina, American actress and singer Ava Gardner was signed to a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1941, and appeared mainly in small roles until she drew attention with her performance in The Killers (1946). Gardner appeared in several high-profile films from the 1940s to 1970s, including The Hucksters (1947), Show BoatContinue reading “45 Glamorous Photos of Ava Gardner in the 1940s and 1950s”

20 Vintage Portrait Photos of Beautiful Girls From the Miss Europe Competition, 1930

Miss Europe 1930 was the second annual Miss Europe competition. Miss Greece won and 19 girls from Europe competed in the pageant. Belgium, Czechoslovakia and Turkey participated for the first time and one candidacy, that of Switzerland, was withdrawn. Miss Europe 1930: Aliki Diplarakou, Greece The Greek brunette Aliki Diplarakou (1912-2002) was 18 when sheContinue reading “20 Vintage Portrait Photos of Beautiful Girls From the Miss Europe Competition, 1930”

35 Vintage Photos Showing Men’s Fashion in the Early 20th Century

During the early 1900s, easy to see Edwardian men’s clothing was relatively formal, with specific outfits worn at different times of the day. Interestingly, it was during the 1900-1919 years that for the first time, clothing started to be mass-produced. This reduced the need to have something tailor-made and ready made clothing more accessible forContinue reading “35 Vintage Photos Showing Men’s Fashion in the Early 20th Century”

42 Incredible Photos Showing Hotpants in the 1970s

Hot pants was very brief tight shorts worn by women as an outer garment. Categorized as “short shorts,” hot pants commonly have an inseam length of 2 inches (50 mm) or less. These are short, tight shorts, usually made of cotton, nylon, or some other common material. They are meant to emphasize the buttocks andContinue reading “42 Incredible Photos Showing Hotpants in the 1970s”

50 Glamorous Photos of Actress & Model Elsa Martinelli During the 1950s and 1960s

Born 1935 as Elisa Tia in Grosseto, Tuscany, Italian actress and fashion model Elsa Martinelli moved to Rome with her family and was discovered by Roberto Capucci who introduced her to the world of fashion in 1953. Martinelli became a model and began playing small roles in films. She appeared in Claude Autant-Lara’s Le RougeContinue reading “50 Glamorous Photos of Actress & Model Elsa Martinelli During the 1950s and 1960s”