Born today (July 29) in 1885 ... Theda Bara - one of the most successful and glamorous stars of the 1910s - is also the most inaccessible and mysterious today. She stood behind only Mary Pickford and Charles Chaplin in popularity, yet today it's nearly impossible to view her work. Of the more than 40 films she made from late 1914 through 1926, only three and a half remain. The facts of her life were so jumbled by studio publicity that even her birth date and place have been obscured. Yet her image remains lodged in the public's mind some 70 years after her retirement, and she is one of the few stars responsible for a word "vamp" being placed both on the dictionary and in everyday use. source/more
Clara Bow was born today (July 29) in 1905. Brought up in near poverty in Brooklyn, New York, she was to become the personification of the flaming Roaring Twenties by winning a photo beauty contest which launched a movie career of some 56 feature films. Best known as the uninhibited flapper, she reached the top as the "It Girl" in 1927. source/more
Born today (July 29) in 1905, a one-time teacher and beauty queen, Thelma Todd went to Hollywood in the late 1920s and soon became one of the premier comediennes of her day. By the late 20s and early thirties she was starring alongside some of Hollywood's biggest names including Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, The Marx Brothers, and Cary Grant. source/more
Recent enquiries for prints suitable for decorating period and vintage style kitchens has inspired me to create this post with a selection of our vintage baking & cooking posters from around the world. These images, and other vintage food related posters are available as prints via our website. Click on individual pics below to see more details or to purchase.
A kitchen favourite, the classic 1921
Pates Baroni poster by Leonetto Cappiello
This American International Baking Powder poster is circa 1885
British Advertising poster for Coombs Eureka Aerated pastry Flour. c.1900
Queen of the cakes... An American Frostlene advertising poster c.1890s
If you haven't done so already, remember there's only just over a month to go (ends 30th August) to visit the Vanity Fair Photographs Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.
Although quite heavy on modern subjects, there's a wonderful selection of older images ... 1934 portraits of Bette Davis, Jean Harlow, and Cary Grant, also the classic 1924 photo of a veiled Gloria Swanson, a delectable 1930 portrait of Anna May Wong, and Louise Brooks from 1929 ... the stories that accompany these classic images are intriguing too.
Born today (16 July) in 1907, American actress Barbara Stanwyck had a successful film (& television) career that lasted for 59 years - from 1927 until 1986.
Barbara started off as a chorus girl at the age of 17, but in 1928 moved to Hollywood where she began one of the most lucrative careers filmdom had ever seen. She was an extremely versatile actress who could adapt to any role. When she died in 1990 she had acted in 93 movies and a host of television shows. Source
The Vintage Venus blog started in 2008 as a collection of vintage photographs, postcards, posters and related interests, to complement our website of the same name.
In 2016 our website had a change of direction and name, and now exists as Venus Valentino.
Still passionate about our vintage roots, we are now also exploring our love for abstract art and design. But the one constant theme, ever present, is the allure of femininity .. ..this is the spirit in which Venus Valentino continues.
Many of the images on this blog are available as Fine Art Prints via our website at http://venusvalentino.com.au
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