Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Pola Negri

From 'Good & Naughty' 1926

1920s actress Pola Negri (born Apolonia Chalupec) was born today in Poland, 1894.
The star who played strong, earthy, exotic women in many movies, and was the lover of Charlie Chaplin and Valentino, was also said to be Hiltler's favourite actress.

Elizabeth Arden

Canadian-born cosmetics executive Elizabeth Arden was born today (December 31st) in 1878.
Planning to get rich by making other women pay to be beautiful, and backed by nothing more than determination, a gift for salesmanship and a fictitious name, she proceeded to create a new industry. Some said her success lay in treating women like horses and horses like women. She certainly tyrannized over both her staff and her clients, only cosseting her derby-winning thoroughbreds and her pet dogs. Her business took the place of romance, and her racing stable gave her the entree into society she longed for. What need did she have for men?

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Finishing Touches

This image currently under restoration - available soon as fine art print.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Marlene Dietrich

German-born American actress of the 1930s & 40s Marlene Dietrich was born today (27th December) in 1901. Her her magnetic personality, beauty, style, and sense of the outrageous, made her an international star and symbol of glamour.

Dietrich in "The Blue Angel". 1929.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Evelyn Nesbit

Born today (December 25) in 1884, the notoriously beautifully model and chorus girl, Evelyn Nesbit.

Her picture adorned every newspaper and magazine in America as 'America’s prettiest girl model,' and she was immortalized as Charles Dana Gibson’s favorite 'Gibson Girl'. Also, known as known as 'the girl on the red velvet swing' - a title she earned when she described swinging naked on a red velvet swing in Stanford White's New York studio apartment.

When White, her lover & New York's most famous architect, was shot dead by her ex-husband she became entangled in the ensuing scandal and murder trial labeled 'the crime of the century'.

This image currently under restoration - available soon as fine art print.

Lina Cavalieri

Italian opera soprano Lina Cavalieri was born today (25th December ) in 1874.

A prominent star in both pre-Revolutionary Russia and New York, the cabaret performer, courtesan, and international star, described as "the most beautiful woman in the world", was one of the most frequently photographed personalities of her time and features on many antique postcards.

Her career moved from early experiences in café-chantant and variety theatres in Paris, London, and St. Petersburg, through to a highly successful operatic career in which she sang in many of the world's leading opera houses with such celebrities as Caruso and Ruffo.

In 1914, Cavalieri became the first great opera singer to appear in silent movies, making her debut in Manon Lescaut and continuing with a series of successful films. Her life was ended by an Allied air raid in World War II, on 7 February 1944.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Gene Tierney

Often called the most beautiful woman in movie history, the talented 1940s actress of stage and screen, Gene Tierney, was born today (November 19) in 1920.

Circus High-Wire Dancer

The beautiful tightrope walker 'Princess Victoria'. c.1919

Friday, November 14, 2008

Louise Brooks

The forever fashionable 'Lulu' - flapper, actress, dancer & Ziegfeld girl was born today - November 14th - in 1906.

Lousie Brooks circa 1928 from 'Now We're in the Air'

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From the 1929 movie 'The Canary Murder Case'.
Image restored and enhanced.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Flapper Bathing Beauty Contestants

The prize winners of a 1922 beach beauty contest in Washington D.C, USA. 1922.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Gilda Gray

Gilda Gray born 24th October 1901. This beautiful 1925 poster of the Polish-born American dancer, actress, 'Shimmy Queen' and Ziegfeld girl is by Gesmar.

Early Trick Photography

The photographer seemingly snaps himself in this composite photograph (circa 1893) from an antique cabinet card.
The head of the seated man is held still during the long portrait exposure by an adjustable clamp.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sarah Bernhardt

The French actress Sarah Bernhardt was born today (October 23) in 1844.
'She was an extraordinary performer, so much so that her name became synonymous with acting. Yet her importance extended beyond the world of theater—she was an icon of French nationalism, a target of both admiration and scorn, an artist and sculptor, and a trendsetting avatar of style.

Bernhardt orchestrated a brilliant sixty-year career as an actress and entrepreneur, becoming a revered patriotic figure in her native France and a beloved star in America, where she undertook nine successful tours. Along the way she sat for the most fashionable artists of her time, became the most photographed woman in the world, and attached her name to everything from hair curlers to liqueurs.'

Sarah Bernhardt c.1891

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Vintage Art Deco Fashion Prints


Moroccan Snake Charmers

Snake Charmers. Tangiers, Morocco. c.1880s

Vintage Fashion Fair Canberra - November

Albert Hall, Commonwealth Drive

When: Saturday 1st November 10 am to 6 pm. ONE DAY ONLY

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Happy Birthday Bela Lugosi !!

Vintage Travel Posters - Italy

Amalfi Italia. c.1915

Venezia (Venice, Italy). c.1920

Cattolica Adriatico. c.1920s

Rome. c.1920

La Riviera Italienne.
Portofino pres de S. Margherita et Rapallo.
c. 1920

Milano. c.1920

Lake Garda. 1924

Vintage Italian Travel Posters from our collection. Click on pics above to view more /purchase.

An Unexpected Meeting of the Board


Vintage French Risque - New Additions

Newly restored/coloured French risque photos added to our
'Risque Temptresses' pages.Click on pics above to view more /purchase.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

When the paparazzi are bored...

Rooftop photographers c.1920

This image currently under restoration - available soon as fine art print.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Nightmare On Wall Street Revisited

Vintage Fairies

'.. there is a vast array of living creatures whose bodies are of that rare tenuity and subtlety from our point of view that they lie beyond the range of our normal senses. Many children and sensitives see them, and hence our fairy lore - all founded on actual and now demonstrable fact!'

'..the fact of their existence has faded to a shadow, and a most delightful and charming field of nature study has too long been veiled. In this twentieth century there is promise of the world stepping out of some of its darker shadows. Maybe it is an indication that we are reaching the silver lining of the clouds when we find ourselves suddenly presented with actual photographs of these enchanting little creatures - relegated long since to the realm of the imaginary and fanciful...'

'Fairies use bodies of a density that we should describe, in non-technical language, as of a lighter than gaseous nature, but we should be entirely wrong if we thought them in consequence unsubstantial. In their own way they are as real as we are, and perform functions in connection with plant life of an important and most fascinating character. To hint at one phase -many a reader will have remarked on the lasting freshness and beauty of flowers cut and tended by one person, and, on the other hand, their comparatively short life when in the care of another. The explanation is to be found in the kindly devotion of the one person and the comparative indifference of the other, which emotions affect keenly the nature spirits in whose immediate care the flowers are.'

'...Though the nature spirit must be regarded as practically irresponsible, living a gladsome, joyous, and delightfully untrammelled life, each member appears to possess at least a temporary definite individuality at times, and to rejoice in it....'

'...The content of the body still appears homogeneous, though somewhat denser, and the shape of 'human' is usually only seen when not at work. The nature spirit so clothed indulges in active movement in skipping and dancing gestures and exhibits a gay abandon suggestive of the keenest delight in the experience...'

Above excerpts from 'The Coming Of The Fairies' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle . 1922.

Vintage fairy prints from our collection. Click on pics above to view more /purchase.


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