1940s College Girl Hairstyles


Mary Baldwin College for Girls 1940s Yearbooks – Published every year of the 20th century, the yearbook of Mary Baldwin College, now a fully fledged university since August 2016, is a great resource for the clothing and hairstyles of young women in the United States. Every year is published on Archive.org and are a real …

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1940’s African American Women in Photographs


The Photographs of Charles Harris Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris from Pittsburgh USA, is now acknowledged as one of the great photographers of his generation. His documentation of the daily lives of African American women and men in a collection of some 80,000 photographs, is quite simply unique. African American Women of the 1940’s We’ve picked out …

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1940s Post War Fashion – $20.00 Budget Dresses


Cheap Dresses in the era of high inflation – It’s 1948 and Life magazine sets out to discover just how well dressed US women can be during a period when inflation is battering the family budget. The answer appears in these pictures of dresses which are on display in department stores across the country and …

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A Day in the Life – Two Women in the early 1940s


One in wartime Britain, the other in pre-war America 1941 – In late 1941 – quite coincidentally, there were two picture essays of a typical day in the lives of two different women in the 1940s. The first, an American housewife, by the name of Jane Amberg from Kankakee, Illinois.USA. The second, a young British …

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Film Noir Fashion – a retrospective photoshoot


Photographer revisits femme fatale styles of the 1940s – Just what is it about the allure of those female stars of the 1940s film noir era? Lauren Bacall in To Have and Have Not, Rita Hayworth in Gilda, Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity, Veronica Lake in Blue Dahlia, Joan Bennett in The Woman in the …

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Celebrating Nina Leen – Life Photographer


Exhibition of her surreal and glamorous world – New York art gallery Daniel Cooney Fine Art are launching a unique and I must say ‘overdue’ exhibition of that unique photographer Nina Leen – on March 26th which will run till May16th. Her often conceptual and surreal work should easily fetch the same attention of contemporary …

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1940s Beauty – Priscilla Lane sells cosmetics for a day.


Actress Priscilla Lane learns how to be a salesgirl – 1941 – In Million Dollar Baby – Priscilla Lane plays a department store salesgirl. To get first hand experience she spent a day incognito at Sears, Roebuck & Co’s big general department store in downtown Los Angeles. At 8.15 she punched in, went to the …

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