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A girl and her dog, 1932


<b>Joan Crawford, c.1933</b><p>via


Louise Brooks in Rolled Stockings, 1927

40 Gorgeous Fashion Photos Taken by Edward Steichen During the 1920s and 1930s

Edward Steichen (1879-1973) was a Luxembourgian American photographer, painter, and art gallery and museum curator. He began by studying pictorialist …



Three Babes and a Buick: 1926

San Francisco, 1926. "Girls in Buick at Golden Gate Park." 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

The Family Franklin: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Franklin auto at Franklin Motor Car Co." Note the Yellowstone Park sticker. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View …

Essex Ascending: 1930

San Francisco, 1930. "Essex Super Six climbing Webster Street hill." Latest display in the Shorpy Diorama of Discontinued Dreadnoughts. 5x7 inch …

Sliced Peaches: 1958

Circa 1958. Plymouth meets peaches in the first of a series of car crash photos taken in and around Oakland, California. 4x5 Kodak Safety Film. View …

Crunch Time: 1958

Oakland, California, circa 1958. Another look at the motor mashup seen here yesterday. 4x5 acetate negative, ex newspaper archive. View full size.

Trash Crash: 1959

Oakland, California, circa 1959. "Garbage truck accident." With lots of vintage unsorted refuse destined for the landfill or incinerator. Or, in this …

Beau Geste: 1926

San Francisco circa 1926. "Alice Joyce in <i>Beau Geste</i> Locomobile." Evidently promoting the film. 8x0 Eastman Kodak negative. View full size.

Three-Quarter Moon: 1920

San Francisco, 1920. "Moon touring car and tire chains in Golden Gate Park." Was that ice under those palm trees? Latest entry in the Shorpy File of …

Truck Amok: 1958

Oakland, California, circa 1958. "Wrecked Autocar reefer." Latest entry in the Shorpy Archive of Motor Mayhem. 4x5 acetate negative. View full size.

Lady and the Nash: 1925

San Francisco circa 1925. "Nash Special Six two-door sedan." Equipped with "full balloon tires, five disc wheels, four-wheel brakes, Duco finish, …

Coastal Capers: 1925

Marin County, California, circa 1925. "Surf bathers at Stinson Beach." As for what's going on in the background, who can say? 6½x8½ inch glass …

Family Truck: 1923

San Francisco circa 1923. "Fageol motor truck -- G.W. Thomas Drayage & Rigging." And their little dog, too, along with a liberal sprinkling of …

The 1920s


Anita Page, 1929

Pop, Gas, Smokes: 1950s

From a newspaper morgue somewhere in California comes this undated medium-format mid-century negative with the sketchy notation "Oakland service …

They Wore Saddle Shoes

“<i>It’s the ‘hardy perennial’ of shoe fashions… ever smart…ever now!</i>,” claimed a 1930s description for brown and white saddle shoes. If there ever was …


Roger Schall - Mistinguett au Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 1938.

To the Rescue: 1925

San Francisco circa 1925. "California State Automobile Association -- Emergency Road Service motorcycle." Perhaps an adjunct to the Broken Glass …

Can-Can: 1943

January 1943. "Edgell tomato cannery, New South Wales, Australia." Medium format negative for the Office of War Information. View full size.

Ermine Alligator: 1925

From around 1925 comes this uncaptioned 6x8 glass negative of Milady and her motorcar somewhere in San Francisco. View full size.

12 Interesting Vintage Photos Show the Beauty of Women's Legs From the 1920s and 1930s

Women's legs have always been the focus of male attention.<p>Legs are, along with the eyes, the core of feminine sensuality. Not sexuality, that's …

28 Classic Portrait Photos of Sally Rand, the Most Scandalous Burlesque Icon of the 1930s

Sally Rand (1904-1979) was a burlesque dancer and actress, most noted for her ostrich feather fan dance and balloon bubble dance. She also performed …