1939 Pontiac Plexiglas “Ghost Car”: The First Full-Sized “See-Thru” Car Ever Made In America

1939 Pontiac Plexiglas "Ghost Car": The First Full-Sized "See-Thru" Car Ever Made In America

Visitors to the 1939 New York World’s Fair Highways and Horizons exhibit by General Motors were dazzled by the display of a one-of-a-kind 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six Plexiglas car. This specially fabricated see through vehicle was constructed of acrylic plastic (quite an advancement at the time) which made visible the many parts that created the Deluxe Six. All screws and fasteners were chrome-plated for dramatic effect. Continue reading »

Beautiful Vintage Black And White Photos Of New York City In The Summer Of 1938

Children on 1st Avenue
Beautiful Vintage Black And White Photos Of New York City In The Summer Of 1938
Sheldon Dick

New York City in the summer of 1938 was wet. On June 28, 1.69 inches of rain fell on the city – a record for the date. On July 23, 2.40 inches of rain fell. Minding where they stepped, photographers Jack Allison, Sheldon Dick, Walker Evans and Russell Lee photographed the city as pat of the Farm Security Administration’s aim to record American life between 1935 and 1944. Continue reading »

Incredible Futuristic-Looking 1939 Duesenberg Coupe Simone Midnight Ghost

Incredible Futuristic-Looking 1939 Duesenberg Coupe Simone Midnight Ghost

Duesenberg ceased production in 1937 after Cord’s financial empire collapsed. However, between 1937 and 1940, one automobile put the final touch to this historical marque. It it took three years to complete both the tailor-made interior and futuristic body. Continue reading »

Stunning Black And White Photos Of A Young Katharine Hepburn In The Grass Taken By George Hoyningen-Huene In 1934

Stunning Black And White Photos Of A Young Katharine Hepburn In The Grass Taken By George Hoyningen-Huene In 1934

Photographer George Hoyningen-Huene captured Hepburn’s independent quality in these 1934 portraits that depict her in her element: out of doors, dressed casually, and devoid of the studio glamour trappings. Many of the images from this session were published in the September 1934 issue of Vanity Fair. Continue reading »

Amazing Vintage Photographs Documented Inca Culture And Life In Peruvian Andes, Captured By Martin Chambi In The Early 20th Century

Amazing Vintage Photographs Documented Inca Culture And Life In Peruvian Andes, Captured By Martin Chambi In The Early 20th Century

Martin Chambi was among the first photographers of the Peruvian Andes and became the leading portrait painter in Cuzco, opened a photo Studio in 1920. But, being a native Quechua, he considered it his duty to document the lives of Indians and the legacy of the Inca culture, traveled through the Andes, shooting landscapes, the ruins of Machu Picchu and traditions of the local inhabitants. Continue reading »

Amazing Vintage Photos Of 1937 Cadillac V16 Series 90 Hartmann Cabriolet

Amazing Vintage Photos Of 1937 Cadillac V16 Series 90 Hartmann Cabriolet

This custom Cadillac is probably the most extreme cabriolet ever built. The car was originally commissioned by wealthy playboy Philippe Barraud. He wanted a custom car constructed on a grand scale and in late 1936 ordered a 452 cu in Cadillac V16 chassis through the Edelweiss Garage in Lausanne, Switzerland. Continue reading »

Stunning Interior Views Of The Central Social Institution In Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1937

Stunning Interior Views Of The Central Social Institution In Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1937

The Central Social Institution in Prague was home to the world’s largest vertical file cabinet. It consists of 3,000 drawers, 10 feet high, reaching from floor to ceiling and covering approximately 4,000 square feet. The drawers are all equipped with roller bearings. Continue reading »

Curious Photos Of Cynthia, A Superstar Mannequin In The ‘30s

Lester Gaba dines at the Marguery, a New York restaurant, with his mannequin Cynthia, 1937.
Curious Photos Of Cynthia, A Superstar Mannequin In The ‘30s
Alfred Eisenstaedt/LIFE

In 1932, a life-like mannequin named Cynthia was created by Lester Gaba. After several shoots around New York City for Life Magazine in 1937, her career was launched, and for a matter of months, Cynthia became a household name. Continue reading »

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K Streamline Roadster By Erdmann & Rossi

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K Streamline Roadster By Erdmann & Rossi

Mercedes commissioned Erdmann & Rossi to produce a special show car for the 1935 Barcelona exhibition based upon their 500K. One of the visitors was King Ghazi of Iraq, who expressed his desire to buy the car and MB built another (540K) car powered by a Straight 8-cyl 5018cc supercharged (180hp) engine with a 4/5-speed manual transmission as a special order and the car was shipped to Iraq. Continue reading »

New York City By Martin Lewis: In The 1930s An Australian Emigree Captured The Essence Of The City

New York City By Martin Lewis: In The 1930s An Australian Emigree Captured The Essence Of The City

Martin Lewis (7 June 1881 – 1962), the Australian-born American printmakers and artist, is best known for his etchings of New York City. Martin captured the city’s human bustle and brooding architectural menace. We see busy people in sullen places dressed in light and shade. Continue reading »

Wonderful Vintage Photos Documented Everyday Life In London In The 1930s

Wonderful Vintage Photos Documented Everyday Life In London In The 1930s
Londoners in bathing suits taking advantage of a heat wave at Hyde Park lido, 3rd June 1933. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images) Continue reading »

Stunning Vintage Photos Of Swimming In New York’s Open Air Pools In 1930s

Stunning Vintage Photos Of Swimming In New York’s Open Air Pools In 1930s
July 1935. Wading pool, Carmansville Playground.

“As you swim,” wrote Anaïs Nin,“you are washed of all the excrescences of so-called civilization, which includes the incapacity to be happy under any circumstances.” Nin wrote that whilst taking the waters off in Acapulco, Mexico, in the winter of 1947. Continue reading »

Amazing Vintage Photos Of Portuguese Women From The Azores Islands In Their Tradition Hooded Capes

Amazing Vintage Photos Of Portuguese Women From The Azores Islands In Their Tradition Hooded Capes

The Azorean hood (in Portuguese, ‘capote e capelo’) is a traditional Azorean garment worn up until the 1930s. A large cape that covered a woman’s figure, allowing only a glimpse of her face, the origin of the ‘capote-e-capelo’ is controversial. Some say that it came from Flanders and others state that it is an adaptation of mantles and cowls that were fashionable in Portugal in the 17th and 18th centuries. Regardless, for centuries the ‘capote-e-capelo’ was a typically Azorean woman’s garment used in Faial. Continue reading »

Gorgeous Pics Of The Ordinary Swedish Residents And Karelian Orthodox Monks Photographed By Einar Erici In 1930s

Karl Oskar Lööw, Fredhäll, Uppland, Sweden, 1933. The crofter Karl Oskar Lööw in Fredhäll. Born in 1873.
Gorgeous Pics Of The Ordinary Swedish Residents And Karelian Orthodox Monks Photographed By Einar Erici In 1930s

Einar Erici (1885–1965) was a physician by profession, working at a tuberculosis hospital in Stockholm, even running a private medical practice. He was by then the most renowned Swedish expert of church organs and organ builders, and his archival collection is today held by the Swedish National Heritage Board. This archive includes mostly writings, such as letters and manuscripts for published articles and essays, but also more than 2 000 black and white photos – original prints, glass plates and film negatives. Continue reading »

Amazing Vintage Photos Of Betty Broadbent, The ‘Tattooed Venus’ From The Late 1930s

Amazing Vintage Photos Of Betty Broadbent, The ‘Tattooed Venus’ From The Late 1930s

In 1938 Betty Broadbent, the ‘Tattooed Venus’ visited Sydney from America at the invitation of the Australian sideshow entrepreneur Arthur Greenhalg. PIX Magazine ran a story on Betty, who at that time had 465 tattoos on her body including a tattoo of the Madonna and child on her back and tattoos of Charles Lindbergh and Pancho Villa on her legs. She appeared on the cover of PIX Magazine on 23 April 1938 and she and the rest of the circus troupe performed at that year’s Easter Show in Sydney. Continue reading »

Delahaye Type 165: The Most Beautiful French Car Of The 1930s

Delahaye Type 165: The Most Beautiful French Car Of The 1930s

1939 Delahaye Type 165 is viewed by many as the most beautiful French car of the 1930s, only 5 of them were ever made with this one having been fatefully chosen by the French government to represent France at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Continue reading »

Cool Pics That Capture People Posing With Their Fiat Cars In The 1920s And ‘30s

A cheerful lady posing with a Fiat 501 Saloon in summertime, circa 1924
Cool Pics That Capture People Posing With Their Fiat Cars In The 1920s And ‘30s

Fiat Automobiles is the largest automobile manufacturer in Italy. During its more than century-long history, it remained the largest automobile manufacturer in Europe and the third in the world after General Motors and Ford for over 20 years, until the car industry crisis in the late 1980s. Continue reading »

1938 Phantom Corsair: The Regret Of A Car Ahead Of Its Time

1938 Phantom Corsair: The Regret Of A Car Ahead Of Its Time

The Phantom Corsair is a prototype automobile built in 1938. It is a six-passenger 2-door sedan that was designed by Rust Heinz of the H. J. Heinz family and Maurice Schwartz of the Bohman & Schwartz coachbuilding company in Pasadena, California. Continue reading »

Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

Café, Paris, 1930. (Photo by Alexander Artway)
Paris Just Before WWII: Stunning Photos Capture Daily Life Of The French Capital In The 1930s

After the First World War ended. The French economy boomed from 1921 until the Great Depression reached Paris in 1931. This period, called Les années folles or the “Crazy Years”, saw Paris reestablished as a capital of art, music, literature and cinema. Continue reading »

“City Of Light”: 1939 New York World’s Fair Diorama In The Making

"City Of Light": 1939 New York World’s Fair Diorama In The Making

Con Ed’s “The City of Light” was the largest diorama up to that time. The fourteen-minute show presented the illusion of watching New York City through a twenty-four hour cycle. Originally designed to be continuous, a break of a few minutes was required as visitors tended to stay and watch the subway cars wiz by. Continue reading »

Gorgeous Minimalist Flower X-Rays From The 1930s

Gorgeous Minimalist Flower X-Rays From The 1930s

Flower X-Rays: In the 1930s, Dain L. Tasker 1872 – 1964, chief radiologist at Los Angeles’ Wilshire Hospital, investigated the anatomy of plants with an X-ray machine. His minamalist flower X-Rays are extraordinary. Color and context and reduced to the simple essence. Continue reading »

This Is What The ‘Ideal’ Woman’s Figure Would’ve Looked Like In The 1930s

This Is What The ‘Ideal’ Woman’s Figure Would’ve Looked Like In The 1930s

Beauty standards are always changing, but they never seem to go away. In 1938, LIFE magazine did a feature on 20-year-old June Cox, showed the model in a floor-length dress and then again in her underthings, and proceeded to praise Cox for possessing the “ideal figure.” The model stood 5 ft. 6 3/4 in. and weighed 124 lbs., though life insurance statistics, the magazine said, suggested she should weigh 135 lbs. Continue reading »

11 Tips For Housewives Trying To Be Sexy In The 1930s

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Ladies, looking to spice things up in the bedroom? Checkout these 11 tips that Allan Gilbert swore by back in the 30s.

According to Gilbert, american women just didn’t have have good bedroom etiquette, so in 1937 he founded “Gilbert’s School of Undressing” where ladies could take courses teaching them how to gracefully strip for their husbands. These goofy photos were run in Life magazine and clearly illustrate the “do’s and don’ts” of a wives undressing routine.

Most of the tips are just downright funny and the accompanying photos are equally silly. Maybe these photos and tips were steamy back in the day, but now they’re mostly just good for a laugh. Continue reading »