Friday, September 30, 2011

Hollywood Portraits

I made a really nice find in a flea market this summer... I bought a huge lot of vintage pictures (probably not original ones), this is a lot of Hollywood Portraits and movies scenes from the 30's thru the 50's, most from the 30'-40's. Some are in color but I really prefer the B&W ones. All these pictures are so glamorous!!!

First I was watching them at the Market to buy only perhaps 10 of them but each one was more beautiful than the other and it was so hard to choose. So we decided to take them all and we made an offer to the seller.

When we came back home we compted all these portraits and classed them depending of their era: more than 1350 pictures!!!!

These pictures are quite large about A4 format. Here are some examples from this treasure.

There are not so many men pictures, but I'm just pleased with that because I love actresses' portraits the most. So many things to watch on women: dresses, hairs, hats, shoes, make-up, jewels...

Look at this amazing dress!!!

Some of these pictures show how amazing the 40's fashion could be.

For me who is a vintage hats lover, I was able to see really amazing hat so well pictured!

In this lot, there are also some funny and cute pictures like these ones :

The are also a lot of couple pictures, here are some examples.

A lot of great great hair styles!

Some pin-up showing their best bathing suits!!!

Some vintage brides!!!

Some WWI memories.

A lot of dance scenes from 30's and 40's musicals.

If I can find a good hair dresser (still not find a good one here), I choose these 2 ladies for their hair style, I think it could fit me, quite the same cut I already have but shorter and curlier.

I cannot show you all these pictures but I thing with those examples, you can see how amazing this collection is. I think I prefer starlets than great stars, their pictures are always more fun.

I made some Hollywood Portraits with my Husband in Rhythm Riot weekender some years ago. Here is a 2004 picture by Gordon Ayres.

Do you like vintage Hollywood Portraits?
Have you ever done one of yourself?


  1. What a wonderful find! And so many! I wonder where they came from, who collected them.

    A request from a fellow hat-nerd. Maybe you can post more pictures of the hats later?

    Maybe you aldready know this, but anyway-
    I recognise two of my favourite actresses Ann Miller and I think the woman below her is Hedy Lamarr. Very cool!
    Picture 15 and 16 from the top.

  2. Most of the pictures have a name on the back with a pencil, some are written in the bottom of the pictures with the studio for example MGM.
    I can make a post later with some other pictures, no problem!!! Most of the actress are without hat.

  3. What a find! I'm quite envious.

    A couple of years ago I took a series of phots of friends in a vintage Hollywood style. It was great fun.

  4. I will soon share some more pictures: prtraits with hats and color portraits!