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Lovely Ladies of Yesteryear, Part 2


Leave Britney alone! Look at these beauties, instead

The passage of time can not be argued with, but luckily we have photographs and movies, postcards and advertising industry to remind us that female beauty was just as bewitching in the past (if not more so, enhanced by rather exotic fashion and fascinating long-gone environments)

First, study the beauty, its curves and postures, before entering the wonderful world of fashion:

Taking "artistic license" -

These were the (groovy) times:

(images credit: digilander)

The Tokyo Happy Coats:

Lulu, 1965 -

Hayley Mills:

(image credit: Hayley Mills)

No Picture!

Zooey Deschanel in "Almost Famous" - perfect 60s style!

60s were THE times to "watch the girls go by"

(image credit: John Cowan)

Paris legends: Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin:

(image credit: digilander)

Jane Fonda:

(images credit: digilander)

Natalie Wood:
(more images are here)

Fabulous Brigitte Bardot:

(images credit: digilander)

Hayley Mills again (1966):

The Traffic Queen:

(image credit: Norman Parkinson)

"Our Topless Heritage" is promoted inside one of the "girly" magazine of the 60s:
(for SFW reasons we can only include the cover)

Soviet lab worker in the 60s:

There is something about Vespa:

LP covers provided much-needed escape from often drab street fashion of the 50s. For more awesome LP covers, see this page

This hardware calendar simply rocks, in my opinion:

Water coolers can be interesting:

Day-to-day living, with grace

Having breakfast (you know who this is)

Kitchen chores:

(image credit: Miss Magnolia)

Polishing a locomotive:

(photo by Max Penson)

Getting into the Army:

Moving in style:

Arriving in Hollywood, full of hopes:

(original unknown)

Getting into the Wonder-Woman business:

Some off-beat activities

Weird movies (certainly chauvinistic) -

Women are getting even:
Draining men of all energy:

Pulling the tongue:

(original unknown)

"Managing" the money:

Practicing the balance (for a better gait and posture?)

(Glacier Rock, Yosemite National Park, 1890s)

A split-second before explosion (the camera survived, however) -

Motoring in 1920s:

For a sense of perspective, compare the above shots with the feel and atmosphere of "Central Station Telephone Operators at Work" in 1905:
("inspectors watch for mistakes and disturbances of any kind)

This is much better:

And of course, the question is:

Other sources: Sixties, Miss Magnolia, RetroCrush

Also read:
Ladies in Space, Ladies & Robots
Lovely Ladies in Color, Lovely Ladies in b/w

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Blogger mooP said...

Sorry to burst your bubble, but this picture is not from the 60s. It's Zooey Deschanel from the movie Almost Famous.

Blogger Holy Cuteness said...

Very nice old pics and goodlooking women... I luv the old Vespa scooters!

Anonymous elmegil said...

That "motoring in the 1910's" photo has an interesting date in the upper left corner...March 1922.

Blogger Sleestak said...

Thank you for a couple of Hayleys I didn't have.

Anonymous Flavio Coelho, Photographer said...

The following photographs (models inside bubbles) were made by Melvin Sokolsky, not Richard Avedon:


Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Thank you Flavio, - we are contacting him for permissions.

OpenID simonator said...

Of course the first "groovy times" photo is Gabrielle Drake playing Lt. Ellis from the show UFO that came out in 1970 and took place in 1980.

Blogger Avi Abrams said...

For more great shots of Gabrielle Drake, see this page

Anonymous Bronson said...

I have to agree that the hardware calendar is my fav, somethign about that vintage style and coloration that i really really like, the betties are also great of course!

Anonymous Xamuel said...

Cool, wonder what the ladies of fifty years from now will look like =P


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