Category: 1930s fashion

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Joan Blondell and Bette Davis on set of Three on a Match (1932)

Paul Robeson with his wife Eslanda Goode and their son Paul Robeson Jr. at Central Park West in New York City in 1939.

Photos by Carl Van Vechten


Jean Harlow

photographed by George Hurrell for Dinner at Eight (1933)


Marlene Dietrich and her husband Rudolf Sieber arriving in Paris from Hollywood on May 19, 1933.

Joan Crawford and Clark Gable publicity photos for Dancing Lady (1933)

In August 1939, Life magazine sent photographer Charles Peterson to shoot an assignment which was never featured in the magazine. This invitation only jam session was organized by jazz guitarist Eddie Condon and promoter Ernie Anderson. It took place in New York at the Riverside Drive apartment of cartoonist Burris Jenkins. The guest list included Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Ivie Anderson, Hot Lips Page, Billie Holiday, Harry Lim, Pee Wee Russell, Johnny Hodges, Chu Berry, Cozy Cole, Clyde Newcombe, Bud Freeman, and Dave Tough.


Myrna Loyand and William Powell play sleuthing couple Nick and Nora Charles for the second time in “After The Thin Man” (1936).

Photos by Clarence Sinclair Bull

25-year-old Cab Calloway photographed by Carl Van Vechten on January 12, 1933.

Jean Harlow

photographed by Harvey White

for Dinner at Eight (1933)