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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Vintage Travel Trailers

The year is 1938 and don't those gals look to be having lots of fun in the sun, I'll bet they are on vacation, and what a nice way to travel! I don't see any identifying makers mark on the trailer but it got me wondering what the inside of a trailer might look like from 1938. Then I found the Wallace Collection, and oh my, there are some fabulous trailers on that site. Looks like a fellow collector too, wonder where they store all of them.
The images below are from the Wallace Collection site. Go have a look.




I've always wanted a small trailer to retrofit. Wouldn't that be a fun project? Whenever we traveled as a family when I was young was mostly by car. We'd all get piled into the station wagon or Rambler and off we'd go. But this just looks like so much more fun. A gal can dream!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Grab a Vintage Hat to Pair with your Vintage Swimsuit

Protect your head by wearing a hat at the beach or while you spend any extended amount of time in the sun. Your vintage swimsuit can be accessorized with a multitude of styles to match your swimsuit, your mood or even your location.
I am particularly fond of this one. The hat in itself is almost as a big as an umbrella and I would imagine to do a very good job of protecting not only your torso, but also that head! And will you look at her top? That certainly looks like a rectangular shaped scarf that has been cleverly tied into her top. Wow, what an easy peasy solution! And with you are done wearing it as a top, your scarf can do double duty as a headband, turban or yes, the devoted accessory.

Country bumpkin straw hat, perfect for lazing, napping, fishing, heck even gardening.

And another wide brim hat. Look how much of her skin is protected!

Or perhaps you like the turban style, you could even wear something like this under your hat.

And of course there is always the decorative rubber swim caps, always a popular choice for protecting you hair from harmful chemicals.


What do you wear on your head at the beach?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Irish McCalla - 1950s Queen of the Jungle

Do you know this gal? This is the infamous Irish McCalla, perhaps better known as Sheena Queen of the Jungle. And this is her publicity shot for her role as Sheena. She looks pretty bad-ass mean to me. But she quotes herself as 'not' being an actress, but that she could fly from tree to tree. Now that's a good skill to have.

1951 Alberto Vargas - Irish McCalla

 OK, seriously, she was also a model for Vargas, and that in itself is an accomplishment.




I found this wonderful video of Irish frolicking at the beach. Enjoy, and happy Monday!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Rhonda Fleming - A California Native

Rhonda Fleming, isn't she gorgeous? And what about that swimsuit, wow! This pin up image is from an old calendar of 'redheads' that I picked up just for the images. Rhonda is a native California girl too and still resides in southern California. She is quite the ambassador too, taking on, helping out and founding many different charitable organizations. Thank you Rhonda, and for the rest of you, happy Friday!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Val Njord by Bernard of Hollywood

Pin up photographer, Bernard of Hollywood took this shot of Val Njord. I can't find out much info on Val other that she was a former Miss USA. Smokin hot. The caption reads Val Njord "Jungle Juno". We'll post more of Bernards pin up photographs tomorrow. In the meantime, if you know anything about Val please leave a comment. Thanks!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Flying Through the Air



Flying through the air with the greatest of ease, stunning poetry in motion. These two images evoke a peaceful serene moment, when the diver has lept from the platform and is gliding through the air, perfectly pitched body, towards the waiting water. A moment captured, the beauty of the human form. I can almost feel myself being one of these divers, peaceful and serene, only focusing on the moment. I will use that as inspiration for my day and hope that you take the leap with me....GO!

Friday, February 15, 2013

A Nod to Bunny Yeager

This morning while conducting my research I came across a new book that is out on the Pin-Up Photography of Bunny Yeager by Petra Mason, Dita Von Teese. It looks like a wonderful book from what I can see on Amazon, have any of your purchased this?


Lots of images on Bunny doing self portrait work and some of her other famous poses of the likes of Betti Page. These are just a sampling to give you an idea.

As I thumbing through the pages on line I came across this image from 1966, the cover of one of Bunny Yeagers books on new photo studies.


Fabulous right? I love it when that happens. This two piece bikini swimsuit is new old stock and is available at Glamoursurf.
Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Valentines Day Marilyn Style


We're sending out good wishes to all of our Valentines here at GlamourSplash. We hope you have a Valentines Day filled with love, joy and everything your hearts desire! xoxo



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Louise Dahl-Wolfe - A San Francisco Native


If you follow GlamourSplash on a regular basis, you know I'm a big fan of Louise Dahl-Wolfe. What I didn't know about Louise is that she was a local photographer out of San Francisco!

This image is from 1950 and is from the fabulous Pool book we picked up last weekend. The Museum of Contemporary Photography has a wonderful bio on Louise, which I've copied for you here.


Louise Emma Augusta Dahl was born to Norwegian parents in San Francisco, California on November 19, 1895. In 1914 she began her studies at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) where she stayed for six years, studying design with Rudolph Schaeffer. She became interested in photography in 1921 upon meeting and seeing the pictorial work of Anne Brigman. Dahl worked as a sign designer for the Federal Electric Co., San Francisco from 1920 to 1922. She studied design and decoration, and architecture at Columbia University, New York in 1923. In 1924 she was employed as an assistant to decorator Beth Armstrong in San Francisco, and from 1925 to 1927 she worked for Armstrong, Carter and Kenyon, a fashion wholesale company. In 1928 she met the sculptor Meyer Wolfe in Tunisia and married him in San Francisco. She wanted to take the last name Wolfe, but later, lest she be mistaken for a particular commercial photographer by the same name, she adopted the hyphenated “Dahl-Wolfe.”

Dahl-Wolfe began to concentrate on making photographs while in San Francisco and Tennessee in the early 1930s. She spent the summer of 1932 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee photographing the people of the Smoky Mountains. One of those portraits became her first published work, appearing in Vanity Fair in 1933, and Edward Steichen included her Tennessee pictures in a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1937. From 1933 to 1960, Dahl-Wolfe operated a New York photographic studio that at first was home to the freelance advertising and fashion work she made for stores including Bonwit Teller and Saks Fifth Avenue, but soon was in use for Harper’s Bazaar projects (including such photographs as the carefully staged Japanese Bath from 1954 and Isamu Noguchi, New York, the 1955 portrait of a designer and his lamps).

From 1936 to 1958 Dahl-Wolfe was a staff fashion photographer at Harper’s Bazaar. During that tenure, Dahl-Wolfe’s photographs featured in the magazine included 86 covers, another 600 published in color, and thousands in black-and-white. A cover image of Betty Bacall sent the model for a Hollywood screen test where she soon changed her name to Lauren. While working for Harper’s Dahl-Wolfe pioneered the use of natural lighting in fashion photography and shooting on location. She photographed in locations all over the northern hemisphere: from Laguna Beach, California (Rubber bathingsuit, January 1940), to the winter quarters of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Sarasota Florida (Two models with elephants, May 1947) to Granada, Spain (Jean Patchett, 1953). Her innovations and modernist touches kept her widely celebrated in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, and she is remembered as an influence on a generation of photographers including Horst, Richard Avedon, and Irving Penn.

Dahl-Wolfe preferred portraiture to fashion work, and while at Harper’s she photographed cultural icons and celebrities including film-maker Orson Wells (1938), writer Carson McCullers (1940) designer Christian Dior (1946), photographer Cecil Beaton (1950), writer Colette (1951), and broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow (1953). In addition to her Harper’s responsibilities, Dahl-Wolfe was able to pursue her own vision in the studio and sometimes even while on assignment. For example, she asked a model to pose for the unpublished Nude in the Desert while on location in California’s Mojave Desert shooting swimsuits that would appear in the May 1948 edition of Harper’s.

From 1958 until her retirement in 1960, Dahl-Wolfe worked as a freelance photographer for Vogue, Sports Illustrated, and other periodicals. Major exhibitions of her work include Women of Photography: An Historical Survey at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1975); The History of Fashion Photography (1977) and Recollections: Ten Women of Photography (1979) at International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; and Portraits at the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson (1986). Retrospectives include shows at Grey Art Gallery, New York University (1983); Cheekwood Fine Arts Center, Nashville, Tennessee (1984); and Louise Dahl-Wolfe: A Ninetieth Birthday Salute at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (1985). Louise Dalhl-Wolfe lived many of her later years in Nashville, Tennessee, though she died in New Jersey of pneumonia in 1989.



Louise Dahl-Wolfe, 1954

Want to see more? The Museum has a nice collection of her work. You can view that here. Have a fabulous Tuesday!



Monday, February 11, 2013

Glamour at the Beach

It's Monday, so naturally Marilyn is here to start your week off. We hope your week is extra special, go out and do something for yourself!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Newsworthy Swimsuit Indeed


I just adore this image. It's really quite large and I could not get everything to fit in my scanner. But the most important aspect I wanted to share with you was the young lady on the catwalk. Will you check out her swimsuit??? My guess is that it's a two piece and she's got a sweet coordinating little cover-up along with that fabulous umbrella and matching shoes!!! The only credit that is given to the image is that it's taken in 1947 by Jacques Henri Lartigue. It also says 'piscine molitor concours de la plus jolie baigneuse' which translates into something like a bathing suit or swimming competition. I'll bet she won!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

1930s Sun Worshipers


 This past weekend I picked up a large 'coffee table' book called Pools by Kelly Klein. These are some wonderful shots of pools in this book and along with that goes swimwear, so I've been scanning some of my favorite images to share with you. The image above is by one of my favorite photographers, Louise Dahl Wolfe. This shot was taken in 1930. It mesmerizes me, that image takes me away and makes me want to be laying in the sun like that

This second image is called Nude with Parasol by Martin Munkacsi, taken in 1935. Isn't it wonderful? The semi sheer parasol, the layout, the subject matter. I've done another post with Martins work here.

Thank you Martin, we'll be looking at more of your work soon!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Alfred Stieglitz Water Work

 Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) was a photographer and entrepreneur in New York city in the early 20th century. He fostered a modernist view to a group of avant-garde artists, photographers and illustrators. He was the first in the United States to exhibit European modernists Matisse, Cezanne, Picasso, Brancusi & African sculpture. He instigated moving photography from its earlier romanticism into a modernist American vision. In 1902 he founded a break-away camera club, the Photo-Secession, to support and promote progressive American photographers and present exhibitions of their work. To sponsor their work he also founded a journal, Camera Work in 1903. Throughout his life he operated galleries to advance the work of modern American artists and photographers whom he felt embodied the essence of the American character. 

 1906, The Swimming Lesson, Albert Stieglitz

1910, The Pool, New Jersey, Alfred Stieglitz

We love his early water work. Oh my how times have changed in styles of swimwear.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Naturally, Marilyn Monday

It's a beautiful morning and Marilyn just makes it all the more beautiful. We've missed you all during our short winter break and it feels good to be back. We've amassed some fabulous vintage swimwear and images recently, we hope you come back and share with us this month as we dive back into the water. Happy Monday!