René Lalique glass car mascots

Just had to write a post about these wonderful pieces of art. I used to gaze at these deco hood mascots in awe as a child in one of my dad’s vintage car books. Never forgot them and still would love to own some of them myself. René Lalique was a genius when it came to glassware.

Twenty nine mascot designs were produced for the sleek cars of Hispano Suiza, Isotta Fraschini, Bugatti, Bentley, etc. All were made from very high quality glass, and provision was made for them to be illuminated by special metal mounts. The rarest are the coloured and tinted pieces. Here are some of my favourites.

 Lalique Sirène Mascot   Lalique Archer Mascot

Lalique Peacock's Head Mascot   Lalique Swallow MascotLalique Victoire Mascot

Lalique Perch Mascot   Lalique Owl MascotLalique Chrysis Mascot
Lalique Small Dragonfly Mascot

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La Femme Chez Elle 1930s magazines

Ahh…La Femme Chez Elle. So many beautiful art deco minimalist style covers and fashion plates within. And lots of nifty hat making tips! I have scanned some of the articles for you here from a few of my collection. Yes, they are in French, but the visuals are worth looking at. Some lovely knitting patterns too and I really want to try and make the tilted straw hat. So cute! If you are interested, I have some for sale in my Etsy store. I noticed that even has copies of the covers for sale as prints.

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Miss L Fire – Autumn/Winter 2012

I have been a fan of UK based Miss L Fire for a while now. Stunning shoes with styles so reminiscent of the 30s, 40s and 50s. Here are my favourites for the coming European season. I love the ‘Boston’ in green and wish I could have a pair right now! Miss L Fire, also have a one of the coolest websites around so check them out. The A/W 12 collection is shown here at the moment. Enjoy!

1920s/30s ‘Bibendum’ (Michelin Man) posters

As a kid I always liked the old version of the Michelin Man. My dad restores vintage cars and many of his friends in the vintage car club he belongs to collect old MM tin signs and paraphernalia.

Best of all, I love the old cigar toking, monocle-sporting, mummy-esque looking ‘Bibendum’ (his real name) of the 20s and 30s. He’s kinda scary looking but so very, very cool and sophisticated. Nothing like the lame ‘cartoonish’ Michelin Man of today who looks like he’s advertising children’s cereal.



Vintage photographer in focus: Simply stunning Steichen

I was pulling out some of my books on vintage photography recently and was reminded of how much I love Edward Steichen. I adore his simple lines and the way uses shadow and light. Steichen’s photos of gowns designed by Paul Poiret in the magazine Art et Décoration in 1911 are some of the very first modern fashion photographs and he helped define an era of glamour and elegance. Along with fashion work, he also photographed stunning portraits of movie stars and well-known faces of the day including Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, Norma Shearer, Greta Garbo, Anna May Wong, Pola Negri, Loretta Young, Lilian Gish, Amelia Earhart and Joan Crawford. Hope you enjoy these classic images.











* Shared from my post on Swingfashionista

Snowfire Face Powder ad – 1936

I’ll take one of each hat please!


Michelle’s Esty picks of the week: Art Deco homewares

Well, today I thought I would post pics of my favourite Art Deco homewares currently for sale on Etsy. There are so many wonderful finds to be had that I wish I had a tonne of money to purchase them all! Sadly , I would need a bigger house ;P Which one is your favourite? I think mine is the cocktail cabinet.

* All items linked back to their original Etsy source. 

 art deco french tray green glass & wood / 1930s bar ware serving tray / abstract modernist french trayClassic 30's Walnut & Chrome Art Deco Bar in Pristine Conditionart deco rug dutch amsterdam school 1930s bauhaus / art deco wall hanging holland   Vintage swing frames - two shabby chic rustic art deco -   Art Deco Lamp from France Signed "Degue" - (1920s) Palest Pink Hanging Ceiling Light - 3 TREASURY LISTS   Rare Ditmar Urbach Czechoslovakia Art Deco Pottery Toucan pitcher
Vintage Art Deco Marathon Cigarette Case with Built-in Lighter - Fan Nameplate    Vintage French Art Deco Appetizer Tray with Cut Crystal Boxes and Sculpted Deco Motif Tray - 2 TREASURY LISTS
Royal Enfield Silver Bullet 500 1930s Print    Royal Enfield Bicycles, For Lasting Fitness, 1930s Print
Jiffy Kodak VP - Vintage 1930s Bakelite Art Deco Folding Camera with Box   1930s Toastmaster Toaster Crome Bakelite Art Deco 1B5

For the chaps 1: Vintage swimsuits

Check out this awesome collection of men’s swimming trunks from the 1920s to the 40s from Vintage Haberdasher’s blog. Interestingly they range in colours from black to yellow but there seems to be a preference for the darker colour choices. Most were made from wool with a canvas belt to keep them from sagging and falling off once heavy with water and many have a little coin pocket included in the design.


Jantzen Ad, 1930

Vintage Olympic spirit!

Found some lovely pics, in keeping with the Olympic spirit that is upon us. Yes, we still have a the Parolympics to go yet folks. Here are some pics of the Olympic team uniforms from the past. The ladies even wore a cloche hat in the 1920 US team!

Olympic Fashion

Olympic Fashion

Olympic Fashion

United States

Olympic Fashion

United States



My Etsy picks of the week: 1930s

As most of you know, my favourite era is the 1930s, so this week I have scoured Etsy for 30s items that I like and posted them here for you all. From gowns to shoes and accessories, from sewing patterns to homewares. Some of these items are from a few of my fav fellow Etsy sellers such as Top Tottie Vintage , eStitches , SIB Vintage and Raleigh Vintage. Enjoy!

* All items linked back to their original Etsy source. 

1930s Three Stone Diamond Ring. Gold and Platinum. Oval Shape Setting.   30s celluloid red dangling leaves necklace   Art Deco Dress Clips Vintage 1930's Pair Black Beaded Clips1930s hat / fabulous black straw Tilt Hat with rope and ribbon trim / Size 22 1/2   1930s tilt hat / 30s vintage Green Fur Hat with Paste Rhinestone Trembler Pin   Vintage 30s Velvet Cap / Black Velvet Hat / 1930s Beaded HatKnitted Star Beret Hat - 1930's Vintage Knitting Pattern - PDF E-bookVintage 1930s Tucked Slouch Beret Crochet Pattern PDF Treasury Item1930s Jaunty Brimmed Sports Hat with Bow- Crochet pattern PDF 2735 vintage 1930s 30s heels / 1930s rare designer glam sliver stripe heels / Sliver Tinsel Tree   vintage 1940s leather suede Jitterbug dance shoes   vintage 1930s Shoes // Satin Evening Heels

1930s dress / Mint green original 30s hand crochet cotton / size M (UK 12, US 8 approx)   Vintage 1930s Ivory & Cherry Red Lacey Ruffle Front Dress   Vintage 1930s Dress : 30s Art Deco Bias Cut Satin Dress and Jacket
1930s Gown - Mint Green and Black - Art Deco   Vintage 1930's Black Netted Lace Gown OLD Hollywood Glam Greta Garbo Tres Chic Wedding 36JJ   1930's Silver To Orchid Satin & Beaded Ball Gownvintage 1930s coat / persian lamb coat / lucky horseshoe celluloid button coat   Very UNIQUE and RARE Mid 1930s Linen Blend Balloon Sleeve Novelty Music/Graduation Coatdress - Sz. M   1930s Boucle style Sweater Coat with Assymetrical Design. Long Black White and Green Blend. Celluloid Buttons. SM1930s Lizard Skin Flapper Tango Hand Bag with amber beads   1930's Art Deco Beaded Clutch   Cream Vintage Beaded 1930's Clutch- Dear Believer1930s Toastmaster Toaster Crome Bakelite Art Deco 1B5   Vintage Art Deco 1930's Bakelite Red Speckled Canisters   Bullet Lamps Skyscraper Art Deco Pair with Metal Tiered Caps

Lovely 1940s snoods and shoes …

For all my 1940s loving friends … I have been scanning some of the great ads in vintage magazines that I own and thought I would share them as some of the shoes are simply stunning. Most of the pics are featured in a mid 40s Sears and Roebuck catalogue and the other is from the 1943 British magazine – Britannia. I love the Specators and the ‘Kumfees’. Great name 🙂


The cost of being a well-dressed flapper – 1926

Great article I found on the Retronaut website about high-end fashion in the 20s. The cost of  $346 in 1926 is equivalent to $4,414 today!! Clara Bow is the model here.