>30s and 40s Head Shots for Hair Inspiration- What Real People Wore

>I hope you’re having a lovely Saturday! The weather here is just grand and it’s a lovely sunny day!
Here’s a few head shots I have been holding onto for hair inspiration to share.  Dating photos from hair alone is a bit difficult for me as I’m a bit more of a clotheshorse, but I’d say these dated from around the mid 30s to the early or mid 40s.

I think this unknown lady is just stunning. The lighting in the photo is certainly old Hollywood worthy!  I love her waves!

I have a thing for old photobooth pictures.  I blame Amelie.  There’s just something so romantic about them.  Maybe they were for passports or for a lover who was leaving on a trip or off to war, or to give to friends or mail to family back home.  The girl on the left  is wearing a darling sweater with laced detail and what looks like it could be an angora sweater or some sort of fuzzy jacket.  I really love the photo of the girl on the right.  Doesn’t she look terribly in love?  And I love her little wispy hair sticking up on top- it just looks so fun.  Notice the pencil thin eyebrows on both gals.  I would say the one on the left could be a tad earlier but I would guess both are from the second half of the 1930s.

 Gotta love big 40s hair.  My husband gave me the photo of the girl on the left since she came in a vintage frame he found. I love her ruffles and how her hairstyle looks just casually piled on top of her head.  The girl on the right is named Louise and she’s wearing such a quintessentially 40s style and a sequined dress or jacket.
Hmm. Now I kind of want to try a new hair set!
Hope you have a great weekend!

12 Comments on >30s and 40s Head Shots for Hair Inspiration- What Real People Wore

  1. superheidi
    February 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm (6 years ago)

    >Thank you for posting, love seeing these!

  2. Amanda
    February 12, 2011 at 11:18 pm (6 years ago)

    >These are great! When I lived in L.A. I would go to the Pasadena Flea Market and look at old photos for what felt like forever – the guy was probably wondering if I was going to buy any! I especially loved the photos with notes on the back. One was a girl on her front porch in the '40s and it said, "This is what I wear when I come home from work." I just thought that was a peculiar thing to write! And who was it for?? A beau overseas?? Photos like that one were special to someone at some point, and here they were just piled together with other people's photos in a plastic bin at a flea market. Anyway, your post reminded me of that day! :)

  3. Amy Jeanne
    February 12, 2011 at 11:37 pm (6 years ago)

    >I love these!!!

  4. Sarsaparilla
    February 12, 2011 at 11:43 pm (6 years ago)

    >Wonderful photos – makes me want to start my own collection! The 40's ruffled blouse girl…you're right, her hair looks casually piled. But there's gotta be some bobby pin tricks there. Wish I had all that hair…

  5. Miss Virginia
    February 13, 2011 at 12:58 am (6 years ago)

    >If you know of any setting patterns, could you please share them? I haven't come across any online except that one that everyone uses…there's a vintage photobooth tumblr too! (not mine)http://vintagephoto.tumblr.com/

  6. Miss Tami Lee
    February 13, 2011 at 4:24 am (6 years ago)

    >I love the third gal. She looks so sweet and fun

  7. Susan
    February 13, 2011 at 8:38 am (6 years ago)

    >Oh, thanks for sharing! I love the third gal, too. She really looks like she´s in love. And the first one looks like a hollywood icon, really glamorous :-)

  8. LandGirl1980
    February 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm (6 years ago)

    >I love seeing "real" people from the era – makes me feel a lot more confident about my own hair when I see what the "woman on the street" was doing with hers :)

  9. Vilte
    February 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm (6 years ago)

    >I absolutely love 40's hair :) i also like 50's too. I'm trying to recreate the vintage pin up look myself, do you have any tips that you could give me? xoxo

  10. Solanah
    February 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm (6 years ago)

    >Aw, thank you for sharing these!I too am more inspired by "real people" than old starlets, you know that the style is more possible to do by yourself than with a team of hairdressers. I've been really happy with my hairstyle lately, I finally figured out how to make it just the 40s style I want, but always spot old photos and see more inspiration! xoxo Solanah

  11. couturetteinenglish
    February 14, 2011 at 10:31 am (6 years ago)

    >Wow, stunning. I always wonder how they managed these Hairdos without a single stray hair sticking out, like in the first 2 pictures. Glue? Varnish? The other ones look more like the kind of hair I am able to manage.

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