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1930s Collection

Step into the vibrant world of the 1930s, where imagination and elegance reigned supreme

Background image1930s Collection: OCEAN LINER QUEEN MARY. The Cunard White Star liner Queen Mary launched in 1934

OCEAN LINER QUEEN MARY. The Cunard White Star liner Queen Mary launched in 1934. Painting, 1934, by William McDowell

Background image1930s Collection: Babar, king of the elephants, and Celeste playing tennis at Celesteville

Babar, king of the elephants, and Celeste playing tennis at Celesteville. Illustration from one of Jean de Brunhoffs
BABAR THE ELEPHANT, 1930s. Babar, king of the elephants, and Celeste playing tennis at Celesteville. Illustration from one of Jean de Brunhoffs Babar books, 1930s

Background image1930s Collection: LAUREL AND HARDY, 1939. Publicity still from the motion picture Flying Deuces, 1939

LAUREL AND HARDY, 1939. Publicity still from the motion picture Flying Deuces, 1939

Background image1930s Collection: 7 King Class Locomotives at Swindon Shed, 1930

7 King Class Locomotives at Swindon Shed, 1930
From l-r: No 6005 King George II, No 6008 King James II, No 6017 King Edward IV, No 6020 King Henry IV, No 6022 King Edward III, No 6023 King Edward II, No 6024 King Edward I

Background image1930s Collection: Citroen Traction Avant or Light 15

Citroen Traction Avant or Light 15

Background image1930s Collection: Ernest Hemingway Fishing

Ernest Hemingway Fishing
Sun Valley, Idaho: 1939 Author Ernest Hemingway holding two trout he has caught

Background image1930s Collection: Taxi Rank at Paddington Station, 1934

Taxi Rank at Paddington Station, 1934
This images shows the busy taxi rank at Paddington Station in 1934. Over 20 taxis are waiting along this stretch. By the 1930s most taxis were motor vehicles

Background image1930s Collection: View of the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York, 1930s

View of the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York, 1930s
HARLEM: COTTON CLUB, 1930s. View of the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York, 1930s

Background image1930s Collection: Quick Lunch and Snack Bar at Paddington Station, 1936

Quick Lunch and Snack Bar at Paddington Station, 1936
An interior view of Paddington station showing a busy snack bar, which probably opened soon after the modernisation of the station in the 1930s

Background image1930s Collection: Maine Road football ground 1934

Maine Road football ground 1934
Aerial picture of the Maine Road ground taken when Manchester City played Sheffield Wednesday in March 1934

Background image1930s Collection: Austin Seven Ruby 1937 Red

Austin Seven Ruby 1937 Red

Background image1930s Collection: Felix Pernod 1930s France rklf Absinthe alcohol itnt

Felix Pernod 1930s France rklf Absinthe alcohol itnt

Background image1930s Collection: Lambeth Walk in the rain 1938

Lambeth Walk in the rain 1938

Background image1930s Collection: Ford Model A Roadster

Ford Model A Roadster

Background image1930s Collection: Fox-Hunting Illustrated 1934 1930s UK fox hunting cruel sports magazines

Fox-Hunting Illustrated 1934 1930s UK fox hunting cruel sports magazines Original not available

Background image1930s Collection: Parliament Hill Fields Lido PLA01_03_0300

Parliament Hill Fields Lido PLA01_03_0300
Parliament Hill Fields Lido, Gordon House Road, Gospel Oak, Camden, Greater London. The busy swimming pool at Parliament Hill Fields Lido in Gospel Oak

Background image1930s Collection: The Grenadier, Belgravia CXP01_01_045

The Grenadier, Belgravia CXP01_01_045
The Grenadier, Wilton Row, Belgravia, City of Westminster, Greater London. A view from the south-east showing the front of The Grenadier and a man walking up the steps to the entrance of the pub

Background image1930s Collection: Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson
Pilot Amy Johnson 1936

Background image1930s Collection: Mallard steaming over Ribblehead Viaduct

Mallard steaming over Ribblehead Viaduct
The steam locomotive engine Mallard crossing the Ribblehead Viaduct in Lancashire in 1995

Background image1930s Collection: Austin Seven Ruby 1937 Red

Austin Seven Ruby 1937 Red

Background image1930s Collection: WIZARD OF OZ, 1939. Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion in the 1939 MGM production of The Wizard of Oz

WIZARD OF OZ, 1939. Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion in the 1939 MGM production of The Wizard of Oz

Background image1930s Collection: Croydon High Street 1932

Croydon High Street 1932
High Street and the corner of George Street Croydon 1932

Background image1930s Collection: Bigbury-on-Sea from Burgh Island, Devon, September 1935

Bigbury-on-Sea from Burgh Island, Devon, September 1935
A GWR publicity view of Bigbury-on-Sea on the southern coast of Devon, taken from Burgh Island in September 1935. The image shows the art-deco style Burgh Island Hotel and a number of houses

Background image1930s Collection: Aerial view of Plymouth Hoe 1937

Aerial view of Plymouth Hoe 1937
Aerial view of Plymouth Hoe Devon 1936

Background image1930s Collection: Arbroath fishwives

Arbroath fishwives in Glamis, Scotland, 1930s

Background image1930s Collection: 10170815

10170815
Looe, South Cornwall, for Ideal Homes and Holidays, GWR Poster, 1930

Background image1930s Collection: Cider press at Hillgrove, Sussex

Cider press at Hillgrove, Sussex
Two men with a cider press at Hillgrove, Sussex November 1933 George Garland Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref No: Garland N8161

Background image1930s Collection: Guerlain 1930s USA

Guerlain 1930s USA

Background image1930s Collection: U. S. NAVY TRAVEL POSTER. Travel. Lithograph recruiting poster for the U. S. Navy, probably 1930s

U. S. NAVY TRAVEL POSTER. Travel. Lithograph recruiting poster for the U. S. Navy, probably 1930s
U.S. NAVY TRAVEL POSTER. Travel. Lithograph recruiting poster for the U.S. Navy, probably 1930s

Background image1930s Collection: Bigbury-on-Sea from Burgh Island, Devon, September 1935

Bigbury-on-Sea from Burgh Island, Devon, September 1935
A GWR publicity view of Bigbury-on-Sea on the southern coast of Devon, taken from Burgh Island in September 1935. The image shows what is now The Pilchard Inn on the tidal island

Background image1930s Collection: Chester Cross & Rows, Cheshire, July 1935

Chester Cross & Rows, Cheshire, July 1935
A GWR Publicity view of The Rows at Chester, Cheshire in July 1935. These half-timbered shops are famous for their covered galleries reached by steps

Background image1930s Collection: Ewood Park Blackburn 1939

Ewood Park Blackburn 1939
Football Ground Ewood Park -FA Cup match between Blackburn Rovers v Huddersfield Town 1939

Background image1930s Collection: The Marina swimming pool in Ramsgate, 1937

The Marina swimming pool in Ramsgate, 1937
Aerial view of the Marina swimming pool in Ramsgate in Kent 1937

Background image1930s Collection: Boats on the beach at Beer, Devon

Boats on the beach at Beer, Devon
Early morning beach scene at the village of Beer, Devon 1935

Background image1930s Collection: Gypsy caravan

Gypsy caravan
Gypsies and their caravans on their way to Epsom Downs for the Derby 1933

Background image1930s Collection: Painting the Forth Bridge

Painting the Forth Bridge
Workmen painting the Forth Rail Bridge in Scotland, 1931

Background image1930s Collection: Plymouth Tinside Lido, c. 1935

Plymouth Tinside Lido, c. 1935
Crowds are gathered on the steps of the Lido to take part in swimming, bathing and diving. The Lido opened in 1935 and was built to a classic art deco style

Background image1930s Collection: The Queen Mary ocean liner at Southampton

The Queen Mary ocean liner at Southampton
RMS Queen Mary at Southampton, in the background is the Majestic 1936

Background image1930s Collection: The Queen Mary Cruise Ship in the Clyde river

The Queen Mary Cruise Ship in the Clyde river
The Queen Mary is turned around in the Clyde by tug boats, 1936

Background image1930s Collection: Hudson Steam Loco

Hudson Steam Loco
A streamlined 4-6-4 Hudson steam locomotive of the New York Central Railroad. Designed by Henry Dreyfuss and built by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO), the engines were introduced in 1938

Background image1930s Collection: Lagonda 16-80 Saloon, 1933, Green

Lagonda 16-80 Saloon, 1933, Green
Lagonda 16-80 Saloon 1933 Green

Background image1930s Collection: bugatti type 55 2. 3 litre roadster

bugatti type 55 2. 3 litre roadster
bugatti type 55 2.3 litre roadster

Background image1930s Collection: Pirates 1930s UK Robert Louis Stephenson Long John Silver Treasure Island childrens

Pirates 1930s UK Robert Louis Stephenson Long John Silver Treasure Island childrens
Pirates 1930s UK Robert Louis Stephenson Long John Silver Treasure Island childrenÕs books parrots birds childrens

Background image1930s Collection: The Magnet 1930s UK Billy Bunter out of reach Frank Richardson childrens Annuals

The Magnet 1930s UK Billy Bunter out of reach Frank Richardson childrens Annuals
The Magnet 1930s UK Billy Bunter out of reach Frank Richardson childrenÕs Annuals childrens annual

Background image1930s Collection: BABE RUTH (1895-1948). American baseball chewing gum card, 1933

BABE RUTH (1895-1948). American baseball chewing gum card, 1933

Background image1930s Collection: Singer Le Mans British

Singer Le Mans British

Background image1930s Collection: Citroen Traction Avant Light 15

Citroen Traction Avant Light 15

Background image1930s Collection: GWR Buffet Car, c1938

GWR Buffet Car, c1938



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Step into the vibrant world of the 1930s, where imagination and elegance reigned supreme. In Jean de Brunhoff's Babar books, we find ourselves in Celesteville, witnessing a playful match between Babar, king of the elephants, and his dear friend Celeste on the tennis court. The whimsical illustration transports us to a time filled with innocence and joy. Meanwhile, Laurel and Hardy grace our screens in their iconic film 'Flying Deuces' from 1939. This publicity still captures their timeless humor that continues to bring laughter to audiences even today. In Swindon Shed, seven majestic King Class Locomotives stand tall as symbols of industrial progress during this era. These powerful machines were at the forefront of transportation innovation. On the streets, a Citroen Traction Avant or Light 15 glides through with its sleek design capturing attention wherever it goes. This automobile epitomizes style and sophistication synonymous with the 1930s. The Cotton Club in Harlem pulsates with jazz rhythms as talented musicians fill its halls. It was here that African American artists showcased their incredible talents amidst an era marked by racial segregation. A rainy day in Trongate, Glasgow is brought to life through an oil painting depicting everyday life in this bustling city during the 1930s. The artist's brush strokes capture both melancholy and resilience within its urban landscape. Ernest Hemingway finds solace while fishing; his passion for adventure mirrored by his literary prowess that would shape generations to come. An Austin Seven Ruby car painted red exudes charm on every street corner it graces – a symbol of affordable luxury for those seeking freedom on wheels during these times. At Paddington Station's Quick Lunch and Snack Bar in 1936, travelers find respite amidst their journeys – savoring quick bites before continuing on their way towards new destinations full of promise.