1930s

Browse the ’30s below, or pick a year: 1930193119321933193419351936193719381939

Dorothy with the Wicked Witch and Glinda - Wizard of Oz

Behind the scenes of The Wizard of Oz movie (1939)

The magic of modern moviemaking at its miracle best breathes life into that beloved classic of childhood. Take a look behind the scenes of The Wizard of Oz in this story from the film's debut in 1939!
Dorothy and Munchkins in the Wizard of Oz movie - 1939

Fantasy in fashion: The Wizard of Oz costumes (1939)

How were the Wizard of Oz costumes created for the classic movie, starring Judy Garland? See some of the original sketches of the fairylike, frolicsome and sprightly costumes that were an outstanding feature of this fantasy.
Greta Garbo on cover of Photoplay - December 1934

The legendary actress Greta Garbo and her movies (1934)

America's highest-paid film star in the 1930s was a Swedish-born woman we know as Greta Garbo. A legend during the Golden Age of Hollywood, Garbo was one of the most popular actresses of the silent film era, as well as very successful in the early talking films.
Vintage postcard Mt Hood from Portland Oregon

Picture postcards from Portland, Oregon (1930s-1940s)

When long-distance travel was a novelty, travelers were sure to send plenty of postcards to the folks back home, Here, see 15 different postcards views of Portland, Oregon, as it appeared in the the late '30s and early '40s.
Three men on horseback racing c1885

And they’re off! Look back at the history of the Kentucky Derby

How did the Kentucky Derby get started? Now, the famous Louisville horse race is the first part of the American Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, but when it started, people didn't know how important and iconic the Derby would eventually become. Here's a look back at its history.
Classic cookie recipes from the '30s

Classic cookie recipes from the ’30s

To lots of folks, the Christmas season starts when they begin to make classic cookie recipes, when people spend many hours making sweet, fruity, spicy and nutty cookies that are relished by young and old.

The original Toll House Cookie recipe (1939)

The now ubiquitous chocolate chip cookie came to be back in 1938, and by 1939, those tasty little treats were already being called 'famous.' Here's the original Toll House cookie recipe!
The perfect woman's figure (1938)

The perfect woman’s figure (1938)

The perfect 1938 figure must have curves, but it differs from the perfect figure of past decades in relationship of curves to straight lines.
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad - The Royal Blue

New super-locomotive train capable of 100 MPH (1937)

A 16-cylinder streamlined steam super-locomotive capable of whisking 14 standard Pullman cars along at a speed of 100 miles an hour on a level, straight track will make its appearance soon in the railroad world.