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American Bobsled Team 1932

The 1930s are heralded as the modernizing decade of mens fashion (at least as far as the 20th century goes.) From the dinner jacket replacing formal tails to the lounge suit becoming business de rigueur  (and let’s not forget turned up cuffs on trousers) the 30s were watershed years for how the civilized Western male costumed himself. Some of us still occasionally wear versions of resort wear perfected in that decade, even if most have discarded the linen suit for a polo/t-shirt and jeans. All this is common enough knowledge, but not everyone is aware of how much classier athletic competitors previously dressed (aside from carry-over Lacoste tennis wear) whether they were competing, accepting awards, or simply recreating off track. While I realize that contemporary athletic wear is based on science over aesthetics, function over form, I’ve always believed that perfection (and I refuse to cleave “beauty” from my definition of the word) is found in what is perceived as the equilibrium of the two. Of course, this is yet another area where I find myself out of fashion.

Duke Kahanamoku, Amelia Earhart, Paavo Nurmi, Douglas Fairbanks, Arthur Jonah

German Boxers 1936

One can never divorce politics from the Olympics, particularly the dark shadow it cast over the ’36 games, but I am going to unapologetically ignore it for the moment. Obviously, the topic deserves more than can be given in a short blog post about the competitors clothing. At the very least I want to acknowledge the German Jewish officials who actually organized and designed much of the 1936 Olympics; in the weeks and days before the official opening, they found their names wiped from the official record, replaced with petty Nazi cronies.

German Women Athletes 1936

German Summer Athletes 1936

International Boxers 1932

German, American, and Italian Athletes 1932

As far as the outfits go, pleasantly absent are any swooshes, ponies, or additional forms of corporate blight. On the other hand, nationalistic excrescence is rampant, as is natural and expected from the games (perhaps its the only place we should forgive such indulgences.) The pictures that follow were scanned from three German souvenir photo books of the 1930s; these would all become well known images, reproduced countless times over the years. Most of them were new to me when I acquired the volumes.

Men’s Decathlon 1932
Gold, Bausch USA; Silver, Jarvinen Finland; Bronze, Eberle Germany

Swimmers 1936
L2R: Silver, Campbell Argentina; Gold, Mastenbroek Netherlands; Bronze, Arendt Germany

British Cyclists 1932

Equestrians 1932
Japan, USA, Sweden

Pistol Medalists 1936
Bronze, Ullman Sweden; Gold, van Oyen Germany; Silver, Hax Germany

British Skater Cecilia Colledge 1936

Swedish Skier Sixten Johansson 1936

Swedish Skiers 1936

Austrian Skater Karl Schafer 1936

Skaters 1932
Swede Gillis Grafström and Austrian Karl Schäfer

Norwegian Skier Hans Vinjarengen 1932


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Autumnal Sunset

Looking out over the Pacific from the rooftop (with, as always, the Farallones behind the twin palms).

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Delilah, our first estrogen flavored style profile, makes a strong case for warm weather with her selection of frolicking frocks. Her choices are always excellent, no matter the season, and today’s procession is spot on. She has an eye for modern pieces that carry forward classic elements from past eras, without treading into costume or affectation.

We started with a spontaneous paddle around Strawberry Hill, the moat of which is Stow Lake, in Golden Gate Park. Dodging ducks and tourists alike. The lesson I took away was to always pack libations, because one never knows when the opportunity for recreation might strike. Blue dress by Stop Staring!

The diaphanous wrap almost taunts mother nature, I say this because of the foggy chill she normally blankets our City with in summer, so I’m viewing this dress as a defiant act of sorts. Polka dot dress: Macson, shoes: Velvet Angels

Stepping between dapples in another of the City’s secret gardens. Red top: Dolce and Gabbana, shorts: Forever 21, shoes: Steve Madden

Bundled up at dusk, when the wind streams in from the Pacific and ushers in the cool night. Time for a hot toddy. Coat by Atmosphere.

Remember to pay her a visit: delilahburlesque.com

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Or oceanscapes. From Sutro Heights in San Francisco overlooking the Pacific.

I have always found the sea, in whatever mood it was in, good and sufficient company.

-Alec Guinness

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The Baroness

Hat: Zara

Scarf: Roos Atkins (vintage)

Shirt: Banana Republic

Jacket: Banana Republic

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Siobhan as Persephone

…as she declares the approach of spring.

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From a recent shoot of Delilah and her lifesize pint glass.


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