Vintage Photo Friday: Amelia Earhart


I think most girls probably go through an Amelia Earhart phase, presumably somewhere between the Helen Keller phase and the Elizabeth I phase. I somehow skipped over the Amelia love, but this past week a google search led me to these photographs and I AM SMITTEN.


Seriously, you guys: Amelia Earhart and HARPO. Or, as Will said when I showed him this photo, “What is Cassie doing with Harpo Marx?”

There are more photos after the cut. Because I could not narrow it down.


Why, yes, that IS Myrna Loy. And some guy named Cary Grant. OMG. Why was I not born a century ago.


Harpo again. I do not know the horse.



I believe the technical term for those last two is Fashion Plate. There are more Amelia Earhart photos at the Purdue Archives and more Vintage Photos at Paper Dolls for Boys.

16 thoughts on “Vintage Photo Friday: Amelia Earhart

  1. Becky

    April 10, 2009 at 7:53am

    These are FANTASTIC. You and I would have done very well in an older world.

  2. K

    April 10, 2009 at 7:36am

    O my gosh! I LOVE the jacket in the second to last and the boots in the last image!! She was pretty darned awesome. You should watch the Voyager episode where Captain Janeway finds Amelia on a planet in the Delta Quadrant!! [/geek]

  3. kata

    April 10, 2009 at 7:54am

    I love these photos.

    As a corollary to the awesomeness of Amelia Earhart, Katharine Hepburn is also awesome, notably in _Christopher Strong_ – in which she’s really Amelia Earhart-ish, in her aristocratic-but-lovable way. Especially this one outfit she wears in which she looks like a shiny giant moth.

    And yes: that Voyager episode is pretty fun!

    kata’s last blog post..The bunny in the desert

  4. Julia

    April 10, 2009 at 8:12am

    Never had an Elizabeth I phase, but definitely Amelia. I learned how to fly when I was 16.

    And Annika, if you were born a century ago, I wouldn’t know you and that would make me sad. Glad you are here now!

    Julia’s last blog post..Radio Helmet Safety

  5. Annika

    April 10, 2009 at 8:15am

    Ooh, now would be a good time to link back to my first Vintage Photo Friday: my mom after her first flight. She was 16 in the photo, and when she turned 50 she got her pilot’s license. She and my stepdad have their own plane and everything!

  6. Lucretia

    April 10, 2009 at 11:45am

    What a figure! And what style!

  7. Ian

    April 10, 2009 at 12:55pm

    There’s tons of stuff about her at the Burbank library. Her yellow Cord is out at the museum in Santa Paula.

  8. chez shoes

    April 10, 2009 at 4:10pm

    I went through my Amelia phase in the 80s and 90s, when I was in my 1920s phase in general. But I’ve never seen the pics with Harpo before! Love them.

  9. Ellen Bloom

    April 10, 2009 at 4:11pm

    EXCELLENT photos! What a daring woman she was…Amelia!

    I had an Amelia Earhart phase as a child and also a Nellie Blye phase!

    Ellen Bloom’s last blog post..Vintage Photo Friday

  10. Cindy

    April 11, 2009 at 9:15pm

    I had the same thought as Will when I saw that picture. It really does look like Cassy with Harpo there.

  11. courtney

    April 11, 2009 at 11:29pm

    Amelia was made of win, much like this post is. This is like double win. I once heard somewhere that she wore pants to hide her ankles because she hated them. This makes me sad. Amelia, you were made of win!

    courtney’s last blog post..i bless the rains down in africaaa

  12. lh

    July 31, 2009 at 7:03am

    Punk Rocker! In the last photo AE looks like she is standing on the Bowery outside of CBGB’s (of course she isn’t). What a stance and attitude, what a great coat and boots. Magnificent!

  13. Kevin

    December 3, 2010 at 2:03am

    If found this looking for the few pictures of Harpo I had not seen in my life. I had no idea he ever met Amelia Earhart. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Kevin´s last post ..75 Years of Woody Allen =-.

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