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Personal logo capncarp Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2014 1:06 p.m. PST

Anybody have any links or sources for good images of non-military clothing styles, fabrics, patterns, and colors of the 1920s thru 1940s Pulp/Interwar/Gangster/Civilian fashion?
I have a couple dozen figures primed and waiting, but I have come up short with good examples to go by to apply appropriate colors to them.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Nov 2014 2:52 p.m. PST

Google Image search "Sears Catalog 19X0's" is a good start. Sears sold clothes that people actually wore, including blue collar workclothes as well as Sunday go to meetin' duds.

bluewillow08 Nov 2014 4:28 p.m. PST

Try pintrest

Coelacanth11 Nov 2014 9:22 p.m. PST

I found this while seeking ref for something: The Fedora Lounge.

Really, for the inter-war period reference isn't too hard to find. Just Google "vintage clothing" (and a date) and you can find all sorts of pictures of original garments from the desired period. I wouldn't use reproductions for ref; there will inevitably be subtle differences between them and the genuine goods.


P.S. I may as well throw in a couple more links, just for fun. is just what it says. is a great source for photos of people, places and things from the early to mid 20th century.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2014 5:55 p.m. PST

Here are a bunch of 1920-30s types that I had painted by Fernando after I searched for clothing options. Sears catalogs from Amazon, vintage clothing sites,


here VBCW militia types


women for the Women's Institute Home Defence Committee


Assorted overcoats


Personal logo capncarp Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2014 8:34 p.m. PST


Thank'ee, kind stranger!

Bob Murch Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member05 Jan 2015 7:15 p.m. PST


This book is available on Amazon and I find it very helpful.


OSchmidt Inactive Member06 Jan 2015 9:18 a.m. PST

Dear Capncarp

Look up the DOVER BOOKS website. They have vast collections of books on design for the 19th to the 20th centuries for dirt cheap. the best though I find are their collections of Paper Dolls (for under $12 USD in some cases) which are in full color. These are for high fashion from the 1900's on, American families in that time period, European families and styles and fashion of ordinary people from the 1890's on to modern times. There's got to be at least a hundred books. I have them all, and they are, as I said dirt cheap.

Also check PAPER DOLL REVIEW which is published out of maine and makes over a hundred books of the same thing, even cheper.

They also have books of movie stars and so forth and all of them in many outfits for the dolls.

I find it an excellent source, and I also shrink down the dolls to even make figures for the games

Amalric Inactive Member06 Jan 2015 4:24 p.m. PST

Dover also reprints of Sear's catalogs from the 20s, 30s and 40s.

Dover makes soo many great books.

NY Irish Inactive Member13 Jan 2015 7:28 p.m. PST

Love your conversions, Bob!

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