Monday, December 31, 2018

30 Vintage Photos of New Year's Eve Celebrations From Between the 1930s and 1950s

New Year's Eve celebrations are as old as the holiday itself, and it's hard to believe that we're so deep into the 21st century already.

In the Gregorian calendar, New Year’s Eve in many countries, the last day of the year, is on December 31. In many countries, New Year’s Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink alcoholic beverages, and watch or light fireworks to mark the new year. Some people attend a watch night service. The celebrations generally go on past midnight into January 1 (New Year’s Day).

Here, we collected some fun and interesting images from New Year's Eve celebrations past. See how the famous, as well as the rest of us, have celebrated the day in decades past.

Scroll down, and take a look at yesteryear. Wishing you all a very happy New Year!

A couple ring in the New Year with party blowers and streamers, 1930. 

A group of people celebrate on New Years Eve at the El Morocco night club in New York City, 1935. 

Members of the Kensington Studios having a tea break as they prepare their costumes for the Chelsea Arts Ball, 1935.

American actress Clara Bow holds up a large card while actor Larry Gray inscribes a New Year's greeting with a giant pen, 1935.

New Year's Eve revelers at the Piccadilly Hotel in London. December 31, 1931.

Revelers at the Piccadilly Restaurant, London, celebrating the New Year, 1931.

A barman on duty at Hector's Devonshire Restaurant in London on New Years Eve is seen preparing a cocktail. 1930.

Revelers recovering from New Years Eve celebrations on the steps of Grand Central Station, New York, 1940.

Entertainment by dancer Margarita Buencore at Webster Hall New Year's Party, 1938. 

American jazz musician and bandleader Benny Goodman and his orchestra play for an enthusiastic audience during a New Year's Eve dance at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City, 1938.

A baby in his buggy is holding a new year's eve poster with a good advice for the new year, 1937.

New Year's Eve Party In France, 1937.

A group of friends sitting on a car roof in London while celebrating the arrival of 1936.

 Seasonal greetings from the original Hollywood sex symbol, Mae West, 1936.

Olga San Juan posing for publicity still with nautical theme bearing message, 1944.

British actress Ida Lupino smiling at a friendly sailor as she cuts a cake which reads Happy Victory Year, 1944. 

A three-year-old boy accompanies his parents to a New York nightclub to celebrate New Year's Eve. At five in the morning, he is still welcoming in the New Year with a bottle of milk, 1943.

Soldiers and civilians celebrating the New Year in a nightclub, 1942. 

Partiers in New York City on New Year's Eve, as 1941 turns to 1942.

New Years Eve in France, 1940.

Employees of the Diamond Horseshoe cleaning up after a New Years Eve party in 1940 in New York. 

(L-R) Italian actor Ugo Tognazzi, his fiancee Caprice Chantal, British actor Anthony Steel and his wife, Swedish actress Anita Ekberg, during a dinner in Saint Vincent Casino, Piedmont, on December 31, 1958. 

New Year's Eve celebration, 1957.

Nina Foch and dress designer Jean Louis sipping champagne at Samuel Spiegle's New Year's Eve party, 1949.

Dancers on New Year's Eve celebrations at the Trocadero Restaurant, Leicester Square, London, 1949. 

Actor Marie Wilson, wearing evening clothes and a party hat, and surrounded by streamers and balloons, celebrates New Year's eve, 1948. 

New Years Eve revels at in London, 1948.

A cameraman records the New Years Celebration in Times Square, 1946.

Part of the New Years entertainment from Times Square, 1946.

 New Year's Eve revelers, 1945.

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