In the March 1960 issue of The Bermudian, a collection of vintage photographs was published. It’s interesting to note that when these images were published, some of them were less than 20 years old. Nowadays, images like these of old Bermuda seem like they took place in an alternate universe, which is why it’s so interesting to look back at a time long gone on our little island.


1890: Pitt’s Bay, Pembroke, where cottages of the Princess Hotel now stand. (From the collection of Mrs. Pierre Pattisson).
Circa 1920: View of the old Princess Hotel before its first major face-lifting.
1928: Mr Gerald Harnett being greeted by H.R.H Prince George at a Government House reception. Prince George at that time was serving on his station in H.M.S. “Durban.”
1930: Golf fashion of the times.
1930: Beach attire then favoured.
1931: The M/S “Bermuda” being gutted by fire as she lay alongside in Hamilton Harbour.
1938: Nine-year-old screens star Shirley Temple being escorted off the “Queen of Bermuda” by Staff-Captain Stanley Burns.
1941: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor visiting at Government House.