Recently I stumbled upon an old book by Olive Lodge, Peasant Life in Yugoslavia, written just prior to the Second World War. It is actually a very interesting ethnography, with numerous great illustrations. The book focused mostly on Serbian part of Yugoslavia, with a couple of sections devoted to Muslims, but provided many vivid details about rural life in the interwar Yugoslavia that soon disappeared with the war. What was left was targeted by the socialist modernisation of the countryside afterwards.
Here are some pictures I scanned from the book, showing very colourful mixture of different dress codes, customs and way of living. The quality is not great, but you can't help it. All captions were written by Olive Lodge. By the way, the book was funded by "The Jugoslav Publication Fund administered by the University of London School of Slavonic and East European studies," if only such fund would exist now at SSEES.
Radmila, a little Serbian from Sarajevo village
Fatma, a little Moslum of Sarajevo
Carrying baby in Pirot
Going to field work, one baby on arm, another in the cradle on her head held firm by rake. Tutin
Full trousers in Sarajevo
Old type of water-cart, used in side streets only. Sarajevo
Moslem house in Visoko, Bosnia
Montenegrin leaving kafana in Peć
The painted mosque in Tetovo
Albanian peasants returning to Janjevo
Peasant's thatched cottage, Novi Pazar district
Making mud bricks; outskirts of Prizren
Cottage showing verandah-room where author stayed. Glodje, Tetovo disctrict
Peasants at Church of st. Michael and all angels, Temska, after service on day of Slava
Searbian peasant women at the Sultan's tomb
Moslem women bringing lambs to Sultan Murad's tomb, St. George's day
All these images were made by Olive Lodge in the 1930s.