Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Jazz Age Fashion – 44 Charming Snapshots of Women in Coats during the 1920s

Unlike the clothes underneath, women coats of the Jazz Age tended to be quite simple. Winter coats with curved shapes and large fur collars created a cocoon of warmth and style that has yet to be duplicated. Summer coats or jacket were made of lighter tweeds, knits and wool. The spring cape was another coat type that was also worn open with just a tie around the neck.

Check out these snapshots to see coat styles that women wore during the 1920s.

Olive Street, St Louis, Missouri, 1907

A Beauty to Give the Thrill: 20 Vintage Portraits of Ainu Women from Northern Japan With Their Traditional Tattooed Lips

Ainu means human. The Ainu people regard things useful to them or beyond their control as kamuy (gods). In daily life, they prayed to and performed various ceremonies for the gods. These gods include: "nature" gods, such as of fire, water, wind and thunder; "animal" gods, such as of bears, foxes, spotted owls and gram-puses; "plant" gods, such as of aconite, mush-room and mugwort; "object" gods, such as of boats and pots; and gods which protect houses, gods of mountains and gods of lakes. The word Ainu refers to the opposite of these gods.

Ainu are shorter than the Japanese people, with lighter skin, robust body and short limbs. Unlike typical Mongoloids, their hair is wavy and the body hair is abundant; men wear large beards and mustaches, considered a sign of beauty, to the point that married women tattoo their lower face to mimic a beard. Ainu have not such pronounced almond-shaped eyes and lack the Mongoloid fold of the eye; the nose is large and straight. All these point to their origin in Polynesia or southeastern Asia.

Women were largely independent until marrying. After that, they were under men's will. But women went to war and could manifest their opinions during the councils of the village. Ainu women adorned their hands, forehead, arms and mouth outline with blue tattoos (as said, for mimicking mustaches).

Rare Footage of Female Tattoo Artist Working in Aldershot, Hampshire in 1952

Several shots of tattoo artist Jessie Knight drawing bird symbol onto the arm of a young female soldier. The woman grimaces as Miss Knight draws on her arm.

These Vintage Snapshots of Naked World War II Soldiers Show the Intimate Side of War

Every harrowing day for a serviceman during World War II was potentially his last. To help bolster troops against the horrors of combat, commanders encouraged them to form tight “buddy” relationships for emotional support. Many war buddies, together every moment, and depending on each other to survive, formed intimate friendships. When they weren’t fighting side by side, they relaxed together, discharging tension in boisterous—sometimes naked—play. The full extent of nude horseplay among men during World War II can’t be known, as cameras were rare and film hard to process, but some men did document this unprecedented male bonding in small, anonymous photos mostly kept hidden away until their deaths.

In My Buddy: World War II Laid Bare, a fascinating book available from Taschen, editor Dian Hanson assembles images of Allied soldiers and sailors at their most unguarded. These personal snapshots—of World War II soldiers bathing, swimming, and posing naked—are selected from the collection of Michael Stokes, who has amassed over 400 such photographs by combing through estate sales, flea markets, and eBay. His collection includes soldiers and sailors from Australia, England, France, Italy, Poland, Russia, and the USA, cavorting on the sand in the South Pacific, shivering in the snow of Eastern Europe, posing solo in the barracks, and in great happy groups just about everywhere. These images show men barely out of boyhood, at their physical peak, responding to the reality of battle by living each day to the fullest—a side of the war never before made public.

38 Fantastic Photos Capture Street Scenes of London during the 1930s

Here is a fantastic photo collection that shows street scenes of London in the 1930s.

A milk bar in Bear Street, central London, 1936

A trader on a horse and trap outside Long Acre in Covent Garden, circa 1930

A water cart man turns the water main on a group of boys to help them cool off in a street in Westminster, London during a heatwave, August 1930

A woman and her two daughters rooftopping Hillcott House, Haggerston, London 1938

Atmospheric London scene in the early 1930s

Sofia, Bulgaria, ca. 1960s