Saturday, March 25, 2017

25 Amazing Photos Show the Comfortable Interior of The Blue Train in South Africa from between the 1920s and '50s

Found in 1923 to take passengers from Johannesburg to the ships departing from Cape Town to England. The Blue Train was introduced luxury features such as a dining saloon in 1933 and air-conditioned carriages in 1939 and has become one of the most luxurious train journeys in the world.

The Blue Train boasts butler service, two lounge cars (smoking and non-smoking), an observation car, and carriages with gold-tinted picture windows, in soundproofed, fully carpeted compartments, each featuring its own en-suite (many of which are equipped with a full-sized bathtub).

After a break in service in World War II the service returned in 1946. In 1997 it was refurbished and relaunched. The service of the Blue Train is promoted as a "magnificent moving five-star hotel" by its operators, who note that kings and presidents have traveled on it.

Here is a rare collection of amazing photos from Hilton Teper that shows the comfortable interior of these trains in South Africa from between the 1920s and 1950s.

Two man reading while other sleeping, 1924

Night scene in a First Class compartment of Blue Train, ca. 1930s

Night scene in a First Class compartment of Blue Train, ca. 1930s

Night scene in a First Class compartment of Blue Train, ca. 1930s

Tea in a First Class Couple, ca. 1930s

The evolution of swimsuits from the 1900s to 1940s

Rare Photos Capture Victorian Men Holding Hands, Sitting on Each Other's Laps and Embracing in Very Intimate Portraits

Victorians might be remembered for their straight-laced way of life, but these portraits prove there were many men who were unafraid to push the boundaries.

The provocative series of black-and-white 19th-century images show men posing in intimate positions. They are seen holding hands, wrapping their arms around each other, and sitting on each other's laps with their legs entwined.

The images - mainly stereographs and daguerreotypes - are part of a collection bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City, by Columbia University librarian Herbert Mitchell.

32 Rare and Amazing Vintage Photographs Capture the Ruins of Berlin Through a Soviet War Photographer

Last year, photographer Arthur Bondar heard that the family of a Soviet war photographer was selling his negatives. The photographer, Valery Faminsky, had worked for the Soviet Army and kept his negatives from Ukraine and Germany meticulously archived until his death in 2011. Mr. Bondar had seen many books and several exhibits of World War II photography but had never heard of Mr. Faminsky.

He contacted the family, and when he viewed the negatives Mr. Bondar realized that he had stumbled upon an important cache of images of World War II made from the Soviet side. The price the family was asking was high — more than Mr. Bondar could afford as a freelance photographer — but he took the money he had made from a book on Chernobyl and acquired the archive.

“I looked through the negatives and realized I held in my hands a huge piece of history that was mostly unknown to ordinary people, even citizens of the former U.S.S.R.,” he told The New York Times. “We had so much propaganda from the World War II period, but here I saw an intimate look by Faminsky. He was purely interested in the people from both sides of the World War II barricades.”

Most of the best-known Soviet images from the war were used as propaganda, to glorify the victories of the Red Army. Often they were staged. Mr. Faminsky’s images are for the most part unvarnished and do not glorify war but focused on the human cost and “the real life of ordinary soldiers and people.”

WTF Retro Vests – 27 Hilarious Knit Sweaters from the 1960s and '70s

These knit vests from the 1960s and '70s are so heinous, so abominable, so reprehensible that they're all we want to wear right now...

75 Breathtaking Photos Describe the Warsaw Uprising of 1944

The Warsaw Uprising of 1944 – a heroic and tragic 63-day (1 August – 2 October 1944) struggle to liberate World War II Warsaw from Nazi/German occupation. Undertaken by the Home Army (Armia Krajowa, AK), the Polish resistance movement, at the time Allied troops were breaking through the Normandy defenses and the Red Army was standing at the line of the Vistula River.

Warsaw could have been one of the first European capitals liberated; however, various military and political miscalculations, as well as global politics – played among Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt – turned the dice against it.

These breathtaking photos show a part of the fighting, also everyday life of Polish civilians during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.

The Victoria Hotel on Jasna Street was in insurgent hands within the first hour of the uprising and soon became their headquarter

A machine gun crew on the balcony of a townhouse on Aleje Jerozolimskie

A man carrying two suitcases running across a street behind a barricade

A Polish partisan carrying a Błyskawica submachine gun and a radio

A Polish partisan from Anna company of the Gustaw battalion, throwing a grenade towards German positions

Lancing Railway Station, Sussex, 1911