Saturday, April 18, 2015

Unseen John Lennon's Artwork Debuts

John Lennon was a visual artist before he picked up his first guitar or wrote his first song. He attended the prestigious Liverpool Art Institute (1957-1960). He continued to draw throughout his life. Lennon’s primary medium was line drawing, either in pen, pencil, or Japanese sumi ink.

As early as 1969, John began moving toward a return to visual art. He was primarily interested in drawing and favored the creative loose sketch, working in pen and ink. In 1969, as a wedding gift for Yoko, John drew the 'Bag One Portfolio', a chronicle of their wedding ceremony, honeymoon, and their plea for world peace, the Bed-in. The suite also contained erotic sketches. The 'Bag One Series' was first published and exhibited in January 1970 at the London Art Gallery. On the second day, the exhibition was closed by Scotland Yard and the erotic lithographs confiscated.
"He had a habit of just giving his art away to people," Yoko Ono told The Huffington Post. "He was pretty generous about that."
He not only penned, but also sketched the drawings which became illustrations for three bestselling books: In His Own Write (1964), A Spaniard in the Works (1965) and Skywriting By Word of Mouth (1987).

Family Of Peace

On Cloud 9

Forever Love

The City In My Heart

A Happy Life, Copyright © Yoko Ono

Colorful Campus Fashions, 1957

Photo by Yale Joel

Friday, April 17, 2015

23 Rare and Stunning Color Portraits of French Women from the 1920s

French photographer Gustave Gain (1876-1945) was born in Cherbourg, France on June 27, 1876. As a chemist he keens on photography and related technical achievements. After the invention of the Autochrome by the Lumière brothers, Gustave is actively engaged in color photograph.

Gustave Gain loves beach. In the summer, he spent much time with his family on the coast of the English Channel in Brittany and Normandy, where he took a lot of stunning shots of his wife, Adeline and other women.

50 Amazing Color Photographs Captured Daily Life in America during World War II

These 50 amazing color photos were taken by photographers who working for the United States Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI), captured everyday life in America from the Great Depression and World War II.

Shulman's market, on N at Union Street S.W., Washington, D.C.

Laundry, barbershop and stores, Washington, D.C.

The main shopping street, Christiansted, Saint Croix, Virgin Islands

Street in a town Frederiksted, St. Croix, in the Virgin Islands

One of the steep streets on the hillsides, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Women in bathing suits with ukuleles, 1926

Ghosts of the West Side Elevated Highway, New York City in 1979

The West Side Elevated Highway was an elevated section of Route NY-9A running along the Hudson River in the New York City borough of Manhattan to the tip of the island. It was an elevated highway, one of the first urban freeways in the world, and served as a prototype for urban freeways elsewhere, including Boston's Central Artery.

When chunks of the highway's facade began to fall off due to lack of maintenance, and a truck and car fell through it at 14th Street in 1973, the highway was shut down, and a debate began whether to renovate it or dismantle it. Attitudes about urban planning had changed in the intervening decades, and the decision was made not to repair the decaying structure.

In the interim between the closure of the elevated highway and the completion of its dismantling, while debate about Westway was proceeding, remaining sections of the old highway structure began to be unofficially utilized as an elevated urban park, for jogging and bicycling.

Released prisoner of Vietnam war Lt. Col. Robert L. Stirm is greeted by his family, 1973

Lt. Colonel Robert L. Stirm is reunited with his family, after being taken prisoner during the Vietnam war, at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California on March 17, 1973.