Sunday, November 23, 2014

French 370 mm howitzer M1915, manufactured by Schneider in 1944

French 370 mm howitzer M1915, manufactured by Schneider and used by the Germans as coastal artillery, captured by US troops in 1944.

Concentration Camps for Dogs, 1966

In February 1966, LIFE published an article and a series of shocking photos that generated a huge outpouring of letters from the magazine’s readers. Many of the letters were among the most passionate that the long-lived weekly ever received. The subject of the article? Not the war in Vietnam. Not an attack on Civil Rights marchers by police. Not another frightening escalation of the already-frigid Cold War.

This time, the outrage was in response to an article on dogs. Or, more accurately, an article on the inhumane — indeed, the horrifying — treatment of dogs by men and women who, as LIFE put it, were “taking advantage of the growing demand for dogs for vital medical research” and, in the process, were cashing in on a “lucrative and unsavory business” built and maintained on the misery of man’s best friend.

"Lucky," an English pointer rescued from an Oklahoma fair in 1966.

This woebegone springer spaniel was one of only a handful of dogs in [dog dealer Lester] Brown's inventory of over 100 animals that appeared to be fit. Obviously he had just got there.

Aroused by early-morning raid on his animal compound at White Hall, Md., Lester Brown confronts Frank McMahon who represented the Humane Society.

Skin and bones and not much else is all that is left of this young beagle, staked out in [dog dealer Lester] Brown's yard. Beagles are rated by most dog dealers as a 'hot item.'

Too weak to crawl to the frozen entrails scattered in Mr. Brown's yard, this collie was not rescued. The humane society could fit only 28 of the worst cases in its truck.

Elizabeth Taylor hair cut, 1964

Photo by Roddy McDowall

Saturday, November 22, 2014

40 Vintage Photos Showing Elizabeth Taylor's Beauty in Her Teen Years in the 1940s

Unlike most celebrities, Elizabeth Taylor lived nearly her entire life as a famous person. Following her turn in the equestrian epic "National Velvet," her teen years brought her first taste of stardom -- and her first studio contract. Below is a collection of 40 black and white photos showing her beauty in her teen years, in the 1940s.

The 10-year-old Brit lit up the screen in her first film, "There's One Born Every Minute" in 1942.

Elizabeth Taylor, age 10

Elizabeth Taylor from "There's One Born Every Minute" in 1942.

Elizabeth Taylor, age 10 in 1942.

11- year-old Elizabeth Taylor is shown with Lassie around the time of her performance in "Lassie Comes Home" in Los Angeles, 1943.

Amazing Vintage Photos of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloons

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade has been a tradition of Thankgiving for decades. It started out as a way for the employees of Macy’s to say thank you to New York. Macy’s started using balloons in their parade in 1927 and it has been tradition since. Here’s a collection of amazing vintage photos of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade balloons.

Here's a floating dachshund. Image: Macy's Inc.

The only balloon to be modeled after a real person was this one, for entertainer Eddie Cantor. Image: Macy's Inc.

Father Knickerbocker floats through the streets. Image: Macy's Inc.

Ferdinand the Bull. Image: Macy's Inc.

A huge fish from 1938. Looks like something from a Guillermo del Toro movie. Image: Macy's Inc.

Toddlers on bench in gas masks during WWII

Black & White Photos from the Hours After Americans Heard About the D-Day Invasion

Black and white photos from the Library of Congress show New Yorkers rallying, praying, on June 6, 1944.

Noon mass at Saint Vincent de Paul's Church on D-day.

Noon mass at Saint Vincent de Paul's Church on D-day.

Seven o'clock mass on D-day in the Lady Chapel, Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

D-day services in a synagogue on West Twenty-third Street, left, and noon mass at Saint Vincent de Paul's Church on D-day, right.

Noon mass at Saint Vincent de Paul's Church on D-day.