Monday, September 26, 2016

27 Rarely-Seen Vintage Snapshots Documented Daily Life of De Kalb City, Texas from between the 1900s-10s

De Kalb is a city in Bowie County, Texas, United States. It is part of the Texarkana, Texas – Texarkana, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Here below is a rare collection of vintage photos taken everyday life of this city over 100 years ago.







New York City during a heavy rainstorm, 1967


The Manhattan Bridge As Seen From Dumbo; An Iconic View of the Manhattan Bridge Over a Century

Since construction on the Manhattan Bridge began in 1901, the bridge’s Brooklyn-side tower has been beautifully framed by the brick warehouses on Washington Street near the water. The steel structure photogenically rises up out of the East River, the Empire State Building visible in the distance.

Visitors and tourists are ever standing in the middle of Washington Street to snap the same iconic shot — which caught a photographer’s eye even before the bridge’s span was complete.

A single tower of the bridge in 1909. The span wouldn’t be completed for another three years. The Empire State Building wouldn’t rise until 1931.

A 1974 image by Danny Lyon. The cobblestones are paved over, but the street could use a sweeping.

A still from Sergio Leone’s 1984 Once Upon a Time in America.

Another still from Once Upon a Time In America, of the bridge from the same intersection at Adams and Front

The view down Washington Street in 2015.

(This original article was published on Brownstoner)

Best Bluegrass Clog Dancing Ever!

Clogging is a type of folk dance in which the dancer's footwear is used percussively by striking the heel, the toe, or both against a floor or each other to create audible rhythms, usually to the downbeat with the heel keeping the rhythm.


The dance style has recently fused with others including African-American rhythms, and the Peruvian dance "zapateo" (which may in itself be derived from early European clog dances), resulting in the birth of newer street dances, such as tap, locking, jump, hakken, stomping, Gangsta Walking, and the Candy Walk dance.

The use of wooden-soled clogs is rarer in the more modern dances since clog shoes are not commonly worn in urban society, and other types of footwear have replaced them in their evolved dance forms.

Clogging is often considered the first form of street dance because it evolved in urban environments during the industrial revolution.

David Hoffman)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

25 Vintage Portraits of Beautiful Women With Cloche Hats in the 1920s

The cloche hat is a fitted, bell-shaped hat for women usually made of felt. It was invented by milliner Caroline Reboux in 1908, became especially popular during the 1920s, and continued to be commonly seen until about 1933. Its name is derived from cloche, the French word for "bell".

During the early twentieth century, the popularity and influence of cloche hats was at its peak. Couture houses like Lanvin and Molyneux opened ateliers to join milliners in manufacturing hats that precisely matched their clothing designs. The hats even shaped hairstyles: the Eton crop – the short, slicked-down cut worn by Josephine Baker – became popular because it was ideal to showcase the hats' shape.






Boy sitting on the bonnet of a car bogged in mud from the 1925 flood at Innisfail, Queensland

Young boy sitting on the bonnet of an early motor vehicle submerged in mud in Rankin Street, Innisfail, Queensland, Australia in 1925. The street is covered in mud and water from the flood which hit the town in March 1925. The car is a Ford Model T between 1917-1927.




Changing Berlin – 54 Vintage Photos Show Everyday Life of the Capital of Germany in 1937

These historic photographs are from a National Geographic article in the February 1937 issue titled "Changing Berlin". It offers a fascination look at Berlin, Germany, a few years before the start of World War II.