Monday, March 30, 2015

A Day in the Life with Las Vegas Chorus Girl Kim Smith in 1954

Kim Smith (R) learning to ride like a cowboy.

Kim Smith, at the swimming pool in the Sands Hotel.

Kim Smith (fore) and her roomate at lake Mead.

Kim Smith (R) playing in the snow with a friend.

Kim Smith while at a ski lodge.

An elevated view of the intersection at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, NYC, 1918

(Kadel & Herbert/National Geographic Society/Corbis)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

25 Captivating Color Photographs of Jackie Kennedy in India in March 1962

First lady Jacqueline Kennedy arrived in New Delhi on March 12 for a nine-day visit. Mrs. Kennedy’s first engagement was a visit to the Central Secretariat, where she watched Indian President Rajendra Prasad ride by in state after opening a new session of Parliament. The first lady spent two days at Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s house with him and his daughter, Indira Gandhi. Mrs. Kennedy conveyed President John F. Kennedy’s greetings and his pleasure that Mrs. Kennedy could return the visits of Nehru and Mrs. Gandhi to the United States the previous year.

Accompanied by her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill, and escorted by Ambassador John Kenneth Galbraith, Mrs. Kennedy saw the Taj Mahal by daylight and moonlight, Mughal monuments in Fatehpur Sikri, and the Amber Palace in Jaipur. She attended receptions and formal dinners, had an elephant ride in Jaipur, a horse ride at the president’s estate polo grounds, and went on boat trips on the Ganga in Varanasi and Pichola Lake in Udaipur. She also met a cross section of people from officials and ministers to children in hospitals, fed bamboo shoots to Himalayan pandas in Prime Minister Nehru’s garden, and purchased some of the handicrafts of India.

First Lady Jackie Kennedy holding a silver encased coconut to her forehead in the Rajasthani mark of luck and respect as she is welcomed at the Jaipur Airport during her tour of India.

Jackie Kennedy with sister Lee Radziwill on goodwill tour to India.
Jackie Kennedy in white coat and hat with Ambassador John Kenneth Galbraith (R) and unident. Indians on a visit to India.

Jackie Kennedy standing by the reflecting pool in front of the Taj Mahal during visit to India.

Jackie Kennedy wearing pink dress and three-stranded pearls during visit with Indian leader Jawaharlal Nehru (L) & Ambassador to US B.K. Nehru.

Stunning Pictures Show the Changing Face of New York in the 1940s-50s and Now

These stunning images show the changing face of New York in the middle of the 20th century and now. Old pictures taken in the 1940s and 1950s by legendary crime photographer Arthur Fellig, better known as Weegee, are shown alongside shots of the same areas captured this month, via Daily Mail Online.

A man is pictured lying drunk on the ground on Center Street in a 1945 picture called 'Derelict sleeping on the sidewalk outside police headquarters' (left). A woman walks past the same engraved sign for the former Police Department on March 18 this year (rigft)

A lightning bolt strikes above Lower Manhattan on July 27, 1940 (top) in a picture taken by legendary crime photographer Arthur Fellig. A picture taken from the same vantage point (bottom) shows how the skyline has changed over the last 75 years.

Weegee's photograph 'Neon billboards on Times Square' (top), taken in September 1957, and an image taken from the same spot earlier this month (bottom) shows how the area has changed over the years.

Shops and businesses have sprung up along Doyers Street in the heart of New York's Chinatown (bottom). Weegee photographed a fire on the same street (top) on January 17, 1941.

Weegee photographed The Empire State Building in 1943 (left) from behind a 'loans sign'. A picture taken this month (right) shows how the view from the same spot has changed in the last 70 years.

Man in Drag, ca. 1920s

“Sometime around 1920, my great grandfather made a bet with his friends that he could put on his sister's dress, walk downtown to the photographer's studio, and get a portrait taken- without getting arrested. He won.” - Macandthecowboys/ reddit

30 Beautiful Portraits of Maude Fealy from the Early 1900s

Maude Fealy was an American actress who during the early twentieth century was one of the leading ladies of the American stage. Her youthful beauty made her a popular subject for postcards, here are some of our favorites...

Restaurant La Coupole, Paris, ca. 1930

(Photo by Pierre Jahan)