Wednesday, May 27, 2015

15 Vintage Photographs of Streets of London from the 1890s

During the 19th century, London was transformed into the world's largest city and capital of the British Empire. In fact, by the 1890s, there were approximately 300,000 horses and 1,000 tons of dung a day in London.

Fleet Street

Fleet Street. By James Valentine

Boundary Street

Gracechurch Street

High Holborn

Fun in the Studio. Washington D.C., 1913

Fun in the Studio. Taken by the Bachelor Studio in Washington D.C. in 1913.

20 Behind-the-scenes Photos from the Making Film 'Giant' in Marfa, Texas in 1955

Giant is a 1956 American drama film, directed by George Stevens from a screenplay adapted by Fred Guiol and Ivan Moffat from the novel by Edna Ferber. The film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean... Giant was the last of James Dean's three films as a leading actor, and earned him his second and last Academy Award nomination – he was killed in a car accident before the film was released. Here's a collection of 20 interesting photos of James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson filming Giant in Marfa, Texas in 1955.

A sailor and his girl kiss on the H.M.S Nelson Battleship, 1938

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Pictures of Japanese-American Families Interned during WWII and Now

On Feb. 19, 1942, with a frightened nation still reeling from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor two months earlier, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which led to the forced removal of almost 120,000 Japanese Americans to incarceration camps during World War II. Two-thirds of them were native-born American citizens who were given but a few days to settle their financial affairs and report for relocation to desolate incarceration camps away from the West Coast.

Seven decades later, photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. has been tracking down the internees pictured in wartime images by photographers like Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and others. So far, he's identified more than 50 survivors, often reshooting them in the locations where they were originally photographed.

“A lot of them right now are in their 80s and 90s,” he says. “And soon they’ll be gone, and the stories will be lost forever.”

Dorothea Lange

Paul Kitagaki Jr.

Seven-year-olds Helene Nakamoto Mihara (left, in top photo) and Mary Ann Yahiro (center) were photographed by Dorothea Lange as they recited the Pledge of Allegiance outside their elementary school in San Francisco in 1942. Both were sent to the Topaz Internment Camp in Utah. Yahiro (right, in bottom photo) was separated from her mother, who died in another camp. "I don't have bitterness like a lot of people might," she told Kitagaki.

Dorothea Lange

Paul Kitagaki Jr.

Lange photographed Suyematsu Kitagaki and Juki Kitagaki as they sat with their children, 11-year-old Kimiko and 14-year-old Kiyoshi, at the WCCA Control Station in Oakland, California, before being detained in May 1942. In the photo, a family friend hands Kimiko a pamphlet expressing good wishes toward the departing evacuees. The Kitagakis were later sent to the Topaz Internment Camp in Utah.

More than 60 years later, Paul Kitagaki Jr. joined his father and aunt outside the same Oakland building where they had been photographed with his grandparents. From left to right: Agnes Eiko Kitagaki (his mother), Kimiko Wong (his aunt), Paul Kiyoshi Kitagaki (his father), Sharon Young (his cousin), and Paul Kitagaki Jr.

Dorothea Lange/UC Berkeley Bancroft Library

Paul Kitagaki Jr.

Lange photographed 19-year-old Mitsunobu "Mits" Kojimoto in San Francisco as he waited to be sent to the Santa Anita Assembly Center in Arcadia, California. "We were being kicked out of San Francisco," he recalled to Kitagaki. "It was kind of shocking, because as you grow up you think you are going to have certain rights of life, liberty. And to be sitting there was very disheartening. I was really wishing that somebody would come and save us. We were citizens, but now we were not."

Kojimoto volunteered for the army and received a Bronze Star for his service in France and Italy. "I felt, I'm going to volunteer," he said. "Why not?…We were behind barbed wire, and we should put our best foot forward and volunteer."

Iconic Marilyn Monroe's Final Photo-shoot Just Three Weeks Before She Died To Be Auctioned

Just three weeks before she died, Marilyn Monroe posed for her final photo shoot taken by celebrity photographer George Barris on the beach in Santa Monica on July 13, 1962. The rare prints are set to go under the hammer at Bloomsbury Auctions in London on June 4, 2015. Take a look at the rare snaps of the iconic beauty...

Unicycle Window Kiss, ca. 1950s