Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Montana - The Big Sky Country: 20 Vintage Pictures Captured Everyday Life of This State in the 1930s

Montana Listeni is a state in the Western region of the United States. The state's name is derived from the Spanish word montaña (mountain). Montana has several nicknames including "Big Sky Country" and "The Treasure State", and slogans that include "Land of the Shining Mountains" and more recently "The Last Best Place". The economy is primarily based on agriculture, including ranching and cereal grain farming.

Look back the 1930s to see what everyday life in Montana looked like over 80 years ago.

Beer Parlor in Birney

Farmers in town, Fairfield

Deer Lodge, Montana

Ferris Wheel and Amusement Park Rides in Bozeman

First National Bank, Fairfield, Montana

A view from the Williamsburg Bridge, looking west in Manhattan, New York City, ca. 1900s

Vintage Posters of African American Hair Products Displayed at the 1939 Negro Industrial Fair in NYC

It wasn't just white women who were taught that their looks were all-important. How's that for twisted equality?

Display placards that promote fashions and hairstyles for African American women created for the grand opening of the Negro Industrial Fair at the headquarters of the Greater New York Coordinating Committee for Employment at 132 West 125th Street, Harlem, New York, June 24, 1939, which coincided with the New York World’s Fair.

The placards include hand-painted lettering and halftone photographs of African American women, as well as human hair samples that demonstrate hair coloring tints produced by the Clairol Company; they contain some fascinating ideas about femininity, beauty, and attracting a man.

(via Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Gene Wilder: Remembering A Comedy Movie Icon Through His 12 Most Memorable Roles, From ‘Willy Wonka’ to ‘Young Frankenstein’

Here is a photo gallery focusing on the career of Gene Wilder, who died Sunday at 83. The revered comic actor starred in such inarguable classics as The Producers, Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, and worked alongside such comedy greats as Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Richard Pryor, Wilder’s wife Gilda Radner, Madeleine Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman and Charles Grodin — and even with the likes of Donald Sutherland and Harrison Ford.

Wilder will be remembered best for his 1974 one-two punch of Brooks’ Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, both of which rate among the most hilarious films ever made, and for channeling Roald Dahl’s chocolate mogul Willy Wonka in the trippy 1971 classic. But his career also included such smaller gems as The Frisco Kid and opposite Pryor in Silver Streak and Stir Crazy.

1. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Wilder made his movie debut in this biopic of the legendary criminal lovers. Wilder played a hostage of Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty's felonious duo.

2. The Producers (1967)

This Mel Brooks classic, about two guys out to make some cash producing a film flop, was Wilder’s breakthrough performance and earned him an Oscar nomination for his role as Leo Bloom.

3. Start The Revolution Without Me (1970)

Wilder starred opposite Donald Sutherland in Bud Yorkin’s comedy about a set of twins -one an aristocrat and the other a peasant – who mistakenly swap identities right before the French Revolution.

4. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Wilder’s most recognized role was playing the titular, eccentric candy-maker Willy Wonka in the adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl children’s book.

5. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

Wilder is a scene-stealing (what else?) doctor whose attempt to process the revelation that his patient is in love with a sheep is everything you always want to see on screen but rarely get.

Billboards in Times Square, ca. 1900

Lovely Vintage Photos Captured Family Life in Watford during the 1920s

Most of these lovely photos documented everyday life of a family in Watford during the 1920s. It tells us that life is very simple but so happy and full of joy.

Two women looking over Verdun, France, ca. 1910s