Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Fashions for Women", 1927

A collection of beautiful fashion photos from classic silent movie Fashions for Women (1927) directed by Dorothy Arzner, featuring Esther Ralston, Raymond Hatton, Einar Hanson, Edward Martindel, Yvonne Howell, and more...

Dorothy Arzner was one of the very few women who established a name for herself as a director in the film industry of the 1920s and 1930s. Despite the extreme sexism prevalent in Hollywood, Arzner was able to establish what remains to this day the largest body of work by a woman director within the studio system.

After threatening to leave Paramount for rival studio Columbia Pictures if not offered a chance to direct, Arzner was granted her opportunity to make her first film, Fashions for Women (1927), a lighthearted romp that earned praise from critics and became a box office success.

Women in bathing suits on Collaroy Beach, 1908

 Photographed by Colin Caird.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vintage Photos of Hollywood Actresses in Halloween Costumes, ca. 1930s

Anne Gwynne & Peggy Moran, c.1939

Betty Grable, c.1932

Betty Grable, c.1932

Dorothy Dix, c.1930s

June Collyer, c.1930

Beautiful Vintage Tennis Style from between 1900s and 1920s

Tennis players, 1906.

Three young women in light dresses holding tennis racquets, ca. 1900.

Women playing tennis, 1906.

Chicago girls at Sokol Sports, Prague, Austria, ca. 1912.

Gladys Ingalls, ca. 1910s.

Funeral procession on Greenleaf Avenue in Whittier, California, late 1800s

Old Contact Sheets from Some of Hollywood’s Most Legendary Films

Before you could open that folder of images on your memory card, contact sheets were the only way to review a bunch of photographs you just took. In Hollywood's golden days, directors had on-set photographers capturing candid images for those iconic movie posters.

Julius Caesar featuring Marlon Brando, 1953

Rear Window featuring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly, 1954

Bus Stop featuring Marilyn Monroe, 1956

Giant featuring James Deen, 1956

A Beautiful Portrait of Fanny Brice, ca. 1915

Famous singer and actress Fanny Brice from the time she was a Ziegfeld Follies girl, ca. 1915.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mugshots of Female Nazi Concentration Camp Guards while Awaiting Trial in 1945

These black and white portraits of the female prison camp guards which were taken after the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen, a Nazi concentration camp, while they were at Celle awaiting trial in 1945.

Juana Bormann: sentenced to death.

Herta Ehlert: sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

Ilse Forster: senetenced to 10 years imprisonment.

Helene Kopper: sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

Hildegard Lohbauer: sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

Interesting Photos of Young John F. Kennedy Swims for Harvard in 1938

John F. Kennedy's favorite sport was swimming. In November 1937, Kennedy was 20 years old, and his time-trials were sufficiently speedy to gain him a place on the Harvard college swimming team. Here's a small collection of interesting black and white photos of JFK swimming in Harvard in 1938.

(Photos: AP, via Mashable/ Retronaut)

Street Gangs in Springfield, Massachusetts, 1916

Street gangs - corner of Margaret & Water Streets - 4:30 P.M. Location: Springfield, Massachusetts. Lewis W. Hine, 1916. (via Once Upon a Town)