Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lou Reed, Mick Jagger and David Bowie hanging out together at Café Royale, 1973

Here are some interesting black and white photos of Lou Reed, Mick Jagger and David Bowie at the Cafe Royale after Ziggy Stardust's last "live" performance at Hammersmith Odeon in London in 1973, taken by Mick Rock. All kinds of characters showed up, including Ringo Starr, Jeff Beck, Bianca Jagger and Lulu..., but David spent much of his time chatting and laughing with Lou Reed and Mick Jagger.
"I've just remembered that I never told you about the party I had at the Café Royal after my last concert, so I'll make this week's letter about that... Oh, what a night it turned out to be! Mick Jagger, Lou Reed, Jeff Beck, Lulu, Spike Milligan, Dana Gillespie, Ryan O'Neal, Elliott Gould, Ringo Starr and Barbra Streisand... all there at my last concert party at the luxurious Café Royal - everyone looking so lovely in their sparkling evening clothes and colourful make-up... dancing, sipping champagne and tasting delicious salmon and big fresh strawberries and cream. The disc jockey played lots of really good soul and rock 'n' roll records, and the dance floor was absolutely packed all night." - David Bowie recalled
The gathering was also a great opportunity for Bowie to celebrate his fame and new friendships with fellow musical heavyweights such as Mick Jagger. But according to biographer Jerry Hopkins (1985) Bowie had reason to be anxious about Mick Jagger's attendance. Reportedly Jagger had threatened Bowie because he believed that Bowie had put the "make" on his wife Bianca earlier that week. Hopkins even reports that Bowie had wanted to cancel the show because of Jagger's threats. However, all was made up at the party and Bowie danced with Jagger and briefly kissed both Jagger and Lou Reed when asked to by Mick Rock who was photographing the event.

Little boy selling Coca-Cola, Atlanta, ca. 1936

Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Outtakes of David Bowie's Iconic “Heroes” Album Cover Shoot

These outtakes from the photo session that yielded the Heroes cover, shot by Japanese photographer and designer Masayoshi Sukita in 1977.

Beautiful Color Photographs of Streets of NYC from the 1940s and 1960s

These are beautiful color photographs of New York City between the early 1940's to the early 1960's, photographed by Charles W. Cushman.

Wall Street New York.

Skyscrapers Looking toward financial District from an East River pier.

Downtown skyscrapers from East River pier.

Approaching Liberty St. ferry.

The old Fulton Market Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Hats in the Garment District, New York, ca. 1930

Photo by Margaret Bourke White.

A Rare Picture of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards at Primary School Together, 1951

A class photograph captures the world-changing moment Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met for the first time at Primary School in 1951. The pair met when they both enrolled at Wentworth Primary School, in Dartford, Kent, that year.

A school photo showing Mick Jagger (circled left) and Keith Richards (circled right) when they attended Wentworth Primary School, in Dartford, Kent. Photo: SWNS.

A school register shows entries for Mick Jagger and Keith Richards when the two future Rolling Stones attended Wentworth Primary. Photo: SWNS.

(via Mail Online)

Amazing Black and White Photos of Hong Kong in 1945

People conducting business along Queen's Road.

Rickshaws and their drivers awaiting fares on Theatre Lane.

Members of Royal Navy and Royal Marines shopping at an open air market on Queen's Road.

Overhead of a busy street.

Young girl carrying her baby brother on her back and begging for money.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Amazing Pictures of Daily Life in Japan, 1946

The years after World War II saw Japan as a defeated nation and the Japanese people had to improvise in many aspects of daily life...

Homeless people sleeping on floor at Ueno railroad station.

Homeless people resting in sleeping quarters of poor house.

Japanese woman awaiting weekly food ration.

Japanese police officer directing traffic.

War orphans looking through garbage cans for food.

Victorian Era Exercise Machine

Old Photos of May Queen Festivals of Whitelands College

Whitelands College was a teacher training college for women started in the 1840s, one of the first of its kind. In 1881 they held the first of their annual May Queen Festivals. The idea for the Festival had come from the art critic John Ruskin and had been taken up enthusiatically by the Principal of the College John Faunthorpe. This odd combination of Christian ceremonies with elements of paganism (or rather late Victorian ideas of what constituted paganism) was embraced by the staff and students alike and it became a key part of the College’s identity.

Queen Mildred surrounded by her white clad fellow students in 1904.

Queen Elsie. Here is the masque from 1907.

Queen Elsie III enthroned with the 1910 Queen Louise standing in attendance, 1911

Here you can see the dowager Queen Elsie III paying homage to her sucessor Queen Alice in a lightly hand coloured photograph, 1912.

This picture was taken in 1914. The College remained a kind of secluded enclave even during the First World War, although students and staff played a part in the war effort and there was some damage during a Zeppelin raid. For the most part the inhabitants of the College went on with their lives.