Monday, June 26, 2017

51 Color Photos Capture Street Scenes of Dublin in the 1960s

Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland, and in the province of Leinster on Ireland's east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey.

Founded as a Viking settlement, the Kingdom of Dublin became Ireland's principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century and was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire before the Acts of Union in 1800. Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State, later renamed Ireland.

Take a look back to this beautiful city in the 1960s through these color photographs.

A Frenchman gives a light to Winston Churchill, 1944

Sunday, June 25, 2017

51 Amazing Photos of Women Portraits Taken by Frank Eugene From Between 1900s and 1910s

Born in New York to immigrant parents, Frank Eugene (1865 – 1936) was one of many young German-Americans to travel to Munich to study at the Royal Bavarian Academy of Arts. He was a founding member of the Photo-Secession and one of the first university-level professors of photography in the world.

Eugene considered himself more like a painter than a photographer. He emphasized by the manipulation of his photographs of the negatives as well as after the positivado, by means of pens, pencils and punzones.

This amazing selected photo collection he shot women portrait from between the 1900s and 1910s.

Street scene in La Grande, Oregon, 1957

33 Amazing Photographs of Pink Floyd Concert in Venice on a Massive Floating Stage in 1989

A concert combined with Redentore, it was 15 July 1989 – the night was unforgettable, who can imagine a stage for a rock band in waters in front of San Marco and the festival of the Redentore together. The Venetians protest was largely unheard as the promotor Francesco (Fran) Tomasi, the Vice President of the Venetian Council, Gianni De Michelis and Nero Laroni (commissioner) railroaded and bribed their way to securing the venue. It was supported by RAI and was broadcast live on TV to over 20 countries with an estimated audience of almost 100 million.

The floating stage was towed an moored in front of San Marco Square. The concert was free to all who wanted to attend- what an invitation to the Floyd fans around Europe. You needed only a train or bus ticket to attend. There were no public toilets, insufficient housing (many of the fans did not have money for hotels even should they have been available) so the crowds slept in the open square of San Marco. The Venetian police protested as they had not the personnel to maintain the peace. Stores were barricaded to protect their goods from looting.

From all accounts it was a fantastic evening, even though the band agreed to lower the sound to avoid damaging ancient buildings. Certainly the setting could not have been more picturesque. Per the agreement with RAI, the concert lasted only 90 minutes and at the end of the last note, the acclaimed fireworks of the Redentore began.

Unfortunately the fans defaced the irreplaceable buildings of Venice, defacing what has been described as Europe’s drawing room. Ancient monuments were damaged and used as toilets.

And when it was over the fans left behind 300 tons of litter. After two days, the Army was brought to clean the mountains of trash. Lamp-posts were broken as fans climbed to get a better view and some building suffered damage.

Vintage Pictures Show a Step-by-Step Tutorial on How to Make the Marcel Waves Hair That Were Popular During the 1920s

You probably think of the 1920s when you hear about Marcel waves, and rightly so; they reached their height of popularity during the '20s, about 15 years after the first electric curling iron was invented. François Marcel introduced his spring-clamp electric model in 1918, making heat styling safer and easier than ever.

At the time, waving was the primary way that women grew out their bobs. Hair irons were sold touting that they "feminised" the short cuts that young girls would come to regret. Bobs were a lot more edgy 100 years ago.

The rad thing about this waving technique, is once you've gotten it down, it can take just a few minutes to add texture to a low, messy bun, or you can curl your whole head for a festival vibe. Here's some of vintage pictures show a step-by-step tutorial on how to make the Marcel waves in the hair that were popular during the '20s:

(Images via Okinawa Soba)

The First Photographs of U.S Presidents

Photography is the result of combining several different technical discoveries. Long before the first photographs were made, Greek mathematicians Aristotle and Euclid described a pinhole camera in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE.

The coining of the word "photography" is usually attributed to Sir John Herschel in 1839. It is based on the Greek φῶς (phōs), meaning "light", and γραφή (graphê), meaning "drawing, writing", together meaning "drawing with light".

Here, below we collected some of the first photographs of U.S Presidents in history:

John Quincy Adams: The First Photograph of a President

The first photograph of a sitting United States president was taken of William Henry Harrison on March 4, 1841. The new executive had just delivered his inaugural speech—the outdoor address now most remembered (wrongly) for giving him the pneumonia that would kill him—and he paused, afterward, to pose for a portrait using the new technology of the daguerrotype.

That photograph, much like its subject, had an unexpectedly short tenure. Harrison's inaugural portrait has since been lost to history -- meaning that the oldest surviving photograph we have of an American president depicts a chief executive after his presidency. There are a couple candidates for "oldest." But they are, regardless, depictions of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president, in office from 1825-1829.

One is this, a sixth-plate daguerrotype made of the ex-president at the age of 76:

Another is this one, of the same man, taken around the same time:

The second image seems to have been captured at Adams's home in Quincy (formerly Braintree), Massachusetts. Beyond that, and the fact that it was taken by Philip Haas, not much is known of its provenance.

In a diary entry dated Aug. 1, 1843, Adams described posing for the photograph during a visit to New York. He was 76 at the time the photograph was taken.

After he delivered a short speech at Utica Female Academy, the former President commenced: "The shaking of some hundred hands then followed and on my way returning to Mr. Johnson's, I stopped and four daguerreotype likenesses of my head were taken, two of them jointly with the head of Mr. Bacon -- all hideous."

For us, the story here is the photographs. The first among so many! The trailblazers, the pathfinders! For Adams, however, the story was emphatically not the photos. It was the trip itself—the memories it evoked, the pain it caused, the joy. We might care about the images of him that emerged from New York, some of the first fully life-like renderings of an American president. We might care that a copy of one of the images turned up in an antique store, where it was bought for 50 cents. We might care that the same copy is now housed in the National Portrait Gallery under the care of the Smithsonian. Adams had different concerns, though—less historical, more human. He wasn't thinking about new technologies. He was just living them.

A 1970 news report announcing the finding of the Adams daguerrotype, accompanied by an ad for a water-weight reducer. (AP / Google News)

James K. Polk: The First Photograph Taken of a President While in Office.

On the other hand, if we’re considering photographs taken in office, that distinction goes to James Polk, the 11th President. This photograph was captured in 1849: