Thursday, December 8, 2016

15 Vivid Colorized Photos That Bring the Vintage Cheer of Holidays Past to Life

There is something about this time of year that inspires a look backward, not just on the previous year but on a feeling of generosity, an electric charge in the air, that has persisted over decades of Decembers.

From the messy aftermath of a holiday sale at Macy’s to mail carriers weighed down with packages to Santas straightening their beards, TIME commissioned Sanna Dullaway to colorize vintage photos of the holiday season.

The newly vivid images have a painterly feel, like eerily crisp Normal Rockwell paintings. But they are also timeless, imbued with the same warmth and joy those who celebrate hope will characterize the season each time it returns.

1. Santa Claus with Christmas toys on a sled drawn by white turkeys. 1909.

Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME

2. Santa Claus in airplane, 1921.

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME

3. Christmas tree in Madison Square Park. New York, ca. 1910.

Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME

4. A resolutely tired Denzil Batchelor, in costume as Father Christmas, wearily answers another child's question at Harrods department store in London. December 1953.

John Chillingworth—Picture Post/Getty Images

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME

5. The mess in the wake of a major sale day at Macy's. New York, 1948.

Nina Leen—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

14 Fascinating Real Photo Postcards of Actresses from the Edwardian Stage

Real photo postcards of actresses are one of the enduring legacies of the Edwardian era; ‘enduring’ to mean lasting although the general impression from a recent visit to the Spitalfields Market was that interminable would be more apt.

Not surprising when you read how many thousands of millions of postcards were published then sent each year of the 1900s and how photos of stage actresses were far and above the most popular category in Britain.

But amidst the glut of portraits of women in ubiquitous broad-brimmed, feathery hats and puffy blouses, with their stiff composures and curiously sexless expressions, there are occasional images that catch the eye.

21 Amazing Vintage Photos of Israeli Students Learning After World War II

A small collection of 21 amazing vintage photo from Yoel's archive shows us Israeli students learning after the Second World War. Although there were many difficulties, these children still always kept smiles on their faces, these classes seemed always exciting.

Ship in Mariehamn, Åland, 1966

33 Rare Vintage Photographs Captured Barber Shops from the Late 19th/ Early 20th Centuries

These are what barber shops looked like over 100 years ago.

Girls playing cards, ca. 1920s

Frightening Beauty of the 1920s - Pierre Imans’ Wax Mannequins That Look Like Real Women

Pierre Imans, a French mannequin manufacturer of the period, made wax mannequins for department stores worldwide and gave his mannequins personalities and names such as Elaine, Roberta and Nadine.

The Pierre Imans mannequins are actually quite flat-chested, but they've got almost a pear shape to them, quite wide hips. It gives you a much more realistic and more nuanced perspective about real women's body shapes and how actual fashions looked on real body shapes, so how the 1920s dresses would actually hang on a figure that wasn't stick-thin.

However, by the mid-20th century, female mannequins had started to become more uniform in size and shape and embody the period's ideal notion of the perfect female form, something that varied from decade to decade.