August 17, 2018

26 Amazing Color Photos That Capture Cool Cars in the U.S From Between the 1940s and 1960s

These amazing photos from ElectroSpark that captured cool cars on the streets of the United States from between the 1940s and 1960s.

1948 Packard Custom 8 Convertible in Autumn foliage, circa 1948

1949 Oldsmobile at Town Hill Hotel, Little Orleans, Maryland, 1949

Afternoon sun on the Chevy, 1950 (1949-50 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe 4-Door Sedan)

1941 Buick, Clearwater Beach, Florida, circa 1952

1952 Buick Super, Clearwater, Florida, circa 1952

20 Incredible Vintage Photographs of Women Diving Horses in Atlantic City From the Early 20th Century

During the early twentieth century, a show called “The Great Carver Show” became center of attraction at the Atlantic City’s Steel Pier. This queer and bizarre show involved a horse with a young lady in a swimsuit on its back, jumping from a high platform into a pool of water below. The platforms were set as high as 60ft and the horse had to jump into a tank just 12 ft deep. Just for comparison, professional divers competing in Olympics and other World Championships, dive from a height of 32.8 ft into a 16 feet deep pool.

The show was dangerous yet extremely popular, attracting a multitude of crowd. Perhaps this is ‘what’ was considered entertainment in those days. The act of the show was simple, the horse would walk up a platform raising to a height varying from 30-60 feet. The rider would mount the horse and then the duo will take the leap of faith and dive into a pool of water below.

The idea of the show was developed by William Doc Carver. He claims that this idea came into being due to a mishap. Carver was once crossing a bridge over Plate River in Nebraska and suddenly, the bridge collapsed. His horse jumped into the water instantaneously. By the time, the horse was paddling towards the shore, Carver used his experience to develop the idea of the act of “Diving Horse” as a means of entertainment.

While Carver had a detailed blueprint of the “Diving Horse” as a commercial show in his mind, he knew that he had no future as a performer. As a result, he convinced his daughter, Lorena, to take up the practice with the horses.

The horses were trained to dive three to four times on performance days. Each horse was unique and had its own style of diving. One of the horses, would stand for 5 minutes and watch seagulls pass by and then dive. While there was another horse who would simply rush up to the platform and jump without stopping or waiting for the diver. Once he went too fast and out-jumped the pool, he was retired thereafter.

Sonora Webster joined Carver’s show in 1924 as a horse jumper, and eventually married Carver’s son. After the creator's death in 1927, they took the show on the road, finally settling it as a main attraction on Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where it was wildly successful.

In 1931, Sonora was permanently blinded by the impact from a botched jump. She was hardly discouraged, though. Her blindness simply enhanced the spectacle of the show as she continued diving for another decade.

Concerns over animal wellbeing caused a decrease in show popularity in the second half of the 20th century. Still, the horse diving show continued into the late 1970s before being shut down because of the decaying condition of Steel Pier.

The Ultimate 1980s Barn Find: This Guy Found a Lamborghini Countach Hiding in Grandma’s Garage for 20 Years

The lucky guy is Reddit user named eriegin, who posted these photos along with the caption “Despite the rust and dust, grandma’s 1981 Lamborghini Countach is the coolest.”

This isn’t an ordinary Countach. The images posted on Reddit suggest that we are looking at a Countach 500S, one of just 321 examples built.

According to Carscoops, the car is powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.8-liter V12, and while the Redditor claims that it is in poor condition, it could easily be worth $300,000 – or, if restored, more than $500,000.

The Reddit user says that the Countach was purchased by his late grandfather in 1989, “but after insurance costs became too high for him to operate the company, he kept the car (and many others including the Ferrari 308 in front of the Lambo) outside/in leaky garages for 20+ years instead of selling them,” he wrote. “Don’t ask me why, I have no clue.”

While it’s sad to see a car as iconic as the Countach being locked up for so long, it’s refreshing to see it coming out to the real world again.

(via Carscoops)

Robert Doisneau: An Oblique Look in Front of the Romi’s Shop, Rue de Seine, Paris

These images are from iconic French photographer Robert Doisneau. Amongst the photographs is the famous series of the nude painting in the art shop window (The Sidelong Glance—Romi’s Shop) attracting furtive attention from male admirers.

For his LIFE magazine assignment, Doisneau hid his Rolliflex behind an antique chair on display at Romi’s art gallery in the 5th arrondissement. With his usual flair for humor, he had set his camera at the correct angle to take photos of the painting of the nude and the reactions of the public to it.

40 Snapshots Prove That Our Grandmas Were Cooler Than We Thought in the 1940s

Despite being influenced by the Great Depression and the Second World War, women in the 1940s kept their glamorous looks and fashionable style. Maybe they are just a few, but these submitted pics of Flickr's members prove that our grandmas were probably cooler than we thought.

Three close friends in the Bronx, 1947. My grandma on the right

Claire, my grandma, 1940s

Eleanor Wood (my grandma) were visiting his parents, Cleveland, OH, 1949

From grandma's hand written on the back: "Last summer in Yosemite Nat. Park", circa 1940s

Funny portrait of my grandma Lavon, July 1945

August 16, 2018

Pancho Villa Expedition: Rare and Amazing Photographs From the 1916 Mexican Border Campaign

At 2:30 on 9 March 1916, several hundred troops under the command of Francisco "Pancho" Villa crossed the border separating the United States and Mexico and attacked the small Army garrison at Columbus, New Mexico. The raid was a surprise to the still sleeping men of the 13th Cavalry, who were responsible for patrolling the border around town.

After about two hours of fighting, and a brief pursuit of Villa's men into Mexico by Major Frank Tompkins, the attacking bands dispersed into the deserts of Chihuahua. Due to the work of a telegraph agent in town, the public heard about the raid almost as it was happening, and within twenty four hours, President Woodrow Wilson decided to send the U.S. Army into Mexico. Known as the Punitive Expedition and led by Brigadier General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, the goal of the campaign was to capture Pancho Villa and those men responsible for the raid.

The Columbus raid was a minor skirmish in a much bigger conflict. The Mexican Revolution began in 1910 as a revolt to remove Porfirio Díaz, the aging dictator of Mexico, from power, but as revolutionary factions fractured, the war became a large scale political and social revolution that transformed the republic. Villa was the head of one of the most powerful of these factions, but his fortunes declined after breaking from the Constitutionalists, led by General Venustiano Carranza. When Wilson recognized Carranza as the legal president of Mexico in October 1915, Villa became enraged. This resentment boiled over into a series of attacks on U.S. citizens in Mexico by Villa's forces, culminating in the attack on Columbus.

The Punitive Expedition was comprised of 4,800 men from the 7th, 10th, and 13th Cavalry, 6th Field Artillery, the 6th and 16th Regiments of Infantry, the 1st Aero Squadron, and medical personnel. The 10th Cavalry was an African American regimen. Known as buffalo soldiers, these troops were mostly led by white officers, with the exception of Major Charles Young, who was one of only three African American officers in the U.S. Army. The expedition entered Mexico on 15 March 1916 in two columns, one led by Pershing that crossed the border at Culberson's Ranch and a second that crossed near Columbus.

Pershing's column arrived first at Colonía Dublán and then split into three provisional squadrons, all of which went south on different paths to pursue Villa and his forces. One of these provisional squadrons composed of soldiers of the 7th Cavalry and led by Col. George A. Dodd rode to the town of Guerrero on the hunt for Villa. Left without reliable guides, the 7th Cavalry spent the night of 28 to 29 March traveling a circuitous route to the town, arriving at about 0800. Villa had been shot in the leg during a skirmish in Guerrero on 27 March and was taken to a home in the area, where he stayed before leaving in the direction of Minaca at daybreak on 29 March. Dodd skirmished with retreating Villistas, but did not see Pancho Villa himself. The expedition was never closer to capturing Villa.

While the three provisional squadrons pursued Villistas, the column that entered Mexico from Columbus was divided into four "flying columns," so named because they were small, highly mobile, and expected to provide for themselves materially in the field. As these squads combed Chihuahua, Pershing moved his main base of operations further south to San Geronimo and then to Satevó to be closer to the cavalry. These columns were assisted by the 1st Aero Squadron, which was mostly tasked with delivering messages and doing reconnaissance. This was the first major Army operation in which planes were used in the field, and the expedition revealed serious deficiencies in the eight Curtiss JN-3 biplanes that the squadron brought to Mexico. Besides their inadequate number, the planes had difficulties flying in Chihuahua's high elevations, heat, wind, and sand. By April, all of the planes had been grounded.

On 12 April, one of these flying columns under the command of Maj. Tompkins, supported on each flank by squadrons riding further north, decided to go to the town of Parral after contracting for supplies and fodder. Upon their arrival, General Ismael Lozano, who was in charge of local Mexican government forces, requested that Tompkins depart, while a mob of civilians formed. Tompkins refused, and asked Lozano to provide him with a spot to camp. On the way to this camp, his squad skirmished with government forces, called Carrancistas, and with civilian members of the mob. This clash precipitated a diplomatic crisis that led Wilson to order Pershing to move his headquarters back north to Colonía Dublán and give up the active pursuit of Villa. Flying columns were replaced by squads that patrolled a grid around Dublán.

Still, small skirmishes between Pershing's forces, Villistas, and Carrancistas continued even after the end of active pursuit. After another raid north of the border on the tiny settlement of Glen Springs, Wilson ordered the National Guard to mobilize to protect the border. Units from Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico came first, but when their numbers proved small, Wilson ordered the National Guard to send troops from the rest of the nation. Eventually, over 100,000 National Guard spent the next several months training along the border. In Mexico, a patrol squad led by Captain William T. Boyd was ordered to do reconnaissance in the area of Ahumada. On the way there, Boyd insisted on passing through the town of Carrizal even after being denied permission by Carrancistas. This led to a skirmish in which nine troops were killed and twelve were wounded. In addition, twenty three soldiers were taken prisoner.

The fallout from this action led to the establishment of a joint Mexican-U.S. commission to negotiate Pershing's withdrawal and orders for the expedition to stay in the vicinity of Colonía Dublán. The soldiers of the Punitive Expedition ceased patrolling, but they kept busy until their withdrawal on 5 February 1917 drilling and training. In the end, Pershing did not capture Villa, but he did receive valuable experienced that served him in his role as leader of the American Expeditionary Forces in WWI.


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