Thursday, December 18, 2014

New York Institute for the Blind, 34th street and 9th Avenue, 1926

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Amazing Vintage Photos of Istanbul from the Late 19 Century

Here's a collection of 20 amazing vintage photos of Istanbul, Turkey from 1870s-1900s, taken by Swedish photographer Guillaume Berggren.

Old Snapshots of British Schoolchildren During World War II

World War II had a huge impact on the daily lives of the people of Britain, but soldiers and grieving widows weren’t the only ones whose lives were irrevocably altered by the war. Young schoolchildren in cities across Britain found themselves evacuated to the relative safety of the countryside, separated from their families and identified by nothing more than a brown paper tag.

Schoolchildren learned how to operate gas masks and were schooled huddled together in underground air raid shelters. Understandably, education sometimes took a backseat to simple survival.

Approximately three million British children were evacuated from their city homes and sent to the countryside during World War II. The first of these mass evacuations took place in early September 1939 and saw children carrying boxes containing their gas masks. A paper label attached to each child identified who they were and their journey details. While in the country, the children continued their education in settings ranging from church halls to pubs – basically, wherever there was room.

Children from well-off families who attended private schools had slightly better luck, as the entire school often moved to the countryside to take up residence and continue classes in a manor house. Some of the evacuated children viewed the experience as a kind of grand adventure, yet others found the separation from their families a great deal more taxing, fearing that they would never get to return home.

The nursery children pictured above are wearing their masks during recess, adding playful fun to the seriousness of the situation and the discomfort of wearing the devices, circa 1940.

These children are pictured emerging from an air raid shelter on November 10, 1939, having successfully completed an air raid exercise. This particular shelter was built in a field next to the local school in the town of Gresford in northeast Wales.

These nursery school children were evacuated from Kentish Town in North London, circa 1939 – and you can see their labels attached to their coats. In some cases, teachers were evacuated along with their students, and some were even responsible for finding the children a place to stay once they got to their destination.

Steinhoff bobsled, for two people, Caldwell, New Jersey, early 1900s

10 Sinister Santa Christmas Cards from the Late 19th and Early 20th Century

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Late 1880s/early 1900s

Coney Island beauty contestants, 1923

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

20 Black and White Portraits of Women with Cigarettes from the 1920s

A smoking suit for women, 1922. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A lady wearing a smoking suit, reading a newspaper by the fireplace, 1922. (Photo by Firmin/Getty Images)

Two girls sharing a cigarette after a swim, 1925. (Photo by Henry Guttmann/Getty Images)

Aquatic smoking at Scarborough, north Yorkshire, 1919. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

A woman smoking two cigarettes simultaneously with an elegant cocktail cigaratte holder, 1931. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)