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November 23, 2017

28 Lovely Found Photos That Capture Everyday Life of Japanese Kids in the 1950s

A bunch of scans of found slides from Vintage Japan-esque that capture everyday life of Japanese kids in the 1950s. Random stuff like kids fashion, kids toys, the seashore, cars, trains, signs, etc.

Two boys playing ice hockey

Two boys throwing rocks and a girl looking at the camera on a shore in Japan

Two children in Japanses traditional fashion

Two Japanese kids (one with a baseball glove, one with a bat) wearing Yomiuri Giants caps

Two Japanese kids in Yomiuri Giants caps and one in a stroller

November 22, 2017

Ghosts, Monstrous Faces and Strange Creatures: The Eerie Beauty of Bad Vintage Photographs

“Bad” photographs, that is pictures poorly framed, blurred by movement, or over exposed by light, are sometimes like the best illustrations to weird tales of horror and nightmare.

The woman who happily sat in her garden waiting for her picture to be taken oblivious of the small approaching beast, its flash of teeth and claws, ready to pounce and devour. Or, the family of monstrous shapeshifters captured unraveling in front of the camera. Or the demon held proudly aloft in its mother’s arms burning with the flames of Hell. Or, the strange Lovecraftian light moving purposefully across the creased waters of a lake. Perhaps the following selection of bad vintage photographs will inspire your imagination too?

Testing Condoms in 1935, and Other Old Forms of Birth Control

When people think of birth control, they often think of the modern pill. But there are many types of contraception, and they’ve been around for a very long time.

According to National Geographic Society, people have been trying to control reproduction literally as long as there have been human societies. “Sponges have been used for thousands of years,” said Irene Linda Gordon, author of Woman's Body, Woman's Right: Birth Control In America. When placed over the cervix, these are “actually fairly effective as a natural form of contraception” because “they absorb semen.”

Condoms, too, are a traditional form of birth control. They’ve been around for hundreds of years—before the 19th century rubber boom, most were made of animal skin or intestines. And spermicide isn’t a recent innovation. Lemon juice and other acidic substances were tried long before modern spermicides landed in condoms. For extra protection, ancient people would rub a mixture of lemon juice and honey on a contraceptive sponge.

These methods weren’t as safe and effective as modern ones—many early versions of intrauterine devices (IUDs) were terribly uncomfortable or caused infections—but the fact that people pursued them shows how strong their desire was for birth control. Throughout history, people have used these and other methods regardless of whether their church or state has given approval. The same holds true today.

Roman, 200 BCE-400 - CE Bronze pessary. A pessary in this context is a way of blocking the cervix. The gap allows a rod to be placed into the cervix to hold the pessary in place. While it could remain in place during intercourse, such intercourse could be painful.

c. 1754 - An engraving of Jean-Jacques Casanova (1725 - 1798) (left), an italian seducer and adventurer, here blowing up a condom.

c. 1880 - This type of gold wishbone stem pessary is an intra-cervical device (IUC). These tools came into use as a contraceptive towards the end of the 1800s. The flat end of the stem pessary sat against the vaginal wall with a stem protruding into the uterus through the cervix. An IUC works after conception. It stops a newly fertilised embryo implanting and growing in the lining of the uterus. IUCs were mostly surpassed by the intrauterine device (IUD). An IUD sits entirely within the uterus, reducing the risk of bacterial transfer between the cervix and uterus. This can lead to infection and sterility.

c. 1910s - Contraceptive sponge. Sponges were widely used as contraception in the early 1900s. This contraceptive sponge is made of rubber, and such sponges - essentially a cervical blockage - were one of a range of contraceptives promoted by the Society for Constructive Birth Control, the organisation was founded by Dr. Marie Stopes (1880-1958). This sponge is in its original aluminium box and was manufactured in Britain by Elarco.

c. 1910s - This condom is made of animal gut membrane, known as caecal. Caecal condoms were effective against pregnancy because animal membrane is porous to viruses. They do not reliably protect against sexually transmitted infections such as AIDS. This example was made by chemists John Bell and Croyden Limited.

25 Hilarious Photographs of Old-Timey Strongmen

At the turn of the 20th century, the world saw the rise of a new kind of public hero: the professional strongman.

Strongmen emerged from the physical culture movement that had been building during the 1800s, and was itself a response to the Industrial Revolution. With the proliferation of office work, there became a growing concern as to how this new sedentary lifestyle was affecting the health — and manhood — of the country’s men.

Strongmen were symbols of virility maintained — proof that citizens still had the grit, power, and strength of their pioneer forebearers and the potential for doing manly deeds. If men could no longer tame the frontier and challenge the enemies of nature, they could master themselves and pit their hardihood against the weights of a gymnasium.

1. George Hackenschmidt, circa 1900

2. George Hackenschmidt

3. Max Sick, 1910

4. Arthur Saxon

5. Eugen Sandow, circa 1902

November 21, 2017

Pantsuit: The Elegant Fashion Style For Women From the 1940s

A pantsuit or pant suit, also known as a trouser suit is a woman's suit of clothing consisting of pants and a matching or coordinating coat or jacket.

It was introduced in the 1920s, when a small number of women adopted a masculine style, including pantsuits, hats, canes and monocles. However, the term, "trouser suit" had been used in Britain during the First World War, with reference to women working in heavy industry.

Take a look at these snapshots to see women in pantsuits from the 1940s.


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