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January 19, 2018

Amazing Color Photos of Teenage Dance Parties and Disco From the 1960s and 1970s

Vintage photos of the 1960s and '70s teenage dance parties and college-age night clubs complete with discotheques and go-go girls dancing inside of cages and on top of tables.

Teenagers' Twistick Lounge, Raleigh Hotel - South Fallsburg, New York

Mirrored Balls by Halboy Fixture Distribution - St. Louis, Missouri

Downtowner Motor Inn, Tony's Restaurant - Springfield, Illinois

Castaways Motel, Pool Bar - Miami Beach, Florida

Ginza Chinese Smorgasbord & Discotheque Dancing - New York

23 Stunning Color Photographs That Capture Everyday Life in Russia in the Late 19th Century

A set of colored diapositives was made in the spring of 1896 by Czech photographer František Krátký, who visited Russia on the occasion of Tsar’s coronation.

Slide projecting was extremely popular in contemporary Bohemia. The Prague Amateur Photographers’ Club and later the Slide Projection Society founded in 1897 regularly held public slide projections whose popularity was reduced by the movie only from the 1920s on. The slides were colored by hand as we see on these 8.5 × 8.5 cm photos. The colors have faded during the past century, and several photos were also ruined.

From the photos taken in Russia by František Krátký only these two dozens published by the Czech historian of photography Pavel Scheufler have survived.

“Moscow, procession, 1896. Carrying icons.”

“Moscow, 1896. The building of the Eagle Club.”

“Russia, 1896. Collector of donations.”

“Petersburg, 1896.” Correctly: Moscow, monument of the heroes of Plevna.

“Petersburg, 1896. Lighthouse and Winter Palace.”

Rare Vintage Photographs Captured Ernest Hemingway Posing Shirtless

Below is a gallery of some of rare photographs that captured Ernest Hemingway posing shirtless. Big, burly and barrel-chested, Papa projects the masculine image that he carefully cultivated for himself and for the world to see.

Ernest Hemingway posing as a boxer while wearing a fake mustache, 1920.

Ernest Hemingway fishing on a boat in Key West, Florida, 1928.

Ernest Hemingway boxing in front of a mirror, 1944.

Ernest Hemingway standing with shot-gun indoors at the Finca Vigia, Cuba, circa 1950.

Ernest Hemingway and Jean Patchett by Cliff Coffin for Vogue, 1950.

January 18, 2018

55 Humorous American Postcards of Animals For Valentine's Day From the 1930s and 1940s

These American postcards of animals for Valentine's Day from the 1930s and 1940s are so humorous.

Hurry Valentine, Be Mine

Hi There! Please Don't Duck This Invitation To Be My Valentine

Hi! You're Just My Type So Let's Be Valentines

How About It - Will You Be My Valentine

Here's the 'Mane' Question - Will You Be Mine

10 of the Cringe-Worthy Fashion Trends of the 1970s and 1980s

It's easy to romanticize the style of past decades as always inspiring, elegant and magical but in reality, bad fashion has been around since the start of mankind. From jumpsuits for men to exercising in leg warmers, here's a roundup of the most cringe-worthy fashion trends from the 1970s and 1980s.

1. Patchwork Peasant Skirts (1970s)

Very few people can manage to pull off wearing a quilt as a skirt.

2. Sweater Vests (1970s)

Aside from really serving no purpose whatsoever, sweater vests are truly flattering on no one.

3. Jumpsuits for Men (1970s)

The jumpsuit isn't for everyone and that's okay.

4. Safety Pin Face Jewelry (1970s)

The whole punk rock movement went a little too far at times; let it serve as a general life lesson that we should never pierce our cheeks with office supplies.

5. Leg Warmers (1980s)

Is it even humanly possible for someone's calves to get chilly while working out? Please advise.

Flamin' Maimie's Bouffant Belles: How Big Hair Got These Runners on the Cover of Sports Illustrated in 1964

In 1964, the first female runners earned the cover of Sports Illustrated. The catch? The story was on the Texas Track Club, a group of decently quick young women, coached by Margaret Ellison, an enterprising secretary-by-day who believed the appearance of her athletes was more important than their skill level. In the article “Flamin’ Mamie’s Bouffant Belles,” she explained: “Every year we have a good-looking team and good-looking uniforms—none of those bags. I prefer pretty girls. I insist that they wear makeup. We all go to the beauty shop before each meet.” Likewise, the cover showcased the runners in the sprinter's stance wearing fake eyelashes, lip gloss and stuffed bras.

With hair blown out, makeup on, and crouched in sprint positions, Janis Rinehart (foreground), Paula Walter (middle), and Jeanne Ellison (now Jeanne Ellison Biggs, right) became the first female track athletes from the U.S. to grace the cover. Their look was no joke. They were part of the Texas Track Club, a small group of high school-and college-aged female sprinters based in Abilene, Texas, led by a dedicated coach as obsessed with beauty as with winning races. Both coach and athletes believed style could get people excited about the sport. “We were pioneers in women's track,” Rinehart recalls. “We were making it popular. And people liked the way we looked because we were flashy.”

Neal Barr, a fashion photographer whose portfolio included advertisements for Estee Lauder, Clinique, and Vanity Fair, took the photo. The runners' hair and uniforms are exactly what they wore during meets, but Barr gave them false eyelashes and turned Rinehart's head to hide a crooked tooth. Rinehart, who was 19 at the time, admits she padded her bra for the shoot because “they didn't have Victoria's Secret back then.” Biggs, then 16, remembers, "They wanted us to put lip gloss on. We didn’t know what it was, just that it was really cool."

Biggs says their female competitors didn't take them seriously. “Because we were all ‘frou-frou'ed’ up, and looked real nice when we would walk out there on the track, all the girls on the other teams would look at us and laugh,” she says. “They were like, ‘They look good but they can’t run.’ Then we would perform well and show them up.”


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