Wednesday, April 26, 2017

11 Vintage Vibrator Ads To Make You Glad You Didn't Live Back Then

In the 19th century, as many as 75% of middle-class women were estimated to suffer from hysteria, but luckily medical science was there to help them. Doctors treated hysteria with "pelvic massage" until the patient reached "hysterical paroxysm." In modern times, we know "pelvic massage" to be "the doctor jerking off his patient" and "hysterical paroxysm" to be "orgasm." The procedure as a whole is now known as "grounds for a lawsuit."

By the early 1900s, these miraculous health-giving electric vibrators started showing up in the American women's home. In fact, vibrators were one of the earliest electric home appliances invented, showing up ten years earlier than the vacuum cleaner or iron. Regular old, non-pervy companies like Hamilton Beach and Sears Roebuck were in the lucrative business of selling vibrators to housewives.

1. “The most marvellous instrument yet invented.”

Vibratile Facial Massage, McClure’s, April 1899.

2. “For every member of the family.”

American Vibrator Co., 1906.

3. “Retain the glow of health and beauty.”

White Cross Electric Vibrator, Home Needlework Magazine, February 1908.

4. “Give your system the proper stimulation.”

The Ind-Electric, Baltimore and Ohio Employes Magazine, June 1913.

5. “Aids that every woman appreciates.”

Portable vibrator ad, Sears catalogue, 1915.

Bob Dylan's Early Days in New York: 17 Intimate Photos of 20-Year-Old Folk Singer Inside His First Apartment

In November 1961, Bob Dylan was just 20 years old, a young folk Singer on the cusp of fame. His first paid performances, at Gerde’s Folk City in New York’s Greenwich Village, were starting to attract interest.

His first review had just come out, a surprising rave in the New York Times, which said, “Mr. Dylan is both a comedian and a tragedian.”

Meanwhile, Ted Russell was a photojournalist working regularly for LIFE magazine in New York when an RCA Records publicist hired him to photograph the label’s latest discovery, Ann-Margret.

Shortly afterward, the publicist moved to Columbia Records and invited Russell to take some pictures of its new hire, Bob Dylan. Russell liked the idea, thinking a story on an up-and-coming Village folk singer could interest LIFE.

“I wanted to do an essay on the trials and tribulations of an up-and-coming folk singer trying to make it in the big city,” Russell told the NY Times. "[The LIFE editors] gave me a big yawn, not the slightest interest." Despite the lack of interest in that shoot, Russell ended up shooting Dylan twice more in 1963 and 1964, when he was already a star.

Dylan and Suze Rotolo

Dylan inside the kitchen of his W. 4th Street apartment

Dylan inside his first apartment in NYC on W. 4th Street

Dylan talking to James Baldwin at the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee's Bill of Rights Dinner

Dylan singing at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village

London's Hidden Tunnels: These Amazing Vintage Cutaway Diagrams Show Extraordinary Views of Piccadilly Circus' Underground Station

Unlike other major subway systems such as New York or Paris, the London Underground is largely tunneled rather than laid in a covered trench. Station interchanges require complex underground networks of tunnels such as these cutaway diagrams at Piccadilly Circus.

Piccadilly Circus tube station by Renzo Picasso, 1929. Pedants may note that the traffic flow has been reversed, as it would be in Italy. © Archivio Renzo Picasso, Genoa.

1930, D MacPherson's cluttered cutaway of Piccadilly Circus underground station to explain the complexity of works to the excited public. © London Transport Museum Collection

1989, London Transport Museum commissioned Gavin Dunn to draw this updated modern 3D cutaway of Piccadilly Circus station. © London Transport Museum Collection.

Cutaway of London's Charing Cross railway, underground and trams. Popular Science Magazine 1921.

Bond Street Station, 1970s. Showing reconstruction for the Jubilee Line. It also references the Fleet Line as the Jubilee was known during the planning phase. © London Transport Museum Collection.

46 Interesting Photos of Women with Their Bicycles From the 19th Century

By the 1890s, the bicycle was creating a social revolution in the United States. Nearly two million bicycles were being manufactured each year and were being sold throughout the country. People who previously had to walk now had a new means of transportation and this meant that millions of people were being given a new means of mobility.

Back to the history of the bicycle. Vehicles for human transport that have two wheels and require balancing by the rider date back to the early 19th century, and began to develop in the second half of the 19th century. The term bicycle was coined in France in the 1860s.

Here is an interesting photo collection of women with their bicycles from the 19th century.

Elke Sommer adjusts her stockings for her role as Lisa Baron in 'The Money Trap', 1965

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Curious Photo Collection of Girls Playing Cards in 1941

Girls playing cards (apparently strip poker) and drinking Coca-Cola. Photo from the Office of War Information archive, taken by Arthur Siegel in the summer of 1941 in Detroit.

A game of cards, 1941

String of pearls, 1941

The upper hand, 1941

Your turn, 1941

 Loser, 1941

Sunbathing girls in the 1910s