Friday, November 21, 2014

Amazing Black and White Pictures of Scenes from the Dust Bowl during the 1930s

The Dust Bowl, also known as the Dirty Thirties, was a period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the US and Canadian prairies during the 1930s; severe drought and a failure to apply dryland farming methods to prevent wind erosion caused the phenomenon. The photography of Dorothea Lange is as closely associated with American farmers' struggle against drought and dust in the Depression era. The photographs show the devastation that drove the Dust Bowl refugees to leave their homes and migrate to California. They also depict the lives of these families on the road west.

A Dust Bowl farm. Coldwater District, north of Dalhart, Texas. This house is occupied; most of the houses in this district have been abandoned.

Drought-stricken farmer and family near Muskogee, Oklahoma. Agricultural day laborer. Muskogee County.

Family walking on highway, five children. Started from Idabel, Oklahoma. Bound for Krebs, Oklahoma. Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. In 1936 the father farmed on thirds and fourths at Eagleton, McCurtain County, Oklahoma. Was taken sick with pneumonia and lost farm. Unable to get work on Work Projects Administration and refused county relief in county of fifteen years residence because of temporary residence in another county after his illness.

Wagoner County, Oklahoma.

The highway going West. U.S. 80 near Lordsburg, New Mexico.

New York aerial police force stunt, ca. 1920

Rare and Beautiful Photos of a Young Madonna at the University of Michigan in 1976

Before Madonna donned that iconic conical bra and wore a rosary around her neck because she said she liked the feeling of a naked man between her bosom, Madonna Louise Ciccone was actually looking pretty sweet. Here's a collection of rare and beautiful photos of a young Madonna at age 18 taken by Peter Kentes in 1976.

Le Dôme Café, Montparnasse, Paris, 1928

Photo by Andre Kertesz.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Marilyn Monroe’s Handwritten Turkey-and-Stuffing Recipe

If you happen to be a huge fan of the legendary Marilyn Monroe and also love cooking, here is a handwritten checklist by Marilyn for the Thanksgiving Day.

In detail, Marilyn explained how she prepared a turkey dinner, with all of the extras. The notes, which feature in Fragments, a collection of her letters and musings from 1943 to her death in 1962, show that Marilyn had a passion for cooking.

It has to be noted that Marilyn Monroe has written two cookbooks in the 1950s, which were sold off at an auction of her personal effects in 1999.

The recipe is dated around 1955 or 1956 when Marilyn was living in New York with her husband, the playwright Arthur Miller.

For the Stuffing
  • No garlic
  • Sourdough
  • French bread – soak in cold water, wring out, then shred
  • For chicken giblets – boil in water 5-10 mins
  • Liver – heart then chop
  • 1 whole or ½ onion, chop & parsley / four stalk celery, chop together following spices – put in rosemary
  • Thyme, bay leaf, oregano, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper,
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, 1 handful
  • 1/2lb – 1/4lb ground round – put in frying pan – brown (no oil) then mix raisin 1 ½ cuops or more
  • 1 cup chop nuts (walnuts, chestnuts, peanuts)
  • 1 or 2 hard boiled eggs – chopped mix together

To Prep the Bird
  • Salt & pepper inside chicken or turkey – outside same and butter
  • Sew up clamp birds put chicken or turkey in 350 oven
  • Roasting chicken – 3or 4lbs or larger
  • Cooks 30 min to 1lbs
  • Brown chicken or pheasant (vinegar, oil, onion, spices) – let cook in own juice
  • Add little water as you go
  • ½ glass vinegar – put in when half done
  • Cooks 2 hours
  • Put potatoes
  • Mushroom – button canned
  • Peas – fresh

(via Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters)

Rare Color Photos of Life inside Berlin's Marienfelde Refugee Transit Camp in 1961

Marienfelde refugee transit camp in Marienfelde, Berlin, was one of three camps operated by West Germany during the cold war for dealing with the great waves of immigration from East Germany, especially between 1950 and 1961. Refugees arriving in West Berlin were sent to the center where they received medical treatment, food, identification papers, and housing until they could be permanently re-settled in the West. Here's a collection of rare color photographs inside Berlin's Marienfelde refugee transit camp were taken in September 1961.

Two young girls in swimming suit doing a trick shot, ca. 1930s