Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Antique Office Photographs, ca. 1920s

Four African Americans working in an office in Hempstead, TX. In the center is a Burroughs Class 3 adding machine. A candlestick telephone is on the desk.

Office in Dexter Horton National Bank, Seattle, WA. There are a number of Burroughs adding machines, c.1920.

Office with 19 men doing paper work on the left and about a dozen women typing on the right.

Filing Section, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, New York, NY., c.1920.

Underwriters' Office, Fireman's Fund Insurance Co., Boston, MA, 1921.

Color Photographs of Europe from between 1969-1972

Geneve, Switzerland, 1970

Kiel, Germany, 1969

Kiel, Germany, 1969

Kiel, Germany, 1969

Megève, France, 1969

Two ladies at the rim of the Grand Canyon

Two ladies at the rim of the Grand Canyon (Date: unknown)

Old Photos of US Gas Stations in the 1920's

As unregulated businesses, gas stations in the early 1920s consisted of a small building and pump. Early stations provided basic services, such as lubrication and tire repair, and sold oil, batteries and tires. Here's a small collection of old photos of US gas stations in the 1920's.

The place is a Texaco Gasoline Filling Station (primarily they filled gas tanks).

In case you missed it, this is a Texaco station.

Land wasn't at a premium then like it is now. Note the wide open layout and the nice row of little trees. This was a Texaco Gasoline Motor Oil Service Station. The concept had become a "service station", which included more than just filling your tank. They even filled it FOR you, no "self-service" needed.

Looks like an early "mall". At one location, you could fill up your tank, get a loan so as to look prosperous with a new suit, and have a meal while your spark plugs were changed.

Ford Sales and Service. Look at all those Model T's.

Dangerous job: Testing of new bulletproof vests, 1923

Monday, September 1, 2014

Chrysler Magazine Ads from 1960s

Retro Unique Sunglasses from 1960s

Baby cages in an apartment building, ca. 1937

Baby cages used to ensure that children get enough sunlight and fresh air when living in an apartment building, ca. 1937.

How British Cinemas have Changed in the Past 100 Years through Pictures

Cinema a century ago was a new, exciting and highly democratic form of entertainment. Picture houses nationwide offered a sociable, lively environment in which to relax and escape from the daily grind. With feature films still rare, the programme was an entertaining, ever-changing roster of short items with live musical accompaniment. Here's a collection of 38 pictures that show how British cinemas have changed in the past 100 years.

The Cinema House, Sheffield, 1914

The Regent Cinema, Sheffield, 1927

The Regal Cinema, Marble Arch, London, c.1928

The Granada, Tooting, London, c.1931

Gaumont Palace, King's Road, London, 1934

Swimsuit and Beach Pyjamas, ca. 1930

The fashion from the continent arrives in Britain in 1930. Beach pyjamas were very popular with the fashionable ladies of the 30s. Worn with bare backs, the beach suit had the arms revealed and long flared legs- the start of elegant leisure wear. Designers found new freedom with the coming of synthetic materials that flowed around the body. (via)