Monday, September 22, 2014

Photos of Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell in 'The Seven Year Itch' in 1954

The Seven Year Itch is a romantic comedy 1955 American film based on a three-act play with the same name by George Axelrod. The film was co-written and directed by Billy Wilder, and starred Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell, reprising his Broadway role. It contains one of the most iconic images of the 20th century – Monroe standing on a subway grate as her white dress is blown by a passing train. Here's a collection of publicity photos of Marilyn Monroe with co-star Tom Ewell for The Seven Year Itch taken by Frank Powolny in 1954.

Vintage Photos of Cheerleaders in North Carolina

Images of North Carolina cheerleaders from the North Carolina Yearbooks exhibit and North Carolina Newspapers collection on

Cheerleaders, Davidson College, 1925

Cheerleaders, Wake Forest College, 1926

Cheerleaders, Guilford College, 1927

Cheerleaders, East Carolina Teachers College, 1930

Cheerleaders, Wingate Junior College, 1930

New Double-deck Streetcar, New York, c.1910

Pictures of Americans during the Great Depression of the 1930s

The Great Depression, which lasted from 1929 to the early 1940s, was a severe economic downturn caused by an overly-confident, over-extended stock market and a drought that struck the South. In an attempt to end the Great Depression, the U.S. government took unprecedented direct action to help stimulate the economy. Despite this help, the Great Depression finally ended with the increased production needed for World War II.

A prominent designer of dolls, ca. 1930s

Ernesto Peruggi, a “prominent designer of dolls,” sculpted from young Mildred Marcia Pinkenfeld, who, at 16 weeks, was known as “America’s perfect baby.” (Photo: The New York Times via The Lively Morgue)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Rare and Utterly Charming Photos of Audrey Hepburn

A style icon and Hollywood legend, there's not much to say about Audrey Hepburn that hasn't already been said — but we'll say it again anyway. She's worth it.

Acting goofy in front of the camera

Audrey posing with a donkey in the countryside, 1955

Preparing for academy awards, nominated for her role in ‘Roman Holiday’, 1954

Overwhelmed after winning an academy award

Black and White Pictures of Animals in World War I

Animals were used in World War I on a scale never before seen -- and never again repeated. Horses by the millions were put in service as cavalry mounts and beasts of burden, but they were not the only animals active in the war. Mules, dogs, camels, and pigeons all played vital roles, as well as many others -- all at great risk, and with heavy cost.

A single soldier on his horse, during a cavalry patrol in World War I. At the start of the war every major army had a substantial cavalry, and they performed well at first. However, the development of barbed wire, machine guns and trench warfare soon made attacks from horseback far more costly and ineffective on the Western Front. Cavalry units did prove useful throughout the war in other theatres though, including the Eastern Front, and the Middle East. (National Library of Scotland)

Gas attack on the West Front, near St. Quentin 1918 -- a German messenger dog loosed by his handler. Dogs were used throughout the war as sentries, scouts, rescuers, messengers, and more. (Brett Butterworth)

German soldiers pose near a horse mounted with a purpose-built frame, used to accommodate a captured Russian Maxim M1910 machine gun complete with its wheeled mount and ammunition box. (Brett Butterworth)

Bandages retrieved from the kit of a British Dog, ca. 1915. (Library of Congress)

A pigeon with a small camera attached. The trained birds were used experimentally by German citizen Julius Neubronner, before and during the war years, capturing aerial images when a timer mechanism clicked the shutter. (Deutsches Bundesarchiv)

American School Children, ca. 1900

San Francisco Panorama, ca. 1880-1890