April 19, 2018

Mom's World: Lifestory Through Beautiful Photos of an American Woman From the Late 1940 and Early 1950s

These amazing photos from Joey Harrison that were taken mostly by his mother. They show a part of his mom's world from 1947 to January 1954, before he was born.

“My Parents: Jerry and Skip Harrison who married in 1947. Before I came along, and with diminishing returns thereafter, my mom pursued photography passionately and studiously. She created a large body of work centered around her life with my father and her birth family.”

Portraits of my mom Skip Harrison in the early 1950s

“My mom was an accomplished amateur photographer, and she took many shots with her Ansco twin-lens reflex mounted on a tripod with a mechanical time release screwed into the shutter button. She also had a large flood light (which I still have and use for work projects). Many of my mom's shots were taken with a tripod and self-timer. She'd compose the photo, set the exposure, start the self-timer, and race into position. Sometimes she set the exposure, adjusted the light, and composed the shot. Then my dad would simply press the shutter.”

“My mom has been also a utilitarian seamstress all her life. Using her beloved 1950 Singer, she made clothing for my sisters (lots of matching outfits), slipcovers, custom-sized sheets, and curtains. Lots of curtains.”

Mom and Dad at wedding altar, 1947

Bride in a blur, West Virginia, 1947

Mom and dad on their honeymoon vacation to Pittsburgh, 1947

'Our wedding night', 1947

Steubenville's Kit Kat Klub, Ohio, 1947

25 Vintage Photographs Capture Daily Life of American Children During the Great Depression

During his 50 year career as a photographer, Arthur Rothstein documented a great variety of subjects, including baseball games, war, struggling farmers, and U.S. Presidents.

After his graduation from Columbia University, Rothstein’s former professor Roy Stryker, the head of the Photo Unit for the Resettlement Administration (which would later become the Farm Security Administration) made Rothstein the first staff photographer at the Resettlement Administration. Rothstein spent the next five years creating some of the most iconic images of rural and small-town America during the Great Depression (1935-1940).

Rothstein’s work for the FSA earned him $1,620 a year, with an allowance of 2 cents per mile and $5 a day for food and lodging. While on the job, Rothstein carried with him only what he needed.

During the five years that he spent working in this division for Stryker, Rothstein took around 80,000 images, many of them later becoming some of the most iconic images of the Great Depression. As he worked on producing these images over his five-year career at the FSA, Rothstein kept in mind that the documentary work that he was doing had “the power to move men’s minds.”

He used his documentary work as a way to teach others about life; how people live, work, and play, the social structures that people are a part of, and the environments in which they live in. As Rothstein said of documentary photography in his 1986 book entitled Documentary Photography, “The aim is to move people to action, to change or prevent a situation because it may be wrong or damaging, or to support or encourage one because it is beneficial.”

Family of resettlement farmer, Skyline Farms, Alabama, 1935

Children of sharecropper, North Carolina, 1935

Sharecropper's children, 1935

Son of a cotton sharecropper, Lauderdale County, Mississippi, 1935

Rarely Seen Photographs Give a Unique Glimpse of Life Aboard Titanic Shortly Before Its Sinking in 1912

The Reverend Francis Patrick Mary Browne (1880-1960) was a distinguished Irish Jesuit and a prolific photographer. His best known photographs are those of the RMS Titanic and its passengers and crew taken shortly before its sinking in 1912.

In April 1912 he received a present from his uncle: a ticket for the maiden voyage of RMS Titanic from Southampton, England to Queenstown, Ireland, via Cherbourg, France. He traveled to Southampton via Liverpool and London, boarding the Titanic on the afternoon of 10 April 1912. He was booked in cabin no. A37 on the Promenade Deck. Browne took dozens of photographs of life aboard Titanic on that day and the next morning; he shot pictures of the gymnasium, the Marconi room, the first-class dining saloon, his own cabin, and of passengers enjoying walks on the Promenade and Boat decks. He captured the last known images of many crew and passengers, including Captain Edward J. Smith, gymnasium manager T.W. McCawley, engineer William Parr, Major Archibald Butt, and numerous third-class passengers whose names are unknown.

During his voyage on the Titanic, Browne was befriended by an American millionaire couple who were seated at his table in the liner's first-class dining saloon. They offered to pay his way to New York and back in return for Browne spending the voyage to New York in their company. Browne telegraphed his superior requesting permission, but the reply was an unambiguous "GET OFF THAT SHIP – PROVINCIAL".

Browne left the Titanic when she docked in Queenstown and returned to Dublin to continue his theological studies. When the news of the ship's sinking reached him, he realized that his photos would be of great interest, and he negotiated their sale to various newspapers and news cartels. They appeared in publications around the world. Browne retained the negatives. His most famous album has been described as the Titanic Album of Father Browne.

Trunks being carried aboard the Titanic, April 11, 1912.

Promenade deck of the Titanic, after leaving Southampton and passing the Portuguese RMSP Tagus, 1912.

Woman selling Irish lace aboard the Titanic, April 11, 1912.

The Titanic at Portsmouth, April 10, 1912.

Gymnasium on the Titanic, 1912.

23 Amazing Photographs That Capture Daily Life in the Netherlands in 1904

Images shot by an unknown photographer on a "Grand Tour" through Europe in 1904.

Four boys from Volendam.

Old fisherman in traditional Marken garb.

Street scene in front of the Hotel Spaander in Volendam.

Fishing boats at the docks. The registration number on the sail suggests the port is Volendam.

Man with dog cart.

70 Amazing Color Snaps That Capture Street Scenes of Edinburgh, Scotland in the Early 1960s

These color snaps from doveson2002 show what Edinburgh looked like from the early 1960s.

Princes Street looking west, Edinburgh, circa 1960

 Castle Street, Edinburgh, circa 1960

Princes Street looking east, Edinburgh, circa 1960

Princes Street looking east, Edinburgh, circa 1960

St. Cuthbert's horse-drawn milk cart, Canongate, Edinburgh, 1960

April 18, 2018

33 Interesting Pics That Capture American People With Telephones in the 1950s

The 1950s were prosperous years for the United States and saw many technological and economic advances. One of these forward strides was the widespread adoption of the telephone in American homes and businesses.

By the 1950s, roughly two-thirds of American households had at least one telephone, with the percentage growing every year.

Take a look at these interesting pictures to see American people with their telephones in the 1950s.

Awesome Photographs of Jon Bon Jovi in Shorts in the 1980s

Jon Bon Jovi is one of the most powerful influences when it came to Rock fashion. Whether we admit it or not. Deep down we all dream of being a Rock star.

While many fads in fashion, music and culture ultimately died with their subsequent decades, New Jersey’s Bon Jovi was arguably the biggest thing from the ’80s to transcend multiple generations.


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