Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pushing a Car

Pushing a car belonging to agricultural day laborer to start it, near Muskogee, Oklahoma., June 1939 by Russell Lee. View full size.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Old Pictures of People Watching TV

These interesting vintage photos show how people watched TV in the past.

Picketing workers watch TV in a tent outside the gates of a U.S. Steel plant in Gary, Indiana, during a strike in 1959

A boy watches TV in an appliance store window in 1948

An adopted Korean war orphan, Kang Koo Ri, watches television in his new home in Los Angeles in 1956

Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, watch the 1960 GOP convention in Chicago from their hotel suite

A performing chimpanzee named Zippy watches TV in 1955

A Collection of 48 Vinyl Album Covers Featured Women in Mini Skirts

How many album covers over the years featured a woman in a miniskirt? It would be like counting grains of sand on a beach. We couldn't begin to catalogue them all, but we can gather up a healthy supply for your viewing pleasure.

B&W Collection of Celebrities from the Past

Monday, February 27, 2012

30 Stunning Vintage Photos of Everyday Life in London in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries by John Thomson

John Thomson (14 June 1837 – 29 September 1921) was a pioneering Scottish photographer, geographer and traveller. He was one of the first photographers to travel to the Far East, documenting the people, landscapes and artifacts of eastern cultures. Upon returning home, his work among the street people of London cemented his reputation, and is regarded as a classic instance of social documentary which laid the foundations for photojournalism. He went on to become a portrait photographer of High Society in Mayfair, gaining the Royal Warrant in 1881.

Classic LIFE Magazine Celebrity Photos

Yankees - Spring Training in Florida, 1961

In 1961, during spring training in Florida, LIFE gave 25-year-old Yankee shortstop Tony Kubek a camera and asked him to photograph his teammates: Mantle, Berra, Maris, Ford, and the rest of the players on what would, in time, be seen as one of the greatest teams in baseball history.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

New York, 1969

Vintage Mini Skirts & Cars

Saturday, February 25, 2012

"People Always Called Me Blondie” – 20 Pictures of Debbie Harry in the 1970s

“Hi, it’s Deb. You know, when I woke up this morning I had a realization about myself. I was always Blondie. People always called me Blondie, ever since I was a little kid. What I realized is that at some point I became Dirty Harry. I couldn’t be Blondie anymore, so I became Dirty Harry.”

Debbie Harry of Blondie, Coney Island, NY, 1977 — Image © Bob Gruen

Debbie Harry, NYC, 1976 – Image © Bob Gruen

Debbie Harry, New Jersey, 1978 – Image © Bob Gruen

1977 — Debbie Harry of Blondie — Image by © Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis

Debbie Harry,  c.1968

Rare Oscars Rehearsal Photos, 1958

During Hollywood’s Golden Age, being a star entailed more than just acting: leading men and women had to sing, dance, play it straight, play the clown — in short, they had to know how to entertain.

Little wonder, then, that in 1958, when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences planned its 30th Oscars ceremony — the fifth ever to be televised — it called upon the town’s multi-talented silver-screen icons to do what they did best, and put on barn-burner of a show.

LIFE photographer Leonard McCombe was a fly on the wall that year as stars from Paul Newman and Zsa Zsa Gabor to Kirk Douglas and Mae West dropped in to rehearse for the big event. As it turned out, however, only a handful of McCombe’s marvelous photos were ever published. Until now.

Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster with choreographer Jack Cole, practicing a mock-bitter song-and-dance number called "It's Great Not to Be Nominated"; the tune ribbed many of the year's Oscar contenders.

Inside Los Angeles' RKO Pantages theater, home of the Academy Awards from 1949 through 1959, Janet Leigh and Shirley MacLaine practice a tune.

Zsa Zsa Gabor arrives at the 1958 Oscar rehearsals in pearls and a fur stole.

Paul Newman appears to wait for a cue, as fellow Oscar presenter Doris Day consults with a director (gesturing toward the audience). On the big night itself, Newman's wife Joanne Woodward won Best Actress for The Three Faces of Eve.

Mae West and Rock Hudson snuggle while rehearsing the flirty pop standard, "Baby, It's Cold Outside," as Academy president George Seaton looks on.