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July 31, 2012

July 30, 2012

Victorian Burlesque Dancers: 30 Incredible Vintage Portraits of ‘Exotic’ Dancers from the 1890s

Most people think that "burlesque" means female strippers walking a runway to a bump and grind beat. But that only fits the form in its declining years. At its best, burlesque was a rich source of music and comedy that kept America, audiences laughing from 1840 through the 1960s.

Some sources try to wrap burlesque in a mantle of pseudo-intellectual respectability. Yes, it involved transgressive comedy and songs, but the primary attraction of burlesque was sex... in the form of ribald humor and immodestly dressed women. Although many dismissed burlesque as the tail-end of show business, its influence reaches through the development of popular entertainment into the present.

In the 19th century, the term "burlesque" was applied to a wide range of comic plays, including non-musicals. Beginning in the 1840s, these works entertained the lower and middle classes in Great Britain and the United States by making fun of (or "burlesquing") the operas, plays and social habits of the upper classes. These shows used comedy and music to challenge the established way of looking at things.








Life Through Walter Sanders' Lens

One of Life Magazines greatest staff members was Walter Sanders. He was born in Germany but left in 1933 when Hitler came to power. Walter was a combat photographer for Life during World War Two. He had been employed with Life from 1944 to 1961. Sanders brought with him to Life Magazine, his great skills that he developed as a young man in Germany. He died in his home in Munich, Germany. Walter, according to Life Photographer Carl Mydans, played a major role in the making of Life Magazine.








July 29, 2012

The Kodak Girl - in Pictures

The Kodak product was marketed, in the beginning, at women, who often took a central role in advertising. In 1893 the Kodak girl, a character embodying independence and travel, began to appear in publicity shots. As the Eastman Kodak company files for bankruptcy, we reproduce some images from history.

All out-doors invites your Kodak: advertisement in Collier's magazine, 1911

Postcard, postmarked 1906 New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Atlantic City – Kodaking on the Beach

French Kodak catalogue, around 1918. Martha Cooper Collection, 2011

Camera catalogue, Blair Camera Company, around 1902. Cover shows a woman holding the No 3 Folding Weno Hawk-Eye

Kodak catalogue, early 20th century



1967 Detroit Riot

The 1967 Detroit riot, also known as the 12th Street riot, was a civil disturbance in Detroit, Michigan, US that began in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 23, 1967. The precipitating event was a police raid of an unlicensed, after-hours bar then known as a blind pig, on the corner of 12th (today Rosa Parks Boulevard) and Clairmount streets on the city's Near West Side. Police confrontations with patrons and observers on the street evolved into one of the deadliest and most destructive riots in United States history, lasting five days and surpassing the violence and property destruction of Detroit's 1943 race riot. (Wikipedia)








July 28, 2012

Peter Pan (1924)

Peter Pan (1924) is an adventure silent film released by Paramount Pictures, the first film adaptation of the play by J. M. Barrie. It was directed by Herbert Brenon and starred Betty Bronson as Peter Pan, Ernest Torrence as Captain Hook, Mary Brian as Wendy, and Virginia Browne Faire as Tinker Bell. Anna May Wong, a groundbreaking Chinese-American actress, played the Indian princess Tiger Lily. (Wikipedia)









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