Sunday, September 30, 2012

Amazing Vintage Portraits of Wannabe Weathermen, 1983

Photographer Michael Jang took these amazing portraits of aspiring weathermen and weatherwomen in 1983 when he was working for a local television station in San Francisco that was holding auditions.






‘American Photographs’ by Walker Evans

Like the work of most great artists, the best of Walker Evans’ pictures are marvels of contradiction. Or, rather, they acquire their power through the contradictions they deftly reconcile. Here, a small collection of Walker Evans' photos from his book ‘American Photographs’


Penny Picture Display, Savannah, Georgia, 1936

Roadside Stand Near Birmingham, 1936

Sidewalk And Shopfront, New Orleans, 1935

Torn Movie Poster, 1930

View of Easton, Pennsylvania, 1936

Old Photos of NYC Coffee Shops

Check out these old NYC coffee shops, from the 1880s to 1980s

550 West 125th Street, 1932. Battle's Coffee Pot. (Courtesy of the MCNY)

8th Avenue and 23rd Street, Coffee Pot. February 28, 1926. (Courtesy of the Municipal Archives)

Caffe Reggio, 1975

Caffe Reggio, 1978

Chock Full O'Nuts on Lexington Avenue and 86th Street, 1935. (Courtesy of the MCNY)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Awesome Vintage Longhaired Lady Photographs by Stan Shuttleworth

Stan Shuttleworth worked for the Planning Commission of San Bernardino County, California and lived in Redlands, California. Stan was also a very well known photographer. Stan like some of us understood that he had a passion for ladies with long hair. Not being ashamed or shy about this, Stan would advertise in the local papers for lady's with long hair to model for him. He then would photograph then in all of their splendid glory. Stan understood he was not alone in his admiration of women who let nature take its course with their hair. His pictures were available to anyone who requested them. Being the kind of person that Stan was, once you requested pictures from him he would mail a sample out on the honor system. If you did not like them, then you were to return them to him. If you did like them, then you sent him a payment, and Stan would send you some more. Stan did this from 1950's up until the 80's when he passed away from a stroke as a result of battling diabetes for many years. Stan really wanted to share his work with the world, and this site will help him do so now that he is no longer able to.






Vintage Photos from ‘Bloomingdale’s Book of Home Decorating’

Before there was IKEA, there was Bloomingdale’s. Founded in 1861 by Joseph and Lyman G. Bloomingdale, the first incarnation of today’s upscale department store was a “Ladies Notions’ Shop” specializing in hoop-skirts on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Bloomingdale’s Book of Home Decorating by Barbara D’Arcy, the influential interior design guru and chief decorator of the model rooms in the flag ship store’s furniture department, is testament to its influence.






Early Photos of Hyde Park, Sydney from 1900

Hyde Park, the oldest public parkland in Australia, is a 16.2 hectares (40 acres) park in the central business district of Sydney, New South Wales. Hyde Park is on the eastern side of the Sydney city centre.

Hyde Park was named after the original Hyde Park in London. The park is pock marked with drain lids, many of which lead down to Busby's Bore, the first large-scale attempt at a water source system after the backing up of Tank Stream, the Sydney colony's primary water source. Busby's Bore was built between 1827 and 1837 using convict labour and fresh water from Lachlan Swamp (which later became known as Centennial Park) to the city.






Friday, September 28, 2012

1982 Victoria's Secret Catalog

Founded in San Francisco, California, in 1977 by Tufts University and Stanford Graduate School of Business alumnus Roy Raymond, Victoria's Secret is an American retailer of women's wear, lingerie and beauty products. It is the largest segment of publicly traded Limited Brands with sales of over US$5 billion and an operating income of $1 billion in 2006. Victoria's Secret is known for its annual fashion show, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and for its catalogs, both of which feature top fashion models. Here's the 1982 Victoria's Secret Catalog.






Photos of Life in China During the 1920s-1930s

During the early 19th century, Louis-Philippe Messelier left France for China and settled in Shanghai. He was a photojournalist for the French Journal of Shanghai. There, he witnessed eccentric street performances, film studios at work, the untouched countryside, and the local aristocracy. During the 1920s and 1930s, China saw a rapid modernization influenced by the west. Messelier managed to capture a rare view of the country and its unique traditions juxtaposed with modern life.






Vintage Dog Photographs by Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt is an advertising and documentary photographer known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings— a master of Henri Cartier-Bresson's "decisive moment". Here we present some of the images from the series "Dogs".






Thursday, September 27, 2012

Vintage Postcards Created from Google Maps

The work of BBDO NY art director Akos Papp, who sources his aerial photos from Google Maps and edits them to create the impression of a vintage postcard. Check out Papp’s ongoing series of the images at Postcards From Above.