Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Creepy Vintage Halloween Cards

Friends used to send these cards to each other on Halloween. Sort of like a text, but with fewer smiley faces. These are the most subversively creepy ones. Enjoy!






Vintage Broom and Pointy Hat Aficionados

Just in time for trick-or-treat, here's a baker's dozen of vintage broom and pointy hat aficionados.

Colleen Moore

Dorothy Dix

Jane Adams (left) and Patricia Alphin

Joyce Holden

June Collyer

Vintage Photos of Hurricanes and Their Aftermath

As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall on the East Coast, here’s a look back at other dramatic hurricanes in American history.

Galveston, Texas Hurricane, September 1900. The hurricane, which had a storm surge of 15 feet, also destroyed a public school.

Damage to a church.

Workers recovering bodies, which were then burned.

The New England Hurricane of 1938. Damage on a street in Keene, New Hampshire.

Debris along a New England Shoreline.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Photos from The Hurricane of 1938

Because it was a snazzier time, people called this hurricane “The Long Island Express”. This was one of the biggest hurricanes of the 20th century, and killed almost 800 people along the Atlantic coast.

Hartford, CT, flooded

Flooded streets in Suffolk County, Long Island

Downed lines in RI

Sandbags in Boston

A postcard depicting damage

On a Balcony

Vintage photos of people on a balcony

Blonde bombshell Diana Dors (Diana Fluck) (1931–1984) at Cannes' International Film Festival. 19th May 1956. (Photo by John Chillingworth/Picture Post)

British pop group The Beatles on a hotel balcony during their tour of America, August 1964. (Photo by William Lovelace/Express)

French author Victor Hugo (1800–1885) (seated) resting on a balcony in Geurnsey with two friends, circa 1865. (Photo by Hulton Archive)

(L to R): The Duchess of Kent (1906–1968), Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Princess Margaret (1930–2002) watching an RAF fly past from Buckingham Palace balcony after the ceremony of Trooping the Colour. 13th June 1959. (Photo by Douglas Miller/Keystone)

Queen Elizabeth II leaving the King Edward VII Hospital in London, with her Private Secretary Sir Michael Adeane, after visiting Prime Minister Harold Macmillan (1894–1986), 18th October 1963. Macmillan had sent the Queen his letter of resignation, which was prompted by his ill health, earlier in the day. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive)

People of Moscow, 1931

A collection of old colour photos of people of Moscow from 1931






Monday, October 29, 2012

Awesome Behind the Scenes Photos of Classic Film Hits

Here are some of the most interesting behind-the-scenes shots of popular films, from Gone with the Wind to Star Wars.

Jaws

Inception

Alien

Star Wars

The Lord of the Rings

Portraits of New Yorkers in the 1960s and early 1970s

James Jowers interest in photography began while serving in the United States Army where he was trained in darkroom procedures. In 1965 he became a student at the New School and studied under Lisette Model, who later became a close friend and mentor. At this time he was living on the Lower East Side and worked as a night porter at St. Luke’s Hospital; leaving him free to explore the City during the day and photograph life as he encountered it on the streets. Model later introduced Jowers to the Nancy Palmer Photo Agency where he was represented for several years.

The photography collection at George Eastman House holds approx. 400 James Jowers prints. The majority of the images were shot in New York City in the 1960s and early 1970s, an important and interesting time in US history. The photographs are of the New York City street photography genre. There are some remarkable images in this collection, including portraits of New Yorkers in various settings and anti-war protests in Central Park and elsewhere. There are also approximately 25 photographs of New Orleans in the 1970s.






Rare Photos of Beatles Fans, 1964

Rare photos of fans at the first Beatles concert in America, Washington, DC, Feb. 11, 1964






Sunday, October 28, 2012

Photos of Washington D.C. ca. 1860 - ca. 1865

Mathew Brady (1823-1896) was one of the most prolific photographers of the nineteenth century, creating a visual documentation of the Civil War period (1860-1865). Here are old photos of Washington D.C. ca. 1860 - ca. 1865 by Mathew Brady.

Botanical Gardens, Washington D.C.

Old Capitol Prison, Washington D.C.

Cavalry Depot at Giesboro, D.C.

Fort Carroll. Defenses of Washington, D.C., near Giesboro

Fort Carroll, interior view, District of Columbia