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August 31, 2014

Rare Photos of a Young Mick Jagger from the 1960s

Mick Jagger was born on July 26, 1943, in Dartford, England. As the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, Jagger has become a rock legend known for his gritty, blues-influenced songs and charismatic stage presence. He has delighted a legion of fans for more than four decades.

In 1960, Jagger was accepted to the London School of Economics. He lived at home and commuted into the city to attend classes. Also working on his band, Jagger soon added a new member, guitarist Keith Richards. The two had known each other growing up in Dartford. Exploring London's emerging blues scene together, Jagger and Richards spent some time at the Ealing Club. There they saw Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated play and were wowed by guitarist Brian Jones, who made guest appearances with the group.

Jagger, Richards and Dick Taylor soon joined up with Brian Jones, who wanted to start his own group. Pianist Ian Stewart was also an early member of what would become the Rolling Stones.

Here, we collected a gallery of some of rare photographs of Mick Jagger from the 1960s.








16 Gorgeous Black and White Portraits of Sharon Stone in 1983

Sharon Stone is an Oscar-nominated actress known for her roles in a variety of films, including Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Sliver, Casino and Lovelace.

In the late 1970s, Stone was a highly sought-after model, appearing in both print and television ads nationwide. Stone decided to branch out into acting in the 1980s, making a number of television and movie appearance throughout the decade. She played the memorable role of Blake Chandler in the 1984 Golden Globe-nominated comedy, Irreconcilable Differences. She also earned laughs in the popular comedy film, Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987).

These gorgeous black and white photographs of Sharon Stone at 25 years old, shot by photographer Peter Duke sometime in 1983.








The Kiss of Life, 1967: A Moment in Linemen History

There are not many who would want to work at great heights with high-voltage, but when a line needs repair, that is where the linemen will be. Understanding the dangers of working with high-voltage equipment is mandatory and the job is not for just anyone. Not only does the occupation require an in-depth knowledge of electricity, repairing wires, and safety needs, but a good amount of nerves and confidence as well.

Understanding the risks involved with the job and having the proper safety background make all the difference to both a utility company and a worker. Making a mistake near a high-voltage wire can cause tremendous damage, even if he or she has the proper protective equipment (PPE). On a fateful day in 1967, one photographer would bear witness to the dangers and resulting safety protocol and heroic actions of linemen on the job. The moment would live on in history as the Pulitzer Prize winning image, ‘The Kiss of Life’.

The Kiss of Life - A utility worker giving mouth-to-mouth to co-worker after he contacted a low voltage wire, 1967.

The Kiss of Life

It was a hot July day, 1967, Florida, and although the day started out like any other morning, it would become a day that would live in linemen history.

Rocco Morabito, a journalist with the Jacksonville Journal, was headed to a local news event and paused to watch as linemen worked above him. He went on to cover a railroad strike and click a few images. As Rocco tells the story, he thought he would go back to ‘rind another picture’ but as he passed the linemen, he heard screaming. Looking up, there was Randall G. Champion. Randall was unconscious, his body hanging limp but still in his safety harness. J. D. Thompson, an apprentice lineman, reacted with lightening speed, racing to the pole and shimming up to Champion. The position of Champion’s body made it impossible to administer CPR so Thompson cradled his head in his arm and began giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, working to breath life back into his fellow lineman.

Being a photojournalist, Rocco quickly snapped an image and then ran to his car, radioing the paper to call an ambulance. Unable to help, Rocco grabbed his camera. He backed up and continued to walk backward until he hit a house. With no where else to go, he clicked the image. As he snapped that photo, Thompson yelled out, “He’s Breathing!”

After Rocco ‘got the shot’, he returned to his car and again radioed the newspaper dispatch, this time, telling them,”You might want to wait for this. I think I’ve got a pretty good one.” And indeed he did. Rocco Morabito went on to win the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for Spot Photography – the first of its kind. Bob Pate, the copy editor of the Jacksonville Journal is credited with the ‘slug that stuck’,”The Kiss of Life.” From safety classes to anthologies, and even a documentary in 2008 on the 40th anniversary of that fateful event, the photo has maintained a life of its own.

And those men, Champion and Thompson, they both continued to work as linemen in the years to follow. Champion retired in 1991. Sadly, he passed away in 2002 at the age of 64 as a result of heart failure. Thompson retired around 1995 having received several awards for his heroism and quick thinking. He is noted as having said that, “he was acting on his training and was thankful he could revive his downed co-worker.” He was just “doing his job.”

Rocco continued to work for the newspaper for a total of 42 years, 33 of those yeas as a photographer. He retired in 1982. Rocco Morabito passed away at the age of 88 on April 5, 2009. His work, including “The Kiss of Life”, will continue to live on, illustrating the harrowing work that our linemen men and women perform every day.

Rocco Morabito and his iconic picture.

(via Border States)

August 30, 2014

Beautiful Georgia Moll in White Dress in the 1950s

Giorgia Moll is an Italian film actress. She was sometimes credited as Georgia Moll and Georgia Mool. Born in the Province of Pordenone by a German father and an Italian mother, at young age Moll started a brief career as a model and in 1955 she won the beauty contest "Miss Cinema".

The following year she started her film career, being mainly active in comedies and adventure films. She was critically appreciated for her dramatic performance in Damiano Damiani's Lipstick (1960). Moll retired from acting in the early 1970s.

Below is a collection of beautiful color photos of Georgia Moll in white dress, taken by Loomis Dean in the 1950s.








Amazing Black and White Street Photos of NYC and Chicago in the 1950s and '60s Taken by Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier, an excellent New York street photographer who took thousand of photos in the 1950s and 60s, was left woefully unacknowledged during her time. It was only in 2011, two years after her death, that her photos were recognized for their raw beauty in a collection published by historian and collector John Maloof.

Maloof discovered Maier’s photos in a bulk collection of old prints and negatives that he bought at an auction. He later purchased the rest of her collection but, in a tragic twist of fate, he only discovered the name of the photographer shortly before her death.

Not every photo’s location is known for certain, but most are from New York and Chicago. Her photography is raw, captivating and sensitive – it provides us with an up-close and personal look at America in the 1950s and 60s. It is especially their real and candid nature that makes them so striking. It truly feels as though one has stepped back in time through her photography to a sunny day in 1950s New York or Chicago.








August 29, 2014

Old Photos of Americans in World War I

American troops assemble prior to a march through London before they are shipped off to the Western Front during World War I.

American machine gun platoon moving through a French forest towards the front lines during World War I.

American artillery spotter checking range of his units shells during the Meuse-Argonne offensive, World War I.

American soldiers of K & M Companies, 326th Inf., 82nd Div. advancing on German positions during World War I.

American soldiers resting during a lull in the fighting, World War I.



A Couple at the Le Monocle Lesbian Nightclub, Paris, 1932

Le Monocle was a well-know lesbian bar located in Montmartre section of Paris, France that was open from the 1920s thru the early 1940s.

During the 1920s, Paris gained a reputation for the variety of its nighttime options and for its free and easy attitude toward life in general. As a result, many gay and lesbian nightclubs opened and flourished. Among these was Le Monocle, which is credited with being one of the first, and certainly the most famous of lesbian nightclubs. It was opened by Lulu de Montparnasse in the Montmartre area, which at that time was the main gathering place for Parisian lesbians who were often seen at Montmartre’s outdoor cafes or dancing at the Moulin Rouge. Le Monocle’s scene was describe by Florence Tamagne as, “All the women there dressed as men, in Tuxedos, and wore their hair in a bob.”

The name Le Monocle derived from a fad at the time where women who identified as lesbian would sport a monocle to indicate sexual preference. The writer Colette once obsevered the fad by describing women in the area as “often affecting a monocle and a white carnation in the buttonhole.”






(via Historical Times)


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