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May 31, 2015

18 Cute Photos of Children with Their Toys in the 1930s

Following on from the Twenties, because of the great depression you would expect the Thirties toy choices to decrease.

Surprisingly, they did not and new manufacturing methods combined with the growth of radio and the movie theaters, making house hold names of radio and movie stars, increased the range of toys kids wanted. It is also interesting seeing kids pedal cars reflect the streamlining of automobiles.

By the mid Thirties many of the prices had dropped partly through cheaper manufacturing methods and partly because of the great depression.

Here, a collection of 18 adorable vintage photos show children with their toys in the 1930s:

Pet show, Venice Beach, CA, 1936

Children in hospital bed with dolls, Washington, D.C., 1931

Tenements, London, 1936

Child hanging baby clothes on clothesline, ca. 1935

Girl with her doll, ca. 1930



Old Photos of The First Tour de France in 1903

The 1903 Tour de France was the first cycling race set up and sponsored by the newspaper L'Auto, ancestor of the current daily, L'Équipe. It ran from 1 to 19 July in six stages over 2,428 km (1,509 mi). Compared to modern stage races, the stages were extraordinarily long, with an average distance of over 400 km (250 mi), compared to the 171 km (106 mi) average stage length in the 2004 Tour de France; cyclists had one to three rest days between each stage, and the route was largely flat, with only one stage featuring a significant mountain.

Tour de France 1903. Advertising of the first cycle racing.

60 cyclists, all professionals or semi-professionals, started the race, of whom 49 were French, 4 Belgian, 4 Swiss, 2 German, and one was Italian, Maurice Garin, the pre-race favourite who eventually went on to win the event. The cyclists were not grouped in teams but raced as individuals, and paid a fee of ten francs (€87.50 at 2003 prices) to compete in the race for general classification, or five francs to enter a single stage. Because the stages were so long, all but the first started before dawn: the last stage started at 21:00 the night before.

The riders get ready to start. Note that what constitutes effective cycle clothing hadn't been settled.


1903 Tour winner Maurice Garin having a smoke. Pictured with him are his son (on right with little bike) and his masseur.

Typical feed zone in 1903.

Desgrange's 60-man peloton riding together.



May 30, 2015

The First Professional Modeling Pictures of Norma Jeane in 1945

These photographs were taken in 1945 and were the first professional modeling pictures of Norma Jeane. The pictures were taken in a single day on a beach in Malibu by photographer Bill Carroll. Over 40 years would pass before Bill realized the young model was legend Marilyn Monroe.

"I sincerely believe that my pictures present a different woman than the one they know. I had no idea who Monroe was until I read that Time magazine 40 years later. I had no idea I had photographed the same woman," he said.








50 Extraordinary Fashion Photographs Taken by Louise Dahl-Wolfe From Between the 1930s and 1950s

As a staff photographer for Harper’s Bazaar, Louise Dahl-Wolfe introduced a witty naturalism to the staid conventions of fashion photography and helped pioneer the use of color film.

After studying painting, figure drawing, and design at the San Francisco Institute of Art, Dahl-Wolfe began experimenting with photography in 1921, inspired by Anne Brigman’s photographs. In 1928, Dahl-Wolfe married American sculptor Meyer (Mike) Wolfe and soon established herself as a professional photographer.

Dahl-Wolfe often juxtaposed her models with famous works of art, resulting in surprising and irreverent compositions. Fashion assignments led her to locations around the world, where she posed her models outdoors, in natural light. Throughout this period, Dahl-Wolfe also created striking portrait photographs of society figures and art world celebrities, including authors Carson McCullers and Colette, designer Christian Dior, and sculptor Isamu Noguchi.








May 29, 2015

22 Amazing Photographs of Legendary Boxer Muhammad Ali From Between the 1960s and 1970s

Here's a collection of 22 amazing photographs of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali from the archives. The gallery includes pictures of some of Ali’s most memorable fights as well as many distinctive portraits from his life outside the ring.


Muhammad Ali dodges a punch from Joe Frazier at the "Fight of the Century"March 8, 1971. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis

Muhammad Ali taunting Joe Frazier during training for their fight in 1971. Photograph: John Shearer/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Muhammad Ali and Stevie Wonder at The Apollo, 1963. Ali was still known as Cassius Clay when this photo was taken. Photograph: Redferns

On 15 September 1978 Ali defeats Leon Spinks at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans to win the world heavyweight boxing title for the third time in his career, the first fighter ever to do so. Following his victory, Ali retired from boxing, only to make a brief comeback two years later. Photograph: Dirck Halstead/Getty Images

A quick and homespun bit of showmanship which made for a striking photograph, 1963. Ali had been accused of being a loud-mouth for always predicting when he would beat his opponents. He needed no words and just two props to fashion a comic response to such criticism. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Bob Thomas/Getty Images



Intimate Photos of Three Weeks in the Life of French Designer Coco Chanel in 1962

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1883-1971) is a fashion icon unlike any other. She invented modern clothing for women: At the height of the Belle Époque, she stripped women of their corsets and feathers, bobbed their hair, put them in bathing suits, and sent them out to get tanned in the sun. She introduced slacks, costume jewelry, and the exquisitely comfortable suit. She made the first couture parfum, Chanel No. 5, which remains the most popular scent ever created.

In 1962, at the age of 27, Douglas Kirkland received an assignment from LOOK Magazine to photograph Coco Chanel for a story on the legendary fashion icon. For a period of three weeks, Kirkland shadowed Mademoiselle Chanel capturing her intense schedule and daily routine with models, fitters, clients and friends. In order to gain her trust and approval, Chanel instructed Kirkland to initially photograph models wearing her collection and submit the prints for her review. Chanel was so taken with the young man and his photographic skill; she allowed him access to her private rooms, surveying her everyday movements.








40 Amazing Color Photographs of Everyday Life in Mexico during the 1950s

The word "Mexico" is derived from Mexica (pronounced "Me-shee-ka"), the name for the indigenous group that settled in central Mexico in the early fourteenth century and is best known as the Aztecs.

Between 1940 and 1980, Mexico remained a poor country but experienced substantial economic growth that some historians call the "Mexican miracle". Here, we present an amazing gallery of 40 cool images, submited by Keith Bough – These photographs were taken by Bough's grandfather back in the 50's in Mexico.









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