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May 31, 2016

Classic Hollywood Pin-Ups – Beautiful and Sexy Portrait Photos of 60 Famous Actresses from Hollywood’s Golden Age

America’s entrance into World War II back in 1941 triggered the golden age of pinups, pictures of smiling women in a range of clothing-challenged situations. The racy photos adorned lonely servicemen’s lockers, the walls of barracks, and even the sides of planes.

For the first time in its history, the US military unofficially sanctioned this kind of art: pinup pictures, magazines and calendars were shipped and distributed among the troops, often at government expense, in order to ‘raise morale’ and remind the young men what they were fighting for.

The heyday of the pinup was the 1940s and 50s, but pinup art is still around.

1. Anne Shirley - c.1938



2. Patricia Ellis - c. 1937



3. Noel Neill - c.1945



4. Julie Newmar - c.1959



5. Jackie Lane - c.1957





21 Interesting Black and White Photographs Document Female Pilots Trained for Duty in Sweetwater, Texas during WWII

In 1943, LIFE Magazine devoted a cover story to the Women Airforce Service Pilots training in Sweetwater, Texas.

July 19, 1943 cover of LIFE magazine.

Looking at the images from this 1943 LIFE cover story about their training, it’s easy to see why the women of the WASP program fought for that recognition. Though the “girl pilots” seemed to be enjoying themselves during their training in Sweetwater, Texas7, they were devoted to their physical and classroom training, and able to meet the challenges the Army sent their way—including planes not designed for shorter pilots.

Hair streams in breeze as fledgling girl pilot solos her trainer in a primary practice flight.

Sunburned nose and forehead are daubed with protective cream by Rebecca Edwards of Yazoo City, Miss., 22-year-old widow whose husband was killed during duty with the Army Air Forces. Standing next to Rebecca and leaning against the corner of the primary hangar from which both of the girls fly is Lorena Daly of Bakersfield, Calif. They each have on the G.I. coveralls, called "zoot suits" in Avenger Field lingo, that are regulation uniform for all working hours. Though suits are not very glamorous, the girls like their comfort and freedom.

Marching around wishing well at Avenger Field, girls toss coins for luck if they're due for a flight with an Army pilot. Always the trainees march in formation to the "Hup, two, three, four!" of their section leader, going to mess, ground school or flight line.

Jacqueline Cochran, glamorous speed flier who developed Women's Flying Training Detachment, is center of this group of protogees in flight-line ready room. While girls wait their turn to fly, they question Miss Cochran on her trip to England and other experiences.

In ground school subjects the girls study more diligently than the aviation cadets who preceded them at Avenger Field, according to the instructors. If marks are low students have extra study halls in the evening to catch up. Trainees above are in meteorology class, learning to read symbols and weather maps of the sort that they will use as ferry pilots.



May 30, 2016

'It's Debbie, not Blondie!' – Rising Star a Natural in Front of the Camera in 1979

It was September 1979 and photographer Anthony Barboza was shooting Deborah Harry of the band Blondie at his studio on 10 West 18th St. in New York City. The shoot was for Crawdaddy magazine.

Harry walked into the studio with an air of effervescence, bubbly and bouncy, a cute little girl with short blond hair. She was wearing a black T-shirt with "Blondie" scrawled across it.

At this point, Harry was a rising star in the growing New York punk/New Wave music scene and was on the verge of going worldwide. The band was gaining attention for their performances at the famed CBGB club on the Lower East Side of New York, which a decade later would help Madonna rise to fame.

"She was different from many young stars I had worked with in the past, very sweet and down to earth," Barboza recalled.

"To begin with, I put up a red enamel paint background. She was terrific — a natural — moving all sorts of different ways, constantly in motion. Eventually I changed the backdrop to pink vinyl and readjusted the lighting. During the shoot she would tug on the shirt as well as using it to cover her mouth and make different facial expressions. At times she would throw her head back and laugh."

"Some people feel insecure when they're being shot and don't know what to do, but she was unbelievable in her poses. She was very animated and had a lot of charisma."

"The shoot lasted about three hours. She seemed to really enjoy it. By the end of the day I was very pleased and surprised with the way things developed. It was a memorable afternoon."








20 Fascinating Black and White Photographs Portray Images of Japanese Children After World War II


This was a period of remarkable fortunes for Japan, spanning the Sino-Japanese War, the Second World War and Japan's ultimate defeat, a period of recovery and reconstruction from the ravages of war, through to the country's period of rapid economic growth. It was an unprecedented period in which even the children were caught up in the dramatic changes in living environments and values.

No matter how difficult things are, the smiling faces of the children never fail to fill us with strength and hope. Although many were poor, it was a time when children gathered in back alleys and in streets to play, and helped their parents as much as they could. The photos of the children of the Showa period depict both their bright and sunny demeanors and the toughness and resilience they displayed in the face of poverty and adversity.








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