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January 21, 2018

Interesting Vintage Photographs Capture Models Demonstrating the Aqua Bobber in the Summer of 1961

In the summer of 1961, LIFE photographer Francis Miller captured the spectacle appears to be some kind of publicity stunt for the “Aqua Bobber Co.”– the manufacturer of swimmer’s floaties? A google of the company today suggests only that. This inexplicable bobber seems to have been invented for the sole purpose of bobbing buxom babes in bikinis around to the amusement of the passing crowd...

Minutes Before the Omagh Bombing

In 1998, Omagh bombing was a terrorist attack in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, carried out by the Real Irish Republican Army. The bombs killed 29 people and injured more than 220 people. This photo was recovered from a camera found in the debris following the blast, the red car that can be seen in the background – a red Vauxhall Cavalier – was carrying the bomb that killed the innocent victims.

The red Vauxhall Cavalier containing the bomb. This photograph was taken shortly before the explosion; the camera was found afterwards in the rubble.

One survivor Jolene Jamison recalled, “I was in the kitchen, and heard a big bang. Everything fell on me – the cupboards blew off the wall. The next thing I got blasted out into the street. There was smashed glass everywhere – bodies, children. People were inside-out.” Both the child and the gentleman in the picture, who were Spanish tourists, miraculously survived the incident. The photographer, who was with the same group of Spanish tourists, was killed.

Everyday Life of Aylesbury, England in the 1980s Through Beautiful Color Photos

These beautiful photos from Ron Adams that captured street scenes of Aylesbury, the county town of Buckinghamshire, England in the 1980s.

 Jowett's, Kingsbury, Aylesbury, Bucks, circa 1980

Agro site, Buckingham Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, May 1980

At the Bacon Shop, 6, Cambridge Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, circa 1980

At the Bacon Shop, 6, Cambridge Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, circa 1980

At the Bacon Shop, 6, Cambridge Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, circa 1980

January 20, 2018

Svenska Dansband: 43 Vintage Portraits of Swedish Dance Bands of the 1970s

Dansband ("dance band") is a Swedish term for a band that plays dansbandsmusik ("dance band music"). Dansbandsmusik is often danced to in pairs. The terms dansband and dansbandsmusik were coined around 1970, when Swedish popular music developed a signature style. The genre developed primarily in Sweden, but has spread to neighbouring countries Norway, Denmark and the Swedish speaking regions of Finland.

Before dansband music became popular, many jazz orchestras played a "schlager-inspired" dance music. Many people believe that the development of the dansbands during the 1950s and 1960s depended on the decreasing interest for jazz, it being replaced by pop and rock as the most popular music among young people.

The golden era of dansband music was the 1970s, with bands like Thorleifs, Flamingokvintetten, Ingmar Nordströms, Wizex and Matz Bladhs. There were at most around 800 full-time working dansbands in Sweden; by the late 1990s this number was down to around 500.

The term "dansband" was coined in Sweden in 1976, to sound more modern and tougher than the earlier "dansorkester" (dance orchestra), but later many of the bands have begun to call themselves "live bands".

For taxation reasons, it was possible to deduct "fantasy" outfits in the declaration of income. The reasoning behind the phrasing was that it shouldn't be possible to wear the same outfit in your daily life. This led to many bands wearing highly extravagant matched outfits in their stage performances.

Twain in Tesla's Lab: The Friendship Between Nikola Tesla and Mark Twain

Nikola Tesla and Mark Twain were friends and mutual admirers. Tesla – recognized as a scientist, inventor and discoverer, Twain – famous writer, travel writer and a satirist – both of them were real dreamers.

Mark Twain (penname of Samuel Langhorne Clemens) in the lab of Nikola Tesla, spring of 1894. Clemens is holding Tesla's experimental vacuum lamp, which is powered by a loop of wire which is receiving electromagnetic energy from a Tesla coil (not visible). Tesla's face is visible in the background.

As well as being a gifted writer, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was fascinated with technology. When he was born in 1835, sailing was the usual means of crossing the Atlantic, and burning oil or gas the usual means of lighting the night. When he died in 1910 steamships carried him across the Atlantic (and Pacific) in record time and electricity was becoming a household amenity.

One of the scientists seeking applications for electricity was Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), who was born in Serbia before emigrating to the US. Most of his scientific work focused on electricity, and he made a number of important inventions, including the Tesla coil and the polyphase motor. Tesla used the coil to conduct experiments, but because the coil can produce enormous electrical sparks it is still used in electricity demonstrations.

Tesla and Clemens seem to have established a friendship in the 1890s. Tesla later recalled how he had read some of Clemens’s early works while recovering from an illness in Serbia during the 1870s.

Clemens had long been fascinated by electricity and had invested in the development of an electrical motor during the 1880s. His particular interest in Tesla began after hearing about a motor that Tesla had invented under the company Westinghouse. He recognised that Tesla’s motor, which used alternating current, was superior to that of his inventor partner, James W Paige, which used direct current. Tesla apparently advised Clemens against investing in Paige’s motor, although Clemens still lost a large sum on Paige’s mechanical typesetter.

During the 1890s Clemens and his family were living in Europe, partly to escape from financial troubles and partly with a view to improving the health of his wife and daughter. However, Clemens returned frequently to New York. He was involved in the foundation of the Players Club in 1888, and in 1894 invited Tesla join it. He also visited Tesla in his laboratory, where he took part in experiments.

There is very little surviving correspondence between the two, but there are some striking photographs taken in Tesla’s laboratory using phosphorescent light.

Nikola Tesla (blurred at centre) performs an electrical experiment for writer Samuel Clemens (left), aka Mark Twain, and actor Joseph Jefferson in 1894.

The most famous account of Clemens’s participation in an experiment is when he spent too long on an electromechanical oscillator ( a vibrating plate) that Tesla thought might be medically therapeutic. The plate acted as a strong laxative and Clemens had to rush for the toilet.

Tesla’s profile had risen in the very public debates over the appropriate way to supply electricity to households. Thomas Edison advocated the use of direct current and this was initially installed in many homes. Alternating current was considered dangerous. Edison used it to electrocute animals in an attempt to permanently associate AC with destruction and preserve his preferred DC system.

Clemens was one of America’s most celebrated writers and no stranger to controversy. He was outspoken and critical of fellow writers. He commented on political and social issues such as race, imperialism, trade unions and feminism.

The friendship of Tesla and Clemens was established at a time when professional categories were more fluid. The line between scientist and entrepreneur was hard to draw. Interesting the wider public in your research was still an important component of developing a career. Tesla saw nothing odd about inviting friends into his laboratory to view experiments.

Although most scientists today still see the importance of engaging the public, the laboratory has became a space for scientists only.

(This original article was written by Juliana Adelman and published on The Irish Times)

January 19, 2018

Amazing Color Photos of Teenage Dance Parties and Disco From the 1960s and 1970s

Vintage photos of the 1960s and '70s teenage dance parties and college-age night clubs complete with discotheques and go-go girls dancing inside of cages and on top of tables.

Teenagers' Twistick Lounge, Raleigh Hotel - South Fallsburg, New York

Mirrored Balls by Halboy Fixture Distribution - St. Louis, Missouri

Downtowner Motor Inn, Tony's Restaurant - Springfield, Illinois

Castaways Motel, Pool Bar - Miami Beach, Florida

Ginza Chinese Smorgasbord & Discotheque Dancing - New York

23 Stunning Color Photographs That Capture Everyday Life in Russia in the Late 19th Century

A set of colored diapositives was made in the spring of 1896 by Czech photographer František Krátký, who visited Russia on the occasion of Tsar’s coronation.

Slide projecting was extremely popular in contemporary Bohemia. The Prague Amateur Photographers’ Club and later the Slide Projection Society founded in 1897 regularly held public slide projections whose popularity was reduced by the movie only from the 1920s on. The slides were colored by hand as we see on these 8.5 × 8.5 cm photos. The colors have faded during the past century, and several photos were also ruined.

From the photos taken in Russia by František Krátký only these two dozens published by the Czech historian of photography Pavel Scheufler have survived.

“Moscow, procession, 1896. Carrying icons.”

“Moscow, 1896. The building of the Eagle Club.”

“Russia, 1896. Collector of donations.”

“Petersburg, 1896.” Correctly: Moscow, monument of the heroes of Plevna.

“Petersburg, 1896. Lighthouse and Winter Palace.”

Rare Vintage Photographs Captured Ernest Hemingway Posing Shirtless

Below is a gallery of some of rare photographs that captured Ernest Hemingway posing shirtless. Big, burly and barrel-chested, Papa projects the masculine image that he carefully cultivated for himself and for the world to see.

Ernest Hemingway posing as a boxer while wearing a fake mustache, 1920.

Ernest Hemingway fishing on a boat in Key West, Florida, 1928.

Ernest Hemingway boxing in front of a mirror, 1944.

Ernest Hemingway standing with shot-gun indoors at the Finca Vigia, Cuba, circa 1950.

Ernest Hemingway and Jean Patchett by Cliff Coffin for Vogue, 1950.


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