February 23, 2018

Beautiful Woman With a Perfect Body: 33 Rare and Gorgeous Color Photos of Betty Brosmer in the 1950s

Born in Pasadena, California in 1935, American bodybuilder and physical fitness expert Betty Brosmer started her model career at the age of 13. The result was more than impressive; she has won over 50 beauty contests, has appeared on magazine covers more than 300 times, her image decorated more than a hundred calendars, billboards across the country, and she was the highest paid model.

Brosmer was a forerunner of such stars as Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield. Her phenomenal measurements: 38-18-36 (in inches) and 96-45-91 (in centimeters) gave her the title “The most gorgeous body of 50s”. During the 1950s, she was a popular commercial model and pin-up girl.

After marrying entrepreneur Joe Weider in 1961, Brosmer began a lengthy career as a spokesperson and trainer in the health and bodybuilding movements. She has been a longtime magazine columnist and co-authored several books on fitness and physical exercise.

Take a look at these rare color pictures to see the beauty of Betty Brosmer in the 1950s.

Photographs of People in Their Cars Taken by Vivian Maier in the 1950s and 1960s

“Well, I suppose nothing is meant to last forever. We have to make room for other people. It’s a wheel. You get on, you have to go to the end. And then somebody has the same opportunity to go to the end and so on.” ― Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier (1926-2009) was an American amateur street photographer, who was born in New York City, but grew up in France. After returning to the United States, she worked for approximately forty years as a nanny in Chicago, Illinois. During those years, she took more than 100,000 photographs, primarily of people and cityscapes in Chicago, although she traveled and photographed worldwide.

A free spirit but also a proud soul, Vivian became poor and was ultimately saved by three of the children she had nannied earlier in her life. Fondly remembering Maier as a second mother, they pooled together to pay for an apartment and took the best of care for her.

Unbeknownst to them, one of Vivian’s storage lockers was auctioned off due to delinquent payments. In those storage lockers lay the massive hoard of negatives Maier secretly stashed throughout her lifetime. Maier’s massive body of work would come to light when in 2007 her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, it would eventually impact the world over and change the life of the man who championed her work and brought it to the public eye, John Maloof.

24 Celebrities Who Look Strikingly Similar to Famous Figures From the Past

They say that everyone has a twin somewhere in the world. Most of us will never come across that doppelgänger given the vast expanse of the world, but if you’re a celebrity, your face is plastered everywhere and there are thousands of people who think they look like you. But what about people from the past? Here are 24 celebrities’ twins from the past that might make you believe in time travel.

1. Macaulay Culkin and the young Vladimir Putin

2. Peter Dinklage and Diego Velazquez’s “Portrait of Sebastián de Morra”

3. Jennifier Lawerence and her Egyptian twin-actress Zubaida Tharwat

4. Orlando Bloom and Nicolae Grigorescu

5. Alec Baldwin and President Millard Fillmore

Extraordinary Color Photographs Capture Street Scenes of Carnaby Street and King’s Road, London in 1966

Jean-Philippe Charbonnier (1921-2004) was born in Paris in an artistic family. In 1939, his father gave him his first camera, and his neighbor, the cinema photographer Sam Lévin became his teacher and mentor.

In the Second World War, he trained in a photo studio of Blanc et Demilly, before going to Switzerland in 1943. In Switzerland, he met Jean Manevy with whom he studied typography and lay-out design. In 1944, he returned to France and became a typesetter for the newspaper Libération, while working at the same time as a freelance photographer. In 1950, he joined the monthly magazine Réalités until 1974.

Charbonnier was a photographic globetrotter who traveled around the world to photograph major events and famous people. In 1975, he left the magazine to become a freelancer again. In 1996, he received the Grand Prix de la photographie de la Ville de Paris. He died in Grasse in 2004.

Below are some of extraordinary Swinging London photographs which were taken by Jean-Philippe Charbonnier on Carnaby Street and King’s Road in 1966.

February 22, 2018

42 Fascinating Color Photos That Capture Street Children Portraits of New York in the 1980s

These fascinating color photographs were taken by American photographer Steven Seagal that show street portraits of children in New York from the 1980s.

“I've been photographing the streets and subways of New York for the past 30 years. When young people today look at my shots from the 1980s, they are aghast. To them, New York of the 1980s is almost unrecognizable. And they are right.”

“Photography for me is much more than the act of "taking pictures." I use photography as a way of literally opening my eyes to the surrounding world... and that particular perspective carries over to even when I'm not photographing...”

Brothers Recreate Their Childhood Photos as a Surprise for Their Mother

The brothers, Matt and Evan Breslow decided to recreate three photos as a surprise for their mother in 2012, it was such a success and they did four more in 2015 - some 30 years after they were originally taken.

“The smile and the burst of laughter that came out of her, I've never heard her cackle as hilariously as she did in that moment,” Matt Breslow told Fox 12 News.

“Our whole idea here is childhood, and the nostalgia and school bus and grilled cheese and connecting all those things,” he explained. “So we thought it would be funny if the tables were all these childhood pictures.”

The project took a lot more work than it might look. Finding outfits similar to their childhood ones was a challenge, requiring them to scour thrift stores and the Internet for jean jackets and overalls. They even had to make some of the clothes themselves.

“Goodwill, eBay, some vintage stores - I think we found one pair of the acid wash jeans at a vintage store,” Matt said. “Some of it we had to make, we had to create.”


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