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May 22, 2019

Secretly Photographing the Holocaust: Rare Photos Taken by a Jewish Photographer That Show Daily Life in the Lodz Ghetto

Mendel Grossman was born in Staszów, Poland on 27 June 1913. After the occupation of Poland by the German Army in September 1939, he joined the underground in the town.


Forced to live in the Lodz ghetto he used his position in the statistics department to obtain the material needed to take photographs. By hiding his camera in his raincoat, Grossman was able to take secret photographs of scenes in the ghetto. He took these photographs at great risk to his life, not only because the Gestapo suspected him, but also because of his weak heart. Some of his photographs assisted people in identifying the graves of their loved ones.

Mendel Grossman’s negatives are now the prepared documentation of the Holocaust. Grossman distributed many of his photographs; those he was unable to distribute, he tried to hide. In August 1944, shortly before the final liquidation of the Litzmannstadt Ghetto, he hid ca. 10,000 negatives showing scenes from the Ghetto. In the ghetto, he lived together with his family at 55 Marynarskiej street.

Mendel Grossman, the ghetto photographer, with a friend.

Mendel Grossman taking photographs in the ghetto.

The photographer Mendel Grossman in his laboratory.

Grossman continued to take photographs after he was deported to the Konigs Wusterhausen labor camp. He stayed there until 16 April 1945. On 30 April 1945, he was shot by Nazis during a forced death march, still holding on to his camera.

After the war his hidden negatives were discovered. Grossman’s sister found some of his hidden photographs and took them to Israel, but they were mostly lost in the Israeli war of Independence. Other photos taken by Grossman were found by one of his friends, Nachman (Natek) Zonabend; these photographs are now located in the Museum of Holocaust and Resistance at the Ghetto Fighters House in Kibbutz Lohamei Hagetaot, Israel, as well as Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

"Scheisskommando" workers pulling a cart of sewage.

A group of youngsters in the ghetto, one of whom has a Jewish Badge on his back.

People waiting in line for food in the ghetto.

Mendel Grossman's brother-in-law.

A crossing between two parts of the ghetto, 1941.





30 Fabulous Photos Show the Beauty of a German Girl in the 1920s

Born 1905 in Hannover, German photographer Will Burgdorf went to Dresden at the beginning of the 1920s, where he completed his training in the studio of Bruno Wiehr, back to his hometown in the late 1920s still a teenager.


Burgdorf had specialized in portrait photography. Before his camera, which he also used for photographic self-study and portraits of his wife, members of the ensemble of the Hannoversche Schauspielhaus, as well as Harald Kreutzberg and Joachim Ringelnatz, staged.

Burgdorf, however, also lightened many other citizens, especially the city of Hannover. He died in 1944, at the end of the war.

These fabulous photos he shot portrait of his wife Maria (Wolff) Burgdorf from the late 1920s.










May 21, 2019

Amazing Color Photos Document Memories From Parks College, St. Louis in 1969

Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology is a college within Saint Louis University.

Founded by Oliver Parks in 1927. Parks Air College was America's first federally certified school of aviation, holding the FAA Air Agency Certificate no. 1. Oliver Parks bought 100 acres in East St. Louis in 1928, and built five buildings the same year. By 1929 Parks operated 35 TravelAir trainers with an enrollment of 600 students.

Now known as Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology, it is a modern, growing, active part of the university.

These amazing photos from Saint Louis University Libraries Digitization Center that documented various activities of faculty, staff, and students engaged in study, classroom activities and recreation in 1969.

Walking to class

Welcome National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA)

Academy bugler

Aerolab 4-inch supersonic tunnel

Aerospace Engineering Directory





Space Saving: Amazing Vintage Photographs of Vertical Parking Lots From Between the 1920s and 1950s

The dawn of the automobile age was cause for anxiety – and innovation – in the 1920s. The huge number of car commuters eventually meant the construction of countless parking garages and lots. But in the meantime, the car elevator was seen as a modern, space-saving solution.
“At the present time, a considerable number of potential car owners are deterred from purchase by the apparently unanswerable problem of parking their machines when at work or shopping, etc.” – Everyday Science and Mechanics, January 1932.

The concept for the automated parking system was and is driven by two factors: a need for parking spaces and a scarcity of available land. The earliest use of an automated (car) parking system (APS) was in Paris, France in 1905 at the Garage Rue de Ponthieu. The APS consisted of a groundbreaking multi-story concrete structure with an internal elevator to transport cars to upper levels where attendants parked the cars.

In the 1920s, a Ferris wheel-like APS (for cars rather than people) called a paternoster system became popular as it could park eight cars in the ground space normally used for parking two cars. Mechanically simple with a small footprint, the paternoster was easy to use in many places, including inside buildings. At the same time, Kent Automatic Garages was installing APS with capacities exceeding 1,000 cars.

The first driverless parking garage opened in 1951 in Washington, D.C., but was replaced with office space due to increasing land values.

APS saw a spurt of interest in the U.S. in the late 1940s and 1950s with the Bowser, Pigeon Hole and Roto Park systems. In 1957, 74 Bowser, Pigeon Hole systems were installed, and some of these systems remain in operation. However, interest in APS in the U.S. waned due to frequent mechanical problems and long waiting times for patrons to retrieve their cars.

Below are some vintage photographs of vertical parking lots from between the 1920s and 1950s.

An elevator parking lot in New York, ca. 1920.

Citroen cars in Le Marbeuf garage in Paris, designed by architects Albert Laprade and L. E. Bazin, 1930.

Le Marbeuf garage in Paris, 1930.

Le Marbeuf garage in Paris, 1930.

The Nash Motors automobile elevator display at the Century of Progress International Exposition in Chicago, ca. 1933.





40 Beautiful Photographs of a Young Jessica Lange in the 1970s and 1980s

Jessica Lange is an American actress born on April 20, 1949, in Cloquet, Minnesota. Working as a model, she was chosen to star in the mega hit film King Kong (1976). In 1982, Lange she received a best actress Academy Award nomination for the film Frances and won a best supporting actress Oscar for Tootsie. She later won another Oscar, this time in the best actress category, for her performance in 1994’s Blue Sky.


Lange has received an array of accolades for additional projects like A Streetcar Named Desire (1995), A Thousand Acres (1997), Normal (2003), Grey Gardens (2009) and American Horror Story (2012), and received the first Tony of her career in 2016 for the Broadway revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

Over the course of her extensive career, Jessica Lange has won several prestigious awards. In fact, she is one of the 26 actresses to earn an Academy Award for a comedic role. In addition to being an actress, Lange is also a professional photographer who has her artwork displayed in numerous galleries like Howard Greenberg Gallery, Butler Institute of American Art, Rosegallery, Polk Museum of Art, Centro Cultural de Cascais and A Gallery for Fine Photography. Currently, she is a UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador who specializes in HIV/AIDS in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Russia. A less known fact about the American artiste is that she has also contributed to a number of songs as a singer.










Glamorous Photos Show the Holiday Party Style Inspiration From Hollywood's Classic Beauties

There's no better time than holiday party season to pull out your cocktail dresses. Sequins and sparkles are optional, but definitely encouraged. And, of course, there' s no better source of inspiration than classic beauties of Hollywood.

A list of Hollywood's classic beauties may inspire you by their party fashion styles.

Joyce Compton wears a floral dress, circa 1930s

Gladys George wears a sequined frock, 1934

Joan Crawford poses in a sequin dress in 1935

Bette Davis wears a dress with sequins in 1937

Lauren Bacall wears a bold red dress, circa 1940s





May 20, 2019

Remembering Niki Lauda: 20 Best Photos of Austrian Formula One Legend in the 1970s and Early 1980s

On Monday, Niki Lauda, the Austrian triple world champion died at the age of 70 less than a year after receiving an emergency lung transplant.

“With deep sadness, we announce that our beloved Niki has peacefully passed away with his family on Monday,” the family said in a statement, according to the Austrian press agency. The statement paid tribute to “his unique achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur” and said “his tireless zest for action, his straightforwardness and his courage remain. A role model and a benchmark for all of us, he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather away from the public, and he will be missed.”

Lauda, who won titles in 1975, 1977 and 1984, was hugely admired, respected and liked within F1 after a remarkable career during which he won two titles for Ferrari and one for McLaren and came back from an horrific accident that left him severely burned and injured in 1976. “The impact was so hard that the helmet was ripped off my head,” he said of the crash.

Niki Lauda competed in 171 races and won 25.

As tributes began to flow, his former team McLaren said: “Niki will forever be in our hearts and enshrined in our history.” Prominent motorsports journalist Nick De Groot said Lauda’s legendary status within the sport was “not just for what he achieved on the race track, but for what he overcame to get there”, while former MotoGP champion Casey Stoner called Lauda “a true icon and motorsport legend”.










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