December 9, 2018

45 Beautiful Photos of Paulette Goddard in the 1930s

Born 1910 as Marion Levy, American actress Paulette Goddard was a child fashion model and a performer in several Broadway productions as a Ziegfeld Girl. She signed her first film contract with producer Samuel Goldwyn to appear as a Goldwyn Girl in Whoopee! (1930), and then appeared in City Streets (1931), Ladies of the Big House (1931), and The Girl Habit (1931) for Paramount, Palmy Days (1931) for Goldwyn, and The Mouthpiece (1932) for Warners.

Goddard became a major star of Paramount Pictures in the 1940s. Her most notable films were her first major role, as Charlie Chaplin's leading lady in Modern Times, and Chaplin's subsequent film The Great Dictator. Goddard was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in So Proudly We Hail! (1943).


After her marriage to the third husband Erich Maria Remarque, Goddard largely retired from acting and moved to Ronco sopra Ascona, Switzerland. In 1964, she attempted a comeback in films with a supporting role in the Italian film Time of Indifference, which was her last feature film.

After Remarque's death in 1970, Goddard made one last attempt at acting, when she accepted a small role in an episode of The Snoop Sisters (1972) for television.

Goddard died from heart failure while under respiratory support due to emphysema in 1990, aged 79, at her home in Switzerland.

Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Paulette Goddard in the early days of her career.










“Hey Mister, Throw Me Some Beads!” – Bruce Gilden’s Unforgettable Photographs of Mardi Gras in New Orleans

“Hey Mister, throw me some beads!” – It is a phrase that is iconic in New Orleans’ Mardi Gras street argot. Strings of beads, doubloons, and other trinkets are passed out or thrown from the floats in the Mardi Gras parades to spectators lining the streets.


In 1974, Bruce Gilden was a young photographer when he first went down to Mardi Gras to shoot his first personal essay away from his home city New York. But when Gilden first stepped foot in New Orleans, he found himself in “a pagan dream where you can be what you want to be.” So Gilden became a regular, making seven trips down to the mayhem of Bourbon Street between 1974 and 1982.

The energy, the mentality, social / cultural mores of Mardi Gras were all new for Gilden, but he captured the carnival crowds with the same raw intensity and poignancy that characterize his most iconic New York street photographs.










Stunning Studio Portraits of Nuns Taken by Thérèse Le Prat From Between the 1950s and Early 1960s

Though brought up in a family mostly interested in scientific studies, French photographer Thérèse Le Prat, born Thérèse Cahen in 1895 in Pantin, was taught literature and music.

When she divorced the publisher Guillaume Le Prat in the early 1930s, he offered her a really good camera, and she started photography. Thanks to her dawning talent and to her knowledge of several languages, she was employed by the Compagnie des Messageries maritimes as a reporter, mainly in Asia, Oceania and Africa.

After experimenting with landscape and portrait photography, Thérèse Le Prat concentrated on photographing faces. At first, she was photographing stage actors. But then her work turned more abstract – she had actors perform for her camera, at first with masks, then with makeup alone. In exploring the face, Thérèse Le Prat looked to reveal extremes of human depth and emotion. And she added words to the mix: her later books include both prose and poetry to push the exploration further.

She continued her most expressionistic work with diverse faces until her death, after which the photographs were published in En Votre Gravité, Visages (1966).










Photos of Soviet Withdrawal From Afghanistan in 1989

The final and complete withdrawal of Soviet combatant forces from Afghanistan began on 15 May 1988 and ended on 15 February 1989 under the leadership of Colonel-General Boris Gromov.

Planning for the withdrawal of the Soviet Union (USSR) from the Afghanistan War began soon after Mikhail Gorbachev became the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Under the leadership of Gorbachev, the Soviet Union attempted to consolidate the PDPA's hold over power in the country, first in a genuine effort to stabilize the country, and then as a measure to save face while withdrawing troops. During this period, the military and intelligence organizations of the USSR worked with the government of Mohammad Najibullah to improve relations between the government in Kabul and the leaders of rebel factions.


The diplomatic relationship between the USSR and the United States improved at the same time as it became clear to the Soviet Union that this policy of consolidating power around Najibullah's government in Kabul would not produce sufficient results to maintain the power of the PDPA in the long run.

The Geneva Accords, signed by representatives of the USSR, the USA, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Republic of Afghanistan (thus renamed in 1987) on 14 April 1988, provided a framework for the departure of Soviet forces, and established a multilateral understanding between the signatories regarding the future of international involvement in Afghanistan. The military withdrawal commenced soon after, with all Soviet forces leaving Afghanistan by 15 February 1989.










December 8, 2018

26 Hilarious Christmas Ads From LIFE Magazine in the 1950s

A photo collection that shows some hilarious ads for the Holiday from LIFE magazine in the 1950s.

From Woolworth's. From an advertisement for Woolworth's appearing in the December 8, 1952 issue of LIFE

Give a June Tan for Christmas. From an advertisement for the ultra violet Westinghouse Sun Lamp appearing in the December 8, 1952 issue of LIFE

If You Want To Be Kissed. From an advertisement for Arrow shirts appearing in the December 8, 1952 issue of LIFE

The Gift That Says 'Merry Christmas' to a Man's Taste and Throat. From an advertisement for Kaywoodie pipes appearing in the December 8, 1952 issue of LIFE

The Huntington. From an advertisement for Sylvania Radio and Television appearing in the December 8, 1952 issue of LIFE





Did Kurt Cobain Forecast His Date of Death? This Could Be His Final Autograph!


A fellow Nirvana fan has what could be one of Kurt Cobain’s final autographs. Here is the story behind the signature
My brother acquired the autograph when he flew from Toronto to Seattle for, of all things, a funeral. He left Toronto late on the 1st of April, 1994 and arrived at the Sea-Tac airport in Seattle in the early morning of the 2nd.
He got off the plane and was on his way out to meet his ride when he saw a couple people getting an autograph from someone. This drew his attention enough to recognize that it actually was Kurt Cobain.

My brother, being a big fan at the time said that there was no way that he would’ve recognized Kurt, aside from the others getting autographs from him. This was because he was wearing large shades, an Elmer Fudd hunting cap and had a large brown jacket on, all of which concealed his identity pretty well.

So my brother got out a pen and a novel that he was reading at the time for school, and handed them to Kurt. Kurt signed his full name (which did not seem so weird at the time) and my brother asked him to put the date on it as well. This wasn’t really an odd thing for my brother to do as he tries to get all of his autographs dated to make them more sentimental.
The eerie thing about the autograph it is that Kurt forecasted his death by dating it April 5th 94, which was the eventual date of his suicide.

So Kurt jotted down the date. The strange thing was that he dated it the 5th instead of the 2nd. And that was that. My brother told him that he enjoyed Kurt’s music a lot and the only thing Kurt said the whole time was “Thanks”. When my brother left, Kurt was still at the payphone. Everyone says that Kurt wasn’t still there at 2am, and had already left the airport a half-hour earlier, but that is just not true.

When Kurt passed away three days later my brother was pretty shocked to find out that Kurt had, by coincidence, written the date of his demise on the autograph. He’s not too proud to be one of Kurt’s last “annoying” fans and hasn’t shown it off, of course, because he doesn’t want recognition for such a thing. He just says “that was probably one of the last things that Kurt needed was someone bugging him like that”. He doesn’t believe that Kurt forecasted his own end because he doesn’t think that Kurt would want to scare someone like that. Also it’s doubtful that Kurt had already made up his mind by then and had determined when he was going pass away on April 5th.
The timeline of Cobain’s final days do confirm he arrived at Seattle Sea-Tac airport on Saturday, April 2, 1994, at the approximate time of 12:47 AM. According to feelnumb, this is the famous flight he took from Los Angeles to Seattle after leaving rehab and sat next to Duff McKagan of Gun’s N Roses. Cobain still had a Delta airplane ticket, #788F. dated 4/1/94, seat 2F in his pant pocket when he died as the police report states.


(via feelnumb)



Rare Vintage Photographs of Elvis Presley Posing With His Much-Loved Cars

“You may have a pink Cadillac, but don’t you be nobody’s fool,” Elvis sang on Baby, Let’s Play House. He did, and he wasn’t. The King amassed a collection of rare cars that would leave many a motorhead drooling with envy.


Not only was Elvis a keen car collector, he was known for his generous automotive gifts he bestowed on friends and family – he bought his mum a famous pink Cadillac and gave some of his other Caddies to backing singers and even his dentist.

He also gave one of his BMW 507s to Bond girl Ursula Andress. The other, which he drove while he was stationed in Germany, has just been unveiled, fully restored to it’s original form and color, as Elvis turned it Porsche red to try and stop girls writing their phone numbers in lipstick on the body paint.

Here we take a look at some of his much-loved automobiles.

Elvis with his first car, 1942 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe, the photo was taken in front of his home at 462 Alabama Avenue in Memphis.

Elvis in a 1955 Messerschmitt KR 200. It was a three-wheeled, two-seated bubble car built by a German aircraft manufacturer. Elvis’s was eventually traded to Guy Lansky of Lansky Brothers in Memphis, in exchange for a three-hour shopping spree.

Elvis and a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado in this shot from Hollywood taken in 1957.

Elvis and his 1956 Lincoln Continental.

Elvis sits behind the wheel of a red car, returning home for two weeks after basic training in June of 1958. While deployed in Germany in 1958 during the Vietnam War, Elvis leased a white BMW 507 with a red interior.






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