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June 18, 2019

22 Amazing Photographs That Capture Life of the U.S in the 1850s

The History of Photography Archive is a private collection, owned by archivist Patrick Montgomery, of original 19th and 20th century photographs, books and related artifacts that traces the technical and artistic development of photography and photo-mechanical printing from their origins in England and France in the early 19th century up through worldwide use in the mid-20th century.

Here below is an amazing photo set from this archieve that shows life of the U.S in the 1850s.

American farm, circa late 1850s

Associate Presbyterian Church, July 1854. (Photo by Frederick DeBourg Richards)

RR track over Niagara Suspension Bridge, 1854. (Photo by Friedrich Langenheim & Wilhelm Langenheim )

Trenton Falls, New York, circa 1855. (Photo by Friedrich Langenheim & Wilhelm Langenheim )

Butler Mansion House, Philadelphia, 1856. (Photo by James Earl McClees)

Madame Moustache: The Amazing Story of Eleanor Dumont, One of the First Known Blackjack Players in the Old West

Eleanor Dumont, also called Eleonore Alphonsine Dumant, born as Simone Jules (1829–1879), was a notorious gambler on the American Western Frontier, especially during the California Gold Rush. She was also known by her nickname “Madame Moustache,” due to the appearance of a line of dark hair on her upper lip.

Dumont was one of the more colorful women of the Old West. Because of her accent, it was rumored that she came from France, but others think New Orleans may have been her place of birth. In either case, she turned up in in San Francisco in 1849 where she soon found herself working as a card dealer at the Bella Union Hotel.

The Bella Union Hotel in 1851

In 1854, Dumont arrived in Nevada City, California, dressed to the nines. To the curiosity of many, she opened up a high brow gambling parlor, the Vingt-et-Un. She served champaign instead of whiskey, permitted only behaved, clean men, into her establishment, and prohibited cursing in her presence. It soon became a quite the happening place! Dumont was witty and charming, appealingly foreign, and knew how to deal cards like a pro. No women were allowed in her establishment, save herself, and women dealers were virtually unheard of.

Her place became so popular, that Dumont took on a partner and opened an even larger place called Dumon’t Palace. They also added the much more popular games of Faro and Chuck-a-luck and her second venture became equally successful.

Faro was the most popular game at this time, but required a minimum of two employees to run the game, a dealer and a casekeeper (who would count the cards for the players). Because cheating was so common and the odds were better than most games, a third employee, a “look-out” was often hired to watch the players during the game.

Back to Dumont, two years after her arrival in Nevada City, she started to develop a pronounced moustache, later earning her the unfortunate nickname “Madame Moustache.” The gold eventually ran out in Nevada, but she would follow the new strikes and she headed to Columbia, California, where in 1857 she set up a table in a hotel.

Dumont had now achieved a small fortune and she wanted to leave her profession. Though she knew little about animals, she purchased a ranch in Carson City, Nevada. She soon became taken with a handsome cattleman named Jack McKnight in whom she placed her trust and she signed her property over to him for his management. Sadly, McKnight was actually a conman and in less than a month he had disappeared, selling her ranch and leaving her with all the debts. Dumont tracked him down and killed him with two blasts from a shotgun. Although she would much later admit to the crime, at the time of the shooting, there was not enough evidence to charge her.

Lacking any money, she retuned to gambling again and in 1861, set up her table in Pioche, Nevada. Unfortunately, her youth had begun to fade and she started to put on some weight. In her youth, she would use her fine manners and flirtatious chastity to lure men to gamble with a woman, but as time wore on, women in camps became less of a novelty and the coarseness began to become more a part of her life as she began to openly smoke, take hard drink, and become more tolerant of crude miners.

At a certain point, she eventually added prostitution to her repertoire and acted as a real “Madame.” At first offering herself and later hiring girls to work in her houses. She followed the money and drifted through Montana mining towns like Bannack, Fort Benton, and Helena. She was found in Silver City and Salmon, Idaho, and Corinne, Utah. Silver strikes brought her back to Nevada where she found herself in Virginia City. Eventually, she would be found in Deadwood, South Dakota, and then Tombstone, Arizona. In Tombstone, she was known to drum up business by dressing her girls in finery and driving a fancy carriage up and down the streets, smoking a cigar, to the cheers of onlookers.

Ad for Madame Moustache’s brothel

As the same miners worked the same camps she frequented, her reputation began to precede her as an attractive, but aging mustachioed good-natured French lady, fair, strong, and savvy with the cards. Stories such as her foiling multiple robbers at once, turning back plagued steamboats by gunpoint, offering hospitality to those down on their luck, or her friendship with Calamity Jane as mentor, abounded wherever she lived.

Dumont’s friend, Calamity Jane

Her final stop was the notorious Bodie, California, in 1878. Her luck had run out, and about a year and a half after arrival, she borrowed $300 from a friend to open a table. After a few hours, she had lost it all. Without a word, she left the table and walked a mile out of town and committed suicide by drinking a bottle of red wine laced morphine. Her body was discovered the next day, September 8, 1879, her head resting on a rock and with a note explaining that she was “tired of life.”

Miners lamented her passing and one such penned the following epitaph: “Poor Madame Moustache! Her life was as square a game as was ever dealt. The world played against her with all sorts of combinations, but she generally beat it. The turn was called on her at last for a few paltry hundred; she missed the turn, none of the old boys were there to cover the bet for her, and she passed in her checks, game to the last. Poor Madame Moustache.”

Local residents raised enough for her funeral, said to be the largest the town ever held, but the exact spot of her grave is now lost to time.

(This original article was published on Nate's Nonsense)

Work Stations: Nostalgic Images That Show What Office Life Was Like in London in the 1980s

From huge mobile phones to massive perms, brightly colored skirts to shoulder pads, here is your reminder of what office like was in the 1980s!

These vintage photographs were taken by photographer Anna Fox in dozens of different offices, making up a snapshot of the way Britain worked during the era of Thatcher. The images are from her 1987 photo series “Work Stations,” a commissioned project meant to convey the aggressive nature of office culture in Britain at the time. Each photo depicts crowded, suited chaos, and is accompanied by a snarky — and sometimes unsettling — snippet showcasing the rally-cry word choice of salesmen.

“I wanted to reflect the sense of aggression, competition and greed that Thatcher’s Britain had laid the foundations for,” Fox said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “Her famous phrase was: ‘There is no such thing as society, just individuals,’ and then off we all went on a mad pursuit to gain money for ourselves and buy things we just couldn’t afford and forget about the communities that surrounded us and that we grew up in.”

American Classic Blonde Bombshell: 33 Stunning Photos of Sally Todd in the 1950s

Born 1934 in Missouri, and raised in Arizona, lovely and shapely blonde Sally Todd was an actress and model whose entertainment career began when her mother encouraged her to enter The Miss Tucson Beauty Contest at the age of seventeen.

Todd studied drama in Tucson. She moved to California in 1954 and got a job modeling clothes. She was the Playmate of the Month in the February, 1957 issue of Playboy. Among the other men's magazines she posed for are Focus, Brief, Bachelor, and Sir Knight.

Todd was spotted by a talent scout for 20th Century Fox. That led to a contract with the studio and a movie career that consisted mostly of B-movie roles in The Unearthly and Frankenstein's Daughter. Other motion pictures in which she performed are The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956), The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1957), Al Capone (1959), and G.I. Blues (1960).

Her television appearances include episodes of Flight, Dragnet (1958–1959), M Squad (1959), Johnny Ringo (1960), The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1960), 77 Sunset Strip (1960), and The Tab Hunter Show (1960).

Todd now lives in Big Sur, California and runs an antique shop after two divorced marriages.

Take a look at these vintage photos to see glamorous beauty of Sally Todd in the 1950s.

June 17, 2019

Rare and Beautiful Photos of Karen Carpenter in the Early 1980s

Karen Carpenter had the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, which was little-known at the time, and was briefly married in the early 1980s. She died on February 4, 1983, at the age of 32 from heart failure caused by complications related to her illness

The death of Carpenter led to increased visibility and awareness of eating disorders. Her work continues to attract praise, including being listed among Rolling Stone's 100 greatest singers of all time.

Californian freelance photographer Carolyn Arzac took these lovely photos of Karen Carpenter from 1980 to 1982. They show her daily life's moments, especially her last Christmas in 1982.

Karen Carpenter with Teddy Bear, circa 1980. (Photo by Carolyn Arzac)

Karen Carpenter & her good friend Olivia Newton-John. They are on a boat sailing to Catalina for some weekend fun in the sun, circa 1980. (Photo by Carolyn Arzac)

Karen Carpenter & Olivia Newton-John are enjoying each others company with a little Qualia Bear cake on a boat cruising to Catalina, California, circa 1980. (Photo by Carolyn Arzac)

Karen Carpenter, taken at dinner engagement with her then fiancé Tom Burris, August 1980. "This photo is a photo of a photo that I took prior to Karen's wedding." (Photo by Carolyn Arzac)

Karen Carpenter and her love 'Mush' at the Newville home in Downey, California, December 1982. (Photo by Carolyn Arzac)

15 Fabulous Vintage Photos That Prove 1980s Was the Best Decade Ever!

Whether you grew up in the 1980s or not, there is no denying that there is just something about the decade that people can’t seem to get enough of. Perhaps it is the neon spandex, leg warmers, boomboxes, and big hair that we love to look back on, or maybe we just long for a much simpler time.

Were things better back in the day? It is hard to say, but there is definitely something about the 1980s that keeps people reminiscing about it – so why not go back in time with these fabulous vintage photos from one of the best decades ever.

1. Going Shopping

In the 1980s, still many years before the days of Amazon and Ebay, the popularity of shopping malls was at an all time high. It became the number one hang out spot for America’s youth, who would often meet up with their friends at their neighborhood’s mall sporting their trendiest clothes and hopping from one chain store to the next.

These three young shoppers were caught on camera in the 1980s, each wearing a pair of huarache sandals, one of the most popular style of female shoes of the decade.

2. Fashion Girls

If you were one of the ‘cool kids’ of the 1980s, then chances are you had a pair of L.A. Gear sneakers. The athletic footwear and clothing company, which was founded in 1978, quickly became one of the most popular brands for shoes and clothes by 1980. Their chunky ankle-high white sneakers with bold-colored laces became a fashion staple of the era.

3. New York Subway

Photographer Bruce Davidson captured this stunning shot of a woman waiting for the subway in New York City circa 1980. With her voluminous hair, dark denim waist-high jeans, bold-colored tank top, and fierce look on her face – this unknown woman is a perfect representation of 1980s city fashion.

4. Beauty Queens

Pictured here are the reigning beauty queens of 1983. Here we have Miss U.S.A. 1983 Julie Hayek, Miss Teen USA 1983 Ruth Zakarian, and Miss Universe 1983 Lorraine Downes posing together with their pageant-ready smiles at a Maybelline press luncheon in New York City. At the time, these three lovely ladies with their fanned out hair and strikingly white teeth were considered the ‘It’ girls of the decade, gracing the cover of nearly every fashion magazine cover in the country.

5. 3D Dinner

This photo from 1982 shows a family enjoying their dinner – and a bit of 3D television. Although 3D film can be traced as far back as the 1920s, it saw a worldwide resurgence in the 1980s. Back before the days of high-def television, these cardboard red and blue glasses were all the rage.

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