October 17, 2018

Abandoned Baby Sleeping in Desk Drawer at Los Angeles Police Station, 1971

Policewoman Pat Johnson, 28, tends a baby girl, about 9 months old, who was found alone and crying in a downtown hotel room in Los Angeles, California.

(Photo by Cal Montney/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Baby was placed in file drawer for a nap after she was fed milk, Jell-O and cottage cheese. She later was taken to a foster home. The hotel manager called police after receiving complaints that the baby had been crying for hours.

The photo of the sleeping baby was taken by Times staff photographer Cal Montney on July 8, 1971.

In 2006, the Safely Surrendered Baby Law took effect in California.



The Italians by Bruno Barbey: 50 Fascinating Black and White Photographs Capture Everyday Life in Italy in the 1960s

There were so many photographers of other countries that have documented Italy and the Italians, from Henri Cartier-Bresson to William Klein but the Barbey’s reportage is a shining example of how a photographer able to immerse himself in a documentary work can achieve to identify certain nuances in an extraordinary way.

Barbey is Magnum photographer who later showed us a masterful color reportage work, but this does not cut off that his work in black and white showed through this report represents one of the extraordinary pages of documentary photography.

It was the 1960s. Italy “raising its head” after the horrors and miseries generated by the war. The middle class, after so much suffering, knew the economic boom, a perhaps illusory enthusiasm, a new society maybe a little bit a la americana, in some ways. The music for example also became something of the young, creating the first cultural tribes. Fashion was now something that was beginning to be followed by more people, who finally had some extra cash to express their way of being. Yet in this context there were still pockets of dire poverty, especially in the south-center of the country. Italy was a land of fierce contrasts and this gives our eyes in this extraordinary fresco of Italy of that time.

In the early 1960s, Bruno Barbey crisscrossed Italy from North to South attempting to capture the spirit of the nation. “The Italians” is an evocative collection of Barbey’s modern Comedia Dell’Arte of beggars, priests, nuns, carbinieri, prostitutes and Mafiosi; archetypal figures whose exotic charms helped to make the films of Pasolini, Visconti and Fellini so popular.

Sicily region. Town of Palermo. 1963.

Liguria region. Town of Genoa. 1962.

Naples. Children and a beggar. 1962.

Lazio region. Rome. 1966.

Campania region. Town of Naples. 1966.





Sepia Magazine Covers From the 1970s

Founded in 1946 as Negro Achievements by Horace J. Blackwell, an African-American clothing merchant of Fort Worth, Texas, who also had already founded The World's Messenger in 1942, featuring romance-true confession type stories of working-class blacks, Sepia is a photojournalistic magazine that featured articles based primarily on achievements of African Americans. It was part of the rise of postwar publications and businesses aimed at black audiences.

Sepia magazine covers from the 1970s

George Levitan, a Jewish-American man born in Michigan, who was a plumbing merchant in Fort Worth, bought the magazines and Good Publishing Company (aka Sepia Publishing) in 1950. He changed the magazine's name gradually; in 1954 he named it Sepia, and published it until his death in 1976. He changed the name of Messenger to Bronze Thrills and had success with that for some time as well, also publishing black-audience magazines Hep and Jive.

After Levitan's death, Sepia was bought by Beatrice Pringle, who had been part of Blackwell's founding editorial team. She continued it until 1983, closing it despite respectable circulation. It was always overshadowed by Ebony, founded and published in Chicago.

Here is a photo collection of Sepia magazine covers in the 1970s.

The Jackson, October 1971

 Freda Payne, February 1972

Muhammad Ali, March 1972

Gloria Hendry, May 1973

Last photo of Jackie Robinson together with his family, January 1973





October 16, 2018

20 Disturbing Pictures That Show What Life in the U.S Looked Like Under Jim Crow Laws

Jim Crow laws were state and local laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States. Enacted by white Democrat-dominated state legislatures after the Reconstruction period, in the late 19th century, the laws were enforced until 1965.

In practice, Jim Crow laws mandated racial segregation in all public facilities in the states of the former Confederate States of America, starting in the 1870s and 1880s, and were upheld in 1896, by the U.S. Supreme Court's "separate but equal" legal doctrine for African Americans, established with the court's decision in the case of Plessy vs. Ferguson. Moreover, public education had essentially been segregated since its establishment in most of the South, after the Civil War (1861–65).

The legal principle of "separate, but equal" racial segregation was extended to public facilities and transportation, including the coaches of interstate trains and buses. Facilities for African Americans were consistently inferior and underfunded, compared to the facilities for white Americans; sometimes there were no black facilities. As a body of law, Jim Crow institutionalized economic, educational, and social disadvantages for African Americans. Legalized racial segregation principally existed in the Southern states, while Northern racial segregation generally was a matter of fact — enforced in housing with private covenants in leases, bank lending-practices, and employment-preference discrimination, including labor-union practices.

Here in pictures are many of the common sights during what became known as the Jim Crow era.

In this undated picture, men drink from segregated water fountains.

A teacher instructs a segregated class of black students at a poorly funded, one-room school in the backwoods of Georgia in 1941.

White tenants seeking to prevent black Americans from moving into the Sojourner Truth Homes, a federal governmental housing project, erected this sign in Detroit in 1942.

Dr. and Mrs. Charles N. Atkins of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and their sons, Edmond, 10, and Charles, 3, pause for a glance at the Santa Fe Depot segregation sign on Nov. 25, 1955.

US and Confederate flags fly from a car parked on Tennessee's Capitol Hill in Nashville, where Gov. Frank Clement met with a delegation of pro-segregationists on Jan. 24, 1956. Clement turned down a bid to lead a fight for continued racial segregation, saying he did not plan to interfere with local authorities and their decisions on such matters.





20 Beautiful Photos of Meg Ryan From the 1980s and 1990s

Born Margaret Hyra in 1961, Meg Ryan's first acting success came with a role on the soap opera As The World Turns from 1982 to 1984. Her big film break was in the 1986 hit Top Gun. Ryan became America's sweetheart when she starred in a string of hit romantic comedies in the 1990s, including When Harry Met Sally (1989), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), and You've Got Mail (1998).


After taking a break from the spotlight, Ryan re-emerged in 2006 with the announcement of her adoption of a little girl from China. At first she named her daughter Charlotte, but soon changed it to Daisy to better fit the child's personality. During her time away from Hollywood, Ryan has been working with CARE, a charitable organization dedicated to ending poverty by helping women work together.

Below is a collection of 20 fascinating photographs of Meg Ryan from her heyday career.











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