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February 27, 2020

Beautiful Pics of Sharon Tate Taken by Jerry Schatzberg in 1966

Born 1927 in the Bronx, New York City, American photographer and film director Jerry Schatzberg photographed for magazines such as Vogue, Esquire and McCalls.

Schatzberg made his debut as a feature film director with 1970s Puzzle of a Downfall Child starring Faye Dunaway. He went on to direct films such as The Panic in Needle Park, which starred Al Pacino in 1971, Scarecrow, which shared the grand prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, The Seduction of Joe Tynan, Honeysuckle Rose with Willie Nelson, Misunderstood (based on a novel by Florence Montgomery) and Street Smart in 1987 which earned Morgan Freeman his first Oscar Nomination.

As a still photographer, one of Schatzberg's most famous images was the cover photo of the Bob Dylan album Blonde on Blonde, released in 1966. A collection of Schatzberg's images of Dylan was published by Genesis Publications in 2006, titled Thin Wild Mercury.

Schatzberg resides in New York City, where he is working on several film projects, including a sequel to Scarecrow, co-written with Bruce Springsteen's former publicist, Seth Cohen.

These beautiful pics are part of his work that Schatzberg photographed portrait of Sharon Tate in London in 1966.










Amazing Photographs That Show Street Style of Young People in Mexico in the Late 1980s

These portraits of young people in Juarez, made by Mark Goebel in the late 1980s, contain elements of the sublime in their balance of light and form. Anticipating at points prominent work from more than a quarter century later.

At the same time, their insistence on the clothing and affect of anonymous subjects—momentary acquaintances of the cameraman, presumably—read almost as a brutalized vision for street fashion from an alternate present. Outfits are uncannily in dialogue with current trends, evidence of style’s cyclical routes and the cross-national meanderings of culture.










Fascinating Vintage Photos of Classic Stars When They Were Young

A collection of classic actors and actresses when they were young, from the 1920s to 1960s:

Laurence Olivier, 1st Baron Olivier of Brighton, aged 15, as Katherine in 'The Taming of the Shrew,' 1922. Photo by Hulton Archive.

Portrait of young Clark Gable, Oregon, circa 1922. Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Rapho.

Gloria Swanson wearing hosiery fashion in a still from the film 'Zaza,' 1923. Photo by Bettmann.

Studio portrait of a young Cary Grant, who left home to join an acrobatic troupe before emigrating to America to embark on a film career, circa 1932. Photo via John Kobal Foundation.

Early publicity shot of Joan Crawford, a coming star at Metro Goldwyn Mayer, in the Rockies, 1920s. Photo by George Rinhart/Corbis.




50 Vintage Pics Show Cars of the Soviet Union From Between the 1950s and ’70s

The automotive industry in the Soviet Union spanned the history of the state from 1929 to 1991. It started with the establishment of large car manufacturing plants and reorganisation of the AMO Factory in Moscow in the late 1920s–early 1930s, during the first five-year plan, and continued until the Soviet Union's dissolution in 1991.

1961 Gaz M-21 Volga. Second Generation (1958-1962)

Before its dissolution, the Soviet Union produced 2.1-2.3 million units per year of all types, and was the sixth (previously fifth) largest automotive producer, ranking ninth place in cars, third in trucks, and first in buses.

Soviet industry exported 300,000-400,000 cars annually, mainly to Soviet Union satellite countries, but also to Northern America, Central and Western Europe, and Latin America.

These vintage pics from Andrezj Maczulski that show cars of the Soviet Union from between the 1950s and 1970s.

1955 Gaz m20 “Pobeda”. 3rd Generation (1955-1958)

1955 Zis-127 “Moskva”. 1st Generation (1956-1960).  The First Soviet Coach

1957 MZMA Moskvitch A9 (8-passenger van)

1957 RAF-08 “Spriditis” & 1957 RAF 977 “Latvia”





February 26, 2020

33 Fascinating Photos Capture Street Scenes of Montreal in the 1950s

Montreal is the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec and the second-most populous municipality in Canada.

The city is centred on the Island of Montreal, which got its name from the same origin as the city, and a few much smaller peripheral islands, the largest of which is Île Bizard. It has a distinct four-season continental climate with warm to hot summers and cold, snowy winters.

Montreal is the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the developed world, after Paris. It is situated 196 km (122 mi) east of the national capital Ottawa, and 258 km (160 mi) south-west of the provincial capital Quebec City.

Montreal is considered one of the most liveable cities in the world, and the best city in the world to be a university student in the QS World University Rankings.

Take a look at these fascinating photos to see what street scenes of Montreal looked like in the 1950s.

Montreal street scene

A woman smelling some flowers offered by a vendor at the Bonsecours market

Bank of Montreal

Bonsecours Market

Château Ramezay





Rainey Bethea, the Last Person to Be Publicly Executed in the United States on August 14, 1936

Less than a century ago, 20,000 people traveled to Kentucky to see a white woman hang a black man.

The United States has a long history of so-called “legal” public executions. The last one was carried out in Owensboro, Kentucky, in 1936 when Rainey Bethea was hanged after his conviction for the rape and murder of a 70-year-old woman. Florence Thompson was the sheriff. She had taken over the job from her husband, Everett, some three months earlier, after he had died of pneumonia. In law it was her duty to spring the trap herself, although she was allowed to hire someone to do it for her. The idea of a female sheriff carrying out an execution greatly added to the excitement and attention the case received from the press.

Rainey Bethea photographed two weeks before his hanging. (AP Photo)

Local sheriff Florence Thompson was charged with seeing the public execution through. (AP Photo)


Crime and arrest

During the early morning of June 7, 1936, Bethea entered the home of Lischia Edwards at 322 East Fifth Street by climbing onto the roof of an outbuilding next door. From there, he jumped onto the roof of the servant’s quarters of Emmett Wells’ house, and then walked down a wooden walkway. He climbed over the kitchen roof to Edwards’ bedroom window.

After removing a screen from her window, he entered the room, waking her. Bethea then choked Edwards and violently raped her. After she was unconscious, he searched for valuables and stole several of her rings. In the process, he removed his own black celluloid prison ring, and failed to later retrieve it. He left the bedroom and hid the stolen jewels in a barn not far from the house.

The crime was discovered late that morning after the Smith family, who lived downstairs, noticed they had not heard Edwards stirring in her room. They feared she might have been ill and knocked on the door of her room, attempting to rouse her. They found the door locked with a skeleton key still inside the lock from the inside, which prevented another key from being placed in the lock from the outside. They contacted a neighbor, Robert Richardson, hoping he could help, and he managed to knock the key free, but another skeleton key would not unlock the door. Smith then got a ladder. He climbed into the room through the transom over the door and discovered that Edwards was dead.

The Smiths alerted Dr. George Barr while he was attending a service at the local Methodist Church. Dr. Barr realized there was little he could do and summoned the local coroner, Delbert Glenn, who attended the same church. The Smiths also called the Owensboro police. Officers found the room was otherwise tidy, but there were muddy footprints everywhere. Coroner Glenn also found a celluloid prison ring, which Bethea, in his drunken state, had inadvertently left behind in the room.

By late Sunday afternoon, the police already suspected Rainey Bethea after several residents of Owensboro stated that they had previously seen Bethea wearing the ring. Since Bethea had a criminal record, the police could use the then-new identification technique of fingerprints to establish that Bethea had recently touched items inside the bedroom. Police searched for Bethea over the next four days.

On the Wednesday following the discovery of the murder, Burt “Red” Figgins was working on the bank of the Ohio River, when he observed Bethea lying under some bushes. Figgins asked Bethea what he was doing, and Bethea responded he was “cooling off.” Figgins then reported this sighting to his supervisor, Will Faith, and asked him to call the police. By the time Faith had returned to the spot on the river bank, Bethea had moved to the nearby Koll’s Grocery. Faith followed him and then found a policeman in the drugstore, but when they searched for Bethea, he again eluded capture.

Later that afternoon, Bethea was again spotted. This time, he was cornered on the river bank after he tried to board a barge. When police officers questioned him, he denied that he was Bethea, claiming his name was James Smith. The police played along with the fabricated name, fearing a mob would develop if residents were to learn that they had captured Bethea. After his arrest, Bethea was identified by a scar on the left side of his head.

On Friday, August 14, 1936, Rainey Bethea is photographed with Sheriff’s Deputies Albert Riesz and Lawrence Dishman as they leave the Jefferson County jail in Louisville, Kentucky for his execution in Owensboro, Kentucky. (AP Photo/Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer)


Execution

On August 6, the Governor of Kentucky, Albert Chandler, signed Bethea’s execution warrant and set the execution for sunrise on August 14. However, Sheriff Thompson requested the governor to issue a revised death warrant because the original warrant specified that the hanging would take place in the courthouse yard where the county, at significant expense, had recently planted new shrubs and flowers. Chandler was out-of-state, so Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky Keen Johnson, as acting governor, signed a second death warrant moving the location of the hanging from the courthouse yard to an empty lot near the county garage.

Rainey Bethea’s last meal consisted of fried chicken, pork chops, mashed potatoes, pickled cucumbers, cornbread, lemon pie, and ice cream, which he ate at 4:00 p.m. on August 13 in Louisville. At about 1:00 a.m., Daviess County deputy sheriffs transported Bethea from Louisville to Owensboro. At the jail, G. Phil Hanna, a farmer from Epworth, Illinois who had assisted with hangings across the country, visited Bethea and instructed him to stand on the X that would be marked on the trapdoor.

On August 13, 1936, Rainey Bethea has his last meal in Louisville, Kentucky before being publicly hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky. (AP Photo/The Courier-Journal)

It was estimated that a crowd of about 20,000 people gathered to watch the execution with thousands coming from out of town. Hash arrived at the site intoxicated wearing a white suit and a white Panama hat. At this time, no one but he and Thompson knew that he would pull the trigger.

Bethea left the Daviess County Jail at 5:21 a.m. and walked with two deputies to the scaffold. Within two minutes, he was at the base of the scaffold. Removing his shoes, he put on a new pair of socks. He ascended the steps and stood on the large X as instructed. He made no final statement to the waiting crowd. After Bethea made his final confession to Father Lammers, of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville, officers placed a black hood over his head and fastened three large straps around his ankles, thighs, arms, and chest.

Twenty-six year old Rainey Bethea is led up the gallows steps. (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

Bethea’s was the last sanctioned public hanging in the U.S. (Bettmann Archive via Getty Images)

A reported 20,000 people were in Owensboro to watch the hanging. Executions have changed dramatically over the years since, morphing from public spectacles to somber and tightly controlled affairs held deep inside prisons. (Bettmann Archive via Getty Images)

On Friday, Aug. 14, 1936, a large crowd watches as attendants adjust a black hood over Rainey Bethea’s head just before his public hanging in Owensboro, Kentucky. Bethea, a 26-year-old black man convicted of murdering and robbing a 70-year-old white woman, was the last person killed in a public execution in the United States. (AP Photo)

Onlookers strain to view the hanging of Rainey Bethea in Owensboro, Kentucky, on August 14, 1936. (Joseph Costa/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

Vendors do a brisk business as a crowd gathers before dawn—the hour of execution for convicted rapist Rainey Bethea. (Bettmann Archive via Getty Images)

Hanna placed the noose around Bethea’s neck, adjusted it, and then signaled to Hash to pull the trigger. Instead, Hash, who was drunk, did nothing. Hanna shouted at Hash, “Do it!” and a deputy leaned onto the trigger, which sprang the trap door. Throughout all of this, the crowd was hushed. Bethea fell eight feet and his neck instantly broke. About 14 minutes later, two doctors confirmed Bethea was dead. After the noose was removed, his body was taken to Andrew & Wheatley Funeral Home. He had wanted his body sent to his sister in South Carolina. Instead, he was buried in a pauper’s grave at the Rosehill Elmwood Cemetery in Owensboro.

Many newspapers, having spent considerable sums of money to cover the first execution publicly performed by a woman, were disappointed, and several journalists took liberties in reporting the event, describing it as a “Roman Holiday,” some falsely reporting that the crowd rushed the gallows to claim souvenirs, and at least one newspaper falsely reported that Sheriff Thompson fainted at the base of the scaffold.

Afterwards, Hanna complained that Hash should not have been allowed to perform the execution in his drunken condition. Hanna further said it was the worst display he experienced in the 70 hangings he had supervised.



40 Glamorous Photos of Teresa Wright in the 1940s and ’50s

Born 1918 in Harlem, New York City, American actress Teresa Wright began a two-year appearance in the stage play Life with Father. It was there that she was discovered by Samuel Goldwyn, who came to see her in the show she had been appearing in for almost a year.


Wright was nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress: in 1941 for her debut work in The Little Foxes, and in 1942 for Mrs. Miniver, winning for the latter. That same year, she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Pride of the Yankees, opposite Gary Cooper.

Wright is also known for her performances in Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943) and William Wyler's The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). She received three Emmy Award nominations for her performances in the Playhouse 90 original television version of The Miracle Worker (1957), in the Breck Sunday Showcase feature The Margaret Bourke-White Story, and in the CBS drama series Dolphin Cove (1989).

Wright earned the acclaim of top film directors, including William Wyler, who called her the most promising actress he had directed, and Alfred Hitchcock, who admired her thorough preparation and quiet professionalism.

Teresa Wright died in 2005, of a heart attack at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut at the age of 86.

Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Teresa Wright in the 1940s and 1950s.










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