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March 3, 2021

40 Elegant Photos of Young Women in Prom Dresses From the 1940s

In 1939, Gone with the Wind came to theaters with amazing success. Suddenly, fashion turned back in time to the Victorian age, especially formal gowns and dresses, which embraced fitted bodices, puffed sleeves (or sleevelessness), and large full skirts.


The economy still wasn’t very good, so the 1940s compromised and blended Victorian style with budget-friendly design. The result is classic, pretty, and simple 1940s formal gowns and evening dresses that teens wore to prom and women wore out to a fancy dinner with dancing.

1940s formal dresses were usually made from rayon taking the form of jersey, taffeta, or crepe and fastened with metal zippers or small buttons in the back. Black was the most popular color, but pinks, reds, and blues were often used as well.

Here below is a set of elegant photos that shows young women in prom dresses from the 1940s.










Glamour Portraits of Jean Harlow Taken by William Mortensen for ‘Hell’s Angels’ (1930)

An exquisite Jean Harlow photographed by famous Pictorialist William Mortensen to promote Hell’s Angels (1930). These images date to late 1929, but were released in conjunction with the film. She’s all of nineteen in these portraits, and exudes such a wistful quality.


Mortensen was one of a handful of photographers Jean sat for during this time period—New York’s White Studio and Preston Duncan also made popular portraits of her, which made their way into magazines and artwork for the film.

By the time these photographs were made, Pictorialism, with its fuzzy contours and overt print manipulation, had fallen out of favor among avant-garde photographers, who insisted instead on “straight photography” as the purest expression of their medium.

William Mortensen, rejected by modernists as hopelessly retrograde, steadfastly practiced Pictorialist techniques for the duration of his career, maintaining Steichen’s position of twenty years earlier––that frank artifice in photographs was key to their success as works of art.










Paris of the 1970s Through the Lens of a Soviet Tourist

Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of Europe’s major centers of finance, diplomacy, commerce, fashion, science and arts.

At the end of the Second World War, most Parisians were living in misery. Industry was ruined, housing was in short supply, and food was rationed. In the 1950s and 1960s, the city underwent a massive reconstruction, with the addition of new highways, skyscrapers, and thousands of new apartment blocks. Beginning in the 1970s, French Presidents took a personal interest leaving a legacy of new museums and buildings.

These fascinating photographs captured street scenes of Paris in the 1970s through the eyes of a Soviet tourist:
 









30 Vintage Photos Capture Albury Houses in the 1940s

Albury is a major regional city in New South Wales, Australia. It is located on the Hume Highway and the northern side of the Murray River. Albury is the seat of local government for the council area which also bears the city’s name – the City of Albury.

Albury is separated from its twin city in Victoria, Wodonga, by the Murray River. It is 554 kilometres (344 mi) from the state capital Sydney and 326 kilometres (203 mi) from the Victorian capital Melbourne.

Said to be named after a village in England, Albury developed as a major transport link between New South Wales and Victoria and was proclaimed a city in 1946.

Here below is a set of vintage photos from Foto Supplies that shows houses in Albury in the 1940s.










Captured German Kar98k Rifles at Stavanger, Norway, After the Surrender of Germany in 1945

Storeroom at Solar aerodrome, Stavanger, holding some of the estimated 30,000 rifles taken from German forces in Norway after their surrender.

(Photo: Imperial War Museums)

In Operation Doomsday, the British 1st Airborne Division acted as a police and military force during the Allied occupation of Norway in May 1945, immediately after the victory in Europe during the Second World War. The division maintained law and order until the arrival of the remainder of Force 134, the occupation force. During its time in Norway, the division was tasked with supervising the surrender of the German forces in Norway, as well as preventing the sabotage of vital military and civilian facilities.

The German Instrument of Surrender was delivered on May 8 to General Franz Böhme, the commander of all German forces stationed in Norway, and the 1st Airborne Division landed near Oslo and Stavanger between May 9 and May 11. The majority of the transport aircraft carrying the division landed safely, but three planes crashed with a number of fatalities. The division encountered little of the expected German resistance.

Operational duties included welcoming back King Haakon VII of Norway, looking after Allied ex-prisoners of war, arresting war criminals and supervising the clearing of minefields. The division was also able to confirm the deaths of the British airborne troops that had taken part in Operation Freshman, an unsuccessful attempt to disrupt the German atomic weapons program in November 1942. The division returned to Britain at the end of August and disbanded two months later.




March 2, 2021

Gorgeous Portrait Photos of American Actress Molly Ringwald in the 1980s

Born 1968 in Roseville, California, American actress Molly Ringwald was cast in her first major role as Molly in the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life (1979–80) after a casting director saw her playing an orphan in a stage production of the musical Annie.


Ringwald subsequently made her motion-picture debut as Miranda in the independent film Tempest (1982), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year. She is known for her collaborations with filmmaker John Hughes, and established herself as a teen icon after appearing in the successful Hughes films Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), Pretty in Pink (1986), The Pick-up Artist (1987), Fresh Horses (1988), and For Keeps (1988).

Ringwald also starred in many films in the 1990s, most notably Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story (1992), The Stand (1994), and Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade (1994 short film - precursor to Sling Blade).

Ringwald is part of the “Brat Pack” and she was ranked number one on VH1’s 100 Greatest Teen Stars. Since 2017, Ringwald has portrayed Mary Andrews on The CW television series Riverdale.

Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see portrait of a young and beautiful Molly Ringwald in the 1980s.










20 Photographs of Handsome Jon Bon Jovi in the 1990s

American musician and actor Jon Bon Jovi (born March 2, 1962) is best known as the lead singer and founder of the rock band Bon Jovi, which became popular for its power ballads, soaring guitar riffs and well-crafted melodies. By his early teens, he was hanging out at local clubs, convinced that one day he would be a rock star.


Idolizing local rising stars such as Bruce Springsteen and the Asbury Jukes, Jon was playing in clubs by the time he was 16. He met keyboardist David Bryan in high school, and the two formed a ten-piece rhythm and blues band called Atlantic City Expressway. Jon also performed with bands called The Rest, The Lechers and John Bongiovi and the Wild Ones.

In 1980, Jon recorded his first single, “Runaway”, at his cousin’s studio, with back-up by studio musicians. A local radio station included the song on a compilation tape, and it began to get frequent airplay. The success of “Runaway” got Jon noticed, and he realized that he’d need more than session players if he wanted to capitalize on his success. Jon called David, who in turn tapped Alec John Such, Tico Torres and guitarist Richie Sambora. During a show in New York in 1983, the band caught the attention of record executive Derek Shulman, who signed them to PolyGram. It was Shulman who anglicized John Bongiovi’s name to Bon Jovi.

For all of Bon Jovi’s somewhat cynical pop origins, the band made an extremely graceful and consistent transition into the 1990s. Jon Bon Jovi’s savvy grasp of a broad arena rock aesthetic helped the band avoid the pitfalls of a post-grunge rock scene that claimed many of its contemporaries in a stack of spandex rubble. The singer cut his hair and calmly produced one of the band’s best songs in “Bed of Roses”, a straightforward, melodic power ballad that helped keep Bon Jovi stable and successful.












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