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October 19, 2020

30 Glamorous Photos of American Actress Dolores Moran in the 1940s

Born 1926 in Stockton, California, American actress and model Dolores Moran was signed by Warner Bros. to a seven-year contract, with her parents’ permission in 1942, aged 16.


Moran’s brief career as a film actress began with uncredited roles in such films as Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). By 1943, she had become a pin-up girl appearing on the cover of such magazines as Yank. She was given supporting roles in films, such as Old Acquaintance (1943) with Bette Davis.

Warner Bros. attempted to increase interest in her, promoting her along with Lauren Bacall as a new screen personality when Bacall was cast alongside Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not (1944). The film made a star of Bacall, but Moran languished, and subsequent films did little to further her career.

The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) gave her a leading role with Jack Benny and Alexis Smith, but her film appearances after this were sporadic, and she suffered ill health that reduced her ability to work. Her film career ended in 1954 with a featured role in the John Payne and Lizabeth Scott western film Silver Lode.

Dolores Moran died of cancer in 1982, aged 56.

Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Dolores Moran in the 1940s.










Creepy Pictures of Young Actress Candice Bergen Posing With Her Dad’s Famous Puppet, Charlie McCarthy, in 1950

“Let’s get one thing straight: I don’t want your pity. However, this photo of Charlie McCarthy and me in our matching feety pajamas neatly sums up my childhood. My father was a ventriloquist—on the radio—and the dummy he created was a cocky, charming character who went on to become an icon in 1940s and ’50s America. While technically an only child, I was always known—as a kid, at least—as ‘Charlie’s sister.’ Now I want your pity. Is it any wonder my early performances in film were referred to as ‘wooden’?


“This picture was one of many photo ops that people in the entertainment business were required to do for fan magazines to maintain ‘awareness.’ It shows the two of us from a Christmas layout taken at our home in Beverly Hills; I was four. The curse of having a wooden brother. That would not be reversed until some 30 years later when, playing Murphy Brown, I realized I was channeling Charlie.”


Born to famous parents Edgar Bergen, best known for his ventriloquist act alongside dummy Charlie McCarthy, and Frances Westcott, a professional model, Candice was destined for stardom. Best known for her role as Murphy Brown on the CBS sitcom by the same name, Candice quickly made a name for herself, and quite a fortune of her own.

In her memoir A Fine Romance from 2015, Candice Bergen wrote about having to constantly compete for her father’s attention (when she was growing up the puppet had a bigger room than her). When her father died in 1978, he left in his will $10,000 to the puppet; she got nothing.



In leaving the money, Edgar wrote: “I make this provision for sentimental reasons which to me are vital due to the association with Charlie McCarthy who has been my constant companion and who has taken on the character of a real person and from whom I have never been separated even for a day.” It is unclear who actually claims the cash, considering that Charlie is a puppet.


“I’d chased my father’s approval all my life and here was proof I’d never get it,” the actress said of her father’s estate in her memoir. “I was hurt, shocked when I discovered he had left me out of his will.” Luckily, the cold relationship with her father did not prevent her from marrying and becoming a mom.




40 Amazing Black and White Photographs Capture Everyday Life in France During the Mid-20th Century

Photographer Janine Niepce (February 12, 1921 – August 5, 2007), one of the first photo-journalists in France, was a distant cousin of Nicéphore Niépce, the inventor of photography. She photographed with great talent ordinary people going about their daily lives, much like humanist photographers Robert Doisneau and Willy Ronis. Influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson, who gave her very sound advice on photo-journalism, she joined the Rapho Agency in 1955.

As a young woman studying at the prestigious Sorbonne in the early 1940s, Niepce took photographs for the French Resistance movement, going so far as to serve as an officer during the efforts to liberate Paris from the Nazis in 1944. Upon graduating, and fatigued by the war’s toll on Paris, Niepce began her freelance career by traveling the countryside and capturing simple, pastoral scenes. The contrast between these shots and her city images juxtapose two different lifestyles occurring in the aftermath of World War II. Later, during the 1970s, Niepce turned her camera and her efforts toward another liberation movement, capturing women’s struggles for equal wages and control over their own bodies.

Member of the Gens d’Images association (a non-profit association under the French 1901 Act comprising amateur and professional photography enthusiasts), Janine Niepce chaired the Niepce Prize award panel for many years. In 1981, Janine Niepce was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) and then, in 1985, became Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour).










25 Cool Photos Show Bedroom Styles in the 1940s

Multiple bedroom styles coexisted in the 1940s, reflecting the decorating enthusiasms of a decade, which featured soldiers returning from war, a homebuilding surge and the onrush of the modern era with its increasingly simplified designs.


Bedrooms often reflect Art Moderne, the successor to the glamorous Art Deco decor of preceding decades, which remained popular during the 1940s.

Whether bedrooms are traditional or modern, pattern and jewel-tone color define the era, and strategic use of these elements spotlights areas of bedroom elegance.

Here below is a set of cool photos that shows what bedrooms looked like in the 1940s.










October 18, 2020

Studio Portrait Photos of Young Ladies of Central State Normal School, Pennsylvania in 1889

The Central State Normal School, a private corporation until it was legally conveyed to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1914, was founded in 1870 and chartered to prepare teachers for the public schools. 

Studio portraits of young ladies of Central State Normal School, Pennsylvania in 1889

Subsequently, changes in its mission led to changes in name, to State Teachers College at Lock Haven (1926), to Lock Haven State College (1960), to Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania (1983). The last name change occurred when the State System of Higher Education was created and Lock Haven University joined the 13 other universities within the State System.

Here below is a set of beautiful photos from mj aux that shows studio portraits of young ladies of Central State Normal School, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania (Class of 1889).

Young lady with arms resting on a chair, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania

Written on back: "Ada Armstrong"

Written on back: "Cora I. Snyder, Lock Haven, Pa, C.S.N.S., Class of 89"

Written on back: "Jennie H. Bailey, Class of '89"

Written on back: "L. Maud Sankey, Clearfield, Pa." and "1889"





October 18, 1963: Félicette, a Black and White Female Parisian Stray Cat, Became the First Cat Launched Into Space

France’s first astro-critter came late to the space game. Her name was Felicette and she was launched on a 15-minute suborbital flight on October 18, 1963. By then, the U.S. had already launched half a dozen astronauts, and the Soviet Union had sent an equal number of cosmonauts, including Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. But France staked its claim all the same, and Felicette became the first cat to make the journey.


In 1963, Centre d’Enseignement et de Recherches de Médecine Aéronautique (CERMA) purchased 14 cats from a pet dealer for the testing, with the individual animals selected based on their temperament; all of the cats were female, for their calmer demeanor. The cats were unnamed prior to the launch to reduce the likelihood that the scientists would become attached to them.

All of the cats had permanent electrodes surgically implanted into their brain to assess neurological activity. Some of the cats’ spaceflight training was similar to training for humans. This was carried out by CERMA and included using the high-G centrifuge three-axis chair with simulated rocket noise. Cat-specific training included confinement in their container and experience withstanding the restraint cloth. The animals trained for about two months; this limit was set by the risk of electrode polarization.

A feline stand-in demonstrates the equipment used to launch Félicette into space atop a Veronique AG147 rocket, on Oct. 16, 1963. (Photo: Getty Images)

The launch crew began preparing at the launch site on October 8, 1963. On October 11, the heading beacon was tested by placing it in a helicopter and tracking it with ground stations. On the 12th, the telemetry in the nose cone was unsuccessfully tested, followed by a successful test the next day. There were issues testing the homing beacon on the 14th and 15th, but all of the electronics functioned to a satisfactory level on October 16.

On October 17, six feline finalists were selected as candidates for the flight, and a tuxedo cat with the designation C 341 was chosen for the flight on launch day, along with a backup. Weighing in at 2.5 kilograms (5.5 lb), C 341 was selected as the best of the six finalists due to her calm demeanor and appropriate weight. Electrodes were attached to her forward left and right rear leg to monitor cardiac activity. Nine electrodes had previously been implanted on her skull: two in the front sinus, one in the somatic area, two in the ventral hippocampal, two in the reticular area, and two in the association cortex. Two electrodes were glued to a foreleg so that electrical impulses could be used to stimulate them during the flight. Two microphones, one on her chest and one on the nose cone of the rocket, monitored her breathing. The launch vehicle used was the Véronique AGI 47 sounding rocket, made in Vernon, Haute-Normandie. The Véronique rocket came from the German World War II Aggregate rocket family, developed for International Geophysical Year in 1957 for biological research.

On October 18, 1963 at 8:09 am, C 341 was launched into space from the Centre interarmées d'essais d'engins spéciaux site in Algeria. The mission was a sub-orbital flight and lasted 13 minutes. The rocket engine burned for 42 seconds on ascent and C 341 experienced 9.5 g of acceleration. The nose cone separated from the rocket before reaching a height of 152 kilometers (94 mi) and the cat was subjected to five minutes of weightlessness. Prior to parachute deployment, spin and vibration on the nose cone caused 7 g of acceleration. The parachutes deployed 8 minutes and 55 seconds into the launch, applying 9 g. Thirteen minutes after the rocket was ignited, a helicopter arrived at the payload. C 341 was recovered safely, and the mission made her the first cat to reach space.

“Space Cat Back Alive.” The Sydney Morning Herald, Oct. 20, 1963.

High quality data was recorded throughout the flight, other than the reticular measurements and data recorded during reentry. Electrical shocks were administered to C 341 at a higher rate than intended. She was vigilant during the ascent phase, due to being a payload in a rocket. During the microgravity phase, her heart rate slowed and her breathing became nominal. The turbulent reentry caused her heart rate to rise, but poor data made it difficult to analyze. The flight’s biological data were given to the media, who named C 341 “Félix” after the Félix the Cat cartoon series. CERMA changed it to the feminine Félicette and adopted the name as official. Félicette was euthanized two months after the launch so that scientists could perform a necropsy to examine her brain.

France continued its biological payload research, changing to monkeys. A monkey known as Martine was launched on March 7, 1967 and Pierrette six days later. They were both successfully recovered. France concluded biological payload research at the national level with these flights, but later worked on biological payloads with the Soviet Union in the 1970s.




50 Rare and Amazing Photographs That Capture Everyday Life in Seoul, South Korea in the Late 19th Century

The 19th century is a period of significant political, social, and cultural change as Korea lurches into the modern era and world order. Much political jostling occurs among the royal in-law families, creating drama but little stability or visionary leadership. Socially, the class system weakens considerably, even within the so-called elites, as more and more “fallen” yangban (literati) demand greater equality and recognition. Culturally, exciting developments occur in all the arts, including visual, literary, and performing arts.

Dubbed the “hermit kingdom,” Korea is known especially to the West for its reluctance to engage in relations with the outside world. This stands in stark contrast to China and Japan, with whom the Europeans enjoy trade and cultural exchange, if at times antagonistic. By the late 19th century, however, Korea, as a result of both internal politics and external pressure, signs formal treaties with the U.S. and various European nations. Around the same period, the Korean peninsula becomes a targeted territory of the Japanese, whose new and “modern” Meiji government develops increasingly imperialist ambitions, competing with other global powers boasting empires or colonies, notably Britain, France, Russia, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain (the U.S. coming into the game late with the acquisition of the Philippines from Spain in 1889).

These rare and amazing vintage photographs show what life was like in Seoul in the 1890s.
 




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