August 13, 2018

40 Found Color Snaps of the 1939 New York World's Fair

The 1939–40 New York World's Fair, which covered the 1,216 acres (492 ha) of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, was the second most expensive American world's fair of all time, exceeded only by St. Louis's Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904.

Many countries around the world participated in it, and over 44 million people attended its exhibits in two seasons. It was the first exposition to be based on the future, with an opening slogan of "Dawn of a New Day", and it allowed all visitors to take a look at "the world of tomorrow".

Within six months of the Fair's opening, World War II began, a war that lasted six years and resulted in the deaths of tens million people.

Take a look at these found snaps to see activities of the the 1939 New York World's Fair.

The back side of the Kodak Exhibition Building

A couple poses for photographing at Eastman Kodak

Amphitheater and Billy Rose Aquacade

Amphitheater and Billy Rose Aquacade

Amphitheater and Billy Rose Aquacade

23 Fascinating Color Photos of a Young Farrah Fawcett in the 1970s and 1980s

American actress Farrah Fawcett (1947–2009) first appeared on television in various commercials before starring in television series such as The Partridge Family and S.W.A.T. She was cast opposite Raquel Welsh in the controversial film, Myra Breckinridge, in 1970.

In 1976, she produced a poster of her wearing a one-piece red bathing suit that became an instant best-seller and helped expand her career. Therefore, the same year, she was chosen as one of Charlie's Angels and Farah Fawcett grew into a pop culture phenomenon, seducing men with her seductive attires and inspiring women with her iconic hairstyle.

Surprisingly, at the peak of the show's popularity, the actress decided to quit Charlie's Angels to turn herself towards cinema: quite an unsuccessful decision. She appeared in the comedy, The Cannonball Run, in 1981 but earned more notable success with her audacious television drama films such as The Burning Bed, in 1984 and Small Sacrifices, in 1989.

In the 2000s, she was cast as Richard Gere's wife in Dr T and the Women while she appeared in several television series such as Ally McBeal and Spin City.

From iconic fresh-faced sex symbol of the 1970s, Farah Fawcett became the sordid character of her end of life, battling with cancer on a TV reality show and her Andy Warhol portraits being at the centre of court cases. Even her death was overshadowed when Michael Jackson passed away the same day: pop culture had then lost a much more preponderant figure that eclipsed the sexy poster girl.

Survivor of 1972 Andes Plane Crash Recalled of Harrowing Experience When He Has to Eat the Human Flesh to Stay Alive

On Oct. 13, 1972, a Uruguayan air force plane, carrying the Old Christians Club rugby team, crashed in the Andes mountains of Chile. Facing starvation and death, the survivors reluctantly resorted to cannibalism. Among the 45 people on board, 28 survived the initial crash. After 72 days on the glacier, 16 people were rescued.

Survivors of 1972 Andes plane crash.

Survivors of 1972 Andes plane crash.

The flight carrying 19 members of a rugby team, family, supporters, and friends originated in Montevideo, Uruguay and was headed for Santiago, Chile. While crossing the Andes, the inexperienced co-pilot who was in command mistakenly believed they had reached Curicó, Chile, despite instrument readings indicating differently. He turned north and began to descend towards what he thought was Pudahuel Airport. Instead, the aircraft struck the mountain, shearing off both wings and the rear of the fuselage. The forward part of the fuselage careened down a steep slope like a toboggan and came to rest on a glacier. Three crew members and more than a quarter of the passengers died in the crash, and several others quickly succumbed to cold and injuries.

On the tenth day after the crash, the survivors learned from a transistor radio that the search had been called off. Faced with starvation and death, those still alive agreed that should they die, the others may consume their bodies so they might live. With no choice, the survivors ate the bodies of their dead friends.

Survivors of Flight 571 outside of the plane.

Survivors of Flight 571 outside of the plane.

Survivors of Flight 571 outside of the plane.

Roberto Canessa was a second-year medical student when the plane he had chartered with his rugby team mates crashed into the mountains. “Eating human flesh, you feel like you’re the most miserable person on the earth,” he said. “But in my mind, there was the idea that my friend was giving me a chance of survival that he didn’t have.”

Canessa broken his silence to tell his own story in a memoir, I Had To Survive. The specter of resorting to cannibalism haunts him still. “We had long since run out of the meagre pickings we’d found on the plane, and there was no vegetation or animal life to be found,” he recalled. “After just a few days we were feeling the sensation of our own bodies consuming themselves just to remain alive.”

Roberto Canessa in the early 1970s.

“The bodies of our friends and team-mates, preserved outside in the snow and ice, contained vital, life-giving protein that could help us survive. But could we do it?

Marilyn Monroe in New York, 1955 - The Lost Film of Peter Mangone

In 1955, Peter Mangone was 14 years old, a skinny boy from the Bronx with a Marilyn Monroe fixation, like so many teenagers of his generation. What distinguished Mangone was that he got to meet his idol, and a remarkable five-and-a-half-minute amateur movie that he shot of Marilyn Monroe on the streets of Manhattan in March 1955 captured a rare glimpse behind the legendary actress.

For several months, he had played truant from school to stake out the Gladstone Hotel on Manhattan's East 52nd Street, where the 29-year-old Monroe was staying after her unhappy divorce from Joe DiMaggio and her dismissal from the Twentieth-Century Fox studios, hoping to get an autograph or a snapshot with his Brownie camera that he borrowed from his brother.

One day, he somehow summoned the courage to approach the star. “She said, ‘You were here yesterday. You had a red tie on. Weren't you cold?’ She noticed," Mangone remembered. "She befriended me. She used to give me rides to the subway if it was raining."

“Once you saw her, she was burned into your head,'' Mangone said. Another day, as luck would have it, Monroe came out of the hotel, mentioned that she was going shopping and told Mangone that he should tag along. Arm in arm with photographer Milton Greene and fashion designer George Nardiello, the star breezed down 5th Avenue, enjoying a level of privacy that today's stars would envy. All the while, young Mangone filmed her.

August 12, 2018

31 Stunning Photos That Capture Street Scenes of New York in the 1950s

A small collection of stunning photos that shows street scenes of New York from the 1950s. These photos were taken by various famous photographers such as Ernst Haas, Erwin Blumenfeld, Saul Leiter, Werner Bischof, etc.

Times Square, New York City, 1951. (Photo by Erwin Blumenfeld)

New York City, 1952. (Photo by Ernst Haas)

New York City, 1952. (Photo by Ernst Haas)

 Locksmith sign, New York City, 1952. (Photo by Ernst Haas)

Snowy corner, New York City, 1952. (Photo by Saul Leiter)

This Wisconsin Man Has More Than 200,000 Comics in His Collection

Some people wonder why anyone would collect anything. Steven Kahn said his reason is simple.

“When we are experiencing stress in our lives, it is especially comforting to have something that either makes you feel good or reignites some memory from the past that gave you a good feeling,” said Mr. Kahn. “I think that is the greatest attraction of collecting for me. It gives you something that recreates something from your past that feels good.”

Steve Kahn, owner of Inner Child, located at 5921 Sixth Ave. A., poses with his five copies of “Amazing Fantasy 15,” the comic book where Spider-Man was introduced to the world.

Kahn doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t collecting. As a young boy, he waited every Friday evening for his father to come home from his trips as a traveling salesman. He arrived with little wrapped bars of soap from the motels he had stayed at. This was his first collection.

“So every Friday, he would bring me more, and I developed a collection of bars of soap — different sizes, different colors, different odors,” he told Kenosha News. “As I got older, I collected baseball cards and comic books.”

Since then, Mr. Kahn has expanded his collection to include comic books; he guesses that he has 100,000-200,000 comics. He also has an extensive collection of toys that appealed to boys growing up in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. And while Kahn doesn’t read his comics, he collects and appreciates them for a different reason.

“I think [comics] are the most underappreciated art form in America,” he said “I think it’s great art.”

Kahn believes that finding his collectibles is the fun part of his hobby. While he can’t reveal exactly where he gets his collectibles because the marketplace is so competitive, he said he travels with wide-open eyes. He has traveled to Indonesia, Afghanistan and India, and has found objects that showed artistic expression.

“Many of my most dear collectibles are not necessarily valuable or beautiful, but I may have lived with the artist or shared something with the artist that was very special,” he said.

With all of the things he has been collecting, Kahn has outgrown his storage lockers; he finally bought a warehouse in Kenosha, WI, early in 2011.

Steve Kahn poses in his warehouse of comics and toys.

“When you go over 100,000, you get a reality check,” he said. “And you start to realize you’re not going to take it with you, and that maybe it’s time to start letting it be enjoyed by others.”

Kahn and his family spent time cleaning and converting the warehouse they purchased in the historical area of downtown Kenosha into a 2,500-square-foot storefront. They named their store the Inner Child because the items in the store make your inner child feel good and brings you back to your childhood.

Upon entering the store, anyone born after 1950 will find things that remind them of their youth. Both sides of the store highlight figurines and vehicles from many of the characters in pop culture. In the back left are comfy leather chairs where visitors can play Nintendo games; you just need to pick up the controller and pick from the hundreds of games Kahn’s son has collected.

The back of the store is the wall of comic books ranging from the Silver Age, Golden Age and Bronze Age. Ten thousand comics are displayed in boxes. And while some of the comics are first editions — and quite pricey — most of the items in the store are reasonably priced.

“I’ve been able to capture multiple generations of collectibles and have examples of toys and fun things [customers] grew up with,” he said. “That’s probably been the nicest part about having the store thus far.”

Steven Kahn loves sharing his stories and collectibles with people of all ages, and is delighted he can share his things with the little community of Kenosha.

“As I’ve grown older, I’ve truly begun to realize that you really can’t take it all with you. Whatever you obtain in life, whatever you accumulate in assets or material possessions, stay here when you leave,” he said. “So at some point in time you have to figure out a way to share what you have obtained with others.”

The comic book wall at Inner Child store, 5921 Sixth Ave. A, features valuable comics.

Figurines at Inner Child store, located at 5921 Sixth Ave. A.

Steve Kahn’s horror collection is popular at Inner Child.

Figurines at Inner Child store.

Video game area where patrons can test out the wares at Inner Child store.

The Harsh Realities of Apartheid-Era South Africa Through a Black South African's Lens

In the mid-1960s, photojournalist Ernest Cole undertook a dangerous mission—to produce a volume of photographs that would reveal to the world the excruciating realities of life under apartheid. The result was the groundbreaking book House of Bondage, published in 1967.
“When I say that people can be fired or arrested or abused or whipped or banished for trifles, I am not describing the exceptional case for the sake of being inflammatory. What I say is true – and most white South Africans would acknowledge it freely. They do not pretend these things are not happening. The essential cruelty of the situation is not that all blacks are virtuous and all whites villainous, but that the whites are conditioned not to see anything wrong in the injustices they impose on their black neighbors.” – Ernest Cole, House of Bondage, 1967.
Ernest Cole was born in South Africa’s Transvaal in 1940. His early work chronicled the horrors of apartheid and in 1966 he fled the Republic of South Africa becoming a ‘banned person’. He was briefly associated with Magnum Photographers and received funding from the Ford Foundation and Time-Life. In North America, he concentrated on street photography in primarily urban settings.

Between 1969 and 1971, Cole spent an extensive amount of time on regular visits to Sweden where he became involved with the Tiofoto collective and exhibited his work. From 1972, Cole’s life fell into disarray and he ceased to work as a photographer, losing control of his archive and negatives in the process. Having experienced periods of homelessness, Cole died aged forty-nine of pancreatic cancer in New York City in 1990.

In 2017, more than 60,000 of Cole’s negatives missing for more than forty years were discovered in a Stockholm bank vault. This work is now being examined and catalogued.

City benches were for whites only and were so inscribed. There were no “blacks only” benches in Johannesburg; blacks sat on the curbstones.

Contract-expired miners are on the right, carrying their discharge papers and wearing “European” clothes while new recruits, many in tribal blankets, are on the left.

Handcuffed blacks were arrested for being in a white area illegally.

Earnest boy squats on haunches and strains to follow lesson in heat of packed classroom.

“Penny baas, please, baas, I hungry” This plaint is part of nightly scene in the Golden City, as black boys beg from whites. They may be thrown a coin, or… they may get slapped in the face.


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