March 18, 2019

20 Vintage Photographs of People With Their Commodore 64, One of the Most Beloved Home Computers of All Time

The 8-bit home computer Commodore 64 (commonly known as the C64 or C=64), introduced by Commodore International in January, 1982, was a machine with remarkable market success. Volume production started sometime in the spring of 1982, with machines being released on to the market in August at a price of $595. During the his lifetime, sales totaled some 17 million units, making it the best-selling single personal computer model of all time.

For a substantial period of time (1983-1986), the Commodore 64 dominated the market with between 30% and 40% share and 2 million units sold per year, outselling the IBM PC clones, Apple computers, and Atari computers. Sam Tramiel, a former Atari president said in a 1989 interview “When I was at Commodore we were building 400 000 C64s a month for a couple of years.”

Part of the Commodore 64 success was because it was sold in retail stores instead of electronics stores, and that these machines can be directly plugged into an existing home television without any modifications. Commodore produced many of its parts in-house to control supplies and cost. Improving the reliability, as well as reduce manufacturing costs, eventually, it cost only about $25.00 to manufacture, and the consumer price of the C-64 dropped to around $200.00.

Another part of the Commodore 64 success was because approximately 10000 commercial software titles were made for the Commodore 64 including development tools, office applications, and games. The machine is also credited with popularizing the computer demo scene. The Commodore 64 is still used today by some computer hobbyists. Below are some amazing photographs of people posing with their Commodore 64 from the 1980s.

Hammam Essalhine: A Roman Bathhouse Still in Use After 2,000 Years in Khenchela, Algeria

A two thousand year old public bathhouse from the Roman period is still used by locals in the town of Khenchela, Algeria. Most of the bathhouse has been preserved, but the ancientness of the place is still apparent in the architecture.

Algeria has hundreds of hot springs or fountains that back to thousands of years. The most famous one is Hammam Essalihine (the bath of the righteous or thermal baths of Flavius) which is a tourist and therapeutic site that is situated in the middle of an enchanting mountainous and forested region (Aures Mountains); precisely in "El Hamma" district, 7 km from Khenchela, an Algerian province.

The bathhouse in Khenchela was repaired and renovated after it was reportedly damaged in an earthquake during the 14th century. Ottoman workers repaired the bathhouse using bricks after the earthquake, and even more recent additions include doors for the changing rooms to add privacy.

Hammam Essalhine spa is known for the therapeutic virtues of its waters. Its water is so pure and very rich with minerals, and its temperature is around 70°C. The water’s chemical composition gives it therapeutic properties indicated for rheumatic, respiratory and dermatological diseases. In addition that this resort can treat several diseases, it offers all the appropriate treatments like relaxation, massage and functional rehabilitation equipment, in addition to the hydrotherapy sessions offered by a couple of physiotherapists.

In this spa, there are two pools; the rectangular pool and the circular pool, one for men and the other for women, with eight meter in diameter and a depth of 1.45 m, as well as 44 thermal cabins. Despite of the historical importance for the region of this tourist structure, it lacks a lot of infrastructures.

The traditional public facilities continue to be used as part of the daily bathing ritual, where local people can use the free source of hot water to clean themselves. Bathhouses are also used as a social gathering place to discuss matters of importance in a relaxed and sometimes jovial environment. Topics of discussion range from sports, gossip, jokes, and to a lesser extent politics and war, which remain controversial issues.

44 Fascinating Pics That Document Everyday Life of Poland in 1970

French photographer Philippe Guillot took these fascinating of Poland when he made a trip there in July 1970. The cities include Warsaw, Kraków, Gdańsk, Oświęcim,...

Warsaw. A day of big heat, July 9, 1970

Warsaw. Café terrace, July 8, 1970

Warsaw. Fountain stormed by children, July 9, 1970

Warsaw. Lazienki Królewskie Palace and Park, July 9, 1970

Warsaw. Old Town Square, July 8, 1970

March 17, 2019

The Heart Band Sisters: 33 Lovely Pics of Ann and Nancy Wilson Together in the 1970s and 1980s

Heart is an American rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide. Over the group's five-decade history, it has had three primary lineups, with the constant center of the group since 1973 being sisters Ann Wilson (lead vocals, flute and guitar) and Nancy Wilson (guitar, mandolin and vocals).

Heart rose to fame in the mid-1970s with music influenced by hard rock and heavy metal, as well as folk music. Their popularity declined in the early 1980s, but in 1985, the band launched a successful comeback which saw them experience greater success with album-oriented rock hits and hard-rock ballads that went into the 1990s.

To date, Heart has sold over 35 million records worldwide, including over 22.5 million in album sales in the U.S. They have had top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2010s. The group was ranked number 57 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock". They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

These lovely photos that captured young Wilson sisters Ann and Nancy together in the 1970s and 1980s.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day From Irish Beauty Maureen O’Hara

Maureen O’Hara (1920–2015) was a renowned American actress and singer of Irish descent. The green-eyed beauty with flaming red hair was admired for her fiery and passionate roles in several American films.

Her natural beauty and glamorous appearance was much appreciated and she was popularly known as the ‘Queen of Technicolor’ in Hollywood. Her onscreen characters reflected her own strong, courageous spirit who fought for recognition and survival in this male-dominated world. She always called herself the “tough Irish lass” who would never compromise with her respect and reputation to land the roles she deserved through merit.

Throughout her career in the film arena, she always stood up against injustice and improper treatment against women actors and for this, she gained a lot of followers. Her autobiography, Tis Herself, published in 2004, gave a candid and truthful account of her entire life experiences including her struggles while climbing the ladder to success.

She was an adventurous woman who was not frightened of carrying out her own stunts. Over the years, she starred in more than 60 films and gained a lot of popularity throughout the world.

Here, we collected some of glamorous photos of a young Maureen O’Hara dressed up for Saint Patrick’s Day to celebrate the holiday of this year.

The Iconic Western Duo: Paul Newman and Robert Redford in the 1969 Crime Drama ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is an American Western film directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman. It was the top-grossing film of its year and top 10 for its decade, though initially received lukewarm reviews from critics. The film was nominated for total seven Oscar categories and won four for Best Cinematography, Best Original Score for a Motion Picture (not a Musical), Best Music, Song and Best Original Screenplay at the 42nd Academy Awards.

The story is loosely based on two Wild West criminal outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker, known as Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman), and his partner Harry Alonzo Longabaugh, the “Sundance Kid” (Robert Redford). Butch was the brains and leader of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, while his closest companion Sundance preferred action and skill. After their second robbery on the same train, Butch and Sundance began to get pursued by a special posse. With their persistent track, Butch convinced Sundance and Etta (Katharine Ross), the latter’s lover, that they should escape to Bolivia, which was a paradise for robber according to Butch’s visions.

The role of Sundance was first offered to Jack Lemmon, who turned down because of schedule conflict, plus he also didn’t like riding horses. Other actors under consideration for Sundance were Steve McQueen and Warren Beatty, with the latter declining as he found the film too similar to Bonnie and Clyde (1967). As stated by Goldman, McQueen and Newman both read the scripts at approximately the same time and agreed to do the film. However, McQueen later withdrew due to billing disagreements. The role eventually went to Redford, thus creating one of the most iconic pairs to hit the big screen.

Here, we look at the duo and their charming chemistry in the film through 36 photos...


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