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February 19, 2020

Hungarian Photographer Recreated Photo of the Same Mom and Daughter From the Budapest Market Picture When It Went Viral After More Than 30 Years

The picture of a young woman and her daughter went viral recently after more than thirty years since it was taken in a Budapest marketplace in 1987. There were some who compared the mother with Princess Diana in the 1987 photo, others praised the charisma of the young woman, and more praised of her work.

This viral photo was taken on Museum Boulevard in Budapest, 1987. (Photo by Attila Manek)

When Attila Manek realized that his photo achieved success after more than thirty years since it was taken, he was unaware that a digital version of it had been uploaded to Facebook, neither did he know who took it or where. Anyway, many commentators wondered what the people in the photo are like today, so Attila decided to take a very similar photo in 2020.

Attila Manek recreated the photo again in 2020 after it went viral, but now it was taken in the Budafok market. (Photo by Attila Manek)

According to the photographer, whose wife and daughter are on the viral photo, the original photo was taken on Museum Boulevard in Budapest, where they were living at the time. And the new version was taken in the Budafok market with the same protagonists — Marti and her daughter Eniko.
“He wanted to depict the difficulty of the “second shift” with the picture of how mothers are burdened: They take the baby home after work and even have to buy it. For the sake of the joke, the little girl, Eniko, got into a huge bag.” – said Fanni Manek, the girl’s sister.
Eniko is now a 33-year-old chemistry scientist. Her mother, Marti, whom Attila had met at MTI’s photo editorial team, has been involved in translation and article writing since, and currently works for a medical company.

20 Amazing Photos of Futuro Houses, the UFO-Shaped Tiny Homes Which Were Built During the Late 1960s and Early 1970s

A Futuro house is a round, prefabricated house designed by Matti Suuronen, of which fewer than 100 were built during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The shape, reminiscent of a flying saucer, and the structure’s airplane hatch entrance has made the houses sought after by collectors. The Futuro is composed of fiberglass-reinforced polyester plastic, polyester-polyurethane, and poly, measuring 4 meters (13 feet) high and 8 meters (26 feet) in diameter.

The Futuro house was a product of post-war Finland, reflecting the period’s faith in technology, the conquering of space, unprecedented economic growth, and an increase in leisure time. It was designed by Suuronen as a ski cabin that would be “quick to heat and easy to construct in rough terrain”. The end result was a universally transportable home that had the ability to be mass replicated and situated in almost any environment.

The material chosen for the project — fibreglass-reinforced polyester plastic — was familiar to Suuronen and was previously used in the design of a large plastic dome for the roof of a grain silo in Seinäjoki. To facilitate transport, the house consisted of 16 elements that were bolted together to form the floor and the roof. The project could be constructed on site, or dismantled and reassembled on site in two days, or even airlifted in one piece by helicopter to the site. The only necessity on site for its placement were four concrete piers, so the project could occupy nearly any topography. Due to the integrated polyurethane insulation and electric heating system, the house could be heated to a comfortable temperature in only thirty minutes, from -29 to 15 °C (-20 to 60 °F).

An excerpt from a February 1970 copy of Architecture d’aujourd’hui describes “Futuro” as:
“the first model in a series of holiday homes to be licensed in 50 countries, already mass-produced in the United States, Australia and Belgium. The segments of the elliptic envelope are assembled on the site using a metal footing. Through its shape and materials used, the house can be erected in very cold mountains or even by the sea. The area is 50 sq m, the volume 140 cubic m, divided by adaptable partitions.”
By the mid-1970s, the house was taken off the market. From the beginning, it had been met with public hostility. The first Futuro that was erected near Lake Puulavesi in Finland elicited public protest because it looked too unnatural for the rustic environment.

In the United States, Futuro houses were banned from many municipalities by zoning regulations. Banks were reluctant to finance them. Some were vandalized. Some customers who committed to buy them backed out and forfeited their non-refundable $1,000 deposits. Some have been destroyed. In 1999, the city of Tampa ordered a Futuro demolished. Shortly after the turn of the century, a Futuro house was purchased on Broadkill Beach, Delaware, and destroyed to make way for a double-wide modular home. Some have been vandalized in drive-by shootings.

The oil crisis of 1973 tripled gasoline prices and made the manufacture of plastic more expensive. Fewer than 100 were made and it is estimated that today around 60 of the original Futuro homes survive, owned mostly by private individuals. The prototype (serial number 000) is in the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The Futuro no. 001, the only other Futuro currently in a public collection, is in the possession of the WeeGee Exhibition Centre in Espoo, Finland.

25 Fascinating Photos Capture Street Scenes of Singapore in the 1970s

Singapore gained independence as the Republic of Singapore on 9 August 1965 with Lee Kuan Yew and Yusof bin Ishak as the first prime minister and president respectively. In 1967, the country co-founded the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Race riots broke out once more in 1969.

By the 1970s, Singapore was beginning to industrialise, but Singapore River became badly polluted. In 1977, a successful 10-year clean-up began.

Lee Kuan Yew's emphasis on rapid economic growth, support for business entrepreneurship, and limitations on internal democracy shaped Singapore's policies for the next half-century and the country progressed to a First World country.

These fascinating pics were taken by genibee that show what street scenes of Singapore look like in the 1970s.

February 18, 2020

40 Cool Pics of Car Advertisements in the Late 1950s and ’60s

The 1960s were a time when American made cars ruled the industry. Detroit dominated the automobile market in America and held its own overseas.

The 1960s became a time for increased speed and performance. Safety features such as seatbelts, power steering and brakes made their way into manufacturing, too.

Things were to change for the American automobile dynasty as the world entered the 1970s and foreign manufacturers became fierce competition.

Here below is a cool and impressive photo collection of car advertisements in the late 1950s and 1960s.

1958 Cadillac - Supremacy

1960 Nomad by Chevrolet

1960 Thunderbird - The World's Most Wanted Car

1960 Thunderbird - The World's Most Wanted Car

1962 Fairlane 500

Picnic With the Babbs: 40 Fascinating Photographs Capture Everyday Life in Camden, Maine at the Turn of 20th Century

Theresa Butler Parker (Babb) was born in Camden on January 23, 1868, the daughter of Moses L. and Mary Cleveland Parker. In addition to taking many wonder photographs, she was active in Camden as a member of the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, helped establish the Camden Community Hospital (1926). She was on the Managers Board of the Home for Aged Women. She belonged to the Monday Club, Monday Evening Reading Club, Camden Garden Club and the Camden Outing Club.

Her husband, C. Wilkes Babb, was perhaps better known as he ran the Knox Woolen Company beginning in 1886 until 1956. The Babb family has been a prominent family in Camden for many years.

Perhaps she took up photography because her husband worked most of the time. On occasion, he would decided to take a little trip for a few days, as he owned one of the few automobiles in Camden. His wife knew their travel would be of short notice and always had a suitcase packed and ready to go.

Mrs. Babb died on July 11, 1948 at her home on 69 Elm Street. Her granddaughter, Mrs. Janaan Babb Vaughn, kindly donated her collection of photographs to the Walsh History Center at the Camden Public Library.

Picnic at Sherman's Point, 1900. Theresa is 2nd from the left holding a bottle.

Working bee at Lake City" circa 1899. Lake City was located at Megunticook Lake in Camden.

Friends and family of Theresa Babb perched on a ladder by the Summit House swing on August 17, 1898. Her sister Grace Parker is at the top of the ladder. The Summit House hotel was built in 1897 by Columbus Buswell. The property was purchased in 1899 by the Mt. Battie Association and renovated the same year. Property torn down in 1920.

Camping crowd at Ogier Point.

Woman walking along Turnpike Drive (now Rt. 52) in October 1899. She is carrying a camera and has a dog and bicycle with her.

Vintage Photos Capture Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on the Set of ‘Cleopatra’

Not only the most expensive film and the most talked about movie at the time, Cleopatra also gave the world ‘Liz and Dick,’ the adulterous affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. “It was probably the most chaotic time of my life. That hasn’t changed,” recalls Taylor. “What with le scandale, the Vatican banning me, people making threats on my life, falling madly in love… It was fun and it was dark – ocean of tears, but some good times to.”

Below are 30 photographs capture the pair on the set of Cleopatra in 1962:

Photo by Paul Schutzer/LIFE.

Photo by Philippe Le Tellier/Paris Match.

Photo by Paul Schutzer/LIFE.

Photo by Paul Schutzer/LIFE.

Photo by Paul Schutzer/LIFE.

Austrian Classic Beauty: 50 Glamorous Photos of Jocelyn Lane in the 1950s and ’60s

Born 1937 in Vienna, Austrian former actress and model Jocelyn Lane moved to Britain, where she received dance training. She established herself as a popular model in the United Kingdom by the time she was 18, using the pseudonym Jackie Lane.

Lane appeared in several British films beginning in 1955 with a travelogue April in Portugal. Her resemblance to Brigitte Bardot was widely remarked upon. She was featured in the September 1966 issue of Playboy magazine.

In 1965, Lane co-starred with Elvis Presley in Tickle Me and later appeared in several roles in Hollywood films, including as "biker chick" Cathy in Hell's Belles in 1969. She also made guest appearances on American television series.

Lane retired in 1971 after marrying Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg in Marbella, Spain in 1973.

Lane gave birth to Princess Arriana Theresa Maria of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, her only child, in 1975. In 1985, her marriage to Prince Alfonso ended in a divorce, and she received a million-dollar settlement. She claimed that the sum was "not really fitting for a princess".

Lane designs feather necklaces marketed as Princess J Feather Collection in California and London.

Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of Jocelyn Lane in the 1950s and 1960s.

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