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October 19, 2019

The Original Hollywood Sex Symbol: 45 Glamorous Photos of Mae West in the 1930s

Born 1893 in Kings County, New York, American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian, and sex symbol Mae West had her entertainment career spanned seven decades. She was known for her lighthearted, bawdy double entendres and breezy sexual independence.

West was active in vaudeville and on the stage in New York City before moving to Hollywood to become a comedian, actress, and writer in the motion picture industry, as well as appearing on radio and television. She often used a husky contralto voice and was one of the more controversial movie stars of her day; she encountered many problems, especially censorship. She once quipped, "I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it." She bucked the system, making comedy out of conventional mores, and the Depression-era audience admired her for it.

When her cinematic career ended, West wrote books and plays and continued to perform in Las Vegas and in the United Kingdom, on radio and television, and she recorded rock and roll albums.

West died in 1980 at the age of 87 because of suffering a stroke.

The American Film Institute named her 15th among the greatest female stars of classic American cinema. For her contribution to the film industry, Mae West has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street in Hollywood. For her contributions as a stage actor in the theater world, she has been inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Mae West in the 1930s.

50 Rare and Amazing Behind the Scenes Photos From the Making of ‘The Outsiders’ (1983)

The Outsiders is considered one of the most romantic, heroic interpretations of 1950s youth to ever be brought to a film screen. The brain behind the book the film was based on, S.E. Hinton, created a world that would transform the way teens saw themselves. She also created Sodapop, Ponyboy, Johnny, Dally, Cherry, and all the other unforgettable characters who would become icons of young adult fiction and visual media in the 1980s to the present. The story centers around a group of disenfranchised teenagers, their struggles with identity, and the pressures that come with it.

The 1983 movie would become one of the best novel adaptations ever. It would also take young actors Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Ralph Macchio, Matt Dillon, and Rob Lowe and make them into some of the most famous actors of the ’80s, ’90s, and today. That’s all thanks to the director, Francis Ford Coppola. The man behind Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, and The Great Gatsby directed this classic YA adaptation.

The times on the set, however, were unconventional in every sense of the word. Hyper-realism and authenticity to the material were important to Coppola, resulting in quite a few crazy things that happened on and off set. From the burning of a church steeple to an actor living on practically five dollars a day, this nearly doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the many off-the-wall things that happened to the cast during the making of this film.

Below is a gallary of some of rare behind the scenes photos from the making of 1983 American coming-of-age drama film.

Stunning Portraits of Famous Figures By Baron

Of Jewish Italian heritage, Sterling Henry Nahum, professionally known as Baron, was born in Manchester in 1906. Embarking on a career as a photographer in his thirties, Baron soon portrayed the stars of ballet, though his lens focused more on film and politics after the war. A friend of Prince Philip, he took official photographs for many occasions such as the wedding of Philip to Princess Elizabeth in 1947.

In 1954, he founded Baron Studios on Park Lane, taking commissioned portraits mainly of leading businessmen. However, there were several Hollywood’s female stars whom he was commissioned to photograph whilst promoting his book in America. Only two years after his venture, the photographer passed away at the age of 50 in September 1956. His studio continued in business for a further two decades before being sold off in 1974.

Below are some notable portraits of famous people taken by Baron:

Samuel Goldwyn, 1933.

Laurence Olivier with Merle Oberon, 1937.

Deborah Kerr, 1940.

Marlene Dietrich, 1945.

David Lean, 1946.

One of the Greatest Models of All Time: 50 Gorgeous Photos Defined Fashion Styles of Sunny Harnett in the 1950s

Born 1924 in Brooklyn, New York as Annemarie Margot Elfreda Harnett, American blonde model "Sunny" Harnett can be found in fashion magazines throughout the 1950s — including frequently on the cover of Vogue — and was often a model of choice by photographer Edgar de Evia.

Sunny's career lasted 13 years; from 1949 to 1963. After her retirement from modeling, she worked as an assistant to Eileen Ford of Ford Models.

In 1987, Sunny suffered severe burns to her body due to a fire at the home; she succumbed a few days later and died, aged 63.

Sunny was one of the top models of her time and appeared on many covers - including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Glamour. Harper′s Bazaar ranks her as one of the 26 greatest models of all time.

Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see fashion styles of "Sunny" Harnett in the 1950s.

October 18, 2019

33 Fascinating Color Photos Capture Everyday Life of Brazil in the Mid-1960s

Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. It is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the fifth most populous. Its capital is Brasília, and its most populated city is São Paulo.

The federation is composed of the union of the 26 states, the Federal District, and the 5,570 municipalities. Brazil is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language and the only one in the Americas; it is also one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations, due to over a century of mass immigration from around the world.

Brazil is considered an advanced emerging economy. It is one of the world's major breadbaskets, being the largest producer of coffee for the last 150 years.

These fascinating color photos were taken by Gene Whitmer that documented everyday life of Brazil from 1965 to 1967.

Rio de Janeiro. Cinelândia, Bar Amarelinho

Rio de Contas. Slow day with some of the local fellows

Rio de Janeiro. Novo Rio bus station

Rio de Janeiro. Ipanema Beach

Amambai school

Chippendale's Beginners Workout (1983)

This old video was made for exercise purposes, but is mainly remembered for the men it featured. For those who couldn’t goto the club, this was an inside peek at what many people were enjoying on a nightly basis.

Very ’80s since the guys were wearing their tight, shiny spandex pants. You have pretty boys like Cristian Letelier, the rugged macho types with mustaches and hairy chests like Sam Cupae and Nick Celia and muscle guys like Roger Menache.

A little bit of everything for anyone who watches it. If you are looking for exercise tips, this isn’t it. If you want a bit of fun and a look at what these guys used to look like, go for it.

10 Victorian Products for Movember

As more than a million people across the world spend this month growing moustaches to raise awareness of – and funds for – Movember men’s health projects, here are a few 19th-century products to help them along the way.

1. False Moustaches

If all else fails… fake it ’til you make it. But heed the advice of actor Herbert Beerbohm Tree, who reportedly eschewed such devices in favor of the genuine article. In 1890, the Pall Mall Gazette quoted him as saying: “I have to use a moustache in ‘A Man’s Shadow’; and the agony – oh, the agony! – of a false moustache, which may drop off in the heat of passion, is too terrible for me to picture to you in mere words. So I use my own.”

2. Edmund C. Gladwin’s Moustache-Protector

Invented in 1901 and patented in the US in 1902, this handy gadget was designed “to provide a simple and effective protector whereby the mustache is kept from being brought into contact with food during eating, it being more especially designed for wear with the eating of soup or drinking of beverages during the meal.” Full patent.

3. Moustache-Guard Cups

Another way of preserving one’s splendid foliage from the bedraggling effects of a brew was a cup with a built-in moustache platform. This American silver example went on sale in 1889.

4. Moustache Spoon

To avoid soup-encrustation, moustache spoons were invaluable. The one pictured is Edwardian, but they were around at least as early as 1865, when the Scientific Journal recommended them thus:

“When soup is taken, unless the eater thereof is dexterous and understands his business, he is apt to present an unenviable spectacle, and becomes a very undesirable addition to a small but select dinner party, hence this spoon.”

5. Joseph B. Sultzer’s Moustache-Curler

Having placed the moustache against the wooden plate as in the picture below, one then clamped it in place with a circular brush that fitted on to the pivot pin in the centre. Turning the brush gave the desired result. Full patent.

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