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August 18, 2019

Lovely Photos of Jacqueline Kennedy With Her Children at the White House in 1961

Mark Shaw (1921–1969) was an American fashion and celebrity photographer in the 1950s and 1960s. He worked for Life magazine from 1952 to 1968, during which time 27 issues of Life carried cover photos by Shaw.

Shaw's work also appeared in Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, Mademoiselle, and many other publications. He is best known for his photographs of John F. Kennedy, his wife Jacqueline Kennedy, and their children, Caroline and John F. Kennedy, Jr.

In 1964, many of these images were published in the book The John F. Kennedys: A Family Album, which became a bestseller.

These lovely photos are part of his work that Shaw took Jacqueline Kennedy with her children John Kennedy Jr. and Caroline Kennedy at the White House in 1961.

20 Amazing Vintage Photos of Peter Fonda as Wyatt in ‘Easy Rider’ (1969)

Actor and director Peter Fonda, best known for his role in Easy Rider, has died from respiratory failure due to lung cancer on August 16, 2019, his family said. He was 79.

“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” his family said in a statement.

Fonda died peacefully on Friday morning at 11:05 a.m. at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family, the statement said.

“In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts,” the statement continued. “As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy. And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life.”

Peter Fonda was part of a veteran Hollywood family. As well as being the brother of Jane Fonda, he was also the son of actor Henry Fonda, and father to Bridget, also an actor.

Easy Rider, in which Fonda co-wrote and co-starred with his friend Dennis Hopper, and a young Jack Nicholson, became a cult classic and earned Fonda an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

In one of his last interviews, he told The Hollywood Reporter in March that the budget was so tight for the film that he and its makers decided to use New Orleans’ Mardi Gras as a locale to save money on actors.

“We’d have 100,000 people or more in costumes on the streets, and we wouldn’t have to pay them,” he told the publication.

Fonda made his acting debut in the 1961 Broadway production Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole but soon found his niche as a star of the emerging counterculture in the films of director Roger Corman.

After 1969's Easy Rider he appeared in a long string of films, including Escape From L.A. in 1996 and Ulee’s Gold in 1997, the latter of which earned him an Academy Award nomination.

He also appeared in The Passion of Ayn Rand, a 1999 made-for-TV movie, and the box-office success Ocean’s Twelve in 2004.

Here, below is a collection of 20 amazing photographs of Peter Fonda as Wyatt in the 1969 cult classic Easy Rider.

30 Amazing Color Snaps of the Spokane's World's Fair - Expo '74

Expo '74 was the first environmentally themed world's fair. It was held in the northwest United States in Spokane, Washington, and ran for six months, from May 4 to November 3, 1974. The heart of the fair park grounds was located on Canada Island, Havermale Island, and the adjacent south bank of the Spokane River in the center of the city.

In proclaiming itself the first exposition on an environmental theme, Expo '74 distanced itself from the more techno-centric world's fairs of the 1960s. The environmental theme was promoted in several high-profile events, such as a symposium on United Nations World Environment Day (June 5) attended by more than 1,200 people including many international representatives, and ECAFE Day for the United Nations Economic Council for Asia and the Far East (June 14) that discussed regional environment issues.

With the exception of two pavilions, all of the major buildings were modular structures assembled on the site. The fair had 5.2 million visitors and was considered a success, nearly breaking even, revitalizing the blighted urban core, and pumping an estimated $150 million into the local economy and surrounding region.

Here below is an amazing photo set that shows what this world's fair looked like in 1974.

August 17, 2019

Beautiful Photos of Dorothy Dandridge Photographed by Edward Clark for LIFE Magazine in 1951

Born 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, American actress, singer, and dancer Dorothy Dandridge is perhaps one of the most famous black actresses to have a successful Hollywood career and the first to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1954 film Carmen Jones.

Dandridge performed as a vocalist in venues such as the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater. During her early career, she performed as a part of The Wonder Children, later The Dandridge Sisters, and appeared in a succession of films, usually in uncredited roles.

In 1959, Dandridge was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Porgy and Bess. She was married and divorced twice. She died under mysterious circumstances in 1965 at age 42.

Dandridge is the subject of the 1999 HBO biographical film, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. She has been recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

These beautiful photos of Dorothy Dandridge were taken by American photographer Edward Clark for LIFE Magazine in 1951.

30 Candid Photographs Captured Madonna on the Streets From the 1980s

When you think about clothes worn in the 1980s, what is the most popular style that comes to mind? Madonna. The pop icon was discovered and elevated to her most popular days in the ’80s. Her style was the most copied and sought after look. After all, Madonna was omnipresent in ’80s culture, appearing on TV in many music videos, on the big screen in movies, on cassettes in every home and car, and in concert.

Madonna had many looks during the 1980s. Her ability to perpetually re-style herself has certainly contributed to the longevity of her career. One was her most iconic looks from the ’80s was the wavy hair with highlights. Girls went to the salons in droves to get the “poodle” looking perms so their hair was wavy too. They pulled it up in bows like she did to copy her look in the Borderline video and movie, Desperately Seeking Susan. A black tank top, skirt, dirty bleached blonde hair and an attitude.

Everyday Madonna clothing of the 1980s included a skirt worn over tight, short pants. Sometimes they were patterned, other times they were lacy. No matter, the girls in school copied them. Here, below is a gallery of 30 candid photographs of Madonna in the 1980s.

Smallpox Breaks Out in Sydney, 1789

Smallpox has been one of humanity’s deadliest diseases, though it is now eradicated in the wild.

Europeans, including the colonists who arrived in Sydney in 1788, had developed some resistance through earlier exposure to the disease. However the local Aboriginal people had not.

There is still debate over how smallpox broke out in the Sydney area in 1789. Its impact on Aboriginal people across Australia was devastating.

The effects of smallpox are shown in this photograph taken at North Head Quarantine Station, Sydney. (National Museum of Australia)

David Collins, Judge-Advocate of the colony, April 1789:
At that time a native was living with us; and on taking him down to the harbour to look for his former companions, those who witnessed his expression and agony can never forget either. He looked anxiously around him in the different coves we visited; not a vestige on the sand was to be found of human foot; ... not a living person was anywhere to be met with. It seemed as if, flying from the contagion, they had left the dead to bury the dead. He lifted up his hands and eyes in silent agony for some time; at last he exclaimed, ‘All dead! all dead!’ and then hung his head in mournful silence.

In April 1789, 15 months after the First Fleet arrived to establish a penal colony in NSW, a major smallpox epidemic broke out.

The outbreak did not affect the British colonists, most of whom had been exposed to the disease during their infancy. As a result, smallpox was not detected until members of the Aboriginal communities living between Sydney Cove and the Heads were found, according to Newton Fowell, ‘laying Dead on the Beaches and in the Caverns of Rocks’. They were, ‘generally found with the remains of a Small Fire on each Side of them and some Water left within their Reach’.

Without previous exposure to the smallpox virus, Aboriginal people had no resistance, and up to 70 per cent were killed by the disease.

The question of how smallpox appeared among the local Indigenous groups was settled to the satisfaction of the early settlers by blaming the French. Explorer Comte de La Perouse had anchored his ships in Botany Bay for six weeks after the British first arrived. At least one of their company died during this period and was buried on the shore of the bay.

However, had the French infected the local population, the outbreak would have started in the early months of 1788, not more than a year later.

Subsequent commentators have suggested that unsuspecting Makasar fishermen brought smallpox to Australia’s north, after which it travelled down well-established trade routes. However, given the relatively high population densities required for the disease to spread, and the fact that those infected quickly become incapable of walking, any such outbreak is unlikely to have spread across the desert trade routes.

A more likely source of the disease was the ‘variolas matter’ Surgeon John White brought with him on the First Fleet. ‘Variolas matter’ is pus taken from a recovering smallpox sufferer and sealed in a glass bottle to isolate and preserve it. White intended to use it to variolate any children born in the settlement. Research in the 1970s has shown that the smallpox virus withstands a wide range of temperatures and humidity and remains viable over many years.

How this material could have infected the local tribes is unknown. The appalling devastation it wrought probably silenced anyone in the colony who might have known.

Effect on Aboriginal people

Smallpox spread across the country with the advance of European settlement, bringing with it shocking death rates. The disease affected entire generations of the Indigenous population and survivors were in many cases left without family or community leaders.

The spread of smallpox was followed by influenza, measles, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases, all of which Australia’s Aboriginal people had no resistance to, and all of which brought widespread death.

(via The National Museum of Australia)

27 Intimate Photos Show Celebrities of the Hollywood Golden Age Taking a Musical Break

Celebrities are just like us. They also need a leisure time period after work. These intimate photos captured classic celebrities taking a musical break from between the 1920s and 1950s.

James Stewart

Audrey Hepburn

Barbara Nichols

Brigitte Bardot

Buster Keaton

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