May 20, 2018

25 Amazing Photos Show How Inside the Shops Looked Like From the Early 20th Century

An amazing photo collection shows how inside the shops looked like from the early 20th century.

Art glass shop in San Francisco

Auto repair shop, Whittier, California

Bakery in St. Matthews, South Carolina

Barber shop in Los Angeles, CA

Barber shop, Canby, Minnesota

The Collyer Brothers: Inside the New York City Hoarders' Brownstone After They Were Found Dead in 1947

Homer and Langley Collyer were an extraordinary pair of brothers. They were born into one of New York City’s oldest families (Homer in 1881 and Langley in 1885) and lived in a mansion on Fifth Avenue near 128th Street, at a time when the Harlem address was fashionable. The pair obsessively collected books, furniture, musical instruments, and myriad other items, with booby traps set up in corridors and doorways to ensnare intruders. In March 1947, both were found dead in their home surrounded by over 140 tons of collected items that they had amassed over several decades.

Police take an ax to the front door in an attempt to get inside. March 21, 1947.

The discovery of just how bad the Collyer brothers’ hoarding was came to light in March 1947 when an anonymous person reported there was a dead body in the Collyer residence.

The authorities did not have an easy time gaining entrance to the home. They started by trying to remove tons of garbage from the front foyer, which consisted of newspapers, phonebooks, furniture, boxes, and other miscellaneous debris. Unsuccessful in their attempts, a patrolman broke a window on the second floor in order to gain entry. After climbing through junk for two hours, he found the body of the elder brother Homer among the boxes and trash. Missing from the home, however, was Langley, the younger of the two recluses.

The hunt for Langley began, and authorities searched for him as far away as Atlantic City. A disturbing realization took place three weeks later, unfortunately, when Langley’s body was was found ten feet from his older brother’s. Because of the vast amount of garbage in the house, his body wasn’t unearthed until then. Langley had been crushed to death by one of his many booby-traps that he had made to deter people’s entry into their palace of junk. Langley actually had died first. He was crushed while bringing food to his elder brother, who was blind. Langley fed Homer a diet of one hundred oranges per week to try and restore his sight. Believing that the diet of oranges would restore Homer’s vision, Langley also saved every newspaper so that Homer could eventually read them when his sight returned.

Authorities eventually removed more than 100 tons of trash from the Collyer brothers’ house. Some of the more unusual items included human pickled organs, the chassis of an old Model T, fourteen pianos (both grand and upright), hundreds of yards of unused silks and fabric, the folding top of a horse-drawn carriage, and more than 25,000 books.

Police attempt to enter the residence of the Collyer brothers after receiving the fateful call about a smell of decomposition coming from the house. March 21, 1947.

Policemen reach the ceiling atop the piles of junk inside the Collyer brothers' home. March 24, 1947.

A police inspector surveys the refuse. March 25, 1947.

An interior view of the house. March 26, 1947.

A Building Department worker crawls through the first floor of the junk in search of Langley Collyer, who authorities might still be hiding somewhere in the building after the discovery of the body of his brother, Homer. March 24, 1947.

Charming Photos of Beauty Queens of the 1920s Have Been Bought to Life in Vivid Color for the First Time

These stunning images of 1920s beauty queens reveal how ideas of beauty have changed - and how they haven't - in the last 100 years. The photographs were colorized by Irish artist Matt Loughrey of My Colorful Past.
“I think they deserved to be seen in colour as they were. A lot of these photographs were taken in Washington D.C in the early 1920s. It was a time of huge social upheaval as well as an economic shift that saw America morph into a major consumer society.” – said Matt
From the winners of seaside beauty pageants to the winner of Miss Universe the pictures give a real insight into the popularity of these contests - and the women who won them.

Portrait of a group of young women as they pose in risque bathing suits that bare the legs and knees, Washington DC, May 29, 1920.

Miss Washington, Evelyn Lewis, standing proud in her modest bathing suit and knee-high stockings at the Wardman Park Hotel.

Miss Chicago of 1925, Margarita Gonzales. Gonzales was a candidate for the national title at the Atlantic City beauty contest in 1925, but was eliminated in the first round.

Beauty queen Evelyn Cushing, 24, won Miss Illinois in 1932 and went on to compete for Miss America.

Ella Van Hueson exercising on a static bike in June 1928 after being named Miss Universe.

40 Amazing Portraits of People Who Lived in and Visited Scotland During the 1840s

The partnership of David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson is unequalled in the history of photography for its sophistication and impact. When they met in Edinburgh in 1843, Robert Adamson had set up the first studio in Scotland to work with William Henry Fox Talbot’s ‘calotype’ process. The calotype was a negative/positive form of photograph, capable of producing many prints, unlike the rival daguerreotype which is a single object. Hill was a painter and had started work on a large-scale picture, celebrating the founding of the Free Church of Scotland. They first met to see if Hill could use photography to aid the painting, but almost immediately discovered the potential excitements of photography. Fascinated by the process, Hill entered into partnership with Adamson within a few weeks.

Hill and Adamson’s photographs were mostly portraits of people who lived in and visited Scotland and are an active expression of Hill’s sympathy for and interest in people. Through chemical, optical and aesthetic experiment, they discovered how to make an awkward process express character, charm and beauty. Their work was completed in less than four years and the partnership ended with the tragedy of Robert Adamson’s death in 1848, at the age of 27.

David Octavius Hill with his daughter, Charlotte

Thomas Duncan, 1807 - 1845. Artist

Sandy (or James) Linton, his boat and bairns

George Combe, 1788 - 1858. Phrenologist

Mr Laing or Laine

36 Fascinating Color Photos of Bristol, England in 1981

Bristol is a city and county in South West England. The wider district has the 10th-largest population in England, the urban area population is the 8th-largest in the UK.

The city borders North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, with the cities of Bath and Gloucester to the south-east and north-east, respectively.

These fascinating photos were taken by Philip Watson that show Bristol in late 1981.

St Nicholas Street, August 1981

Steps down from Pylle Hill Crescent, Totterdown, June 1981

The Clerical, Medical and General building from Passage Street Bridge, summer 1981

The former Counterslip Power Station, summer 1981

The Suspension Bridge from Cumberland Basin, circa 1981

May 19, 2018

32 Glamorous Photos of the Best Wedding Dresses Worn By Famous Beauties in the 1950s

The 1950s was the boom period of dresses and gowns, and wedding dresses in this period were no exception! Tea length wedding gowns and Rockabilly swing dresses, tulle ballgowns, and elegant lace long sleeve dresses are only a few of the 1950s wedding dresses that are popular again today.

Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, or Grace Kelly,... they all had different styles of bridal dresses on their wedding days from the 1950s, and they were really glamorous.

British ballet dancer and actress Moira Shearer photographed by Jane Brown, 1950

Elizabeth Taylor in ‘Father of the Bride’, 1950

Elizabeth Taylor’s first marriage, she wed hotel heir Conrad 'Nicky' Hilton in a gown designed by Hollywood costumer Helen Rose, 1950

American actress Arlene Dahl and Lex Barker, 1951

Chilean actress Felicia Cohn Montealegre married American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, 1951

Rarely Seen Photographs of of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who at The Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967

The Monterey International Pop Music Festival was a three-day concert event held June 16 to June 18, 1967, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey. The festival is remembered for the first major American appearances by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who and Ravi Shankar, the first large-scale public performance of Janis Joplin and the introduction of Otis Redding.

Hendrix' use of extremely high volumes, the feedback this produced, and the combination of the two along with his dive-bombing use of the vibrato bar on his guitar, produced sounds that, with the exception of the British in attendance, none of the audience had ever heard before. This, along with his look, his clothing, and his erotic antics onstage, had an enormous impact on the audience. To take things further, aware of The Who's planned explosive finale, he asked around for a can of lighter fluid, which he placed behind one of his amplifier stacks before beginning his set. He ended his Monterey performance with an unpredictable version of "Wild Thing", which he capped by kneeling over his guitar, pouring lighter fluid over it, setting it on fire, and then smashing it onto the stage seven times before throwing its remains into the audience.

Jill Gibson was an experienced photojournalist by 1967. She had a musical background filling in for Michelle Phillips on the Mamas and The Papas second album and was dating Monterey Pop Festival producer, Lou Adler, at the time. Jill was the official photographer for The Monterey Pop Festival. These are her images, many which have never been released prior to now.

Janis Joplin commanding almost 10,000 fans on stage

Jimi Hendrix in the midst of one of his greatest ever performances

This performance put Hendrix on the map in the US

Photographer Jill Gibson said Hendrix's show was "unique"

The Who's Roger Daltrey, Pete Townsend and Keith Moon destroying their instruments after their set


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