September 30, 2012

These Amazing Pictures in ‘American Photographs’ by Walker Evans That Captured Scenes of America in the early 1930s

More than any other artist, Walker Evans invented the images of essential America that we have long since accepted as fact, and his work has influenced not only modern photography but also literature, film and visual arts in other mediums.

As seemingly chaotic and even unappealing as the image might feel at first glance, those wildly variant aspects of the photo—the flag, the plant, the faces—somehow cohere into something far more than the sum of their parts. And what’s more amazing is that, after a time, the photograph appears to be gazing back. It is the viewer, and not the picture, that is the subject of an unblinking inquiry—and it’s unsettling.

These pictures, and the other pictures in American Photographs, are intensely daring precisely because the man who made them worked so hard to hide—to efface—the effort that went into creating them. Each image stands on its own, while at the same time each picture references the photograph that comes before, and the photograph that follows.

Penny Picture Display, Savannah, Georgia, 1936

Sidewalk And Shopfront, New Orleans, 1935

Parked Car, Small Town Main Street, 1932

Torn Movie Poster, 1930

Girl In Fulton Street, New York, 1929

Old Photos of New York City Coffee Shops in the Past

Check out these old New York City coffee shops, from the 1880s to 1980s

550 West 125th Street, 1932. Battle's Coffee Pot. (Courtesy of the MCNY)

8th Avenue and 23rd Street, Coffee Pot. February 28, 1926. (Courtesy of the Municipal Archives)

Caffe Reggio, 1975

Caffe Reggio, 1978

Chock Full O'Nuts on Lexington Avenue and 86th Street, 1935. (Courtesy of the MCNY)

September 29, 2012

30 Awesome Vintage Longhaired Lady Photographs Taken by Stan Shuttleworth

Stan Shuttleworth worked for the Planning Commission of San Bernardino County, California and lived in Redlands, California. He was also a very well known photographer.

Stan like some of us understood that he had a passion for ladies with long hair. Not being ashamed or shy about this, Stan would advertise in the local papers for lady's with long hair to model for him. He then would photograph then in all of their splendid glory. Stan understood he was not alone in his admiration of women who let nature take its course with their hair.

His pictures were available to anyone who requested them. Being the kind of person that Stan was, once you requested pictures from him he would mail a sample out on the honor system. If you did not like them, then you were to return them to him. If you did like them, then you sent him a payment, and Stan would send you some more.

Stan did this from 1950s up until the '80s when he passed away from a stroke as a result of battling diabetes for many years. Stan really wanted to share his work with the world, and this site will help him do so now that he is no longer able to.

Vintage Photos from ‘Bloomingdale’s Book of Home Decorating’

Before there was IKEA, there was Bloomingdale’s. Founded in 1861 by Joseph and Lyman G. Bloomingdale, the first incarnation of today’s upscale department store was a “Ladies Notions’ Shop” specializing in hoop-skirts on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Bloomingdale’s Book of Home Decorating by Barbara D’Arcy, the influential interior design guru and chief decorator of the model rooms in the flag ship store’s furniture department, is testament to its influence.

Early Photos of Hyde Park, Sydney from 1900

Hyde Park, the oldest public parkland in Australia, is a 16.2 hectares (40 acres) park in the central business district of Sydney, New South Wales. Hyde Park is on the eastern side of the Sydney city centre.

Hyde Park was named after the original Hyde Park in London. The park is pock marked with drain lids, many of which lead down to Busby's Bore, the first large-scale attempt at a water source system after the backing up of Tank Stream, the Sydney colony's primary water source. Busby's Bore was built between 1827 and 1837 using convict labour and fresh water from Lachlan Swamp (which later became known as Centennial Park) to the city.

September 28, 2012

1982 Victoria's Secret Catalog

Founded in San Francisco, California, in 1977 by Tufts University and Stanford Graduate School of Business alumnus Roy Raymond, Victoria's Secret is an American retailer of women's wear, lingerie and beauty products. It is the largest segment of publicly traded Limited Brands with sales of over US$5 billion and an operating income of $1 billion in 2006. Victoria's Secret is known for its annual fashion show, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and for its catalogs, both of which feature top fashion models. Here's the 1982 Victoria's Secret Catalog.

Photos of Life in China During the 1920s-1930s

During the early 19th century, Louis-Philippe Messelier left France for China and settled in Shanghai. He was a photojournalist for the French Journal of Shanghai. There, he witnessed eccentric street performances, film studios at work, the untouched countryside, and the local aristocracy. During the 1920s and 1930s, China saw a rapid modernization influenced by the west. Messelier managed to capture a rare view of the country and its unique traditions juxtaposed with modern life.

September 27, 2012


Browse by Decades

Popular Posts