November 30, 2014

Beautiful Black and White Portrait Photography of Swedish from the 1930s

Einar Erici was a skilful amateur photographer. His main motifs were churches and church organs, according to his field of science. The photos were taken during the first half of the 20th century on his travels across Sweden. Most of them are from the provinces of Gotland and Uppland.

However, main focus of the set will be on another and quite different field of Erici as a photographer. He also took photos of people, mostly of older men wearing beards. These ordinary Swedish men are posing for the camera, just standing still, or performing some activity, like playing the guitar, making shoes, or gardening. Sometimes their wives and families, as well as their homes, appear in the pictures. The photos of people are mainly from the 1930s.

Never-Before-Seen Pictures of a Teenage Madonna in an Early Photoshoot from 1977

Before Madonna was famous, she posed nude for art classes and did a few nude photoshoots. Aged 18, while Madonna was a dance student at University of Michigan in 1977, she posing nude at $10 an hour for photographer Herman Kulkens.

Some of the photos were published by Playboy and Penthouse in the 1980s, but most have never been published before.

In the photos, Madonna, who's brunette and looking very young, wears a variety of costumes, including various hats, and a man's tie and shirt. In some, she's completely nude; in others, she's just topless.

23 Amazing Behind the Scenes Photos From the Making of the Film "2001: A Space Odyssey"

Nearly 50 years after its release, here's a collection of 23 amazing behind-the-scenes photos from the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The photographs recently giving light to the combination of precision, craftsmanship, and behind-the-scenes silliness that went into creating Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece.

The majority of filming took place at MGM Borehamwood, Elstree and Shepperton Studios in England.

Stanley Kubrick was an extremely hands-on director.

The film opens with a group of shrieking apes in the 'Dawn of Man' sequence.

William Sylvester plays Dr. Heywood R Floyd in the second 'act' of the film.

Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood star in the third 'act' as two astronauts on a voyage to Jupiter.

November 29, 2014

Rare Photos of Elvis Presley's Concerts at the Florida Theatre on August 10 & 11, 1956

Elvis appeared at the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, FL. Juvenile Court Judge Marion Gooding warned Elvis in chambers after the first show that he must tone down his act. Elvis told reporters “I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong”. Elvis modifies his show nonetheless, wiggling his little finger suggestively with a gesture that replaces some of his less restrained body movements and at the same time still drives the audience wild.

“One of the most memorable events in the theatre's history occurred in 1956, when Elvis Presley came to the Florida Theatre for his first concert appearance on an indoor stage. Presley, the City of Jacksonville and the Florida Theatre found themselves subjects of a LIFE Magazine feature when Juvenile Court Judge Marion Gooding sat through the performance to ensure that Presley's body movements would not become too suggestive”. Florida State Theater.

Crowds await entrance to see Elvis Presley performs at one of his two concerts at the Florida Theatre on August 10 & 11, 1956.

Baptist preacher Robert Gray denounces Elvis in Jacksonville, FL.

Elvis arrives through the alley at rear of theater, Aug 1956.

Elvis arrives through the alley at rear of theater, Aug 1956.

Scotty Moore and Elvis on stage.

Teenage fans during Elvis' appearance at the Florida Theatre.

50 Amazing Vintage Photos That Capture Everyday Life of Postwar Tokyo

These amazing grainy black-and-white images from the late 1940s provide a more visceral feeling of an era than history books do. That’s what makes these street scenes from postwar-Tokyo so intriguing.

Japanese Emperor Hirohito peers from a window of his special railway car in Tokyo, Japan on Nov. 11, 1945. Hirohito is traveling to visit his family shrine. (AP Photo)

Hundreds of Japanese jam the Ueno railway station in Northeast Tokyo, on Oct. 26, 1945, these windy autumn nights seeking shelter. Homeless, the old and the young huddle together on thin matting and old newspapers, and try to sleep. Many are starving. Police estimate there are two of three deaths nightly from starvation. (AP Photo)

Hikosaku Sakamoto, 63-year-old Japanese farmer, who doubles as a long distance runner and weight-lifter once each year to advertise the shrine festival in his hometown, Shirakawa, Japan, removes his straw sandals on Sept. 24, 1946, after running 125 miles from Shirakawa to Tokyo. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)

Iva Toguri D’Aquino is interviewed by American journalists in Yokohama, Japan on Sept. 10, 1945, shortly before she is held in detention. D’Aquino, identified by the U.S. 8th Army headquarters as Tokyo Rose, is a radio personality whose program “Zero Hour” broadcast Japanese propaganda to the Allied troops during World War II. (AP Photo)

The American flag, first to fly over Tokyo since the Japanese surrender, is raised over the Nippon News building in downtown Tokyo on Sept. 5, 1945 by Lt. Bud Stapleton of Syracuse, N.Y. Photo radioed from Manila. (AP Photo)

Insured Against “Accidents” for $25,000: Here's the Last Brewed Bottle of Beer Before Prohibition Went Into Effect, 1930

Rae Samuels holds the last bottle of beer that was distilled before Prohibition went into effect in Chicago, Dec. 29, 1930. The bottle of Schlitz was insured for $25,000.

Rae Samuels was one of vaudeville’s biggest stars for over 20 years, earning $2,500 per week. Why she posed for the photographs is a mystery. Maybe just publicity for Schlitz beer and the impending end of Prohibition. Maybe the famous last bottle was in a theatre Rae was appearing in.

November 28, 2014

When Alice Cooper Met Salvador Dali in New York City, 1973

In 1973 Alice Cooper came to New York City at the invitation of Salvador Dali. The artist wanted to make a piece centered around Alice Cooper. The finished piece was a hologram entitled “First Cylindric Chromo-Hologram Portrait of Alice Cooper’s Brain.”

The surrealist then handed Cooper a sculpture of his brain, sculpted out of plaster (or something), with a chocolate eclair running down it`s middle and ants crawling all over it. The painter said, “This is Dali's version of Alice Cooper's brain,” to which Cooper replied, “Wow, I never thought I'd ever get this.” And so the first 3-D hologram was inspired.

Black and White Photos of Soho, London in 1972

Soho is an area of the City of Westminster and part of the West End of London. Long established as an entertainment district, for much of the 20th century Soho had a reputation as a base for the sex industry in addition to its night life and as a location for the headquarters of leading film companies. Since the 1980s, the area has undergone considerable transformation. It now is predominantly a fashionable district of upmarket restaurants and media offices, with only a small remnant of sex industry venues.

Berwick Street

Queens Striptease Revue Berwick Street

Soho, 7th March 1972

The Queens Hot Pants Galore, Berwick Street

Walker’s Court

(via Flashbak)

November 27, 2014


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