January 31, 2015

Story of The Notorious John Dillinger in the 1930s Through Pictures

When notorious outlaw John Dillinger was gunned down on Lincoln Avenue on a steamy July night in 1934, his death ended a months-long manhunt that captivated the press and the public.

John Herbert Dillinger was a Depression-era bank robber from Indiana who's reign of illegal activity lasted only one year. From September 1933 until July 1934, he and his violent gang terrorized the Midwest, killing 10 men, wounding 7 others, robbing banks and police arsenals, and staging 3 jail breaks. In June 1934, Dillinger was named America's first Public Enemy Number One by the FBI.

On July 22, 1934, Dillinger was shot and killed by the FBI as he walked out of the Biograph Theater on Chicago's north side. Anna Sage, his friend, had betrayed him to the FBI in return for not getting deported to her home country of Romania. Sage became known as the "Woman in Red" for her choice of clothing that day.

John Dillinger, center, is handcuffed to Deputy Sheriff R. M. Pierce, left, during Dillinger's court hearing in Crown Point, Indiana during the first weeks of February 1934. Dillinger was charged with killing police officer William O'Malley, 43, during a bank robbery in East Chicago, Indiana on Jan. 15, 1934. His trail date was set for March 12, 1934. Dillinger would break out of the Crown Point, Indiana jail on March 3, 1934. — Chicago Tribune historical photo

Sgt. Edward A. Grim of the North Robey Street police station with a Dubuque, Iowa newspaper found in John Dillinger's stolen and abandoned automobile on May 2, 1934. The bloodstained getaway car, found at 3338 N. Leavitt Street in Chicago, had a surgical kit, matches from the Little Bohemia Resort, and the newspaper dated April 23, 1934 with the headline "Dillinger On Rampage." — Chicago Tribune historical photo

Indiana state police surround the house where two of the convicts were supposed to have been from the Michigan City prison break, circa Oct. 1933. On Sept. 26, 1933, ten convicts, lead by John 'Red' Hamilton, broke out of the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, Indiana, using guns smuggled to them by John Dillinger. In the coming days after the prison break, the Chicago Tribune reported over "500 vigilantes, police and deputy sherriffs" searched the farming districts near Michigan City for the felons. Dillinger, who was in a jail cell in Lima, Ohio, engineered the escape of the ten convicts, who became known as Dillinger's gang. Less than a month after they escaped from Michigan City, several of Dillinger's gang broke him out of the jail in Lima, Ohio. — Chicago Tribune historical photo

John Dillinger, center, is led through the Crown Point, Indiana court building on Jan. 31, 1934 to be viewed by witnesses from the First National Bank robbery that occurred on Jan. 15, 1934 in East Chicago, Indiana. Dillinger had been caught in Arizona and flown back to Indiana to be tried for the murder of patrolman William O'Malley, 43. — Chicago Tribune historical photo

John Dillinger arrived back at the county jail at Crown Point, Indiana on Jan. 30, 1934 after being caught in Arizona five days earlier. Authorities were fearful that Dillinger's gang would try to rescue their leader, so heavily armed guards surrounded the court house and jail. Dillinger was charged with killing police officer William O'Malley, 43, during a bank robbery in East Chicago, Indiana on Jan. 15, 1934. — Chicago Tribune historical photo

30 Stunning Black and White Photos of Gypsy Dancers in Madrid in 1960

For centuries, Gypsies have been famous for their outstanding abilities in the arts, particularly dance and music. Although their origins and migration patterns remain somewhat unclear, historical accounts show that Gypsies first originated in Rajastan, northern India where they were called Rom, meaning “man.”

Over the centuries, Gypsies migrated out of India for various reasons including- wars, famine, and in search of work. Some of the first migrations of tribes leaving India recorded are in the 5th century A.D. The first tribes migrated west, through Afghanistan and Persia, and on the Eastern shores of the Mediterranean their paths divided. At the crossroads of Palestine, they split and some went north into Europe, while others went through Palestine into Egypt and North Africa.

Historical records show Spanish Gypsies coming from both Europe as well as from Morocco. Many of the famous Spanish Gypsies sing about their origins from Egypt. Having no real written history, the Gypsies have used music, dance, and puppetry to pass their stories on from generation to generation. For this reason, it is sometimes difficult to know any exact facts about their history, and it is more accurate to make speculations.

Below is a collection of 30 black and white photographs of gypsy dancers in 1960. All photographs were taken by LIFE photographer Loomis Dean in Madrid.

January 30, 2015

A Collection of 40 Cool Vintage Photos of Celebrity Weddings

A look back at some of the most beautiful celebrity weddings of all time—from iconic Hollywood actresses to glamorous royals.

Natalie Talmage and Buster Keaton, 1921 Natalie Talmage and Buster Keaton, 1921. Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

Wallis Simpson and Edward, Prince of Wales, 1937 Wallis Simpson and Edward, Prince of Wales, 1937. Keystone / Getty Images

Nat King Cole and Maria Hawkins Ellington, 1948 Nat King Cole and Maria Hawkins Ellington, 1948. Hulton Archives / Getty Images

Elizabeth Taylor and Conrad Hilton, 1950 Elizabeth Taylor and Conrad Hilton, 1950. Keystone / Getty Images

Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra, 1951 Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra, 1951. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Wonderful Color Photographs of The Beatles' Rooftop Concert in 1969

30th January 1969, The Beatles surprised a central London business district with an impromptu concert from the roof of Apple offices at Savile Row, London. They played tracks including "Don't Let Me Down", "I've Got a Feeling", "Dig A Pony" and "Get Back". The police arrived to halt the proceedings, but the band continued to play. Despite their protest, no arrests were made, and the performance continued for 42 minutes.

Ringo said: "It was a memorable day for me - we were doin' what we did best - making music. But I am still disappointed the policemen didn't drag me off me drums!"

This was their final public performance.

20 Rare Color Photographs of the Continuation War from the Early 1940s

For the sovereign Finland, the Continuation War is the longest and in many ways the most exhausting struggle, which still today occasionally causes heated discussions.

The Continuation War refers to the hostilities between Finland and the Soviet Union during World War II, from 1941 to 1944.

At the time of the war, the Finns adopted this name to clarify how they viewed it in relation to the preceding Winter War. The Soviet Union saw the war as part of its struggle against Nazi Germany and its allies, on the Eastern Front of World War II. The war was known in the Soviet Union as the Great Patriotic War. Germany regarded its operations in the region as part of its overall war efforts on the Eastern Front, and it provided Finland with critical material support and military cooperation.

January 29, 2015

16 Interesting Vintage Photos of Adam West and Burt Ward on the Set of 'Batman: The Movie' in 1966

Batman, often promoted as Batman: The Movie, is a 1966 American superhero film based on the Batman television series, and the first full-length theatrical adaptation of the DC Comics character Batman. Released by 20th Century Fox, the film starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin.

Released in July, the film hit theaters two months after the last episode of the first season of the television series. The film includes most members of the original TV cast, with the exception of Lee Meriwether as Catwoman, the character previously played by Julie Newmar in two episodes of the series' first season.

Below are some of interesting behind the scenes photos from the making of the film. Most of them were taken by Richard Hewett in Los Angeles in 1966 for Look magazine.

Interesting Color Photographs Document Everyday Life in Coney Island in the Early 1960s

When Aaron Rose began photographing Coney Island in 1961, he bypassed the bluster of the theme parks and sideshows for the more intimate interactions of beach dwellers. Wielding his camera surreptitiously, observing as if from a neighboring blanket, Rose documented a “sun-baked melting pot” of beachgoers of all ages, ethnicities, and walks of life, each one utterly unselfconscious, absorbed in a world of his or her own.

Portraits of Naughty Typewriters From the 1920s

Secretaries have fed the imagination since the first one entered the office in the 1880s. Secretaries appeared in different stages of nudity in pictures ranging from innocent leg-shots to total nudes and beyond.

Produced in France in the 1920s, these photos are early examples of women being sexualized in a office setting. See more on the Virtual Typewriter Museum.

January 28, 2015


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