February 28, 2015

Pictures of Japan in 1965

Honshu. Iwate prefecture. Hanamaki. 1965. Hot Springs party for Diet members. After drinking, dancing by Geisha. Later, Diet members themselves join in the dance.

Noh rehearsal. 1965.

Honshu. Iwate prefecture. Miyako. 1965.

Hot-spring resort patronized by farming people. 1965.

Hokkaido. Hakodate. 1965.

February 27, 2015

50 Amazing Color Photographs Capture Street Scenes of New York City in the 1970s

The New York City of the 1970s looked very different from the gentrified metropolis we know today. The Bowery, now lined with luxury apartments, housed much of the city's illicit activities, while drug dealers and prostitutes worked openly from Park Slope to Times Square.

Industrial decline, economic stagnation, and white flight led to the dramatic downturn for America's largest city.

Gotham had an unprecedented fiscal crisis in 1975, and two years later the city descended into chaos after the power went out for 25 hours. New York City saw 1,814 homicides in 1980 — three times what we have today — while the population declined to just over 7 million from nearly 8 million a decade before.

79th Street and Broadway, facing East, 1972. Photo by Joseph Testagrose.

172 Delancey Street, 1970. Photo by Camilo José Vergara.

Jackson Avenue at Eleventh Street, 1980.

Third Avenue at 66th Street, facing Southwest, 1979. Photo by Alan Benjamin.

Facing Southwest to Fourteenth Street from Third Avenue. Photo by Bill Ricco.

February 26, 2015

Portraits of 30 Incredibly Beautiful Hollywood Actresses of the 1930s

1930s Hollywood introduced us to many of the greatest actresses of all time. There was a wealth of female film talent during this decade and they have all earned the right to be remembered as a permanent part of Hollywood history.

The following actresses, in no particular order, represent just a sampling of the talent that women brought to the silver screen during the 1930s. For film fans of any generation, you would be doing yourself a huge favor by viewing as many of their pictures as possible. Here's a selection of 30 incredibly beautiful Hollywood actresses from the 1930s.

1. Sari Maritza

2. Karen Morley

3. Amo Ingraham

4. Priscilla Lane

5. Alice Faye

A List of 42 Don’ts for Women on Bicycles in 1895

The women’s rights advocate Susan B. Anthony may have said that the bicycle did “more to emancipate women than anything else in the world”, but the road along which it travelled was a bumpy one.

On 21st June 1895, the Newark Sunday Advocate ran the following article:

The Unique Cycling club of Chicago is all that its name implies. One of its laws is that on all runs bloomers and knickerbockers shall be worn, and two members who disobeyed this rule recently met with a punishment that they will not forget soon. Union park was the rendezvous for the last run, and 50 members turned out. The president, Miss Bunker, observed two women wearing short skirts over their bloomers.

“Take the skirts off,” ordered Captain Bunker.
“Indeed we won’t,” was the reply.

A crowd of 200 had collected to see the start. The president and the captain held a consultation, and then, taking several strong armed members with them, fell on the skirt wearers and stripped them down to their bloomers.

“It was done in all seriousness,” said Mrs. Langdon. “The club’s rules are made to be kept and not to be broken. Why did we take off the skirts in public? For no other reason but to make examples of the offenders. They publicly defied our rules and were published accordingly.”

42 DON’TS FOR WOMEN RIDERS New York World 1895
  • Don’t be a fright
  • Don’t faint on the road
  • Don’t wear a man’s cap
  • Don’t wear tight garters
  • Don’t forget your tool bag
  • Don’t attempt a “century”
  • Don’t coast. It is dangerous
  • Don’t boast of your long rides
  • Don’t criticize people’s “legs.”
  • Don’t wear loud hued leggings
  • Don’t cultivate a “bicycle face”
  • Don’t refuse assistance up a hill
  • Don’t wear clothes that don’t fit
  • Don’t neglect a “light’s out” cry
  • Don’t wear jewellery while on a tour
  • Don’t race. Leave that to the scorchers
  • Don’t wear laced boots. They are tiresome
  • Don’t imagine everybody is looking at you
  • Don’t go to church in your bicycle costume
  • Don’t wear a garden party hat with bloomers
  • Don’t contest the right of way with cable cars
  • Don’t chew gum. Exercise your jaws in private
  • Don’t wear white kid gloves. Silk is the thing
  • Don’t ask, “What do you think of my bloomers?”
  • Don’t use bicycle slang. Leave that to the boys
  • Don’t go out after dark without a male escort
  • Don’t without a needle, thread and thimble
  • Don’t try to have every article of your attire “match”
  • Don’t let your golden hair be hanging down your back
  • Don’t allow dear little Fido to accompany you
  • Don’t scratch a match on the seat of your bloomers
  • Don’t discuss bloomers with every man you know
  • Don’t appear in public until you have learned to ride well
  • Don’t overdo things
  • Let cycling be a recreation, not a labor
  • Don’t ignore the laws of the road because you are a woman
  • Don’t try to ride in your brother’s clothes “to see how it feels”
  • Don’t scream if you meet a cow. If she sees you first, she will run
  • Don’t cultivate everything that is up to date because you ride a wheel
  • Don’t emulate your brother’s attitude if he rides parallel with the ground
  • Don’t undertake a long ride if you are not confident of performing it easily
  • Don’t appear to be up on “records” and “record smashing.” That is sporty.

(via ETA Trust Charity)

February 25, 2015

19 Wonderful Color Photos Capture Scenes of the Atlantic City Beach and Boardwalk From Between the 1950s and '60s

The Atlantic City Boardwalk opened on June 26, 1870, as the first boardwalk in the United States. The Boardwalk starts at Absecon Inlet in the north and runs along the beach south-west to the city limit 4 miles (6.4 km) away then continues 1 1⁄2 miles (2.4 km) into Ventnor City.

Stroll along the Boardwalk and enjoy ocean views on one side and shopping on the other, ranging from high-end retail to saltwater taffy shops. Casino/hotels front the boardwalk, as well as retail stores, restaurants, and amusements. Notable attractions include the Boardwalk Hall, House of Blues, and the Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum.

Atlantic City beach and boardwalk activities include surfing, kayaking, windsurfing and fishing. Here are some of wonderful color photos captured scenes of the Atlantic City from between 1950s and '60s.


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