March 31, 2015

45 Color Photographs Showing the San Francisco's Flamboyant in the Summer of 1971

San Francisco in the 1970s was a global hub of culture. It was known worldwide for hippies and radicals. The city was heavily affected by drugs, prostitution and crime. Outcasts and the socially marginalized were attracted by a greater tolerance and acceptability of multi-cultures in the city. It grew as one of world's biggest centres for the LGBT community and LGBT rights.

The Daily Mail described flamboyant 70s San Francisco as being characterized by "hippy street life when buskers, bongo players and impressive bouffants thronged the city by the bay."

Here, below is a collection of 45 interesting color photographs of daily life in San Francisco were taken by photographer Nick DeWolf in August of 1971.

A Yearbook Portrait of Tom Hanks in 1974

Credit: ClassMates.Com Yearbook Archives

A 1974 yearbook grad portrait of Tom Hanks at Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif., who later claimed he was a "geek" and a "spaz" during his teen years. "I was horribly, painfully, terribly shy," he once told Rolling Stone. "Still, I was always a real good kid and pretty responsible."

Rare Pictures From the American Civil War Era

A Houston housewife who has quietly collected rare Civil War images for 50 years has sold more than 500 early photographs to the Library of Congress. Many of them are stereo pictures, or two of the same frame that are printed on one card and meant to be seen in 3-D via a stereo viewer—since the 1970s.

The library announced the acquisition Sunday and is placing the first 77 images online. Some scenes offer a rare glimpse of slave life in the South. Another set depicts President Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession in 1865... Here are some of sample images from the collection.

The promenade along the Battery in Charleston Harbor, 1861.

A view of Charleston harbor from the battery with a ship at anchor in the distance. One man leans against the fence post while another is seated on a bench., 1861

Members of the Marion Light Artillery cleaning a gun in one of the batteries on Coles Island, South Carolina, 1861.

Artillery and fortifications on Coles Island, South Carolina, 1861.

The exterior walls of Fort Sumter damaged by Confederate bombardment. Four men stand near a boat in the foreground, 1861.

March 30, 2015

From Ethel Barrymore to Viscountess Nancy Astor, Here Are 40 Stunning Portraits of Beautiful Women From the Belle Époque

Literally "Beautiful Age". Name given in France to the period from roughly the end of the Franco-Prussian War (1871) to the start of World War 1 (1914), in which standards of living and security for the upper and middle classes increased, leading to it retrospectively being labelled as a golden age by them.

In the United Kingdom, the Belle Époque overlapped with the late Victorian era and the Edwardian era. In Germany, the Belle Époque coincided with the reigns of Kaiser Wilhelm I & II and in Russia with the reigns of Alexander III and Nicholas II.

1. Ethel Barrymore

2. Jennie Jerome, Lady Randolph Churchill

3. Lady Edwina, the Duchess of Westminster

4. Maude Fealy

5. Mabelle Corey

A Day in the Life with Las Vegas Chorus Girl Kim Smith in 1954

For chorus girls the best place in the country is Las Vegas, where no gambling club feels competitively safe without a full-scale floor show to pull customers in. The work is steady, the pay good and the recreation plentiful. Kim Smith, who gets $128 a week at the time for dancing in two shows nightly, works hard indoors and plays harder outdoors, lavishing on the Nevada town an athletic affection no crapshooter could comprehend.

Free from boredom ("There are so many things to do it's hard to choose"), she has no fear of too little or too much masculine attention ("You have all these interesting people here and there are guards"). Unless movie studios or matrimony intervenes, 21-year-old Kim wants to keep capering. "I am having more fun," Kim said, "than anyone else in the whole world."

Kim Smith (R) learning to ride like a cowboy.

Kim Smith, at the swimming pool in the Sands Hotel.

Kim Smith (fore) and her roomate at lake Mead.

Kim Smith (R) playing in the snow with a friend.

Kim Smith while at a ski lodge.

March 29, 2015

25 Captivating Color Photographs of Jackie Kennedy in India in March 1962

First lady Jacqueline Kennedy arrived in New Delhi on March 12 for a nine-day visit. Mrs. Kennedy’s first engagement was a visit to the Central Secretariat, where she watched Indian President Rajendra Prasad ride by in state after opening a new session of Parliament. The first lady spent two days at Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s house with him and his daughter, Indira Gandhi. Mrs. Kennedy conveyed President John F. Kennedy’s greetings and his pleasure that Mrs. Kennedy could return the visits of Nehru and Mrs. Gandhi to the United States the previous year.

Accompanied by her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill, and escorted by Ambassador John Kenneth Galbraith, Mrs. Kennedy saw the Taj Mahal by daylight and moonlight, Mughal monuments in Fatehpur Sikri, and the Amber Palace in Jaipur. She attended receptions and formal dinners, had an elephant ride in Jaipur, a horse ride at the president’s estate polo grounds, and went on boat trips on the Ganga in Varanasi and Pichola Lake in Udaipur. She also met a cross section of people from officials and ministers to children in hospitals, fed bamboo shoots to Himalayan pandas in Prime Minister Nehru’s garden, and purchased some of the handicrafts of India.

First Lady Jackie Kennedy holding a silver encased coconut to her forehead in the Rajasthani mark of luck and respect as she is welcomed at the Jaipur Airport during her tour of India.

Jackie Kennedy with sister Lee Radziwill on goodwill tour to India.
Jackie Kennedy in white coat and hat with Ambassador John Kenneth Galbraith (R) and unident. Indians on a visit to India.

Jackie Kennedy standing by the reflecting pool in front of the Taj Mahal during visit to India.

Jackie Kennedy wearing pink dress and three-stranded pearls during visit with Indian leader Jawaharlal Nehru (L) & Ambassador to US B.K. Nehru.

Stunning Pictures Show the Changing Face of New York in the 1940s-50s and Now

These stunning images show the changing face of New York in the middle of the 20th century and now. Old pictures taken in the 1940s and 1950s by legendary crime photographer Arthur Fellig, better known as Weegee, are shown alongside shots of the same areas captured this month, via Daily Mail Online.

A man is pictured lying drunk on the ground on Center Street in a 1945 picture called 'Derelict sleeping on the sidewalk outside police headquarters' (left). A woman walks past the same engraved sign for the former Police Department on March 18 this year (rigft)

A lightning bolt strikes above Lower Manhattan on July 27, 1940 (top) in a picture taken by legendary crime photographer Arthur Fellig. A picture taken from the same vantage point (bottom) shows how the skyline has changed over the last 75 years.

Weegee's photograph 'Neon billboards on Times Square' (top), taken in September 1957, and an image taken from the same spot earlier this month (bottom) shows how the area has changed over the years.

Shops and businesses have sprung up along Doyers Street in the heart of New York's Chinatown (bottom). Weegee photographed a fire on the same street (top) on January 17, 1941.

Weegee photographed The Empire State Building in 1943 (left) from behind a 'loans sign'. A picture taken this month (right) shows how the view from the same spot has changed in the last 70 years.

30 Beautiful Portraits of Maude Fealy From the Early 1900s

These are women who were more than just beautiful, they were talented and were able to have successful careers for themselves during a period when men dominated the entertainment industry. With the passage of time, many of these stars have dimmed and are now only distant memories, but one name continues to sparkle... Maude Fealy.

Known for her great beauty and talent, the actress was probably photographed more than any other actress of the early 1900s. Her popular photographs were collected all over the world. Her youthful beauty made her a popular subject for postcards; and here are some of our favorites...


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