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May 31, 2015

18 Vintage Photographs of Streets of Chicago from Between the 1900s and 1910s

These 18 amazing vintage photographs show a picture of Chicago in the early 20th century...

Wabash Avenue, 1907

Government Building and Post Office, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1906

Great Northern Building & Hotel, ca.1900

Madison St. east from Fifth Ave., 1900

Randolph St., east from LaSalle St., Chicago. Sept. 1, 1900





The First Professional Modeling Pictures of Norma Jeane (Later Known as Marilyn Monroe) in 1945

These photographs were taken in 1945 and were the first professional modeling pictures of Norma Jeane. The pictures were taken in a single day on a beach in Malibu by photographer Bill Carroll. Over 40 years would pass before Bill realized the young model was legend Marilyn Monroe.

“I sincerely believe that my pictures present a different woman than the one they know,” Bill Carroll said. “I had no idea who Monroe was until I read that TIME magazine 40 years later. I had no idea I had photographed the same woman.”










May 30, 2015

50 Extraordinary Fashion Photographs Taken by Louise Dahl-Wolfe From Between the 1930s and 1950s

As a staff photographer for Harper’s Bazaar, Louise Dahl-Wolfe introduced a witty naturalism to the staid conventions of fashion photography and helped pioneer the use of color film.

After studying painting, figure drawing, and design at the San Francisco Institute of Art, Dahl-Wolfe began experimenting with photography in 1921, inspired by Anne Brigman’s photographs. In 1928, Dahl-Wolfe married American sculptor Meyer (Mike) Wolfe and soon established herself as a professional photographer.

Dahl-Wolfe often juxtaposed her models with famous works of art, resulting in surprising and irreverent compositions. Fashion assignments led her to locations around the world, where she posed her models outdoors, in natural light. Throughout this period, Dahl-Wolfe also created striking portrait photographs of society figures and art world celebrities, including authors Carson McCullers and Colette, designer Christian Dior, and sculptor Isamu Noguchi.










22 Amazing Photographs of Legendary Boxer Muhammad Ali From Between the 1960s and 1970s

Here's a collection of 22 amazing photographs of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali from the archives. The gallery includes pictures of some of Ali’s most memorable fights as well as many distinctive portraits from his life outside the ring.


Muhammad Ali dodges a punch from Joe Frazier at the "Fight of the Century"March 8, 1971. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis

Muhammad Ali taunting Joe Frazier during training for their fight in 1971. Photograph: John Shearer/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Muhammad Ali and Stevie Wonder at The Apollo, 1963. Ali was still known as Cassius Clay when this photo was taken. Photograph: Redferns

On 15 September 1978 Ali defeats Leon Spinks at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans to win the world heavyweight boxing title for the third time in his career, the first fighter ever to do so. Following his victory, Ali retired from boxing, only to make a brief comeback two years later. Photograph: Dirck Halstead/Getty Images

A quick and homespun bit of showmanship which made for a striking photograph, 1963. Ali had been accused of being a loud-mouth for always predicting when he would beat his opponents. He needed no words and just two props to fashion a comic response to such criticism. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Bob Thomas/Getty Images





May 29, 2015

Intimate Photos of Three Weeks in the Life of French Designer Coco Chanel in 1962

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1883-1971) is a fashion icon unlike any other. She invented modern clothing for women: At the height of the Belle Époque, she stripped women of their corsets and feathers, bobbed their hair, put them in bathing suits, and sent them out to get tanned in the sun. She introduced slacks, costume jewelry, and the exquisitely comfortable suit. She made the first couture parfum, Chanel No. 5, which remains the most popular scent ever created.

In 1962, at the age of 27, Douglas Kirkland received an assignment from LOOK Magazine to photograph Coco Chanel for a story on the legendary fashion icon. For a period of three weeks, Kirkland shadowed Mademoiselle Chanel capturing her intense schedule and daily routine with models, fitters, clients and friends. In order to gain her trust and approval, Chanel instructed Kirkland to initially photograph models wearing her collection and submit the prints for her review. Chanel was so taken with the young man and his photographic skill; she allowed him access to her private rooms, surveying her everyday movements.










40 Amazing Color Photographs That Capture Everyday Life in Mexico During the 1950s

The word "Mexico" is derived from Mexica (pronounced "Me-shee-ka"), the name for the indigenous group that settled in central Mexico in the early fourteenth century and is best known as the Aztecs.

Between 1940 and 1980, Mexico remained a poor country but experienced substantial economic growth that some historians call the "Mexican miracle". Here, we present an amazing gallery of 40 cool images, submited by Keith Bough. These photographs were taken by Bough's grandfather back in the 50's in Mexico.










Old Pictures of the Ancient Road Rue Lepic, Paris From the Early 20th Century

Rue Lepic is an ancient road in the commune of Montmartre, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, climbing the hill of Montmartre from the boulevard de Clichy to the place Jean-Baptiste-Clément.










Vivid Color Portraits of Two Young Edwardian Girls in a Garden

Born in Ely in 1872, Etheldreda Laing was the daughter of Richard Winkfield, head of the King’s School. After studying drawing in Cambridge, she married the barrister Charles Miskin Laing in 1895, after which the couple lived in Oxford. In 1899, they moved to Bury Knowle House in the Oxford district of Headington.

Enthralled with photography, which she appears to have practiced since the late 1890s, Etheldreda had her own darkroom built in the house. She showed an immediate interest in the Autochrome color process when the plates first became available in 1907. From 1908 she took many photographs of her daughters Janet and Iris in the garden. In later life she painted miniatures and joined the Royal Miniature Society.

Laing showed great care in her compositions, taking carefully posed shots, mainly in the garden where the light was good. There is also an indoor photograph of Janet in Japanese kimono, which was popular at the time. It probably required an exposure of up to one minute.










May 28, 2015

Pictures of a Wild Swimming Party in 1939

These photographs were taken by photographer David E. Scherman and published on LIFE with a simple title “Too Many Girls swimming party.” And the guess from MessyNessy that this might have been some sort of promotional or wrap party for the 1940 musical starring Lucille Ball, Too Many Girls.













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