October 31, 2015

39 Astonishing Vintage Portrait Photos of Tattooed Ladies From the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Remember when seeing a girl with a tattoo was a shocking thing? “OMG she has a tattoo!” was a frequent statement. It was a very rebellious thing to do at one time in North America. These bad ass tattooed women got inked as a way to “take control of their body”!

A tattoo is a form of body modification, made by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment, and it officially appeared in 18th century. At that time, the tattooed people were mostly men, until the late 19th to early 20th centuries it first started becoming popular with women.

Here, below are some of amazing vintage photos of tattooed ladies who were known as the most earliest tattooed women.

Colorful Photographs Taken in the 1940s and 1950s That Show a Beautiful San Francisco Before It Became the Center of the Tech World

These beautiful vintage photos were taken in the 1940s and 1950s by photographer Charles Cushman show a beautiful and diverse city, one that's filled with gorgeous vistas, classic Victorian homes, and people from all walks of life.

23 Beautiful Color Photos of Native Americans in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

As a filmmaker, Paul Ratner is drawn to images. His first love of film came from old black and white movies by world cinema auteurs like the jarring works of Bergman, Eisenstein, Bunuel, Lang, Dreyer, Ozu and other great masters.

“For a while in college, it felt almost like cheating to watch a film made in color,” he said. “As I grew older, I accepted color and now find it hard to stick to a monochrome diet. Life seems too resplendent for just one tone.”

While making Moses on the Mesa, a film about a German-Jewish immigrant who fell in love with a Native-American woman and became governor of her tribe of Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico in the late 1800s, Ratner developed a passion for researching old photographs of indigenous people.

“Many of the photographs I found were colored by hand, as color film was only the domain of experimentalists until 1930s (thanks, Kodachrome!) Painting on black and white prints was an art in and of itself, and many of the colorized photos exhibit true talent which preserved for us the truer likeness of the people many a hundred years ago thought were vanishing. Of course, Native Americans have not vanished despite the harrowing efforts of so many. They are growing stronger as a people, but a way of life they left behind is often only found in these photos.”

Minnehaha. 1904. Photochrom print by the Detroit Photographic Co. Source - Library of Congress.

Amos Two Bulls. Lakota. Photo by Gertrude Käsebier. 1900. Source - Library of Congress.

A medicine man with patient. Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. 1905. Photo by Carl Moon. Source - Huntington Digital Library.

Chief James A. Garfield. Jicarilla Apache. 1899. Photo by William Henry Jackson. Source - Montana State University Library.

Bone Necklace. Oglala Lakota Chief. 1899. Photo by Heyn Photo. Source - Library of Congress.

October 30, 2015

20 Vintage Color Photos of Vehicles on the Streets of Tokyo in 1957

Here is a small collection of 20 vintage color found photos showing vehicles on the streets of Tokyo in 1957.

A blue and white train in Tokyo, 1957

A bunch of Japan Post delivery vehicles parking at a post office in Tokyo, 1957

A cool old convertible car on the street in Tokyo in 1957

A delivery rickshaw on the street in Tokyo, 1957

A green and orange train making its way through Tokyo, 1957

16 Incredible Stories You Never Knew About the RMS Titanic

You may already know that the Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on the night of April 14, 1912 and sunk just over two-and-a-half hours later, but do you know the following 16 facts about the Titanic?

1. The Weather Was Perfect

The Titanic sets sail from England

It's easy to picture the Titanic battling huge waves at sea, with the fog and rain obscuring the iceberg that famously consigned her to a watery grave. In reality, the opposite was true. As the Titanic sailed toward her doom, the weather was perfectly, eerily calm. With no wind or waves, the sea was stretched out like a flawless mirror, the only ripples in the water coming from the ship herself as she glided along. And that perfect weather may just have been her doom.

2. It Was on Fire the Whole Trip

Location of where the Titanic sank

Shortly before her fateful maiden voyage, a fire started in the Titanic's coal bunkers. As revealed during the British inquiry into the disaster, the flames were still raging when the ship set out for New York, creating a potentially dangerous situation for those on board.

According to surviving stoker J. Dilley: “We didn't get that fire out and among the stokers there was talk that we'd have to empty the big coal bunkers after we’d put the passengers off in New York and then call on the fireboats there to help us put out the fire.” That didn’t turn out to be necessary, since Dilley claimed the flames were extinguished when the iceberg ripped through the hull and flooded the bunkers with seawater.

3. The Captain Failed His Navigation Test

Captain Edward John Smith

Edward John Smith, captain of the Titanic, has been the subject of countless myths since the fateful night when he went down with his ship. Many even believe that he personally saved a child's life before disappearing into the Atlantic. However, it has also been alleged that this heroic picture isn't the whole truth.

Not only did Captain Smith ignore several ice warnings and fail to keep the ship at a reasonable speed, he also allowed lifeboats to leave the ship half-empty—the first boat to depart had just 27 passengers in 65 seats. Smith additionally failed to issue a clear “abandon ship” order, which led to many passengers not realizing the gravity of the situation they found themselves in.

In 2012, it was revealed that Smith had actually failed his navigation exams the first time he took them. He did eventually pass in 1888, but that initial failure was perhaps a bad omen. Ironically, before the Titanic disaster, Smith had actually earned himself the nickname of “the millionaire's captain” due to his reputation for smooth reliability.

4. Canceled Lifeboat Drill

Rescued lifeboats, all that is left from the great ship Titanic, New York, 1912.

Originally, a lifeboat drill was scheduled to take place on board the Titanic on April 14, 1912 - the day the Titanic hit the iceberg. However, for an unknown reason, Captain Smith canceled the drill. Many believe that had the drill taken place, more lives could have been saved.

5. Lifeboats Not Full

Last lifeboat successfully launched from the Titanic, 15 April 1912.

Not only were there not enough lifeboats to save everyone on board, most of the lifeboats that were launched off the Titanic were not filled to capacity. For instance, the first lifeboat to launch, Lifeboat 7 from the starboard side, only carried 24 people, despite having a capacity of 65 (two additional people later transferred to Lifeboat 7 from Lifeboat 5). However, it was Lifeboat 1 that carried the fewest people - only seven crew and five passengers (a total of 12 people) despite having a capacity for 40.

Unusual Vintage Images of American Groups Before the 1950s

Here are 11 unusual vintage images of American crowds, rallies, assemblies, teams, organizations... from W. M. Hunt's private collection “Hunt’s Three Ring Circus: American Groups Before 1950,” all made before the 1950s.

Over the years, Hunt has collected hundreds of group photos. He finds some of them on eBay or through dealers. Others come to him from friends, who will snap a picture of a photo for sale at a flea market and ask him if he wants it.

E. J. Kelty, Century Photographers, Hunt’s Three Ring Circus, Northport, Long Island, New York, June 26, 1931.

Unidentified Photographer, Ramona, Rebekah Lodge, No. 83, I. O.O.F., late 19th–early 20th century.

The Press Department, Bell Telephone Department, New York World’s Fair, 1939.

Unidentified Photographer, Buy V Bonds, 1940s.

Fred Hess & Son, Miss America Pageant—Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Sept. 7–12, 1953.

25 Fun and Interesting Vintage Halloween Ads from between 1930s and 1960s

Some of us more finely aged folks remember some very classy, humorous and sometimes downright campy vintage Halloween ads from childhood, lets look at some ads and commercials that might bring back some memories...

Crisco, 1936

Brewing Industry Foundation, 1944

Wurlitzer, 1947

Blatz Beer, 1947

Old Gold, 1953

October 29, 2015


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