December 31, 2016

Laundry Day – 26 Interesting and Funny Candid Snapshots of People Drying Their Clothes in the 1940s and '50s

Once upon a time a metal washboard and bar of hard soap with a tub of hot water was a new-fangled way of tackling laundry, though today it's a common picture of "old-fashioned" laundering.

Washing laundry is one of the oldest domestic tasks known to man that took enormous amounts of time and energy. Washing has developed significantly over the course of human history.

These interesting snapshots below captured people drying their clothes outside in the sunshine that you rarely seen today. The sun was also used to bleach by whitening fabrics. Occasionally people would build wooden frames or use rope for drying indoors in the event of poor weather. There were also outdoor frames and clotheslines used for drying, but it was not common.

Rarely Seen Photographs of Kings and Commoners from 20th-Century Nigeria

Chief Solomon Osagie Alonge (1911-1994) was one of Nigeria's première photographers and the first indigenous photographer of the Royal Court of Benin. His photographic collection consists of over 2,000 glass plate negatives and large format film negatives, over 100 hand-tinted and black-and-white prints and photographic albums.

As the Royal photographer to the Oba of Benin, Akenzua II (1933-1978), Alonge documented the pageantry, ritual and regalia of the Obas, their wives and retainers for over a half-century, including the coronation of the king and the Queen Mother, Iyoba.

In 1942, Alonge established the Ideal Photography Studio in Benin City and documented colonial society, the establishment of churches and businesses, and the formation of new civic organizations and social groups in the 1930s and 1940s. As a commercial photographer, Alonge photographed individual and group portraits, preserving a visual record of the everyday lives and peoples of Benin City. Alonge's studio portraits illustrate how the local residents of Benin City presented themselves to the camera and engaged with the practice of photography during the early to mid-twentieth century.

Self-portrait with painted studio backdrop, 1942.

Oba Akenzua II greets Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip (not shown) on a Royal visit to Benin City. On the left is Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo, first Premier of the Western Region, 1952-1959. On the right is Sir John Rankine, Governor, Western Region, Nigeria, 1954-1960.

Stella Osarhiere Gbinigie (age 16), 1950.

Portrait of Chief Francis Edo Osagie, 1960.

“Daughter of Oba Eweka II, wearing commemorative cloth from coronation of King George VI, May 1937.

December 30, 2016

24 Beautiful Photos of Carrie Fisher That Will Make You Miss Her Even More

Carrie Fisher was more than just an actress. Not only did she teach girls that they could be heroes, but she was a huge advocate for mental health.

With news of Fisher’s death, after her heart attack over Christmas, we needed something to lift everyone’s spirits. Here we gather 24 beautiful pictures of Carrie Fisher from the 1970s and '80 that will make you miss her.

Started as a Mistake, Retired Gym Teacher Wore the Same Disco-Era Outfit for 40 Years of Yearbook Portraits

Retired gym teacher Dale Irby posed for his first yearbook photo back in 1973 at Prestonwood Elementary school in Dallas, Texas. The next year, completely by accident, Irby wore the exact same outfit.

“I was so embarrassed when I got the school pictures back that second year and realized I had worn the very same thing as the first year,” Dale told Dallas Morning News.

At first he was horrified to discover the faux pas, but then his wife Cathy dared him to do it a third year. Then Dale thought five would be funny. “After five pictures,” he said, “it was like: ‘Why stop?’”

So he just never did, right on through this, his final year as every kid’s favorite physical education teacher at Prestonwood Elementary in the Richardson school district.

What started as a mistake, turned into a dare, and then ultimately into a 40-year tradition that ended in 2013 when Irby chose to retire. From 1973 until 2013, you can pick up any of Prestonwood Elementary’s yearbooks and find an aging Irby wearing the same exact outfit.

Pictures of High School Proms in the 1940s and 1950s

In the United States, and increasingly in the United Kingdom and Canada, a promenade dance, most commonly called a prom, is a semi-formal (black tie) dance or gathering of high school students. This event is typically held near the end of the senior year (the last year of high school).

Proms figure greatly in popular culture and are major events among high school students. High school juniors attending the prom may call it "junior prom" while high-school seniors may call it "senior prom". In practice, this event may be a combined junior/senior dance.

As Americans gained more money and leisure time in the 1950s, proms became more extravagant and elaborate, bearing similarity to today’s proms. The high school gym may have been an acceptable setting for sophomore dances (soph hop), but junior prom and senior balls gradually moved to hotel ballrooms and country clubs. Competition blossomed, as teens strove to have the best dress, the best mode of transportation, and the best looking date. Competition for the prom court also intensified, as the designation of “prom queen” became an important distinction of popularity. In a way, prom became the pinnacle event of a high school student’s life, the ultimate dress rehearsal for a wedding.

23 Rare Cyanotype Photos Document Everyday Life of Sweden Before 1900

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. The English scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel discovered the procedure in 1842, and engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints. The process uses two chemicals: ammonium iron(III) citrate and potassium ferricyanide.

These vintage photos are cyanotypes that were taken by Carl Curman (1833–1913), a physician and a scientist - as well as a prominent amateur photographer. They decumented everyday life in Stockholm and on the west coast in Lysekil with surroundings, where Carl Curman spent most of his days from between the 1860s and 1900.

A man and four women sitting in the lounge of the gentry's house, Lysekil, ca. 1880s

A young woman in the main Curman villa, 'Storstugan', Lysekil, ca. 1890s

Area of falls and sluices in Trollhättan, 1888

Big bathhouse and Curman's first villa, Lysekil, 1875

Calla Curman (Carl Curman wife) in Curman's villa at Floragatan 3 in central Stockholm, ca. 1880s


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