February 28, 2017

60 Rare and Stunning Black and White Photographs of 1970s Rock Stars Taken by Bob Gruen

For 40 years, Bob Gruen’s name has been synonymous with rock and roll. From taking early photos on tour with Ike and Tina Turner, to capturing the early CBGB/Max’s Kansas City scene to covering current stadium rockers such as Green Day, Gruen has always been at the right place at the right time—and he’s always gotten the shot. In this lavish monograph, Gruen has curated his favorite photographs from his career, with intimate captions and behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

Featuring such illustrious acts as the Clash, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols, Ramones, and more, here's a collection of 60 rare and stunning black and white photographs of Rock stars taken by Bob Gruen during the 1970s.

Keith Richards and Tina Turner, NYC, 1983

David Bowie, 1972

Alice Cooper and Liza Minnelli, NYC, 1973

Alice Cooper and Salvador Dali, NYC, 1973

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, NYC, 1980

54 Amazing Photos Documented Everyday Life of Egypt from the Late 19th to Early 20th Centuries

Make a trip back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries through 54 amazing vintage photos to see what everyday life of Egypt looked like.

Ancient transportation, Nile, Egypt

Barber shop

Cairo New Hotel

Down Nile from Kasr-el-Nil (Nile bridge), Egypt

Feed boats (trodden straw) unloading on the Nile, Egypt

Michiko Shōda: The First Commoner to Marry into the Japanese Imperial Family – 28 Rare Photos of Michiko Before Becoming the Crown Princess of Japan

Empress Michiko, born Michiko Shōda on 20 October 1934, is the Empress consort of Japan as the wife of Emperor Akihito, the current Emperor of Japan reigning from 7 January 1989. She succeeded her mother-in-law, Empress Nagako, consort of the late Emperor Hirohito.

Michiko married Crown Prince Akihito and became the Crown Princess of Japan in 1959. She was the first commoner to marry into the Japanese Imperial Family. She has three children with her husband. Her elder son, Naruhito, is the current heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne. As crown princess and later as empress, she has become the most visible and widely travelled imperial consort in Japanese history.

Before becoming the Crown Princess of Japan in 1959, here is a rare photo collection of this talented and beautiful woman in her young age.

February 27, 2017

A Gallery of 100 Rare and Fascinating Color Photos of Europe in 1906

The early 20th century was marked by rapid industrial, economic, social, and cultural change, which influenced the worldview of many and set the stage for new artistic movements.

These fascinating color photos were scanned from old prints, part of CAPL project at Washington & Jefferson College by Dr. Michael R. Shaughnessy. The photos were originally published by the Institute for Color Photography, Carl Weller, Berlin. Verlagsanstalt fuer Farbenfotographie, 1906.

Adlitzgraben Viaduct




Bad Lobenstein

February 26, 2017

Shimada Hairstyle: The Lovely Traditional Hairdo of Japanese Women

The Shimada is a women's hairstyle in Japan, similar to a chignon. Generally the hair is gathered together at the crown of the head and a small portion of the bun is sectioned off to point outward.

This hairstyle was from the Edo period, and still to this day. It became one of the traditional hairstyles of Japanese women.

Here is a photo collection of Japanese women with their lovely Shimada hairstyle in the early 20th century.

The Real "Ma" and "Pa": 20 Rare and Amazing Vintage Photographs That Show What The People From ‘Little House On The Prairie’ Really Looked Like

The Little House on the Prairie books series is a children’s literature classic that’s not only entertaining, but provides a unique snapshot of life in the Midwestern United States at a time when that area was rapidly changing.

Little House on the Prairie has a special place in the hearts of Americans and many others around the world. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s stories, based on her real-life experience of growing up amid the hardships of the Midwest during the late 19th century, have struck a chord with generations of readers and viewers.

Though the book series and the popular TV show based on it are fictional, they draw heavily on author Laura Ingalls Wilder’s real life and family. Take a look at these rare photos of the people behind the timeless stories...

1. 1860: The Real "Ma" and "Pa"

Charles and Caroline Ingalls, the original "Ma" and "Pa" from Little House on the Prairie, on their wedding day on February 1, 1860.

Charles was born in 1836 and spent the majority of his youth in the tallgrass prairie of Campton Township, just west of Elgin, Illinois. He met and quickly married a 21-year old Caroline Lake Quiner, who was working as a schoolteacher at the time, and they made a home in Pepin County, Wisconsin. They had their first daughter, Mary Amelia, in January, 1865, followed by the birth of Laura in February, 1867. Despite being a high-spirited, outgoing man, Charles wasn't much for people, and he had an insatiable wanderlust. In 1869, before Laura was two years old, he packed up the family and moved to Missouri, then to a town near what is now Independence, Kansas, where their third daughter, Carrie, would be born in 1870.

2. Carrie, Mary, and Laura Ingalls, ca. 1882

From left to right: Carrie, Mary, and Laura Ingalls around 1882. Mary had lost her sight three years earlier.

The young family would soon realize that the Kansas land wasn't open to settlers, so over the next few years, they spent time in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. Grace Pearl was born in May, 1877, and the family was struggling to make ends meet. In 1879, Charles accepted a job as a clerk and bookkeeper with the railroad in Dakota Territory, which sparked the move to the town of De Smet in 1880. The following winter's terrible storms and conditions would be the basis for the novel, The Long Winter.

3. Laura in De Smet, 1884

Laura in 1884 at age 17

Laura quickly got involved with life in the newly-formed (and growing) town of De Smet. She attended school, made friends, and obtained her teaching certificate, which enabled her to begin teaching in 1882, a full two months before her 16th birthday!

At the same time, she began courting Almanzo Wilder, a young homesteader whom she called "Manly". Though 10 years her senior, Almanzo fell deeply in love with Laura and would drive her back and forth between De Smet and the town where se was teaching 12 miles away. They married in 1885 and settled on the Wilder's claim and began their life as farmers.

4. Laura and Almanzo, ca. 1885-86

Laura and Almanzo in their first year of marriage, likely 1885 or 1886.

5. The Ingalls Family in 1891

From left to right: Caroline ("Ma"), Carrie, Laura, Charles ("Pa"), Grace, and Mary.

The family took 1890 and 1891 to rest and recover, and the photos from a studio session in 1891 shows that Laura was of good health and vitality at the end of her rest.


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