April 30, 2017

55 Incredible Portrait Photos of Elderly Women Who Were Born in the 1700s

These remarkable surviving images show the actual faces of older ladies who were all born in the 1700s and photographed in the 1850s. They were around at least 70 years old at that time and probably were the oldest generation of women to be photographed.


The invention of the daguerreotype in 1839 - one of the earliest photographic process - made photography more affordable, even to the middle classes.

Some of these portraits may have been taken by American photographer, Matthew Brady.

Brady was born in 1823 to immigrant Irish farmers in Warren County, N.Y. He left the countryside for the New York around 1840 and taught himself 'daguerreotype' photography. He then opened his own photographic studio. Brady produced portraits and, after five years of success, he started a studio in Washington.

He would later go on to take photographs of U.S. Presidents in what was still a fledgling art. These included Abraham Lincoln in 1862 and U.S First Lady Dolley Madison who was the wife of James Madison - President of the United States from 1809 to 1817 - in 1848.










Rare and Gorgeous Color Photographs Document the Festivities at 1941 Rutland State Fair

The first Rutland State Fair took place in 1846, making this one of the oldest state fairs in the United States. The fair became popular enough that, in 1849, the Rutland Railroad began putting extra cars on their trains to bring people from all over Vermont and Western New York to visit. After moving around Rutland County for a few years, the Rutland Fair grew closer to Rutland City, sometimes setting up on land owned by John Cain (now Grove Street, north of Crescent) or on the old Baxter Estate.

The fair was given a permanent home in 1856. The land at 175 South Main Street in Rutland, VT was originally known as the Rutland County Park. The fair, officially renamed the "Vermont State Fair" in 1972, is still held at this location today.

In 1941, Farm Security Administration photographer Jack Delano documented the festivities at the fair in Rutland, even springing to shoot a few rolls in color.










37 Vintage Portrait Photos of Sexy Secretaries in the 1960s

The office of the 1950s and ‘60s was, in many ways, the embodiment of the American dream; it allowed for a comfortable salary, an independent lifestyle, and room for advancement.

In the 1960s, the number one job for American women was the secretarial occupation. The most common job for American women today is still the same. According to the U.S. Census, 96% of the approximately 4 million people who identify themselves today as secretaries (or something similar) are women.










April 29, 2017

One of the Busiest Train Stations in the World: A Look Back at the New York Grand Central Terminal Through the Decades

Built in 1871, Grand Central Terminal is a commuter, rapid transit railroad terminal at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, United States. Built by and named for the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad in the heyday of American long-distance passenger rail travel, it covers 48 acres (19 ha) and has 44 platforms, more than any other railroad station in the world.

Grand Central Terminal is a famous New York landmark in Midtown Manhattan and is one of the busiest train stations in the world, it serves nearly 200,000 NYC commuters every day. Grand Central Station has undergone a number of renovations and restorations over the years. It is home to 44 train platforms, several great restaurants, and some of the most beautiful Beaux-Arts architecture in New York.

Take a look at these amazing photos to see The Grand Central Terminal from the very beginning until the 1980s.

The original Grand Central Depot Railway Station in New York, demolished to make way for the current Grand Central Station, circa 1871

Grand Central Station at 42nd Street, New York, 1875

Grand Central Terminal, New York City, 1880

Grand Central Station, New York City, circa 1896

Grand Central Station, circa 1900





40 Amazing Color Photographs of Rock Stars Taken by Bob Gruen in the 1970s and 1980s

For more than 40 years, Bob Gruen’s name has been synonymous with rock and roll.

From taking early photos on tour with Ike and Tina Turner and capturing the early CBGB/Max’s Kansas City scene, to hanging out with John and Yoko and covering current stadium rockers such as Green Day, Gruen has always been at the right place at the right time. As Alice Cooper says, what makes Gruen’s work so memorable is that “he always got the money shot.”

Gruen covered the New York City music scene, taking photographs that have gained worldwide recognition – Led Zeppelin to the Rolling Stones, Elvis to James Brown, Bob Dylan to Bob Marley and John Lennon to Johnny Rotten. Shortly after John Lennon moved to New York in 1971, Bob became John and Yoko’s personal photographer and friend, capturing their working life, private moments and creating two iconic images – John Lennon wearing the New York City t-shirt and, standing in front of the Statue of Liberty making the peace sign.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono,1977

Kiss, NYC, 1975

Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry, Toronto, 1977

Ramones, 1975

John Lennon, NYC, 1980





21 Fascinating Vintage Photographs That Capture Everyday Life of Siberia from the Early 1900s

Siberia is an extensive geographical region, and by the broadest definition is also known as North Asia. Siberia has historically been a part of Russia since the 17th century. With an area of 13.1 million square kilometres, Siberia accounts for 77% of Russia's land area, but it is home to just 40 million people – 27% of the country's population. This is equivalent to an average population density of about 3 inhabitants per square kilometre, making Siberia one of the most sparsely populated regions on Earth.

The origin of the name is unknown. Some sources say that "Siberia" originates from the Siberian Tatar word for "sleeping land." Another account sees the name as the ancient tribal ethnonym of the Sirtya (also "Syopyr"), a folk, which spoke a language that later evolved into the Ugric languages. This ethnic group was later assimilated to the Siberian Tatar people.

Here’s some pictures of the people of Yenisei province, Siberia from the early 1900s.










A Portrait Photos Collection of Oscar Wilde in New York in 1882 Taken by Napoleon Sarony

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s.


Beginning in 1888, Wilde entered a seven-year period of furious creativity, during which he produced nearly all of his great literary works. Wilde produced several great plays—witty, highly satirical comedies of manners that nevertheless contained dark and serious undertones.

He is remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as well as the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.

Here is a portrait photos collection of Oscar Wilde taken by American lithographer and photographer Napoleon Sarony when he was in New York in 1882.











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