June 30, 2017

Rolled Stockings: The Style of the 1920s, And How They Became So Trendy

During the early 1920s, some women began rolling down their thigh high stockings - sometimes to mid-thigh height, and sometimes lower - to just below the knee. The look was especially popular in warm weather, and rolled stockings were even worn with bathing suits.

Most women in the 1920s typically wore thigh high stockings with garter straps, which attached to a long corset-like girdle that covered the hips. And up until the 1920s, women were completely covered.

Showing the knees was considered to be "the epitome of immoral dress." The rolled stocking trend caught on anyway.

Rolled stockings were especially popular among young women 'rebelling' against wearing garter straps with corsets or girdles. And fashion was changing - dress styles were becoming shorter and less form-fitting. Rolling down your stockings must've felt so "freeing."

The trend was so popular by the late 1920s that there was even a movie, Rolled Stockings. It was a silent film made in 1927 that starred Louise Brooks.

Stripped of Kimono: 15 Stunning Studio Portraits That Show Natural Beauty of Young Geishas From the Early 1900s

The models are all Geisha. For these studio sessions they were stripped of their kimono, and their normal, classic hair-dos completely washed out.

The unknown Japanese photographer who took these shots seemed to prefer the Geisha when they were released from the confines of their all-encompassing Kimono, and having their natural hair set free from the heavily oiled and coiffed hair-do that was a part of the job.

This exception was usually made when the photographer hired the Geisha (and the younger Maiko) as studio models to take on the roles of other classes and customs of women in Japan.

However, these simple black and white images of minimally-dressed Geisha with their long hair undone are some of the most stunning, especially considering the time and place they were taken.

These Autochrome Photos from the 1920s and '30s Resulted in a Painting-Like Quality That Not Even Today's Best Instagram Filters Can Replicate

The method used to make these dreamy photographs resulted in a painting-like quality that not even today's best Instagram filters can replicate.

Auguste and Louis Lumière were pioneers in photography. Legend has it that in 1895, when they premiered their first motion picture film of a train entering a station, audiences fled in terror, fearing they would be flattened by a "moving" train.

By 1907 they had turned their sights to color photography, inventing the first camera capable of capturing life in color—the Autochrome Lumière.

Autochromes owe much of this stylized look to the method in which photos were made. Using a glass plate coated with dyed red, green, and blue potato starches, a layer of emulsion was then added to the plate. These plates were then inserted into the camera, which had a lens that filtered the light that passed through the glass.

Because autochrome photography required a much longer exposure time than the film used to capture black-and-white images, subjects had to be still or slow moving.

The technique became popular at National Geographic for its ability to showcase different parts of the world in vibrant color. Autochromes were so widely used that the magazine now has one of the largest collections in the world, second only to Albert Kahn's Archive of the Planet.

Walt Disney’s early sketches of Mickey Mouse, ca. 1928

The mouse has made it a long way from just one pair of pants and an old boat to having his own theme park.

(Image: Walt Disney Family Foundation)

November 17th, 1928 a mouse was born who would become famous all around the world. Most of us grew up with this most well-known mouse, but indeed he was actually born in our grandparent’s lifetime. Mickey Mouse, one of Walt Disney’s earliest and yet most well-known creations has become a globally recognized symbol of children’s cartoons.

Some statistics suggest that Mickey is more widely recognized than even Santa Claus and is a frequent choice for presidential election write-ins. Ever since Steamboat Willie premiered on television, Mickey has been an unstoppable and timeless success.

June 29, 2017

30 Fascinating Color Photographs That Capture Street Scenes of Queens, New York in the 1960s

Queens is the easternmost and largest in area of the five boroughs of New York City. It is geographically adjacent to the borough of Brooklyn at the southwestern end of Long Island, and to Nassau County further east on Long Island; in addition, Queens shares water borders with the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx.

Whether you're a history buff, love photography or maybe feel like you were born in the wrong decade, these photos of Queens in the 1960s offer a glimpse into city life during another era.

Queens/ Ridgewood: Fresh Pond Road and Putnam Avenue, ca. 1960s.

Queens/ Ridgewood: Cypress Avenue and Putnam Avenue, October 1969.

Queens/ Sunnyside: Greenpoint Avenue and 45th Street, 1969.

Queens/ Jackson Heights: 80th Street and Northern Boulevard, ca. 1960s.

Queens/ Sunnyside: Greenpoint Avenue off 45th Street, 1969.

25 Interesting Vintage Pictures of Dog Carts and Milk Women in Belgium from the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

You are on the outskirts of the town. The country women you meet here is on their way home to a farm several miles out. When they left home early morning those big, shiny copper cans were full of milk.

This mode of transporting milk from the dairy to the city customers is passing out of fashion; the woman's daughters will hardly follow the picturesque custom. For years and years, it was nearly universal, and the foreigners in Belgium were always delighted with the quaintness of theses little cars drawn by just such big dogs with shaggy, yellowish hair and wolf-like ears.

One of the most famous dog stories ever written was Ouida's "Dog of Flanders" --- a tale of devoted friendship between a Flemish boy and the faithful beast that went with him in this very way, carrying copper cans of fresh milk to Antwerp. It is a story which has been read all around the world --- a classic in its way, translated into many different languages.

The First Ronald Clown for McDonald’s, 1963

Back when McDonald’s was a startup, Coca Cola was releasing its first diet drink, and clowns were not scary.

Willard Scott was the personality behind Bozo the Clown on WRC-TV in Washington DC in the early 1960’s. At the time clowns were a fun and energetic, happy and carefree character, perfect for creating a fun filled atmosphere for children, and Bozo the clown was the most popular children’s show on TV.

McDonald’s approached Scott and he performed three television acts as Ronald McDonald the clown. The character grew to be McDonald’s mascot and even had a whole animated TV series about McDonaldland, though McDonald’s has since relegated Ronald to just a mascot with no TV show, and now focuses on Ronald McDonald housing for parents with critically sick children.


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