December 31, 2017

In the 1940s, Men Dressed in Short Shorts and Cowboy Boots Served Up Women at a Drive Through in Dallas

What’s funny is this isn’t a completely new idea in Dallas. In the 1940s, men dressed in short shorts and cowboy boots served up women at a drive through across the street from Love Field.

“At your service, ma’am” (AP Photo)

In 1940, Dallas was in a tizzy about the sudden fad of scantily-clad “girl carhops.” This scourge had made its way to Dallas from Houston, and in April of 1940, it was a newspaper story with, as it were … legs. For a good month or two, stories of sexy carhops were everywhere.

The girls started wearing uniforms with very short skirts — or midriff-baring costumes with cellophane hula skirts. Some of the women reported an increase in tips of $25 or more a week — a ton of money for the time.

The Dallas Morning News, Apr. 24, 1940.

The public’s reaction ranged from amusement to outrage. There were reports of community matrons who reported the “indecent” attire to the police department and demanded action. Other women were annoyed by the objectification of young womanhood. Lawmakers in Austin discussed whether the practice of waitresses exposing so much extra skin posed a health risk to consumers.

But it wasn’t until a woman from Oak Cliff piped up that something actually happened. She complained that she didn’t want to look at girls’ legs when she stopped in at her local drive-in — she wanted to look at men’s legs. Drive-in owners thought that was a GREAT idea, and the idea of the scantily-clad male carhop was born.

The Dallas Morning News, Apr. 26, 1940.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Apr. 28, 1940.

One might think that the woman behind this “equal ogling” campaign was sort of proto-feminist, until you get to the part where she said that the whole girl carhop thing was “wrong socially and economically and should not be tolerated” (DMN, Apr. 27, 1940) — not because of the skin flashed, but because men needed jobs, not girls. And that also raised hackles.

The Dallas Morning News, May 5, 1940..

The photo at the top (syndicated in papers via the Associated Press) ran in The Dallas Morning News under the headline: “Adonis and Apollo of Roadside Bring Trade to Daring Stand.” The caption:

  • “First large roadside stand Friday to bow to the demand of Dallas women and feature husky young male carhops in shorts was the Log Lodge Tavern at Lemmon and Midway where four six-footers found jobs. Above, in blue shorts, white sweatshirt and cowboy boots, Joe Wilcox serves Pauline Taylor who smiles her approval of the idea. Bound for another car is James Smith, at right.” (DMN, April 27, 1940)

There were other male carhops around town, some not quite so hunky. This guy — game as he was — really needed to reconsider his outfit.

Xenia Daily Gazette, May 3, 1940.

But back to the female carhops and their siren-like hold over their male customers. This was, by far, the best story to hit the wires:

The Dallas Morning News, July 16, 1940.

Top image originally appeared in The Dallas Morning News on April 27, 1940, and was then syndicated by the Associated Press. The Log Lodge Tavern was located at 7334 Lemmon Avenue, which was across from Love Field and adjacent to the Log Lodge Tourist Court.

(This original article was written by Paula Bosse on Flashback Dallas)

No Jobs and No Hope: Extraordinary Photographs of the Forgotten Teenagers of Thatcher's Britain

During the early 1980s, when Britain experienced the rulings of then Prime Minister Margaret Hilda Thatcher, much of the island country experienced a swell of economical depression. As a result, and much like what happens elsewhere in the world, some of the poorer areas of England experienced a widespread of unemployment.

While today’s youth are still scrambling to find a job—albeit with less pressure than previous generations, especially here in the Western world—the need for a job was all the more paramount. But never-the-less, places like Newcastle ended up with more unemployed youth than they could handle during Thatcher’s reign, and working-class photographer Tish Murtha was able to document the faces of the lost teenagers of that time.

After leaving Photography school, Tish returned back to her hometown in Newcastle. She began to document the lives of her friends and family and numerous other projects. Tish's work was often concerned with the documentation of marginalised communities from the inside. She invested her time building relationships of trust, which allowed her access to different parts of the communities that she photographed. Her approach was informal, generating an understanding of what she was doing by giving copies of her photos to the people in them.

Amazing Photographs Capture Everyday Life in East Berlin in the Mid-1980s

The first time Harf Zimmermann visited East Berlin’s Hufelandstrasse neighborhood, he sensed it was unlike any other neighborhood he’d known in East Germany. Linden trees lined the streets, as did many privately-owned shops, an unusual sight in a socialist state.

Mr. Zimmermann moved to Hufelandstrasse in 1980. He was 25 years old and living in his first apartment, a small studio assigned to him by the socialist administration because he’d agreed to fix a gutter that sometimes leaked through the window. Two years later, he started studying photography at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. Inspired by Bruce Davidson’s book, East 100th Street, which cataloged a single block in East Harlem, Mr. Zimmermann began regularly photographing people and places in his own neighborhood.

“I was out with my camera nearly every day,” he told The New York Times. “I had become part of the landscape.”

At first, he said, his neighbors found his creative endeavor confusing. Whenever they’d seen a camera in Hufelandstrasse before, it was typically a newspaper photographer who wanted them to pose in ways that enforced prevailing socialist tropes. Mr. Zimmermann, meanwhile, just asked them to stand simply as they were.

In 1986, he started shooting exclusively with a large-format camera, a practice he continued for the next year and a half. The photographs from that period are now collected in Hufelandstrasse, 1055 Berlin.

Herr and Frau Fleischer in their engagement outfits with their dog Putzi.

Frau Baer (center) with her daughter, her grandchild, and her daughter’s partner on the thirty-eighth anniversary of the founding of the GDR.

The rock group Phonolog.

My neighbor Frau Töpfer with her grandson René.

The bride and groom Frau and Herr Dressler, who have booked the package “traditional wedding, celebrating 750 years of Berlin.”

December 30, 2017

Elvis Presley Signing an Autograph for a 12-Year Old Madonna in 1970?

It's being discussed on internet, the picture below has surfaced on some Elvis fan sites and it's been taken in September 11, 1970 in front of the Olympia of Detroit. Many thinks this is the young Madonna in her home city. But we don't know...

According to Brian's Elvis Corner, Elvis Presley arrived in Detroit late Friday for his Olympia concert performance with all the mystery, intrigue and excitement of a top presidential visit. The aura around him, personified by his presence and created by his management, can knock you over.

Presley emerged from his limousine at 4:40 p.m. and moved toward the service entrance of the Detroit Hilton, where his troupe had rented 75 rooms. He was dark black hair, black outfit with blue shirt and that cool, cool, almost laughing, almost sullen look behind silver-rimmed blue shades.

About 40 spectators - mostly girls in their early 20s from the nearby Auto Club office - surged around him. First there were squeals, then pushing. Elvis' guards tried to clear the way. He stopped. Autographs.

Elvis didn't say anything to the girls. He didn't have to. A sleepy look, the half smile and a well-practiced lip twitch did the trick...

More photos from Elvis' show in Detroit on September 12, 1970:

8 Things You May Not Know About the Hollywood Sign

Erected sometime in 1923, the Hollywood sign has long welcomed aspiring actors looking to make it big in Los Angeles. And despite decades of run-ins with vandals, pranksters and developers, among others, it has managed to hang on to its prime location near the summit of Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills. Explore some surprising facts about this famed symbol of the U.S. movie industry.

1. The Hollywood sign is only slightly younger than the district itself.

This is what Hollywood looked like at the turn of the 20th century.

Harvey and Daeida Wilcox founded Hollywood in 1887 as a community for likeminded followers of the temperance movement. No one knows for sure why they chose that name. One theory is that Daeida met a woman on a train with a summer home called Hollywood. Alternatively, it may have been a reference to the area’s abundant toyon, a red-berried shrub also known as California holly. Either way, Hollywood was incorporated as a municipality in 1903 and merged with Los Angeles in 1910, the year before the first film studio moved there.

2. The sign was created as a real-estate advertisement.

A 1929 publicity photo for the Hollywoodland groundbreaking shows a plow, mules and surveyors.

By 1923 Los Angeles Times publisher Harry Chandler had decided to invest in an upscale real-estate development called Hollywoodland, which capitalized on the growing recognition of Hollywood as a movie-industry mecca. In order to promote the project, Chandler and his partners put up $21,000 (over $250,000 in today’s money) for 45-foot-high white block letters that were anchored to telephone poles and illuminated by 4,000 light bulbs. At night the billboard flashed in four stages: “Holly,” then “Wood,” then “Land” and then the entire word, “Hollywoodland.” Newspaper articles from the time show that the sign was completed in 1923; however, the exact date is disputed.

3. A struggling actress took her life there.

NEW YORK TIMES, September 20, 1932 Page 2 has one column heads including: "PEG ENTWISTLE DIES IN HOLLYWOOD LEAP" "Actress Ends Life by Jumping Off Fifty-Foot Sign After Failure in the Movies" and more with a photo of Entwistle.

Although the Hollywood sign symbolizes glamour and stardom, it can also represent broken dreams. In spring 1932 stage actress Peg Entwistle moved from New York City to Los Angeles to try her luck with movies. Soon after she received a part in a murder-mystery film, but the studio reportedly did not renew the option on her contract upon its completion. That September the 24-year-old allegedly climbed a ladder to the “H” on the Hollywoodland sign and jumped off. Her body was later discovered in a ravine downhill. Various newspapers cited her failing acting career as the reason she killed herself. Ironically, a letter had been mailed to her just before her death offering her the lead role in a play about a young woman who commits suicide.

4. Four letters on the sign were eventually removed.

The "OLLYWOODLAND" sign, 1949.

Regular maintenance on the sign stopped when the Hollywoodland real-estate development went under due to the Great Depression. The “H” even toppled over, so that it briefly read “Ollywoodland.” After ownership of the sign passed to the city in the mid-1940s, the L.A. Recreation and Parks Commission apparently wanted it razed. But the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce stepped in, and in 1949 it removed the last four letters and restored the rest.

5. A new sign replaced the old one in the 1970s.

The new Hollywood sign, circa November 1978.

Despite the 1949 restoration, the Hollywood sign eventually began to deteriorate once again. The third “O,” for example, tumbled down the side of Mount Lee, and arsonists set fire to the bottom of the second “L.” In 1978, Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner held a gala at his mansion, where he and eight other donors, including rock musician Alice Cooper, pledged nearly $28,000 each to fund a replacement. After a three-month period without a sign, construction finished up later that year. The new sign was the same size as the old one, but with structural improvements such as steel footings rather than telephone poles. Since then, it has periodically received a fresh coat of white paint, most recently in December 2012.

25 Fascinating Vintage Photographs Capture Everyday Life in East Berlin During the 1970s and the 1980s

Bernd Heyden’s photographic vision remains fascinating to this day. Viewers not only experience passers-by from a former time, but gain insights into the living conditions and everyday life in East Berlin of the 1970s and 1980s. Along with people working in the stores and on the streets, Heyden took portraits of the old, frail and stranded as well as the merry, sad, cheeky children for whom the broken-down neighbourhood around Prenzlauer Allee was a gigantic playground.

For the East Berliner photographer Bernd Heyden, Berlin is first and foremost a backdrop against which life unfolds. All of a sudden, in finely gradated tones of grey, a sense of familiarity with this lost world is there again. Heyden (1940-1984) started taking pictures in the mid-1960s; beginning in 1967, he worked in the Club of Young Photographers, founded by Arno Fischer and Sibylle Bergemann. Nearly all of his existing photographs of Prenzlauer Berg were taken between 1970 and 1980, a total of well over one thousand motifs.


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