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June 8, 2023

New York City in the 1970s Through Fascinating Photos

In the 1970s, New York City was a broken, ungovernable metropolis barreling into anarchy. New Yorkers remember this decade as the bleakest, most crime-ridden, and most uncertain time the city has ever faced. It was a time of economic, criminal, and cultural shifts occurring at once that changed the city’s prospects.

The New York City of the 1970s was practically bankrupt and hemorrhaging population. Subway trains were covered in graffiti, inside and out. Crime was rampant. Women were warned to remove jewelry while walking the streets for fear that their necklaces would be ripped from their necks.

Vast areas of the Bronx and Upper Manhattan were torched. Prostitutes and pimps frequented Times Square, while Central Park became feared as the site of muggings and rapes. Homeless persons and drug dealers occupied boarded-up and abandoned buildings.

These fascinating photos captured street scenes of New York City in 1976 and 1977.

Greenwich Village, New York City, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976.

Chinatown, New York City, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

Financial District, New York City, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

Greenwich Village, New York City, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

House, New York City, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

A Gallery of 50 Amazing Defaced Vintage Snaps From the Early 20th Century

As you go through family photo albums of any time period there could be something that really catches your eye. There could be a face of an individual, so marked out using a pen that you can not recognize who it is. Even worst is if the person’s photo head is actually cut out of the entire photo.

These were very common practices done to vintage photos since photos began in the mid-19th century. It was even done in school and college yearbooks, marking out the face of someone the person owning the book did not want to see again.

By marking out the face or cutting out the image it was a method to erase that person forever in one’s life. Unfortunately, people who see these images decades later, have no idea who the marked person was and why this was done. People or family members are left guessing why.

This permanent display can be found in almost any time frame of photos from tintypes to 20th century images, so don’t be surprised if images from your great grandmother’s family have a few people (friends or family) marked out of existence. This was defacing to scratched out the face and sometimes the whole person.

Yet here is another reason. Very popular for many years was to place a small headshot of a loved one in a locket or pin. The only good one available might have been from a group shot so the headshot had to be cut out for the locket. But if the image is marked out, someone was not pleased with that person.

Here, below is a gallery of 50 vintage photos that have had people cut out, faces scratched out, been scribbled on, torn in half, or written on.






June 7, 2023

30 Handsome Portrait Photos of Charles Starrett in the 1940s and ’50s

Born 1903 in Athol, Massachusetts, American actor Charles Starrett played minor roles in films and leading roles in stage plays during the 1920s. He played the romantic lead in his first movie, Fast and Loose (1930), which starred Frank Morgan, Miriam Hopkins, and Carole Lombard.


Starrett was best known for his starring role in the Durango Kid westerns. He still holds the record for starring in the longest series of theatrical features: 131 westerns, all produced by Columbia Pictures.

Starrett died of cancer in Borrego Springs, California, in 1986, six days short of his 83rd birthday. Take a look at these vintage photos to see portraits of a young and handsome Charles Starrett in the 1940s and 1950s.






Best of the Beatles: The Album That Contained No Beatles Music

Pete Best, original drummer for the Beatles, released an album in 1965 called Best of the Beatles that contained no Beatles music, causing him to be investigated for consumer fraud. The case was dropped because no fraud had been committed. He was Best, of the Beatles.



Fantastic Photos Show Covers and Illustration of Buen Humor Magazine in the 1920s

Buen Humor was a satirical and literary magazine published in Madrid, Spain, between 1921 and 1931. It was among the most read satirical magazines in the country during its lifetime in addition to GutiƩrrez.

Buen Humor was established by graphic artist and cartoonist Pedro Antonio Villahermosa y Borao, who was also called Sileno, in 1921. Sileno also edited the magazine, which covered short stories, sketches and drawings. It was published on a weekly basis. Its headquarters was in Madrid. The magazine ceased publication in 1931.

Here below is a set of vintage photos that shows covers and illustration of the Buen Humor.

Back cover and front cover of Buen Humor, 1921

Buen Humor cover, 1921

Illustration in Buen Humor, 1921

Illustration in Buen Humor, 1921

Illustration in Buen Humor, 1921

Pictures of Presidential Candidate Bobby Kennedy and His Beloved Dog, Freckles, 1968

Freckles, the blue roan English Cocker boon companion of the late Robert F. Kennedy, pictured with his master sharing a flight during the 1968 Presidential campaign.

The dog made the cover of Life magazine on June 14, 1968. It was not the first time English Cockers had appeared in Life and this dog was not the center of attention on the occasion. But it was a reminder that Senator Robert Kennedy, who had been killed a week earlier in the midst of his campaign for President, and his family were English Cocker owners. No one ever had the heart to enquire as to the pedigree of Freckles. Those who recognized the breed were content to silently empathize with the little dog and his family. But fanciers were sorely disappointed that Freckles was never correctly identified as an English Cocker Spaniel in the press.






June 6, 2023

The Rolling Stones’ “Sticky Fingers” Promo Shoot by David Montgomery in London, 1971

Members of the Rolling Stones posing with the Sticky Fingers album covers in a promo shoot for the upcoming release in 1971.

Left to right: Charlie Watts, Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger showed up to the studio four hours late and didn’t want to look at the camera during the shoot, until David Montgomery reminded him he wasn’t taking these photos for his own scrapbook.

The album’s famous zippered crotch cover (a photo of Joe Dallesandro, although other individuals have been suggested as well) was conceived by Andy Warhol, photographed by Billy Name, and designed by Craig Braun.

Sticky Fingers is considered one of the Rolling Stones’ best albums. It was the band’s first album to reach number one on both the UK albums and US albums charts, and has since achieved triple platinum certification in the US. “Brown Sugar” topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971. The album is inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame and included in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.












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