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January 28, 2023

15 Terrific Snapshots of Robots From the Past

Storytellers' imaginations and media's history are loaded with fantastically designed robots of all shapes, sizes, and functions. There have been a number of iconic robots portrayed in movies, from R2-D2, C3PO to the Terminater and WALL-E, which further prove people's huge fascinations with these futuristic creatures.

“I got this crazy idea to put together a group of robot photos,” writes vernacular photography collector Robert E. Jackson. “I had some and have been scouring my sources for the past month trying to get more to make a decent post. This is what I have come up with.” Take a look:

45 Beautiful Photos of a Young Canadian Lady in the 1950s and ’60s

A collection of vintage color photos from Blake Smith that captured portraits of his young and beautiful mother Arlene Smith (born 1933) in the 1950s and 1960s.

Arlene Smith, about 1951

Arlene Smith, blue sweater, about 1953

Arlene Smith, blue water canoeing, about 1953

Arlene Smith, Yohetta Lake in British Columbia, Canada, summer 1953

Arlene Smith on Hammond Lake, about 1954

January 27, 2023

Andy Warhol With Brigid Berlin’s Pug at the Factory in December 1985

Andy Warhol with Brigid Berlin’s pug at the Factory in December 1985. The photos were taken by Mark Greenberg during an assignment for the Associated Press.

Mark Greenberg: “The dog belonged to Andy’s long-time muse and Factory Studio mainstay, the legendary Brigid Berlin. Following the conceptual portraits I did with Andy, such as ‘PORTRAIT.’ I reverted to candid photojournalism. I followed him around the ‘The Factory’ while he interacted with his ‘crew.’

“Brigitte Berlin was there, wrapped in furs (it was December outside after all). She completed her ensemble by lovingly cradling one of her dear Pugs. Andy clearly had an affection for her pug, and was soon holding him quite lovingly. I quickly grabbed my light stand, strobe and umbrella, and moved it into position. I don’t remember the name of the Pug, but as Jonathan Swift is known to say; ‘Every Dog Must Have HIS Day.’”

The Iconic Ivory Cotton Bikini Worn by Ursula Andress on the Set of ‘Dr. No’ (1962)

The white bikini worn by Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder in the 1962 James Bond film, Dr. No, is cited as the most famous bikini of all time and an iconic moment in cinematic and fashion history.

The first bikini had been worn at a Paris fashion show in 1946, but in the 1950s the bikini was still seen as something of a taboo. Andress’ bikini arrived at a key moment in the history of women’s fashion, coming at the “birth of the sexual revolution”: the 1960s. In the corresponding scene of the original novel, the character Honeychile Rider wears only a leather belt with a scabbard, and no bikini.

Andress designed the bikini along with Dr. No’s costume designer Tessa Prendergast, whom she first met while living in Rome. Andress reported that when she arrived in Jamaica for filming, no costumes were ready. She worked with director Terence Young and the costume designer to create something that fit her 5′6″, 36-24-36 frame. It was made from ivory cotton and was the only one made and worn by her. It is a white belted bikini.

The bikini was put up for sale in 2001 by Andress herself, who claimed she found it in an attic. The suit fetched £41,125. The second time it was auctioned was in November 2020. While no sale price was given, the piece was expected to fetch about £500,000.

The Dr. No bikini is cited as the best known bikini of all time and an iconic moment in cinematic and fashion history. The moment in which Andress emerges from the sea in the white bikini has been cited amongst the greatest moments in film and one of its most erotic; in a 2003 UK Survey by Channel 4, it was voted number one in “the 100 Greatest Sexy Moments” of cinema. The scene has been widely emulated and parodied on screen since. The white bikini is regarded as perhaps the most important in the history of the bikini and sales of the two-piece bikini rocketed after the appearance of Andress in Dr. No.

In a survey of 1000 women to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the bikini, Ursula Andress in her white bikini was voted “The Ultimate Bikini Goddess.” Andress said that she owed her career to that white bikini, remarking, “This bikini made me into a success. As a result of starring in Dr. No as the first Bond girl, I was given the freedom to take my pick of future roles and to become financially independent.”

30 Beautiful Portrait Photos of Lee Purcell in the 1970s

Born 1947 in Craven County, North Carolina, American actress Lee Purcell was personally chosen for her first feature film by Steve McQueen in his company’s production of Adam at Six A.M., co-starring Michael Douglas in 1969.

Purcell’s television work included roles as Billie Dove and Olivia de Havilland in two biopic TV movies: The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977) and My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn (1985). She was nominated for two Emmy Awards. In 1991, she was nominated as Outstanding Lead Actress for Long Road Home. and in 1994 as Outstanding Supporting Actress for Secret Sins of the Father. She was co-producer, and starred in the 1998 low-budget cable-TV movie Malaika (alternate title Tons of Trouble).

Purcell’s film career wound down in 1983 and she has only had five motion picture credits since, the last in 2015. She has continued to do television projects. She also continues to stay active by performing narrations of poetry and fiction in front of live audiences.

Take a look at these beautiful photos to see portraits of young Lee Purcell in the 1970s.

Tenement Housing, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, 1912

This tenement block is 260 to 268 Elizabeth Street, a street in Manhattan, New York City. This area was mostly populated by Italian immigrants during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The tenement block itself is still in use as of 2013. This urban street scene, obtained by US sociologist and photographer Lewis Wickes Hine (1874–1940), dates from March 1912. Hine was a photographer for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), documenting working and living conditions for children, and campaigning against child labour and poverty in the United Sates.

Pastrami, pickles, bagels with cream cheese, smoked lox salmon, pumpernickel and rye breads! Many of the food we traditionally associate today with New York can be traced to a particular period in time, and a very distinct neighborhood - the iconic Lower East Side of the late 19th century.

This was once one of the mostly densely populated places on the planet, packed with hundreds of thousands of immigrants, living in teeming, overcrowded and often squalid tenements. Vast communities of Irish and Germans were followed by Eastern European and Russian Jews, fleeing persecution. They brought their own distinct culture, language, and especially food.

Today, most of the old Lower East Side had disappeared, gentrified out of existence. But dotted around this once iconic neighborhood, some of the original traces have still survived, in some cases, over a hundred years.

Fabulous Photos of Audrey Hepburn During the Theater Production of ‘Ondine’ (1954)

Ondine is a play written in 1938 by French dramatist Jean Giraudoux, based on the 1811 novella Undine by the German RomanticFriedrich de la Motte Fouqué that tells the story of Hans and Ondine. Hans is a knight-errant who has been sent off on a quest by his betrothed. In the forest he meets and falls in love with Ondine, a water-sprite who is attracted to the world of mortal man. The subsequent marriage of people from different worlds is, of course, folly. By turns comic, enchanting, and tragic, Ondine is considered by some to be Giraudoux’s finest work.

The play was adapted by Maurice Valency, opening on Broadway in 1954 in a production by Alfred Lunt with a cast including Mel Ferrer, John Alexander, Peter Brandon, Alan Hewitt, Edith King, Robert Middleton, William Podmore, Marian Seldes, and Audrey Hepburn in the role that made her a star.

Ondine won the 1954 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. This production also garnered the 1954 Tony awards for Best Director (Lunt) and Best Actress in a Play (Hepburn).

These fabulous photos captured portraits of Audrey Hepburn during the theater production of Ondine in 1954.



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