July 17, 2018

The Most Beautiful but Tragic Actress of Edwardian Era - Stunning Colorized Photos of Gabrielle Ray in the 1900s

Born 1883 as Gabrielle Elizabeth Clifford Cook in Cheadle, Stockport, England, English stage actress, dancer and singer Gabrielle Ray was considered one of the most beautiful actresses on the London stage and became one of the most photographed women in the world.

In the first decade of the 20th century, Ray had a good career in musical theatre. After an unsuccessful marriage, however, she never recovered the fame that she had enjoyed. She spent many of her later years in mental hospitals.

Ray died in 1973 at Holloway Sanatorium in Egham, Surrey, England, at the age of 90. A blue plaque has been erected on the site of her birth.

Take a look at these beautiful colorized photos to see the beauty of Gabrielle Ray in the 1900s.










Vintage Photos From the Scandinavian Airlines' Archive Show How Much Better Plane Food Was From the 1950s

Of the many things travelers dislike about flying, plane food is often high on the list. But in-flight dining hasn't always been bland.

These vintage photos from the collection of Scandinavian Airlines show passengers from the 1950s through to the 1980s enjoying gourmet meals such as caviar, lobster, and a whole leg of ham at 35,000-feet.

In the 1950s, passengers in sleeper cabins on a DC-6 aircraft were served an in-flight breakfast in bed.

In this photo, taken either in the 1950s or 1960s, a Scandinavian Airlines chef prepared lobster in the flight kitchen at Kastrup Airport in Copenhagen. Yes, even lobster was on the menu.

Dinner trays looked very different in the 1960s, when they included real plates, a glass, and metal cutlery.

A woman traveling with her baby on board a flight in 1968 was offered baby food in jars, provided by the airline. That year, Scandinavian Airlines started a service for children.

Back in 1969, some passengers were served meals directly by an in-flight chef. Here, the chef is dishing up Smørrebrød, a type of Danish open sandwich (rye bread topped with meat or fish and cheese).





Early Color Portrait Photography From the 1910s

It's amazing how easy it is to picture the past in black and white. Even when we know of course it was as colorful as today, it's still striking to come across the shots that demonstrate this. Somehow color makes it feel so much nearer.


Autochromes, the main process of color photography for the first few decades of the 20th century, present color in a gentle, muted kind of way-- not unlike many painters in preceding centuries. It was not long before photographers used this look to full advantage, creating beautiful photographs deliberately evocative of paintings...

We've seen artistically arranged early color photographs; today, a selection of portraits of people from the 1910s in full color, from the collections of George Eastman House.










40 Amazing Photos That Capture Street Scenes of Sweden in the 1900s

These amazing photographs from Swedish National Heritage Board were taken by unknown photographers that captured town views, city environments, harbours, streets, squares and individual buildings - such as palaces, dwelling houses, official buildings, school buildings, railway stations, castles, etc.

A range of different towns are represented, from north to south: Stockholm - the capital of Sweden, industrial and university towns, commercial and cathedral towns as well as port towns. Towns with medieval roots like Visby (today a UNESCO World Heritage), and towns founded in different centuries in between.

Åmål. The western part of Åmål, after the fire on the 9th of May, 1901. People and ruins

Åmål. The western part of Åmål, after the fire on the 9th of May, 1901

Åmål. View over Åmål, from Kungsberget (King's Mountain), before the fire in May 1901. Åmål church to the right

Arboga. Market at the Main Square. To the left is the Lundborg building, in the middle is the Stenberg house

Arboga. Two children on a road by the Arboga Stream. In the middle, the tower of the Holy Trintiy church, and left of it the tower of St. Nicolai church





July 16, 2018

40 Incredible Color Pics That Capture Floods of Colorado in 1965

The 1965 floods of the South Platte River basin swept through the Front Range and Eastern Plains of Colorado leaving 21 dead, 250,000 acres inundated and $540 million in damage. Heavy rains on four consecutive days in three different areas of the South Platte basin caused flooding from Plum Creek, south of Denver, to the Nebraska state line.

The storms took place over the Greeley-Sterling area, the Plum Creek and Cherry Creek basins and the Kiowa and Bijou Creeks near Deer Trail on June 14-17, causing floods in 15 counties.

The main flood through the metro Denver area on June 16 originated in the Plum Creek basin after 14 inches of rain fell south of Castle Rock. By the time the runoff reached Sedalia, the water widened East Plum Creek from 3 feet to nearly a mile. The wall of rushing water swept away trees, houses, cars and livestock before plunging into the South Platte below Littleton.

The violent waters reached Littleton, Englewood and Denver at about 8 p.m., destroying 120 houses and damaging 935. Two hundred eighty mobile homes were lost and 16 bridges in Denver were demolished.

After the flood, Chatfield and Bear Creek reservoirs were built to control storm waters.

Take a look at these photos from Douglas County History Research Center to see what Colorado looked like during one of the worst floods in its history hit.

Destroyed automobile in silt north of Castle Rock, Colorado

Destroyed guardrail north of Castle Rock, Colorado

Flood damage - East Plum Creek near I/25 and Wolfensberger Road looking south

Flood damage - East Plum Creek near I/25 and Wolfensberger Road

Flood damage near Sedalia, Colorado, looking northwest





22 Rare Photographs That Capture the Brutal Life of American Troops During the Battle of Buna-Gona

From mid-November 1942 to the end of January 1943 the Australians and the Americans reduced the Japanese base in the Gona-Buna-Sanananda area. Called the Battle of Buna-Gona this three month struggle had the characteristics of a siege...

The Battle of Buna–Gona was part of the New Guinea campaign in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. It followed the conclusion of the Kokoda Track campaign and lasted from 16 November 1942 until 22 January 1943. The battle was conducted by Australian and United States forces against the Japanese beachheads at Buna, Sanananda and Gona.

From these, the Japanese had launched an overland attack on Port Moresby. In light of developments in the Solomon Islands campaign, Japanese forces approaching Port Moresby were ordered to withdraw to and secure these bases on the northern coast. Australian forces maintained contact as the Japanese conducted a well-ordered rearguard action. The Allied objective was to eject the Japanese forces from these positions and deny them their further use. The Japanese forces were skillful, well prepared and resolute in their defence. They had developed a strong network of well-concealed defences.

American troops, Buna, New Guinea Campaign, World War II.

An American soldier stands over a dying Jap whom he has just been forced to shoot. The Jap had been hiding in the landing barge, shooting at U.S. troops. New Guinea Campaign, 1942.

A wounded Jap lies in a destroyed pillbox at Buna Mission. A minute later, he rose up, tried to throw a grenade which he had hidden in his left hand.

Over Jap-built bridge walk Americans on patrol. It connects Entrance Creek Island with Buna Mission and one end of it was blown by Japs. Americans repaired it.

Lieut. General Robert Eichelberger fires a tommy gun at the Japs.





Robert and Raymonde: Vintage Romantic Postcards Reveal a Beautiful Love Story From the 1920s

Here's an amazing love postcard set, sent between Robert (also known as Bob) and his girlfriend/fiancee Raymonde in late 1920s France. Both of them loved these cards--they'd send them successive days, or, in once case, many on the same day. Sometimes several views from the same photoshoot were published as separate cards--Robert and Raymonde would buy a few of these.

This tinted variety of these cards comes in many colors, but the two of them seem to have especially liked the green and pink ones. While none are addressed or stamped, it was very common for these kinds of postcards to be put in envelopes (at the time, stamps and postmarks went on the front of the card in France, not good for the picture), and indeed on a few you can see the impression of a postmark through some other paper.


November 14, 1927. To Raymonde. "More sweet kisses from your Bob who loves you."


Mainz, February 1, 1928 (1 o'clock). To Raymonde. "To my [?] fiancee, My sweetest kisses. Your Bob for forever."


Mainz, Februrary 2, 1928. [11?] o'clock. To Raymonde. "My beloved little fiancee, receive my sweetest kisses and assurance of my love, [?] from your little Bob." ("petit", while literally "little", is also a term of affection).


"[?] near always, always near you. Robert." Paris, June 6, 1928.


"I love you. Bob." Paris, June 6, 1928.






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