November 13, 2018

Debbie Harry Photographed by Chris Stein for Punk Magazine Centerfold Shoot, 1976

A few decades ago, up-and-coming punk-pop star Debbie Harry had a photographer on hand to chronicle her every move – her friend, bandmate and lover Chris Stein.

These photographs of Debbie Harry are from an outtake from Punk Magazine centerfold shoot which were shot in a Bowery loft in New York City, 1976.

“The vulture shirt is a sacred relic that Debbie still has and the spider was plastic,” Chris Stein recalled. “The Metropolitan Museum used this shot as one of several images connected to its PUNK: Chaos to Couture show in 2013.”

(Photos by Chris Stein)

55 Old photographs That Document Daily Life of Suffolk, England During Edwardian Era

Suffolk is an East Anglian county of historic origin in England. It has borders with Norfolk to the north, Cambridgeshire to the west and Essex to the south. The North Sea lies to the east. The county town is Ipswich; other important towns include Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket and Felixstowe, one of the largest container ports in Europe.

The county is low-lying with very few hills, and is largely arable land with the wetlands of the Broads in the north. The Suffolk Coast and Heaths are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

These amazing photographs from Footsteps that documented daily life of Suffolk, England in the 1900s and 1910s.

Sprat fishers at Aldeburgh, Suffolk

St Helens, Ipswich, Suffolk

Stanton, Suffolk

The Ancient House, Ipswich, Suffolk

The Angel Inn, Bures St Mary, Suffolk

Cool Snaps of the 1980s Prom Couples

Electronic music, big clothes and even bigger hair were some of the awesome parts of the 1980s. The '80s high school prom look lives on as a pop culture reference, proof positive that this was an unforgettable fashion era.

Guys in pastel tuxedos with frilly ruffled shirts, girls with whole cans of hairspray coating teased locks. It was all so bad but so good. Which is why people still throw parties with this '80s prom theme.

Take a look at these cool snaps to see what prom couples looked like in the 1980s.

The Story Behind the Filming of Steve McQueen’s Dramatic Fence-Jump Scene in “The Great Escape”

The Great Escape is a 1963 American World War II epic film that depicts an escape by British Commonwealth prisoners of war from a German POW camp. The film is based on Paul Brickhill’s 1950 book of the same name, a non-fiction first-hand account of the mass escape from Stalag Luft III in Sagan (now Żagań, Poland), in the province of Lower Silesia, Nazi Germany. A heavily fictionalized version of the escape is depicted in the film.

The film was produced and directed by John Sturges. Steve McQueen stars in one of his most popular roles as American pilot Virgil Hilts aka ‘The Cooler King,’ named after the amount of time he spends in the ‘cooler’ after repeated escape attempts and run ins with the camp commandant.

The famous Virgil Hilts motorcycle chase which is an integral part of the film’s appeal was McQueen’s idea. Initially the Hilts escape attempt was supposed to be by train, but McQueen approached Sturges with the suggestion, “John, I’ve got an idea that will put more juice into this...”

Steve McQueen performed all of his own motorcycle stunts in The Great Escape with the exception of his characters final jump over a 6ft (1.8m) barbed wire fence. The final jump was performed by his stunt double, Bud Etkins.

The bike used by McQueen in the film was a modified TT Special 650 Triumph which was painted olive drab and made to look like a german wartime BMW. As McQueen explained in a 1963 interview, “We had four bikes for this film. I was running a TT Special 650 Triumph. We painted it olive drab and put on a luggage rack and an old seat to make it look like a wartime BMW. We couldn’t use a real BMW, not at the speeds we were running, since those old babies were rigid-frame jobs, and couldn't take the punishment.”

As for the chase sequences, the three racers – Tim Gibbes (the Australian moto-cross champion), Bud Etkins, and Steve McQueen – took turns chasing one another as German soldiers. The special effects manager worked out the final scene, where Steve has to get through the fence to escape to Switzerland. Bud, Tim, and Steve were left to figure out how to do the jump.

“Tim and I went out early one Sunday with the 650 Triumph we were using that was supposed to be a side-valve Wehrmacht BMW,” Bud recalled. “We laid out the fence a couple of feet high. Then we dug a ramp out with shovels, about nine or ten feet long, and I hit the ramp in third gear at about 50mph and cleared the fence. We dug it out a little more and raised the fence to eight feet and I cleared that too. Then I hit the ramp at 60mph in fourth and jumped 12 feet high and 65 feet down. Then I said to Sturgis: ‘Okay, let’sdo it!’”

1991: The Year Punk Broke

1991: The Year Punk Broke, released theatrically in 1992, is a documentary directed by Dave Markey featuring American alternative rock band Sonic Youth on tour in Europe in 1991. While Sonic Youth is the focus of the documentary, the film also gives attention to Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Babes in Toyland, Gumball and The Ramones. Also featured in the film are Mark Arm, Dan Peters and Matt Lukin of Mudhoney and roadie Joe Cole, who was murdered in a robbery three months after the tour ended. The film is dedicated to him.

Several scenes in the film involve re-enactments and references to scenes from the contemporaneous Madonna tour documentary, Truth or Dare, such as Gordon complaining about “industry people” in the front row, or Cobain, introduced as “Costner” telling Sonic Youth that their show was “neat”.

At a screening of the film at the 2008 All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Monticello, New York, Markey mentioned that the working title for the film was Tooth or Hair, as a further play on this connection.

Courtney Love, Kat Bjelland and Kim Gordon.

Dave Markey, Kurt Cobain and Kim Gordon at Pukkelpop Festival, Belgium.

Babes in Toyland at Reading Festival, 1991.

Courtney Love and Kim Gordon at Reading Festival.

Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo and David Markey at Reading Festival.

November 12, 2018

The "Face of Chanel": 45 Stunning Photos of Marie-Hélène Arnaud in the 1950s

Born 1934 in Montmorency in the northern suburbs of Paris, French model and actress Marie-Hélène Arnaud started at Chanel as a house model and rapidly grew to be Coco's favorite and eventually the directrice at her fashion house.

At 24 Arnaud became the public "face of Chanel". After she left Chanel, Arnaud set herself up a designer, launching a line of clothes for the department store Grande Maison de Blanc in the Place de l'Opéra, with five seamstresses working from her Paris apartment. The line was not a success and was short-lived.

Marie-Hélène Arnaud in the 1950s

Like many models of the era, Arnaud branched out into acting in films. She had a number of minor speaking roles, but the biggest film she featured in was her non-speaking role in the musical Gigi, which won a record-breaking nine Oscars in 1958, including Best Picture and Best Costume Design (for Cecil Beaton). Wearing a Beaton-designed evening dress and playing the part of a Maxim's girl, she made a dramatic entrance on the arm of Maurice Chevalier.

Arnaud was found dead in her bath one morning in October 1986. Was it suicide or a simple heart attack? No one will ever know. Just remember her as the luminous beauty who remains for ever the ideal ambassador for the Chanel style around the world.

Take a look at these stunning photos to see the beauty of Marie-Hélène Arnaud in the 1950s.

Marie-Hélène Arnaud in Royal Pastel EMBA mink coat by Maurice Kotler, photo by Georges Saad, 1954

Marie-Hélène in blue cotton print, summer dress by Lanvin-Castillo, photo by Pottier at Roquebrune, 1954

Marie-Hélène in bright red wool coat by Jacques Fath, photo by Pottier, 1954

Marie-Hélène in coral-colored coat in new 7/8 length, accented with black button closure and on epaulets by Balenciaga, photo by Pottier, 1954

Marie-Hélène in cotton print summer dress, full skirt is in two tiers, bodice is gathered in v-neckline, by Grès, photo by Pottier in Roquebrune, 1954

40 Cool Pics of Virginia's Family Portraits in the Early 20th Century

Michael Miley (1841-1918) was a popular commercial photographer based in Lexington, Virginia. He is acclaimed for bringing artistry to the medium of photography and often sought to capture his subjects in more candid poses.

These cool pics he shot portraits of families in Virginia from the 1900s and 1920s, some at his studio, others outdoors.


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