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May 24, 2022

30 Color Snapshots Capture Everyday Life in Tokyo in 1972

Harrison Forman (1904-1978) was a prominent photojournalist, explorer, author, and fellow of the American Geographical Society. As a foreign correspondent, Forman’s images and articles appeared in the New York Times, Times of London, Life, Look, Collier’s, Harpers, and Reader’s Digest

Forman traveled the world with the eye of an anthropologist.  He was fascinated by the lives, culture, economies, governments and infrastructure of each place he visited.  Known in his heyday as the “Modern Day Marco Polo,” Forman was often the first Westerner to have access to the people and places he visited and seemed to always be in the right place at the right time, witnessing significant moments in history and documenting them with his photography. 

Take a look at life in Tokyo in the 1970s through these 30 gorgeous pictures taken by Forman:

People enjoying the sun


Billboard advertising movie

Billboards outside movie theater

Amusement park

Just After WWII, These Beautiful Color Photos Show What Life of the U.S. Looked Like in the Late 1940s

With the war finally over, life in the United States began to return to normal. Soldiers began to come home and find peacetime jobs. Industry stopped producing war equipment and began to produce goods that made peacetime life pleasant. The American economy was stronger than ever.

Life of the U.S. from 1945 to 1949

American consumers were eager to spend their money, on everything from big-ticket items like homes, cars and furniture to appliances, clothing, shoes and everything else in between. U.S. factories answered their call, beginning with the automobile industry. New car sales quadrupled between 1945 and 1955, and by the end of the 1950s some 75 percent of American households owned at least one car.

These color slides from Ryan Khatam that show life of an American woman named Mary, her family and friends from 1945 to 1949. Mary is the woman in the hula outfit.

Hats, 1945

Barbecue breakfast, 1946

Barbecue breakfast, 1947

Barbecue breakfast, 1947

Barbecue breakfast, 1947

May 23, 2022

Portraits of Washington-Lee High School’s Students Posing With Their Unique Graduation Caps in 1947

Washington-Lee High School (now Washington-Liberty High School) is a public high school in the Arlington Public Schools district in Arlington, Virginia, covering grades 9–12. Its attendance area serves the central third of Arlington, and it also offers the International Baccalaureate Program countywide.

The name of Washington-Lee High School was taken from the Washington and Lee University, but the “and” was omitted and replaced with a hyphen to distinguish its name from the university's.

Construction on Washington-Lee began in 1924, with the school opening in 1925 and graduating its first class in 1927. The architectural firm Upman & Adams designed the building in a simplified version of the Colonial Revival style. The school fronted on 13th St. N, which separated the school from its athletic field, eventually dedicated as Arlington County’s War Memorial Stadium.

In 1932, 41 classrooms, new offices, and another gym were added to the original building. A new wing and a large library with Palladian windows and two reading rooms were built in 1942 with WPA funds. The rifle range was also constructed in the shop area. In 1951, noted architect Rhees Burkett designed an addition that fronted on N. Quincy Street in the International Style. Along with the new Stratford Junior High School, it helped usher in a wave of contemporary commercial and school architecture that defined much of Arlington until the 1980s.

Photographs of Summer Tourists on the Acropolis in Athens in the Early 1980s

In 1983–84, American photographer Tod Papageorge spent a month each summer on the Acropolis in Athens, capturing the people who followed the same path, finding their way up to the ancient building to see what all the fuss was about and take photographs to prove they’d been there. His resulting body of work seems lost in time, fusing the ancient with the modern.

“I wanted to capture the high, white light of the Acropolis and the bright stone of its schist and monuments,” said Papageorge. “I stayed at a nice hotel, the Zafolia, five minutes from the Acropolis, where every surface in my room was marble, and where I did laps in the pool everyevening, driving the hotel staff crazy.”

“I took the photographs in the summers of 1983 and 1984, during intense sunshine and heat. Since we are at the far end of the tonal scale, postures and gestures become very clearly differentiated. They looked to me like a pair of figures on a Greek vase, arranged in a symmetrical fashion.”

“Athena’s mythical home set me buzzing every time I visited, thrilled to be approaching the glorious place. Who could have known, in 1984, how the haircuts and clothes of the day would, 35 years later, appear both timeless and current? That’s a gift of photography. A dance-like moment on the exterior wall of the Acropolis, above a row of lights used to illuminate the Parthenon at night. Many of my pictures echo the dramas of Greek myth –always physical and often verging on violence – even as they capture the routines and rhythms of visitors.”

40 Beautiful Photos of English Actress Pat Paterson in the 1930s

Born 1910 in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, English actress Pat Paterson appeared in many studio pictures, in roles of increasing prominence from 1930 to 1934. In early 1934, Maurice Chevalier persuaded his lifelong best friend, fellow French actor Charles Boyer, to attend a Fox Studios post-New Year dinner party at which Pat Paterson was a guest. In interviews over the years, Boyer declared their meeting to have been a case of love at first sight. They married within four weeks of the party, on St. Valentine's Day, 14 February 1934, in Yuma, Arizona.

Boyer was quoted in the American news media as claiming his wife would be relinquishing her career, as he felt married women should not work but devote their time and attention to bringing up their children. However, Paterson continued to work. She continued to appear in at least one film per year until the outbreak of World War II in 1939, when she and her husband, as Europeans, devoted themselves to supporting the war effort of Britain and France. It was the war which effectively brought an end to her film career.

Diagnosed with cancer, Paterson died in Phoenix, Arizona on August 24, 1978. Charles Boyer died by suicide two days later, by drug overdose. They are buried together alongside their son in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.

Take a look at these vintage photos to see the beauty of young Pat Paterson during her short career in the 1930s.

Simms ‘Motor Scout’ Armoured Quadricycle, ca. 1899

Popular at the turn of the 19th to 20th century, quadricycles were four-wheeled bicycle-like vehicles powered by humans or motors. Henry Ford completed his ethanol-powered quadricycle in June of 1896. In June of 1899, Frederick Simms demonstrated his Motor Scout. It was similar to Ford’s quadricycle and others of the time with one huge difference. Frederick Richard Simms mounted a mark IV Maxim machine gun between its front wheels where a passenger normally sat.

Simms’ Motor Scout was ready for tough duty, as long as it traveled along a high-quality road. It wasn’t worth its own weight in salt when traveling off road. While it featured an iron plate to protect the driver from a direct frontal shot, the driver’s sides and back were left unprotected.

A 1.5 horsepower Automatic Petrol Motor with the Simms-Bosch magneto-electric ignition powered the Motor Scout. It ran on “petrol” and could travel 120 miles on one tank. For street use, you could remove the machine gun and reclaim the second seat for a passenger.

Frederick Richard Simms (August 12, 1863 – April 22, 1944) was a pioneer in the motor industry. Educated in Germany and London as a mechanical engineer, he was a prolific inventor and businessman. Simms played an important part in the widespread adoption of gasoline-fueled engines. He is credited with coining motorcar and petrol. He pushed to increase the speed limit from 4 to a whopping 14 mph in Britain. Simms is remembered for many “firsts.” Among them, he designed the first armored cars.

Frederick Richard Simms

Photos of James Dean and Julie Harris During the Filming of ‘East of Eden’ (1955)

East of Eden is a 1955 American period drama film directed by Elia Kazan, and loosely based on the fourth and final part of the 1952 novel of the same name by John Steinbeck. It is about a wayward young man who, while seeking his own identity, vies for the affection of his deeply religious father against his favored brother, thus retelling the story of Cain and Abel.

The film stars Julie Harris, James Dean (in his first major screen role), and Raymond Massey. It also features Burl Ives, Richard Davalos, and Jo Van Fleet (also her first screen role), and was adapted by Paul Osborn.

Although set in early 20th century Monterey, California, much of the film was actually shot on location in Mendocino, California. Some scenes were filmed in the Salinas Valley. Of the three films in which James Dean played the lead, this is the only one to have been released during his lifetime.

The film, along with Dean’s other films Rebel Without a Cause and Giant, was named one of the 400 best American films of all time by the American Film Institute. In 2016, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

Take a look at these vintage photos to see portraits of James Dean and Julie Harris together during the filming of East of Eden in 1955.



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