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December 15th, 2019

20 Striking Color Photographs That Show Everyday Life in Amsterdam Around the Turn of the Century

These amazing images are from between the 1890s and 1900s, and were created using the Photochrom process, a method of producing colorized photographs from black and white negatives via the direct photographic transfer of a negative onto lithographic printing plates.It was invented in the 1880s and was most popular i

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Glamor of the '30s Through Otto Dyar's Lens

Otto Dyar (1892-1988) was an American prominent stills photographer who began his career at the Paramount studios in the 1920s. Initially working as an assistant on major film productions, Dyar quickly rose through the ranks to become one of Hollywood's most notable image-makers.

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December 14th, 2019

American actress Marion Davies appeared in several Broadway musicals and one film, Runaway Romany (1917) and then became the mistress of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. He then took over management of her career.Hearst financed Davies' pictures and promoted her heavily through his newspapers and

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On December 12, 1983, Mr. T, star of The A-Team shed his tough guy image and donned a Santa Claus costume to assist First Lady Nancy Reagan in unveiling the Christmas decorations at the White House.

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Here is a cool set of found photos from simpleinsomnia that shows people at or preparing for parties from between the 1930s and 1950s.

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A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1951 drama film, adapted from Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 play. Elia Kazan, who directed the Broadway stage production, also directed the black and white film adaptation.The film starred Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden, with the la

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December 13th, 2019

Mariah Carey's vocal style, as well as her singing ability, have significantly impacted popular and contemporary music. She has consistently been cited as one of the greatest and most influential vocalists of all time.

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Selected ‘Miss Christmas Tree of 1951’ by 40 members of the UCLA chapter, Sigma Chi fraternity, is 24-year-old Diane Dearborn. Miss Dearborn, who arrived in the United States seven weeks ago from Paris, France, is a singer. The collegians saw her picture in a newspaper, reported “she seemed prettier that the rest of t

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The Strand was a monthly magazine of short fiction and general interest articles, a sort of London version of The New Yorker. It was published in the UK from 1891 to 1950, running to 711 issues. The magazine’s offices were on Burleigh Street off The Strand, London, hence the name.The Sherlock Hol

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How to have a romantic kiss? Just check out these cool snapshots for some tips.

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December 12th, 2019

Christmas is coming! Here below is a set of beautiful pics that shows American actress Joan Crawford as a sexy Santa in the 1920s.

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Frank Sinatra, in full Francis Albert Sinatra, was an American singer and motion-picture actor who, through a long career and a very public personal life, became one of the most sought-after performers in the entertainment industry; he is often hailed as the greatest American singer of 20th-century popular music.

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The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is an all-breed conformation show that has been held in New York City annually since 1877. Below is a series of behind the scenes of the show at Madinson Square Garden in February 1957, taken by Ivan Dmitri:

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Born 1906 in London, Anglo-German actress and singer Lilian Harvey began her career by attending the dance and voice school of the Berlin State Opera in 1923.After an engagement as a revue dancer in Vienna in 1924, Harvey received her first movie role as the young Jewish girl "Ruth" in the Austrian film

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December 11th, 2019

Portrait Photos of Jane Fonda for the Warner Brothers' Film “The Chapman Report” in 1962

The Chapman Report is a 1962 American Technicolor drama film made by DFZ Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was directed by George Cukor and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and Richard D. Zanuck, from a screenplay by Wyatt Cooper and Don Mankiewicz, adapted by Gene Allen and Grant Stuart from Irvin

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Before Brangelina and “unconscious uncoupling,” Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt were one of the most beautiful couples of the 1990s. They were both blond, blue-eyed, strong-jawed, and at one point, even had the same haircut. From 1994 to 1997, they were stunning and inseparable, and we all waited for their wedding with ba

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Marie Fredriksson, who as the singer of Roxette was one of the most recognizable voices in 1980s and ’90s pop, had died on Monday, 9 December “following a 17-year long battle with cancer,” her manager has confirmed.

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They are not celebrities, but these girls are just as beautiful as they are.

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December 10th, 2019

Which gifts did children often get on Christmas in the 1950s and '60s? Check out these cool snaps to see.

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The giant size of the stump gives a good idea of the size of the old growth trees.As the first waves of loggers swept over great portions of the Pacific Northwest’s old-growth forests in the second half of the nineteenth century, those men opened up the dark dense woodlands to settlement. And they surely left thei

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One could say the classic romance of Ponti and Loren was like a true fairy tale. From the rag Sofia Sciocolone born in poverty to the renowned and dazzling actress, the audience perhaps have known her by many other names throughout her remarkable career, such as Lucia Curcio in It Started in Naples, Cesira in Two

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December 9th, 2019

East Berlin was the capital city of the German Democratic Republic from 1949 to 1990. Formally, it was the Soviet sector of Berlin, established in 1945. The American, British, and French sectors were known as West Berlin. 

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These risque Marilyn Monroe photographs were taken on the 20th Century Fox studio back lot in Los Angles in 1956. Milton Greene believed in Marilyn’s range as an actress and during this sitting the two took on a number of characters to exemplify her range.Known as the ‘Hooker’ sitting, these images of Marilyn

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The dawn of the jet age in the 1950s had a dramatic effect on the American people and designers of the time. Jets were symbolic of the new modern age of speed, aerodynamics, miracle materials and advanced engineering. Our clothes, homes, workplace and cities all reflected these new modern concepts and approaches, but perhap

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The amazing photographs were taken by Tom Mathias, a self-taught photographer, at the turn of the 20th Century. Using simple equipment, Tom Mathias recorded the daily life around the Cilgerran district of Dyfed, west Wales.Following Mathias’s death in 1940 all his negatives were dumped in an outhouse, where they l

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A cool set of vintage snapshots shows beautiful ladies posing with their guitars in the past.

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December 8th, 2019

“When I started back in 1934,” Foncie Pulice recalled in that interview, “there were six companies in Vancouver, but when we really started to go was during the war. The public couldn’t get film, you see, so the street photographers were all they had. Servicemen would come home on leave, they’d have p

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The History of Christmas Trees – How Did the Tree Come to America

Long before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter. Just as people today decorate their homes during the festive season with pine, spruce, and fir trees, ancient peoples hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows. In many countries it

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This view was recorded five years before Steep Street, curving away to the left, was demolished and replaced by a realigned road, Colston Street. The photograph was published in 1891 as a nostalgic view by Bristol art publishers and print sellers Frost & Reed. A limited run of 100 prints was produced and the negative de

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Born 1944 in Iskrets, Sofia Province, Bulgarian-French singer and actress Sylvie Vartan is known as one of the most productive and tough-sounding yé-yé artists. Her performances often featured elaborate show-dance choreography, and she made many appearances on French and Italian TV.

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December 7th, 2019

National Velvet is a 1944 American Technicolor sports film directed by Clarence Brown and based on the novel of the same name by Enid Bagnold, published in 1935. It stars Mickey Rooney, Donald Crisp, and a young Elizabeth Taylor.In 2003, National Velvet was selected for preservation in the United State

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The Auto Wash Bowl in Chicago, ca. 1920s

Here’s a photo from 1924 and shows a newfangled type of car wash that stood at the northwest corner of 42nd Street and South Michigan Avenue.

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The Prince and the Showgirl is a 1957 romantic comedy film, starring Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, who also served as director and producer, and Sybil Thorndike. The movie was widely notorious for its backstage talk surrounding the rift between Olivier and Monroe, with the legendary symbol acting unprofessionally

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What did naughty girls look like in the early 20th century? Just check out this hilarious photo collection to see.

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December 6th, 2019

Called the “Black Marilyn Monroe” and “The Bronze Blond Bombshell,” Joyce Bryant (born 1928) is an African-American singer and actress who achieved fame in the late 1940s and early 1950s as a theater and nightclub performer.

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Tina Turner, wearing a dark crocheted mini-dress, posed in a dynamic studio session in New York City for photographer Jack Robinson on November 25, 1969.Jack Robinson began his photography career in 1955 after moving to New York City. While working as a freelance fashion photographer he caught the eye of the fashion

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Vintage German Cards From Early and Mid-Century That Show Female Krampus Who Punishes Bad Men

Most people know of the European Krampus who collected and punished bad children. There are quite a few German cards from early and mid-century that show a female version of Krampus who punishes bad men.December 5th marks the pagan holiday Krampusnacht! For those of you who haven’t heard of Krampusnacht, it is

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Amsterdam is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands. It is in the province of North Holland and colloquially referred to as the "Venice of the North" due to its large number of canals which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.As the commercial capital of the Netherlands and one of the top finan

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December 5th, 2019

Born 1917 in Florida, American photographer Loomis Dean became fascinated with photography while watching a friend print a photograph in a darkroom, and later chose to study photography at the Eastman School of Photography in Rochester, New York.

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As Christmas approached in the waning days of 1882, Edward Hibberd Johnson (January 4, 1846 – September 9, 1917) joined his fellow New Yorkers in decking the halls. Then as now, Yuletide traditions ran deep, and the 36-year-old once again undertook the annual ritual of decorating the parlor of his Manhattan home with a ma

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These candid shots by Susan Wood captured the media mogul gardening, collecting eggs, herding geese and cooking at the 1805 farmhouse on Turkey Hill Road that she shared with her then-husband Andrew Stewart in Westport, Connecticut in August 1976.

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When Mom Was Young: 50 Beautiful Pics of an Italian Girl in the 1950s

An amazing photo collection from Linda Vignato that captured portrait of her beautiful mom Maria Lavinia Bovelli (Napoli 1938 - Siena 1992) in the late 1950s.

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December 4th, 2019

Born 1917 in Brooklyn, American singer and actress Lena Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of 16 in 1933 and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood.

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This photo is called “Three Boys Behind Barbed Wire”, taken by Toyo Miyatake in 1944. As a professional photographer and a Japanese-America, Miyatake snuck film into the internment camp Manzanar and built a camera out of scrap wood, since cameras were strictly forbidden inside the camps.

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Long gone are the days when very short hair was for boys only, but in the 1960s film Breathless by Jean-Luc Goddard, such a short cut was (literally) on the cutting-edge of fashion and beauty trends. Instead of giving the beautiful French actress Jean Seberg a masculine look, this short New Wave pixie actually emphas

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Dresden is the capital city of the German state of Saxony and the state's second most populous city after Leipzig. It is the 12th most populous city of Germany, the fourth largest by area after Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne, as well as the third most populous city in the area of former East Germany, after (East) Berlin an

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December 3rd, 2019

What would people often want to pose with for photographing on Christmas Day in the 1960s? Just check out these pics to see.

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“Remember all your friends who remember how great cigarettes used to taste.”Here are a few vintage Christmas cigarette and cigar adverts from the 1960s. Including Benson & Hedges, Kool, L&M, Lucky Strike, Marlboro, Pall Mall, Tareyton, Viceroy and White Owl...

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Notorious is a 1946 spy film noir directed by Sir Alfred Hitchcock, written by Ben Hecht, and starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains. The film was considered to be the turning point of Hitchcock’s career, representing his stylistic and artistic maturity. One of the biggest hits of 1946 and a critical

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Born 1937 as Ingoushka Petrov in Warsaw, Polish-British actress, author, and writer Ingrid Pitt made her film debut in Doctor Zhivago, playing a minor role in 1965.Pitt appeared as Queen Galleia of Atlantis in The Time Monster, which was the fifth serial of the ninth season of Doctor Who in 1972. She returned to Doc

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