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In 1896 Workers Attempted to Eradicate Moth Larvae From a Large Elm Tree in Malden, Massachusetts


Medford, being one of the oldest towns in the State, had many very large elms. This was also true of Malden. It was believed by some of the residents that it would be impossible to clear the moths from these trees except by the aid of a balloon. The largest tree in the infested region was selected for trial of the possibility of extermination. This tree is situated on the property of the Messrs. Dexter of Malden, and stands in front of the old Dexter mansion. The tree has been owned by this family for more than two hundred years. If not the largest tree in the State, it is one of the largest.

Early in 1891 an attempt was made to clear the moths from the tree, and a gang of four men, who had had some experience, went to work upon it to destroy the eggs of the moth. After working for several days upon the tree they reported it cleared. Another gang of men was put at work upon the tree, and six hundred additional egg clusters were discovered. Notwithstanding this, caterpillars appeared in the spring upon the tree. It was then sprayed thoroughly, an extension ladder sixty-five feet in length being used, together with several additional ladders placed in various parts of the tree. Later in the season all the holes in the limbs were covered or filled, and the few egg-clusters found were treated with creosote oil.

In 1892 the tree was banded with tarred paper, which was kept constantly moist with a mixture of tree ink, tar and oil. A few caterpillars were found, however, on the tree, having hatched probably from scattered eggs left in the crevices in the bark.

In 1893 no caterpillars appeared, and no form of the moth has been found since 1892 upon the tree. In the inspections of the tree every care has been taken to go over it thoroughly, from its highest branches to the base of the trunk. The dead limbs have been removed and holes have been covered, but no other work has been necessary at the regular inspections. Plate XXXVI shows men at work in the inspection of the tree.

The Dexter elm has the following dimensions: circumference at base, 29 feet; circumference six feet from the ground, 21 feet; height, 110 feet; spread from north-east to south-west, 104 feet. Some of the branches of the tree are 3 feet in diameter.(image)

24 Amazing Behind the Scenes Photos From the Making of 'Raging Bull' (1980)


Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull isn't a boxing movie, it's a movie about a boxer – one whose greatest fights were against himself.Raging Bull was Robert De Niro's passion project, and it took him years to convince his friend, director Martin Scorsese, to make the film. He read Jake LaMotta's autobiography during the production of The Godfather Part II, in 1973 or 74. While the book is hardly a masterpiece, De Niro saw in it a rich character: a belligerent and insecure beast that took all his psycho-sexual demons into the boxing ring until he eventually reached rock bottom.Scorsese never cared for sports, and especially not boxing, claiming that what little he'd seen on television wasn't very visual. But after the great director's personal problems with drug addiction led to a collapse (exacerbated by asthma and a trip to the high altitude Telluride Film Festival in 1978), he realized, from his hospital bed, that he and “Bob” were going to make this their next project. (Raging Bull would be their fourth collaboration out of an eventual nine.)Scorsese hired the genius makeup artist Michael Westmore (who later created the look of nearly every alien species from Star Trek: The Next Generation) to create LaMotta's busted-up schnozz. But the wrap-around scenes set in the 1960s needed more padding. To that end, De Niro one-upped every screen actor before, and halted production on the film for four months to get “in shape.”Having shot Bernardo Bertolucci's epic 1900 in Italy, he knew where to go to load up on carbohydrates, and set off on a raging eating binge, gaining 60 pounds to play the down-and-out version of the character. De Niro was known to do research for a character — he drove a few shifts as an actual cabbie before shooting Scorsese's Taxi Driver and spent weeks soaking up the atmosphere of a steel town before making The Deer Hunter – but this level of commitment was unprecedented. Luckily, he'd also done some intensive boxing training (with the real LaMotta) for the first part of the movie, so knew some tips for getting the weight off.Surely, this legendary bit of backstage business, in addition to the remarkable performance, helped secure De Niro's Oscar win for Best Actor.See more »[...]

The 1950s: The Boom Period of Wedding Gowns After World War II


After the shortages of World War II, women were ready for a little luxury. And brides didn't want to skimp on the lace or fabric.

In 1947, French designer Christian Dior caused a sensation when he introduced his "new look," hour-glass dresses with long, flowing skirts - skirts made of yards and yards of cloth.

The billowing skirts and wasp-waist designs evolved in the 1950s and may have peaked around 1956. There are also many other notable designs in this period.

Check out these glamorous photos to see what brides looked like in the 1950s.

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Mom's World: Lifestory Through Beautiful Photos of an American Woman From the Late 1940 and Early 1950s


These amazing photos from Joey Harrison that were taken mostly by his mother. They show a part of his mom's world from 1947 to January 1954, before he was born.“My Parents: Jerry and Skip Harrison who married in 1947. Before I came along, and with diminishing returns thereafter, my mom pursued photography passionately and studiously. She created a large body of work centered around her life with my father and her birth family.”Portraits of my mom Skip Harrison in the early 1950s“My mom was an accomplished amateur photographer, and she took many shots with her Ansco twin-lens reflex mounted on a tripod with a mechanical time release screwed into the shutter button. She also had a large flood light (which I still have and use for work projects). Many of my mom's shots were taken with a tripod and self-timer. She'd compose the photo, set the exposure, start the self-timer, and race into position. Sometimes she set the exposure, adjusted the light, and composed the shot. Then my dad would simply press the shutter.”“My mom has been also a utilitarian seamstress all her life. Using her beloved 1950 Singer, she made clothing for my sisters (lots of matching outfits), slipcovers, custom-sized sheets, and curtains. Lots of curtains.”Mom and Dad at wedding altar, 1947Bride in a blur, West Virginia, 1947Mom and dad on their honeymoon vacation to Pittsburgh, 1947'Our wedding night', 1947Steubenville's Kit Kat Klub, Ohio, 1947See more »[...]

25 Vintage Photographs Capture Daily Life of American Children During the Great Depression


During his 50 year career as a photographer, Arthur Rothstein documented a great variety of subjects, including baseball games, war, struggling farmers, and U.S. Presidents.After his graduation from Columbia University, Rothstein’s former professor Roy Stryker, the head of the Photo Unit for the Resettlement Administration (which would later become the Farm Security Administration) made Rothstein the first staff photographer at the Resettlement Administration. Rothstein spent the next five years creating some of the most iconic images of rural and small-town America during the Great Depression (1935-1940).Rothstein’s work for the FSA earned him $1,620 a year, with an allowance of 2 cents per mile and $5 a day for food and lodging. While on the job, Rothstein carried with him only what he needed.During the five years that he spent working in this division for Stryker, Rothstein took around 80,000 images, many of them later becoming some of the most iconic images of the Great Depression. As he worked on producing these images over his five-year career at the FSA, Rothstein kept in mind that the documentary work that he was doing had “the power to move men’s minds.”He used his documentary work as a way to teach others about life; how people live, work, and play, the social structures that people are a part of, and the environments in which they live in. As Rothstein said of documentary photography in his 1986 book entitled Documentary Photography, “The aim is to move people to action, to change or prevent a situation because it may be wrong or damaging, or to support or encourage one because it is beneficial.”Family of resettlement farmer, Skyline Farms, Alabama, 1935Children of sharecropper, North Carolina, 1935Sharecropper's children, 1935Son of a cotton sharecropper, Lauderdale County, Mississippi, 1935See more »[...]

Rarely Seen Photographs Give a Unique Glimpse of Life Aboard Titanic Shortly Before Its Sinking in 1912


The Reverend Francis Patrick Mary Browne (1880-1960) was a distinguished Irish Jesuit and a prolific photographer. His best known photographs are those of the RMS Titanic and its passengers and crew taken shortly before its sinking in 1912.In April 1912 he received a present from his uncle: a ticket for the maiden voyage of RMS Titanic from Southampton, England to Queenstown, Ireland, via Cherbourg, France. He traveled to Southampton via Liverpool and London, boarding the Titanic on the afternoon of 10 April 1912. He was booked in cabin no. A37 on the Promenade Deck. Browne took dozens of photographs of life aboard Titanic on that day and the next morning; he shot pictures of the gymnasium, the Marconi room, the first-class dining saloon, his own cabin, and of passengers enjoying walks on the Promenade and Boat decks. He captured the last known images of many crew and passengers, including Captain Edward J. Smith, gymnasium manager T.W. McCawley, engineer William Parr, Major Archibald Butt, and numerous third-class passengers whose names are unknown.During his voyage on the Titanic, Browne was befriended by an American millionaire couple who were seated at his table in the liner's first-class dining saloon. They offered to pay his way to New York and back in return for Browne spending the voyage to New York in their company. Browne telegraphed his superior requesting permission, but the reply was an unambiguous "GET OFF THAT SHIP – PROVINCIAL".Browne left the Titanic when she docked in Queenstown and returned to Dublin to continue his theological studies. When the news of the ship's sinking reached him, he realized that his photos would be of great interest, and he negotiated their sale to various newspapers and news cartels. They appeared in publications around the world. Browne retained the negatives. His most famous album has been described as the Titanic Album of Father Browne.Trunks being carried aboard the Titanic, April 11, 1912.Promenade deck of the Titanic, after leaving Southampton and passing the Portuguese RMSP Tagus, 1912.Woman selling Irish lace aboard the Titanic, April 11, 1912.The Titanic at Portsmouth, April 10, 1912.Gymnasium on the Titanic, 1912.See more »[...]

23 Amazing Photographs That Capture Daily Life in the Netherlands in 1904


Images shot by an unknown photographer on a "Grand Tour" through Europe in 1904.Four boys from Volendam.Old fisherman in traditional Marken garb.Street scene in front of the Hotel Spaander in Volendam.Fishing boats at the docks. The registration number on the sail suggests the port is Volendam.Man with dog cart.See more »[...]

70 Amazing Color Snaps That Capture Street Scenes of Edinburgh, Scotland in the Early 1960s


These color snaps from doveson2002 show what Edinburgh looked like from the early 1960s.Princes Street looking west, Edinburgh, circa 1960 Castle Street, Edinburgh, circa 1960Princes Street looking east, Edinburgh, circa 1960Princes Street looking east, Edinburgh, circa 1960St. Cuthbert's horse-drawn milk cart, Canongate, Edinburgh, 1960See more »[...]

33 Interesting Pics That Capture American People With Telephones in the 1950s


The 1950s were prosperous years for the United States and saw many technological and economic advances. One of these forward strides was the widespread adoption of the telephone in American homes and businesses.

By the 1950s, roughly two-thirds of American households had at least one telephone, with the percentage growing every year.

Take a look at these interesting pictures to see American people with their telephones in the 1950s.

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Awesome Photographs of Jon Bon Jovi in Shorts in the 1980s


Jon Bon Jovi is one of the most powerful influences when it came to Rock fashion. Whether we admit it or not. Deep down we all dream of being a Rock star.

While many fads in fashion, music and culture ultimately died with their subsequent decades, New Jersey’s Bon Jovi was arguably the biggest thing from the ’80s to transcend multiple generations.

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Portraits of 10 Female Rock Stars Who Helped Define the Genre of Rock


For as long as there has been rock music, women have played a role in its success. Some were a major influence on artists of their generation, and some were a major influence on the success of the bands with which they worked. All excelled at creating and performing rock music, as songwriters, instrumentalists, and singers. Below is a list of women in rock whose influence is still felt today.1. Pat BenatarOne of the first women associated with hard rock, Pat Benatar's rise from bank teller to arena rock star was meteoric. Success began with her first album, "In the Heat of the Night" in 1979. Her second album, "Crimes of Passion" put her in an ideal position to become one of the first and most frequently played artists on MTV when it launched in 1981.2. Chrissie HyndeDespite spending much of the '70s unsuccessfully trying to form or permanently join a band, Chrissie Hynde finally got her demo tape to a record label owner whose backing enabled her to put together The Pretenders. On the strength of their self-titled debut album in 1979, the band rode rock's New Wave movement through the '80s, succeeding in spite of internal conflict and numerous changes.3. Joan JettAfter success in the mid-'70s with one of the first all-female rock bands, The Runaways, Joan Jett went on to even greater success with her own band, The Blackhearts. Their first album, "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" in 1981 was an immediate hit. In addition to her talent as a vocalist, Jett has distinguished herself as a guitarist, songwriter, and producer.4. Janis JoplinJanis Joplin was one of the first female artists to break the "girl singer" mold that existed in folk and pop music in the mid-'60s. Her fusion of rock and blues-influenced both male and female artists. Her breakthrough came after performing with Big Brother and The Holding Company at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. She also performed at Woodstock in 1969. She was approaching the height of her success in 1970 when she died of a drug/alcohol overdose.5. Stevie NicksSince joining Fleetwood Mac in 1975, Stevie Nicks established herself as a major vocal and songwriting talent. While still a member of the band, she also launched a solo career in 1981. Artists in various genres have cited Nicks as a major influence on their music.See more »[...]

Fabian Forte: American Teen Idol of the Late 1950s and Early 1960s


Born 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, American singer and actor Fabiano Anthony Forte, better known to his fans as Fabian, rose to national prominence after performing several times on American Bandstand.Forte became a teen idol of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Eleven of his songs reached the Billboard Hot 100 listing.These cool photos that capture portrait of teenager Fabian from the late 1950s and early 1960s.See more »[...]

44 Fascinating Black and White Photos That Capture Street Scenes of New York in the 1970s


Chris Protopapas is a Greek-Belgian who came to the United States at age 12, in 1967 and became an American in 1975.“I got my first camera in 1974, an antique Nikon rangefinder, and have been photographing my home (New York City) and the world ever since. Most of my work is on film, and I have been slowly scanning it as time permits, on a very high-end drum scanner. ”These fascinating black and white photos he captured street scenes of New York from the fall of 1974 to 1977 “with my Nikon S3 and a 35mm Zeiss lens. I guess I should have spent even more time documenting the city in those days, especially the little storefronts which are almost all gone now.”Musician, Washington Square Park, New York City, 1974Musician, Washington Square Park, New York City, 1974Musicians, Centrak Park, New York City, 1974Musicians, Centrak Park, New York City, 1974Musicians, Centrak Park, New York City, 1974See more »[...]

30 Crazy Photographs That Capture the Disco Scene of the 1970s


The heyday of disco fashion blossomed from the music played at gay underground New York clubs such as the Loft, Tenth Floor, and 12 West in the early 1970s. Other clubs such as Infinity, Flamingo, the Paradise Garage, Le Jardin, and the Saint launched a disco culture that brought with it an anything-goes attitude and all-night dancing.Studio 54 became the place to be seen in disco clothing such as boob-tubes, platform shoes, flared trousers and body-conscious shapes dressed in lurex, glitter and crazy patterns or colours. Studio 54 played an essential role creating the nightclub scene that is still with us today – a place where people dress to be noticed and in the latest fashion.The successful movie Saturday Night Fever (1977) ensured that disco hung around for a few years before becoming very unfashionable when Punk Rock and New Wave became the new anti-fashion fashion. Below are 30 vintage photographs that show just how crazy 1970s disco really was...A group of people get down on a mirrored dance floor, circa 1978. (David Redfern / Redferns)Actor and singer Grace Jones gives a big smile to the camera while partying at Studio 54 in New York City, 1978. (Rose Hartman / Getty Images)Metallic-painted dancers at a disco club perform on stage in New York City, 1978. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)A woman known as "Disco Granny" dances with a young man at Studio 54, circa 1978. (Images Press / Getty Images)A crowd of dancers at the disco club in New York City, 1978. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)See more »[...]

The Real Boarding Pass for RMS Titanic, 1912


This photograph of Titanic ticket is a third class boarding pass for RMS Titanic ship that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912. It was one page ticket issued by the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company or White Star Line to the passengers on the Titanic.

The third-class accommodations on Titanic were often known as steerage, which is why the Titanic ticket reads “THIRD CLASS (STEERAGE) PASSENGER’S CONTRACT TICKET.”

It was strongly believed that when the Titanic hit the iceberg, a 350 foot gash was torn in the starboard side of the forward hull. The huge gash in the bow allowed water to infiltrate the ship and cause six of the sixteen watertight compartments to flood.

The Titanic was designed to stay afloat if 3 or possibly 4 compartments flooded. As the sea rose above the watertight bulkheads, adjoining compartments filled with water. The added water weight pulled Titanic’s bow deeper into the ocean until the great ship gave up its fight and finally sank.

Titanic's third class cabin

The sinking of RMS Titanic in 1912 has been a tragic, historic event, and till date, many artifacts relating to the ship and its ill-fated sinking are exhibited and even sold online.(image)

62 Emotional Pictures That Capture Private Moments of 'Soldiers at Rest' During World War II


War brings pain, sacrifice. It is really cruel, especially for the soldiers directly involved in combat. Private moments of these soldiers are really something rare and worthwhile.A collection of emotional pictures from MacArthur Museum that shows rare private moments of soldiers resting during the World War II.Bottle babyBravery amazes homelandBritain’s home guard studies guerrilla warfareBritish girls pour tea for yanksChow for yanks in BunaSee more »[...]

32 Amazing Color Photos That Show Life of an American Family From the 1950s


These amazing color photos from Lisby's Family Photo Album that show the life of members in her family including her parents, grandparents, and her aunts from 1952 to 1955 in Maryland, Florida, and New Jersey.My Grandparents James Albert and Lillian Fox Longmore, Silver Spring, Maryland, 1952My Grandmother Lillian Fox Longmore, Silver Spring, Maryland, 1952My Grandparents James Albert and Lillian Fox Longmore, Silver Spring, Maryland, 1952My Great-Aunt Helen Fox Wimmer, Great-Aunt Charlotta Fox Hurlbert, and Grandmother Lillian Fox Longmore, Silver Spring, Maryland, 1952My Mother Elaine "Sally" Garnand Longmore, Grandfather James Albert Longmore, and Grandmother Lillian Fox Longmore, Silver Spring, Maryland, 1952See more »[...]

14 Classic Hollywood Scandals You May Have Never Heard Of


Historic Hollywood scandals were mired in filth, debauchery, and depravity. Some scandals are timeless: The Fatty Arbuckle trial, the Black Dahlia, and the Sharon Tate murder are still well-known decades after they occurred. Others, however, have faded into obscurity, even though the public indulged in their salaciousness during their heyday.1. Errol Flynn and the Two Underage GirlsErrol Flynn, who played roles ranging from Robin Hood to Captain Blood and more, once found himself standing trial for statutory rape. The accusations surfaced in late 1942, when two underage girls came forward to press charges. Betty Hansen said that she was accosted at the Bel Air home of Flynn’s friend Frederick McEvoy, while Peggy Satterlee said the incident took place on Flynn’s yacht.The case went to trial in early 1943, and after a heated trial that included Flynn’s lawyer accusing both girls of affairs with married men and other indiscretions (including an illegal abortion that Satterlee allegedly had), Flynn was acquitted. However, the widespread coverage of the trial did long term damage to his image, both on and off-screen.2. Joan Crawford’s Appearance in a Pornographic FilmBefore Joan Crawford was a big-screen superstar, she was what most girls new to Hollywood were in those days – hungry for parts. During her teenage years, she allegedly appeared in a pornographic film titled Velvet Lips. When Crawford became an MGM star, the studio supposedly sent out its notorious fixer, Eddie Mannix (who was alternatively listed as MGM general manager or comptroller over the years) to find, acquire, and destroy the negatives of Velvet Lips.There are two versions of the story as to how Mannix managed the job. One says that he simply paid $100,000 for the negatives and destroyed them, while also tracking down and destroying all prints of the film. The second, and more enjoyable story, is that he partnered with the mob to negotiate the purchase of the negatives, who talked the holders down to $25,000 by offering them the option of simply being shot down instead.Whichever version of the story is real, Crawford’s FBI file says that the film did exist, citing a “high police authority.” When Crawford left MGM in 1943, she wrote the studio a personal check for $50,000, an amount that many believe was a reimbursement of the studio’s expenses incurred in destroying Velvet Lips.3. MGM Got Judy Garland Hooked on Diet PillsJudy Garland, probably best known for her beautiful voice and her role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, signed with MGM when she was just a 13-year-old starting out singing in vaudeville under her real name, Frances Gumm. She first appeared on screen in 1936’s Pigskin Parade, a musical comedy about college football coaches, and MGM execs were already chiding her about her weight. They told her she looked like a “fat little pig with pigtails” and placed her on a forced diet, something that would be commonplace for her career.The studio restricted her calories so heavily that fell into cycles of starving and binging. In 1938, a MGM exec told her that she was so fat she looked like a monster, and when she was 18, Louis Mayer himself allowed her to consume only black coffee and chicken soup, along with 80 cigarettes and diet pills every four hours to reduce her appetite (these pills were commonplace at the time for child stars). This kept the weight off, but anytime she stopped dieting, her weight would skyrocket. Studio managers would send memos on her daily eating, including notes like “Garland gained 10 pounds. Costumes refitted,” and “Judy sneaked out be[...]

These 15 Animated Classic Album Covers Are Mesmerizing and Hilarious!


Animated album covers are a fanart meme in which fans of a band or type of music create endless GIF loop versions of the illustrations or photographs featured on the record cover. These 15 hilarious animated classic album covers are collected from Beautiful Album Covers' blog.1. The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night2. Michael Jackson - Thriller3. Klaus Nomi - Klaus Nomi4. The Clash - London Calling5. David Bowie - Diamond DogsSee more »[...]

Learn How to Dress Up Like ABBA: 11 Fashion Styles That Make Women Scream and Want in the 1970s and ’80s


If you haven’t heard of the sensational pop group of the ’70s, ABBA, you have missed out on some very peppy numbers. But wait, pub hoppers and PYTs whose parents have been the pub hoppers too, would know who ABBA is, and their sense of fashion too.ABBA was a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972, comprising Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. ABBA fashion was a rage back then, with peppy numbers flowing through them and the styles emulated all across the world. Leading ladies of the 1970s and ’80s and everyone wore the ABBA fashion brand like there is no tomorrow. Let’s take a look at some of ABBA fashion styles that make us scream and want for more.1. Gorgeous Yet Sensual in SwimwearHere’s Agnetha, the main icon of ABBA back in the 1970s showing some skin without the obnoxious touch, on a tour in Australia, in a two piece bikini. If you want to emulate the same, a quirky star placed neatly on the bikini top is quite enough to oomph the simple sassy girl next door look. What do you think about this ABBA clothing style?2. Cross Top Draped SkirtBack in the 1970s, the cross top draped cotton shirts were a huge hit, and most of them came in dark self-colored versions with etchings of floral touches to the hemlines and the collars only or the cuffs of the top too. The flower power seventies epitomized and seduced the ways of fashion statements back then!3. Bell Bottoms Jeans With EmbellishmentsBell bottom pants and denims were the norm back in the 1970s, and to add more oomph to the same statement, PYTs would often embellish their denims with cut out imageries of celestial motifs and floral touches for a psychedelic effect to come through.4. Poncho Tops in SilkWondering how to wear your poncho tops? Here’s an idea by the ABBA group. Wear them with bell bottom pants, hot pants, boyfriend shorts or even with long flowing skirts, keeping the midriff zone exposed for a sassy look!5. Monochromatic Look Needn’t Be BlackIf you thought monochromatic meant only blacks, you were wrong. Our ABBA icon, Agnetha shows us how back then they would use a mix of shines and mattes in one shade to create oomphatic ABBA dress up ideas while performing live on stage!See more »[...]

Beautiful Portrait of Sharon Tate During the 1960s Taken by Her Close Friend Shahrokh Hatami


Born 1943 in Dallas, Texas, Sharon Tate was an American actress and model, as well as the wife of director Roman Polański.Hailed as one of Hollywood's most promising newcomers in the late 1960s, she was revered for her flawless blonde looks and sweet personality, one that seemed to radiate with warmth and a magnetism.Her work in Don't Make Waves and The Wrecking Crew as well as her Golden Globe-Nominated performance in Valley of the Dolls had her on the verge of becoming an international star when she was tragically murdered by Charles Manson and his followers in the summer of 1969. At the time of her death, she was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with the couple's son.Shahrokh Hatami who was her close personal friend, as well as her favorite photographer shot many beautiful pictures of Sharon from 1965 to her last days of life. And here some of them.See more »[...]

Rare Kodachrome Photos That Capture Everyday Life of Peru Marketplaces in 1946


An amazing collection of Kodachrome pictures from album5900 that shows everyday life of Peru marketplaces in 1946.See more »[...]

Rare Photographs of Mark Twain and His Beloved Cats From the 1900s


Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, is referenced in libraries across the world, and, while ranking his best works may keep literary critics busy, his preference in pets is unmistakably cut-and-dry.Mark Twain liked cats more than he liked people.“If man could be crossed with the cat,” he wrote, “it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”Twain had, count them, at least 32 cats, whose names were perhaps even more impressive than their master’s wit. Apollinaris, Beelzebub, Blatherskite, Buffalo Bill, Satan, Sin, Sour Mash, Tammany, Zoroaster, Soapy Sal and Pestilence. He loved them more than most humans and was confounded by humans who didn’t love them back.“When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.”See more »[...]

35 Adorable Angelina Jolie's Childhood Photos From the 1970s and Early 1980s


Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress, movie director, humanitarian and global celebrity. She rose to fame through her title role in the film Lara Croft. In recent years, Jolie has moved into film production, acting as director, writer and producer. She has six children, three of whom are adopted. She serves in a capacity as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR.Born in Los Angeles, California, Jolie is the daughter of actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. She is the sister of actor James Haven, and the niece of singer-songwriter Chip Taylor and geologist and volcanologist Barry Voight.After her parents' separation in 1976, Jolie and her brother lived with their mother, who had abandoned her acting ambitions to focus on raising her children. Her mother raised her Catholic, but did not require her to go to church. As a child, she often watched films with her mother and it was this, rather than her father's successful career, that inspired her interest in acting. When Jolie was six years old, Bertrand and her live-in partner, filmmaker Bill Day, moved the family to Palisades, New York; they returned to Los Angeles five years later. Jolie then decided she wanted to act and enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, where she trained for two years and appeared in several stage productions.Jolie first attended Beverly Hills High School, where she felt isolated among the children of some of the area's affluent families because her mother survived on a more modest income. She was teased by other students, who targeted her for being extremely thin and for wearing glasses and braces. Her early attempts at modeling, at her mother's insistence, proved unsuccessful. She then transferred to Moreno High School, an alternative school, where she became a "punk outsider," wearing all-black clothing, going out moshing, and experimenting with knife play with her live-in boyfriend. At age 16, after the relationship had ended, Jolie graduated from high school and rented her own apartment, before returning to theater studies, though in 2004 she referred to this period with the observation, “I am still at heart—and always will be—just a punk kid with tattoos.”See more »[...]

50 Candid Photographs Capture the London Rockabilly and Indie & Pop Music Scenes of the Mid-1980s


A pair of books of 1980s photography of the London rockabilly and indie & pop music scenes.In the mid 1980s photographer Adrian Sensicle took many rolls of 35mm black and white film of the London rockabilly scene. The book of these photos includes four iconic London rockin' venues of the day, such as The Phoenix, and two of the bands, Red Hot 'n' Blue and the Chevalier Brothers. All enhanced by comments from people there at the time.“In 1986 I co-created a fanzine called Zine devoted to indie and pop music,” he said. “I took a great many candid interview and gig photos for the articles, which have not seen the light of day since the 1980s.”The book will feature unique photos of artists such as John Peel, Paul Weller, Edwyn Collins, Billy Mackenzie, Deacon Blue, Cyndi Lauper, Bo Diddley, Bow Wow Wow, The Pale Fountains, The Blow Monkeys...; accompanied by some of the original Zine articles and graphics.These candid photographs in both books stand by themselves as a record of the time, taken from the viewpoint of an insider, the other voices in the texts add personal color and detail.See more »[...]