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Portraits of Celebrities Through Alan Light's Lens From Between the 1970s and 1990s


These amazing pictures were taken by American photographer Alan Light that show portraits of celebrities over the years at the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, movie premieres, and other places. Bette Midler at the premiere of the movie 'The Rose', November 7, 1979 Bette Davis and Elizabeth Taylor at a Filmex 'An Evening With Elizabeth Taylor', November 8, 1981Elizabeth Taylor and Gregory Peck at a Filmex 'An Evening With Elizabeth Taylor', Taylor's then-husband, Seantor John Warner, is behind the candle flames, November 8, 1981Dolly Parton with a fan and holding the fan's baby at the Kahala Hilton Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1983Sylvester Stallone with a fan holding her baby at the Kahala Hilton Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1983See more »[...]

Beautiful Woman With a Perfect Body: 33 Rare and Gorgeous Color Photos of Betty Brosmer in the 1950s


Born in Pasadena, California in 1935, American bodybuilder and physical fitness expert Betty Brosmer started her model career at the age of 13. The result was more than impressive; she has won over 50 beauty contests, has appeared on magazine covers more than 300 times, her image decorated more than a hundred calendars, billboards across the country, and she was the highest paid model.Brosmer was a forerunner of such stars as Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield. Her phenomenal measurements: 38-18-36 (in inches) and 96-45-91 (in centimeters) gave her the title “The most gorgeous body of 50s”. During the 1950s, she was a popular commercial model and pin-up girl.After marrying entrepreneur Joe Weider in 1961, Brosmer began a lengthy career as a spokesperson and trainer in the health and bodybuilding movements. She has been a longtime magazine columnist and co-authored several books on fitness and physical exercise.Take a look at these rare color pictures to see the beauty of Betty Brosmer in the 1950s.See more »[...]

Photographs of People in Their Cars Taken by Vivian Maier in the 1950s and 1960s


“Well, I suppose nothing is meant to last forever. We have to make room for other people. It’s a wheel. You get on, you have to go to the end. And then somebody has the same opportunity to go to the end and so on.” ― Vivian MaierVivian Maier (1926-2009) was an American amateur street photographer, who was born in New York City, but grew up in France. After returning to the United States, she worked for approximately forty years as a nanny in Chicago, Illinois. During those years, she took more than 100,000 photographs, primarily of people and cityscapes in Chicago, although she traveled and photographed worldwide.A free spirit but also a proud soul, Vivian became poor and was ultimately saved by three of the children she had nannied earlier in her life. Fondly remembering Maier as a second mother, they pooled together to pay for an apartment and took the best of care for her.Unbeknownst to them, one of Vivian’s storage lockers was auctioned off due to delinquent payments. In those storage lockers lay the massive hoard of negatives Maier secretly stashed throughout her lifetime. Maier’s massive body of work would come to light when in 2007 her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, it would eventually impact the world over and change the life of the man who championed her work and brought it to the public eye, John Maloof.[...]

24 Celebrities Who Look Strikingly Similar to Famous Figures From the Past


They say that everyone has a twin somewhere in the world. Most of us will never come across that doppelgänger given the vast expanse of the world, but if you’re a celebrity, your face is plastered everywhere and there are thousands of people who think they look like you. But what about people from the past? Here are 24 celebrities’ twins from the past that might make you believe in time travel.

1. Macaulay Culkin and the young Vladimir Putin

2. Peter Dinklage and Diego Velazquez’s “Portrait of Sebastián de Morra”

3. Jennifier Lawerence and her Egyptian twin-actress Zubaida Tharwat

4. Orlando Bloom and Nicolae Grigorescu

5. Alec Baldwin and President Millard Fillmore

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Extraordinary Color Photographs Capture Street Scenes of Carnaby Street and King’s Road, London in 1966


Jean-Philippe Charbonnier (1921-2004) was born in Paris in an artistic family. In 1939, his father gave him his first camera, and his neighbor, the cinema photographer Sam Lévin became his teacher and mentor.In the Second World War, he trained in a photo studio of Blanc et Demilly, before going to Switzerland in 1943. In Switzerland, he met Jean Manevy with whom he studied typography and lay-out design. In 1944, he returned to France and became a typesetter for the newspaper Libération, while working at the same time as a freelance photographer. In 1950, he joined the monthly magazine Réalités until 1974.Charbonnier was a photographic globetrotter who traveled around the world to photograph major events and famous people. In 1975, he left the magazine to become a freelancer again. In 1996, he received the Grand Prix de la photographie de la Ville de Paris. He died in Grasse in 2004.Below are some of extraordinary Swinging London photographs which were taken by Jean-Philippe Charbonnier on Carnaby Street and King’s Road in 1966.See more »[...]

39 Gorgeous Photos of Curvy Ladies From Edwardian Era


These gorgeous photos of Edwardian ladies show that they were so attractive.

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42 Fascinating Color Photos That Capture Street Children Portraits of New York in the 1980s


These fascinating color photographs were taken by American photographer Steven Seagal that show street portraits of children in New York from the 1980s.“I've been photographing the streets and subways of New York for the past 30 years. When young people today look at my shots from the 1980s, they are aghast. To them, New York of the 1980s is almost unrecognizable. And they are right.”“Photography for me is much more than the act of "taking pictures." I use photography as a way of literally opening my eyes to the surrounding world... and that particular perspective carries over to even when I'm not photographing...”See more »[...]

Brothers Recreate Their Childhood Photos as a Surprise for Their Mother


The brothers, Matt and Evan Breslow decided to recreate three photos as a surprise for their mother in 2012, it was such a success and they did four more in 2015 - some 30 years after they were originally taken.“The smile and the burst of laughter that came out of her, I've never heard her cackle as hilariously as she did in that moment,” Matt Breslow told Fox 12 News.“Our whole idea here is childhood, and the nostalgia and school bus and grilled cheese and connecting all those things,” he explained. “So we thought it would be funny if the tables were all these childhood pictures.”The project took a lot more work than it might look. Finding outfits similar to their childhood ones was a challenge, requiring them to scour thrift stores and the Internet for jean jackets and overalls. They even had to make some of the clothes themselves.“Goodwill, eBay, some vintage stores - I think we found one pair of the acid wash jeans at a vintage store,” Matt said. “Some of it we had to make, we had to create.”[...]

Prince's First Photo Shoot: See Rare Photographs of 19 Years Old Prince Before He Was Prince


In the autumn of 1977, Robert Whitman was approached by the managers of a then-unkown Minneapolis musician with a demo tape in the hope that he would take some promotional photographs of their new artist. From the moment Whitman heard Prince's "Soft And Wet" he was sold.“The first time I heard Prince voice was in "Soft and Wet". I was in the car with Gary Levinson, his business manager. After the first minute I looked at my friend and said “ This is more than special”. It was just different and I did not know who he was.” – Robert WhitmanHe began to shoot 19-year-old Prince all over the city, from the streets, car parks and Minneapolis's famous music wall to his manager's house. As the first professional photographer ever to shoot Prince, Whitman has now released the never-seen-before photos as one beautiful book: Prince Pre Fame.The book compiles pretty much all of Whitman's archives from that particular photography session – it's 200 pages deep, features 71 works, 18 contact sheets, a whopping total of 648 images, the original 1977 press brochure and diary entries from Prince's then business manager Gary Levinson. Plus there's a tribute essay from Spike Lee.[...]

1990s South Korea Street Style: 18 Forgotten Trends All ’90s Koreans Were Obsessed With


Everything was more simple back then. The country's reputation wasn't as popular as these days. Seoul was less sophisticated and there were still many poor areas. People were less materialistic and plastic surgery wasn't as common as these days.
"Korea in the 1970s and '80s had no fashion industry at all. It hardly had any industries to be honest. Up until the 1990s, I would say that we were barely living in a developed country." – Woo Youngmi, fashion designer.
The '90s in Korea was a crazy time. Fashion trends come and go but the style is forever! These 90s fashion trends in Korea are so bold and trendy, they look like K-Pop Idols' stage outfits.

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53 Color Snapshots of Beautiful Brides in the 1980s


Here is a gorgeous photo collection that captured portraits of beautiful brides from the 1980s.

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Women of the Civil War - 57 Glamorous Portrait Photos of American Young Ladies around 1863


Mathew Brady (1823-1896) was one of the most prolific photographers of the nineteenth century, creating a visual documentation of the Civil War period (1860-1865).During the Civil War, Brady and his associates traveled throughout the eastern part of the country, capturing the effects of the War through photographs of people, towns, and battlefields. Additionally, Brady kept studios in Washington, DC and New York City, where many influential politicians and war heroes sat for portraits.Mathew Brady photographed many subjects in the time of the Civil War, including various portraits of women.The U.S. National Archives has digitized over 6,000 images from the series Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes, and here are some young ladies from the collection that he shot around 1863.See more »[...]

David Bowie in Mustard Yellow Suit, Photograph by Terry O'Neill in 1974


1974 was a year of change for David Bowie. He left London and retired his futuristic costumes and the alter ego that propelled him to fame, Ziggy Stardust. That year, while on tour for the promotion of Diamond Dogs, Bowie sat for the documentary photographer Terry O’Neill in Los Angeles. The assignment was for a magazine and Bowie styled himself. “He walked into the studio with the most vibrant yellow-mustard suit and his hair was multi-coloured – a combination of yellow, orange and red,” O’Neill recalled. “I remember thinking how tired he looked knowing what we know now, he was living very fast in 1974, and you can see that in his eyes.”Terry O'Neill came to prominence in the 1960s with the new generation of photographers – including David Bailey and Brian Duffy – who rejected the static formality of the posed photographs of the 1950s and went instead for spontaneity and unusual settings. O'Neill worked with Bowie a number of times creating some of the most striking images of him, in particular the photo shoots around the Diamond Dogs album and tour.[...]

In the 1970s Real Men Wore Flared Trousers and Flowery T-Shirts. How Cool Do These Guys Look?


The bell bottom pants became popular in the late 1960s and continued to widen into the '70s as they gained in popularity. This was a time where polyester became a popular fabric to use in clothing. Also bold colors and prints became part of men's fashion for the first time.

Early 1970s fashion was a fun era. It culminated some of the best elements of the '60s and perfected and/or exaggerated them. Some of the best clothing produced in the 1970s perfectly blended the mods with the hippies.

Just when it seemed pants couldn't flare any more, the flare was almost gone. By the late 1970s the pant suit, leisure suit and track suit was what the average person was sporting. Every man had a few striped v-neck velour shirts.

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23 Fascinating Photographs Capture Daily Life in Russia Just After the Collapse of the Soviet Union


These fascinating color photos were made by a French photographer Jean-Paul Guilloteau, who visited Russia right after the collapse of the USSR. For most Russians these shots will cause nostalgic feelings. The photos show the Russian country that was already done with Communism but at that point Russia still didn’t know which way exactly should they go on next...Norilsk, bus stop. 1993.Norilsk, a passerby with egg packaging. 1993.Norilsk. “October” Porch mine management. 1993.Norilsk. Sobering. 1993.Norilsk. On one of the streets of the city. 1993.See more »[...]

41 Beautiful Portrait Photos of Young Ladies That Defined American Glamor in the 1970s


Al Pike is an American self-taught photographer purchasing his first 35mm camera while in the U.S. Air Force stationed at Torrejon Air Base near Madrid, Spain.Since retiring he is focusing on the artistry of digital photography with a Nikon DSLR. His digital photography so far has been published in magazines and calendars, shown in photography galleries, won awards, and selected for a book cover. An exhibition of his aviation photography is currently going on in his hometown.“I purchased of my first 35mm camera when I was in the US Air Force, and then the purchase of my first 35mm SLR a Konica Auto reflex T3 with Konica Zoom-Hexagon AR 35-70 mm / F3.5 lens in Chicago.Going to school full time did not leave much money to pay for film and processing. I moved to Philadelphia after finishing school still shooting with the Konica then back to Chicago again. It was not until I moved to Minneapolis in the 1970s that I purchased my Canon A-1 with a 1.4 Canon 55mm fixed lens, but mostly shot with a Vivitar Series One 28-90MM f:2.8-3.5 Zoom. I shot with the Canon A-1 which I still have until the late 1990s.”These beautiful photos Pike shot portraits of young ladies that show what American glamor looked like in the 1970s.See more »[...]

54 Extraordinary Kodachrome Slides That Reveal Everyday Life of the U.S in the 1940s


Charles Weever Cushman (1896-1972) is an amateur photographer and Indiana University alumnus, bequeathed approximately 14,500 Kodachrome color slides to his alma mater. His photographs bridge a thirty-two year span from 1938 to 1969, during which time he extensively documented the United States as well as other countries.We selected some from his collection to reveal daily life of the US during the 1940s. Take a look...Tucson on Saturday afternoon, Arizona, Feb. 1940Bull and whiskered leader Loudoun co., Virginia, September 1940Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, Jun. 1940Lagoon and Orange, San Francisco Fair Flowers, California, June 1940Little girls at Mammoth, Arizona, May 1940See more »[...]

"We Can Do It!" – Meet the Woman Who Inspired the Famous Wartime Propaganda Poster in World War II


In 1942, Pittsburgh artist J. Howard Miller was hired by the Westinghouse Company's War Production Coordinating Committee to create a series of posters for the war effort. One of these posters became the famous "We Can Do It!" image—an image that in later years would also be called "Rosie the Riveter", though it was never given this title during the war. Miller is thought to have based his "We Can Do It!" poster on a United Press International wire service photograph taken of a young female war worker, widely but erroneously reported as being a photo of Michigan war worker Geraldine Hoff (later Doyle.) More recent evidence indicates that the formerly mis-identified photo is actually of war worker Naomi Parker (later Fraley) taken at Alameda Naval Air Station in California.(Ramona Rosales/People)The "We Can Do It!" poster was displayed only to Westinghouse employees in the Midwest during a two-week period in February 1943, then it disappeared for nearly four decades. During the war, the name "Rosie" was not associated with the image, and the purpose of the poster was not to recruit women workers but rather as motivational propaganda aimed at workers of both sexes already employed at Westinghouse. It was only later, in the early 1980s, that the Miller poster was rediscovered and became famous, associated with feminism, and often mistakenly called "Rosie the Riveter".In 1982, the "We Can Do It!" poster was reproduced in a magazine article, "Poster Art for Patriotism's Sake", a Washington Post Magazine article about posters in the collection of the National Archives.J. Howard Miller's "We Can Do It!" poster from 1943.In subsequent years, the poster was re-appropriated to promote feminism. Feminists saw in the image an embodiment of female empowerment. The "We" was understood to mean "We Women", uniting all women in a sisterhood fighting against gender inequality. This was very different from the poster's 1943 use to control employees and to discourage labor unrest. History professor Jeremiah Axelrod commented on the image's combination of femininity with the "masculine (almost macho) composition and body language."Smithsonian magazine put the image on its cover in March 1994, to invite the viewer to read a featured article about wartime posters. The US Postal Service created a 33¢ stamp in February 1999 based on the image, with the added words "Women Support War Effort". A Westinghouse poster from 1943 was put on display at the National Museum of American History, part of the exhibit showing items from the 1930s and '40s.In 1984, former war worker Geraldine Hoff Doyle came across an article in Modern Maturity magazine which showed a wartime photograph of a young woman working at a lathe, and she assumed that the photograph was taken of her in mid-to-late 1942 when she was working briefly in a factory. Ten years later, Doyle saw the "We Can Do It!" poster on the front of the Smithsonian magazine and assumed the poster was an image of herself. Without intending to profit from the connection, Doyle decided that the 1942 wartime photograph had inspired Miller to create the poster, making Doyle herself the model for the poster. Subsequently, Doyle was widely credited as the inspiration for Miller's poster.Geraldine Hoff Doyle (1924-2010), believed to be the model for the World War II era "We Can Do It!" poster, shown here in 1942 at age 17.From an archive of Acme news photographs, Professor James J. Kimble obtained the original photographic print, including its yellowed caption identifying the woman as Naomi Parker. The photo is one of a series of photographs taken at Na[...]

Love Among the Ruins: Happy Blitz Weddings in London, 1940


Not much would keep the Londoners down...Ena Squire-Brown, an international dancer famed for her Dove Dance, leaves her recently bombed home for St George's Church in Forest Hill, to marry Royal Air Force flying officer J.C. Martin in 1940.The wedding of officer J.C. Martin and Edna Squire Brown, in a bombed out building, November 5, 1940.The wedding of Arthur Oxford and Georgina Wright, of nearby Barking Road, in St. Barts PS.Helen Fowler, 20 of Caledon Road, East Ham and her Canadian soldier sweetheart, Cpl. Christopher Morrison, aged 21 of the 48th Highlanders stood proudly amid the ruins of the bombed-out church and made their wedding vows.Wedding Ceremony of Fusilier Tom Dowling and Miss Martha Coogan in a bombed out London Catholic church. September 14, 1940.[...]

Four-Year-Old Boy of East Germany Is Tossed by His Father Into a Net Held by Firemen Across the Border in West Berlin, 1961


Four-year-old Michael Finder of East Germany is tossed by his father into a net held by residents and firemen across the border in West Berlin. The father, Willy Finder, then prepares to make the jump himself. Pictures taken from the booklet “A City Torn Apart: Building of the Berlin Wall”.Four-year-old Michael Finder escaping communism from a window. October 7, 1961.These photographs are taken around the same time the Berlin Wall was being erected. The Soviet occupation zone in Germany (and Berlin) suffered from serious movements of educated individuals from their sectors toward the West throughout the 1950’s. This brain drain encouraged the Soviet Union to begin construction of a “Fascist Protection Wall” that would keep East Germans protected from “Fascism” that the Western Allies had “not eradicated in their sectors “.The father, Willy Finder, jumping to the West Berlin after himOf course, this wall was only really to keep East Germans from emigrating to the West. The wall later became the Berlin Wall. These apartments were along Bernauer Straße (Bernauer Street) in Berlin. A line which saddled the border between East and West Berlin. After the wall was first constructed in 1961, many escape attempts were made through these apartment blocks. So much so, that the Soviets had to brick up the windows and raid the apartments of the people who lived there. They evicted the people living in those apartments. So what we are seeing when these people are jumping from the 4th floor are the people who are making a last ditch attempt at the West before all their (relatively safe) options out of East Berlin were gone for good.The mother was the first one to jump. In this picture you can also see Willy and the 4-year-old Michael.These apartments were later torn down and the Berlin Wall that most of us picture in the news reels, and have chunks of in our museums all over the world, was erected. Between 1945 and 1988, around 4 million East Germans migrated to the West. 3.454 million of them left between 1945 and the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The great majority simply walked across the border or, after 1952, exited through West Berlin. After the border was fortified and the Berlin Wall was constructed, the number of illegal border crossings fell drastically. The numbers fell further as the border defenses were improved over the subsequent decades. In 1961, 8,507 people fled across the border, most of them through West Berlin. The construction of the Berlin Wall that year reduced the number of escapees by 75% to around 2,300 per annum for the rest of the decade. The Wall changed Berlin from being one of the easiest places to cross the border, from the East, to being one of the most difficult.(Photo credit: The Central Intelligence Agency, via Rare Historical Photos).[...]

37 Incredible Photos That Show the Easter Blizzard of 1947 in Crookston, Minnesota


The Great Blizzard of 1947 was a record-breaking snowfall that began on Christmas without prediction and brought the northeastern United States to a standstill. The snowstorm was described as the worst blizzard after 1888.The storm was not accompanied by high winds, but the snow fell silently and steadily.  Automobiles and buses were stranded in the streets, subway service was halted, and parked vehicles initially buried by the snowfall were blocked further by packed mounds created by snow plows once they were able to begin operation.Seventy-seven deaths are attributed to the blizzard.These black and white photos from petethepunk1 were taken by Myles and Norton Stenshoel that show street scenes after the 1947 Great Blizzard in Crookston, Minnesota.See more »[...]

Beautiful Black and White Portraits of Lady Elizabeth Diana Montagu-Douglas-Scott in 1935


Lady Elizabeth Diana Montagu-Douglas-Scott was born on January 20 1922, the elder daughter of the 8th Duke of Buccleuch (and 10th Duke of Queensberry) and his wife, Mary (Mollie) Lascelles. Elizabeth’s aunt was Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, to whom she bore some resemblance.Her early life was spent at Eildon Hall, St Boswells, and after 1935 in the many Buccleuch houses, notably Boughton in Northamptonshire, Drumlanrig in Dumfriesshire and Bowhill at Selkirk. She was brought up strictly, her mother urging her to “For goodness sake, hold up!” if she appeared to slouch at the table. When summoned to a dinner to make up numbers, her mother would mouth at her “Talk!” — causing her to go scarlet with embarrassment. Even when she was 23, her mother disapproved of her drinking sherry at a party.Although demanding obedience from her daughter, Mollie Buccleuch did not impose the same restrictions on herself — when Elizabeth visited a nightclub such as The 400 after a ball, she was careful to consult the doorman lest her mother was already there.Before she came out, Elizabeth was sent abroad for two years, learning German in Munich and travelling to Italy and France . The outbreak of war, however, took her completely by surprise. “I don’t think I read a newspaper much,” she said years later. “I was sleeping, eating, chatting, dining, dancing, that’s all.”She soon threw herself into useful wartime activities, rising at 5.30am to collect milk from the farm by pony and cart, training in first-aid and offering her services in canteens. She joined the Civil Nursing Reserve, and in late 1940 started work in a military hospital in Dumfries; coming up against a particularly bossy matron, she appealed to Sybil, Marchioness of Cholmondeley, to be allowed to join the WRNS.(Photos: National Portrait Gallery London)[...]

Ananda Mahidol: The Mysterious Death of a King


Ananda Mahidol, Thailand’s king Rama VIII, died on the 3rd of June, 1946. He was only twenty at the time.A child when he was elected successor to the throne in 1935, he continued to be educated in Switzerland, not visiting Thailand as king until 1938 when he was thirteen.Portrait photograph of King Ananda Mahidol, 1939.Portrait photograph of King Ananda Mahidol of Siam, now Thailan, in 1946.King Ananda Mahidol of Thailand. 23 April 1946.The Japanese invaded Thailand the same day in 1941 they bombed America’s Pearl Harbor. The young king was not in the country at the time and did not return home until the end of 1945.Only six months later a single gunshot was heard, and Ananda Mahidol was found dead.Portrait of Ananda Mahidol, ca. 1940.Ananda Mahidol as a boy.Keith Simpson, pathologist to the British Home Office and founding chairman of the Department of Forensic Medicine at Guy's Hospital in London, performed a forensic analysis of the king’s death and recounted the following sequence of events on the morning of 9 June 1946:06:00: Ananda was awakened by his mother.07:30: His page, But Patthamasarin, came on duty and began preparing a breakfast table on a balcony adjoining the king’s dressing room.08:30: But saw the king standing in his dressing room. He brought the king his customary glass of orange juice a few minutes later. However, by then the king had gone back to bed and refused the juice.08:45: The king’s other page, Chit Singhaseni, appeared, saying he had been called to measure the King's medals and decorations on behalf of a jeweller who was making a case for them.09:00: Prince Bhumibol Adulyadej visited King Ananda. He said afterwards that he had found the king dozing in his bed.09:20: A single shot rang out from the king's bedroom. Chit ran in and then ran out along the corridor to the apartment of the king’s mother, crying “The King’s shot himself!” The king's mother followed Chit into the king’s bedroom and found the king lying face up in bed, bloodied from a wound to the head.More than one theory has been put forward as to how this happened.King Bhumipol Adulyadej (Rama IX) (L) and his brother, King Ananda (Rama VIII) (R).King Ananda and Prince Bhumibol interesting of the artillery of HTMS Maeklong. 13 January 1939.He was the older brother of Bhumibol Adulyadej, who inherited the title and achieved cult status in Thailand; during his long reign both locals and foreigners were imprisoned for insulting him in any way. Even “liking” a Facebook post was enough for some people to be arrested.The circumstances around Rama VIII’s death are still debated.King Ananda Mahidol and Louis Mountbatten in 19 January 1946.Thirteen year old King Ananda of Siam (left), and his brother Prince Bhumibol Adulyadej (right), inspect a model train presented to him at Saranrom Park in Bangkok in 1938.King Rama VIII (Ananda Mahidol) and HRH Prince Bhumibol Adulyadej (later King Rama IX) with their grandmother, Queen Savang Vadhana, in 1938.[...]

69 Color Snaps That Capture Daily Life of Teenage Girls in the Swinging Sixties


These color snapshots show what teenage girls looked like in the 1960s.

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Colleen Moore: The Girl Who Personified the ''Flapper'' of the 1920s


Born Kathleen Morrison in 1899, American film actress Colleen Moore took her first step in Hollywood at age 15, and began her career during the silent film era.  She became one of the most fashionable (and highly-paid) stars of the era and helped popularize the bobbed haircut.A huge star in her day, approximately half of Moore's films are now considered lost, including her first talking picture from 1929. As well, what was perhaps her most celebrated film during her lifetime, Flaming Youth (1923), is now mostly lost, with only one reel surviving.Colleen Moore in the 1920sMoore took a brief hiatus from acting between 1929 and 1933, just as sound was being added to motion pictures. After the hiatus, her four sound pictures released in 1933 and 1934 were not financial successes. Moore then retired permanently from screen acting.After her film career, Moore maintained her wealth through astute investments, becoming a partner in the investment firm Merrill Lynch. She later wrote a "how-to" book about investing in the stock market.Moore also nurtured a passion for dollhouses throughout her life, and helped design and curate The Colleen Moore Dollhouse, which has been a featured exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois since the early 1950s.Moore died in 1988 from cancer in Paso Robles, California, aged 88. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Colleen Moore has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1551 Vine Street.Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Colleen Moore in the 1920s.See more »[...]