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Interesting Vintage Photographs Capture Models Demonstrating the Aqua Bobber in the Summer of 1961


In the summer of 1961, LIFE photographer Francis Miller captured the spectacle appears to be some kind of publicity stunt for the “Aqua Bobber Co.”– the manufacturer of swimmer’s floaties? A google of the company today suggests only that. This inexplicable bobber seems to have been invented for the sole purpose of bobbing buxom babes in bikinis around to the amusement of the passing crowd...

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20 Ridiculously Bad Vintage Album Covers From the Netherlands


Rock on to the worst in funny, creepy bad album cover art from the Netherlands. Dutch singles are a ridiculously small niche, but there are some ridiculously bad covers to explore. Take a look!

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Minutes Before the Omagh Bombing


In 1998, Omagh bombing was a terrorist attack in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, carried out by the Real Irish Republican Army. The bombs killed 29 people and injured more than 220 people. This photo was recovered from a camera found in the debris following the blast, the red car that can be seen in the background – a red Vauxhall Cavalier – was carrying the bomb that killed the innocent victims.

The red Vauxhall Cavalier containing the bomb. This photograph was taken shortly before the explosion; the camera was found afterwards in the rubble.

One survivor Jolene Jamison recalled, “I was in the kitchen, and heard a big bang. Everything fell on me – the cupboards blew off the wall. The next thing I got blasted out into the street. There was smashed glass everywhere – bodies, children. People were inside-out.” Both the child and the gentleman in the picture, who were Spanish tourists, miraculously survived the incident. The photographer, who was with the same group of Spanish tourists, was killed.


Everyday Life of Aylesbury, England in the 1980s Through Beautiful Color Photos


These beautiful photos from Ron Adams that captured street scenes of Aylesbury, the county town of Buckinghamshire, England in the 1980s. Jowett's, Kingsbury, Aylesbury, Bucks, circa 1980Agro site, Buckingham Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, May 1980At the Bacon Shop, 6, Cambridge Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, circa 1980At the Bacon Shop, 6, Cambridge Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, circa 1980At the Bacon Shop, 6, Cambridge Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, circa 1980See more »[...]

44 Incredible Colorized Photos That Show What Kids Wore Over 100 Years Ago


These incredible photos were colorized by James Tulk that show what little kids wore in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Svenska Dansband: 43 Vintage Portraits of Swedish Dance Bands of the 1970s


Dansband ("dance band") is a Swedish term for a band that plays dansbandsmusik ("dance band music"). Dansbandsmusik is often danced to in pairs. The terms dansband and dansbandsmusik were coined around 1970, when Swedish popular music developed a signature style. The genre developed primarily in Sweden, but has spread to neighbouring countries Norway, Denmark and the Swedish speaking regions of Finland.Before dansband music became popular, many jazz orchestras played a "schlager-inspired" dance music. Many people believe that the development of the dansbands during the 1950s and 1960s depended on the decreasing interest for jazz, it being replaced by pop and rock as the most popular music among young people.The golden era of dansband music was the 1970s, with bands like Thorleifs, Flamingokvintetten, Ingmar Nordströms, Wizex and Matz Bladhs. There were at most around 800 full-time working dansbands in Sweden; by the late 1990s this number was down to around 500.The term "dansband" was coined in Sweden in 1976, to sound more modern and tougher than the earlier "dansorkester" (dance orchestra), but later many of the bands have begun to call themselves "live bands".For taxation reasons, it was possible to deduct "fantasy" outfits in the declaration of income. The reasoning behind the phrasing was that it shouldn't be possible to wear the same outfit in your daily life. This led to many bands wearing highly extravagant matched outfits in their stage performances.See more »[...]

Twain in Tesla's Lab: The Friendship Between Nikola Tesla and Mark Twain


Nikola Tesla and Mark Twain were friends and mutual admirers. Tesla – recognized as a scientist, inventor and discoverer, Twain – famous writer, travel writer and a satirist – both of them were real dreamers.Mark Twain (penname of Samuel Langhorne Clemens) in the lab of Nikola Tesla, spring of 1894. Clemens is holding Tesla's experimental vacuum lamp, which is powered by a loop of wire which is receiving electromagnetic energy from a Tesla coil (not visible). Tesla's face is visible in the background.As well as being a gifted writer, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was fascinated with technology. When he was born in 1835, sailing was the usual means of crossing the Atlantic, and burning oil or gas the usual means of lighting the night. When he died in 1910 steamships carried him across the Atlantic (and Pacific) in record time and electricity was becoming a household amenity.One of the scientists seeking applications for electricity was Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), who was born in Serbia before emigrating to the US. Most of his scientific work focused on electricity, and he made a number of important inventions, including the Tesla coil and the polyphase motor. Tesla used the coil to conduct experiments, but because the coil can produce enormous electrical sparks it is still used in electricity demonstrations.Tesla and Clemens seem to have established a friendship in the 1890s. Tesla later recalled how he had read some of Clemens’s early works while recovering from an illness in Serbia during the 1870s.Clemens had long been fascinated by electricity and had invested in the development of an electrical motor during the 1880s. His particular interest in Tesla began after hearing about a motor that Tesla had invented under the company Westinghouse. He recognised that Tesla’s motor, which used alternating current, was superior to that of his inventor partner, James W Paige, which used direct current. Tesla apparently advised Clemens against investing in Paige’s motor, although Clemens still lost a large sum on Paige’s mechanical typesetter.During the 1890s Clemens and his family were living in Europe, partly to escape from financial troubles and partly with a view to improving the health of his wife and daughter. However, Clemens returned frequently to New York. He was involved in the foundation of the Players Club in 1888, and in 1894 invited Tesla join it. He also visited Tesla in his laboratory, where he took part in experiments.There is very little surviving correspondence between the two, but there are some striking photographs taken in Tesla’s laboratory using phosphorescent light.Nikola Tesla (blurred at centre) performs an electrical experiment for writer Samuel Clemens (left), aka Mark Twain, and actor Joseph Jefferson in 1894.The most famous account of Clemens’s participation in an experiment is when he spent too long on an electromechanical oscillator ( a vibrating plate) that Tesla thought might be medically therapeutic. The plate acted as a strong laxative and Clemens had to rush for the toilet.Tesla’s profile had risen in the very public debates over the appropriate way to supply electricity to households. Thomas Edison advocated the use of direct current and this was initially installed in many homes. Alternating current was considered dangerous. Edison used it to electrocute animals in an attempt to permanently associate AC with destruction and preserve his preferred DC system.Clemens was one of America’s most celebrated writers and no stranger to controversy. He was outspoken and critical of fellow writers. He commented on political and social issues such as race, imperialism, trade unions and feminism.The friendship of Tesla and Clemens was established at a time when professional categories were more fluid. The line between scientist and entrepreneur was hard to draw. Interesting the wider public in your research was still an impo[...]

38 Sweet Snapshot Show How to Have Romantic Kisses in Valentine's Day


These sweet snapshots of kisses from the 1940s that you may refer for this Valentine's Day.

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29 Amazing Black and White Photos That Capture Everyday Life of Northern Argentina in 1970


These amazing photos were taken by photographer Juan Rafael Onetto that documented everyday life of Northern Argentina in 1970. The cities include Santiago de Estero, Salta, and especially Jujuy province.

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Amazing Color Photos of Teenage Dance Parties and Disco From the 1960s and 1970s


Vintage photos of the 1960s and '70s teenage dance parties and college-age night clubs complete with discotheques and go-go girls dancing inside of cages and on top of tables.Teenagers' Twistick Lounge, Raleigh Hotel - South Fallsburg, New YorkMirrored Balls by Halboy Fixture Distribution - St. Louis, MissouriDowntowner Motor Inn, Tony's Restaurant - Springfield, IllinoisCastaways Motel, Pool Bar - Miami Beach, FloridaGinza Chinese Smorgasbord & Discotheque Dancing - New YorkSee more »[...]

23 Stunning Color Photographs That Capture Everyday Life in Russia in the Late 19th Century


A set of colored diapositives was made in the spring of 1896 by Czech photographer František Krátký, who visited Russia on the occasion of Tsar’s coronation.Slide projecting was extremely popular in contemporary Bohemia. The Prague Amateur Photographers’ Club and later the Slide Projection Society founded in 1897 regularly held public slide projections whose popularity was reduced by the movie only from the 1920s on. The slides were colored by hand as we see on these 8.5 × 8.5 cm photos. The colors have faded during the past century, and several photos were also ruined.From the photos taken in Russia by František Krátký only these two dozens published by the Czech historian of photography Pavel Scheufler have survived.“Moscow, procession, 1896. Carrying icons.”“Moscow, 1896. The building of the Eagle Club.”“Russia, 1896. Collector of donations.”“Petersburg, 1896.” Correctly: Moscow, monument of the heroes of Plevna.“Petersburg, 1896. Lighthouse and Winter Palace.”See more »[...]

Rare Vintage Photographs Captured Ernest Hemingway Posing Shirtless


Below is a gallery of some of rare photographs that captured Ernest Hemingway posing shirtless. Big, burly and barrel-chested, Papa projects the masculine image that he carefully cultivated for himself and for the world to see.Ernest Hemingway posing as a boxer while wearing a fake mustache, 1920.Ernest Hemingway fishing on a boat in Key West, Florida, 1928.Ernest Hemingway boxing in front of a mirror, 1944.Ernest Hemingway standing with shot-gun indoors at the Finca Vigia, Cuba, circa 1950.Ernest Hemingway and Jean Patchett by Cliff Coffin for Vogue, 1950.See more »[...]

35 Interesting Vintage Snapshots That Capture People at the Windows


A set of interesting vintage snapshots that shows people at the windows in the past.

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55 Humorous American Postcards of Animals For Valentine's Day From the 1930s and 1940s


These American postcards of animals for Valentine's Day from the 1930s and 1940s are so humorous.Hurry Valentine, Be MineHi There! Please Don't Duck This Invitation To Be My ValentineHi! You're Just My Type So Let's Be ValentinesHow About It - Will You Be My ValentineHere's the 'Mane' Question - Will You Be MineSee more »[...]

10 of the Cringe-Worthy Fashion Trends of the 1970s and 1980s


It's easy to romanticize the style of past decades as always inspiring, elegant and magical but in reality, bad fashion has been around since the start of mankind. From jumpsuits for men to exercising in leg warmers, here's a roundup of the most cringe-worthy fashion trends from the 1970s and 1980s.1. Patchwork Peasant Skirts (1970s)Very few people can manage to pull off wearing a quilt as a skirt.2. Sweater Vests (1970s)Aside from really serving no purpose whatsoever, sweater vests are truly flattering on no one.3. Jumpsuits for Men (1970s)The jumpsuit isn't for everyone and that's okay.4. Safety Pin Face Jewelry (1970s)The whole punk rock movement went a little too far at times; let it serve as a general life lesson that we should never pierce our cheeks with office supplies.5. Leg Warmers (1980s)Is it even humanly possible for someone's calves to get chilly while working out? Please advise.See more »[...]

Flamin' Maimie's Bouffant Belles: How Big Hair Got These Runners on the Cover of Sports Illustrated in 1964


In 1964, the first female runners earned the cover of Sports Illustrated. The catch? The story was on the Texas Track Club, a group of decently quick young women, coached by Margaret Ellison, an enterprising secretary-by-day who believed the appearance of her athletes was more important than their skill level. In the article “Flamin’ Mamie’s Bouffant Belles,” she explained: “Every year we have a good-looking team and good-looking uniforms—none of those bags. I prefer pretty girls. I insist that they wear makeup. We all go to the beauty shop before each meet.” Likewise, the cover showcased the runners in the sprinter's stance wearing fake eyelashes, lip gloss and stuffed bras.With hair blown out, makeup on, and crouched in sprint positions, Janis Rinehart (foreground), Paula Walter (middle), and Jeanne Ellison (now Jeanne Ellison Biggs, right) became the first female track athletes from the U.S. to grace the cover. Their look was no joke. They were part of the Texas Track Club, a small group of high school-and college-aged female sprinters based in Abilene, Texas, led by a dedicated coach as obsessed with beauty as with winning races. Both coach and athletes believed style could get people excited about the sport. “We were pioneers in women's track,” Rinehart recalls. “We were making it popular. And people liked the way we looked because we were flashy.”Neal Barr, a fashion photographer whose portfolio included advertisements for Estee Lauder, Clinique, and Vanity Fair, took the photo. The runners' hair and uniforms are exactly what they wore during meets, but Barr gave them false eyelashes and turned Rinehart's head to hide a crooked tooth. Rinehart, who was 19 at the time, admits she padded her bra for the shoot because “they didn't have Victoria's Secret back then.” Biggs, then 16, remembers, "They wanted us to put lip gloss on. We didn’t know what it was, just that it was really cool."Biggs says their female competitors didn't take them seriously. “Because we were all ‘frou-frou'ed’ up, and looked real nice when we would walk out there on the track, all the girls on the other teams would look at us and laugh,” she says. “They were like, ‘They look good but they can’t run.’ Then we would perform well and show them up.”See more »[...]

42 Fascinating Color Photographs That Capture Everyday Life in Odessa, Ukraine in the 1982


Ian Berry was born in Lancashire, England. He made his reputation in South Africa, where he worked for the Daily Mail and later for Drum magazine. He was the only photographer to document the massacre at Sharpeville in 1960, and his photographs were used in the trial to prove the victims' innocence.Important editorial assignments have included work for National Geographic, Fortune, Stern, Geo, national Sunday magazines, Esquire, Paris-Match and Life. Ian Berry has also reported on the political and social transformations in China and the former USSR.In 1982 Ian Berry visited the Ukrainian SSR as a photojournalist. During that trip he made a series of photos of the people’s life in the Soviet city of Odessa. Below are some of interesting pictures from his trip.A couple share an intimate moment seated on a park bench whilst a woman next to them relaxes with her shoes off.A woman cuddles a dog she hopes to sell at the pet market whilst others look on.Ballerinas take a break to chat and relax during a break in rehearsals.A mother explaining to her young son the contents of a painting in the museum.Boy in toy soldiers hat playing table football whilst another sports a black eye, in the grounds of a local kindergarten.See more »[...]

Gorgeous Portrait Photos of Silent Movie Stars Taken by Max Munn Autrey


Born 1891 in Dallas, Texas, Max M. Autrey was a still photographer on four films including "Modern Times" with Charlie Chaplin.Autrey took lots of photographs of silent-movie stars in the 1920s for Fox Studio, including of Clara Bow, Myrna Loy, Jeanette MacDonald... He was mainly a portrait photographer for the Witzel Photography Studio in Downtown L.A. between the 1920s and 50s, noted for the glamour styles of the subjects and clientele which graced his work, especially those identified in the realm of motion pictures.Silent movie stars taken by Max Munn AutreyThe soft, delicate shadow of a tree in the latter portrait represented a trickle-down effect from the art photography movement known as Pictorialism. His works have become popular even appearing at museum shows alongside some of the greats like Hurrell.He died in 1971 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 80.Anna NilssonBilly PoobahBoots MalloryBoots MalloryBoots MallorySee more »[...]

29 Found Photos That Capture American People Enjoying the Sun and Water at Pools in the Early 1970s


A found photo set from Mark Susina that captured the life of American people at Deauville Resort pool, Miami Beach, Florida in 1972 and Marriott Hotel pool, New Orleans in 1974.

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JFK’s Assassination: Who Was the Mysterious Babushka Lady?


The Babushka Lady is an unknown woman present during the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy who might have photographed the events that occurred in Dallas' Dealey Plaza at the time President John F. Kennedy was shot. Her nickname arose from the headscarf she wore, which was similar to scarves worn by elderly Russian women (бабушка – babushka – literally means "grandmother" or "old woman" in Russian).The Babushka Lady was seen to be holding a camera by eyewitnesses and was also seen in film accounts of the assassination. She was observed standing on the grass between Elm and Main streets and is visible in the Zapruder film as well as in the film of Orville Nix, Marie Muchmore, and Mark Bell. After the shooting, she crossed Elm Street and joined the crowd that went up the grassy knoll. She is last seen in photographs walking east on Elm Street. Neither she, nor the film she may have taken, has yet been positively identified; no known photograph with her in frame captured her face because in all cases she was either facing away from the camera, or (as in the case of the Zapruder film) had her face obscured by her own camera.Seven years after the assassination, in 1970, a former dancer and singer at a burlesque club named Beverly Oliver claimed to be Babushka Lady. Oliver asserted that she photographed the assassination with her Yashica Super 8 camera, and two FBI agents took the camera from her. Oliver also claimed that she knew Jack Ruby, who supposedly introduced her to suspected JFK shooter Lee Harvey Oswald, saying Oswald was a member of the CIA. (Ruby, of course, went on to shoot Oswald while he was in custody.) Oliver’s story has some serious problems, though, and has been generally debunked.She was a slender 17-year-old in 1963, which clashes with the older woman who appears in the film footage of Babushka Lady. Additionally, the Yashica Super 8 camera wasn’t produced until the mid-1960s. Oliver has backtracked on some of her claims, arguing that her camera was a prototype that she got before it became available to the general public.Beverly Oliver in the 1988 documentary "The Men Who Killed Kennedy" singing "Amazing Grace."Conspiracy theories involving Babushka Lady proliferate, with some theories holding more merit than others. Some say she was a Russian spy, an assassin holding a camera gun, a secret service agent, or a man dressed as an older woman (her wide stance for example, as seen in Muchmore's film, could be viewed as a bit unusual for a woman in the 1960s—especially one dressed in a time-appropriate dress and trench).Because it had been raining earlier that morning, some women in Dealey Plaza wore scarves on their heads; but, the rain had stopped at 10 a.m., and since the shots weren’t fired until 12:30 p.m., Babushka Lady wasn’t wearing a scarf to shield herself from active rain. Perhaps she was holding binoculars rather than a camera, which would explain why her photographic or video footage has never been found. But because she never came forward to tell law enforcement what she saw (unlike other spectators who witnessed the shots being fired), her identity (and what she may know) remains a mystery.(via Mental Floss)[...]

Before They Were Famous: 13 Celebrities Who Shared Their Early Headshots


These celebrities had only dreams of stardom in their hearts back when these photos were taken. Take a look at these classic throwbacks of stars such as Chris Pratt, Hilary Duff, and Joe Manganiello before they were famous and just trying to make it big.1. Jimmy FallonYears before he was playing beer pong with A-list talent on late night, the talk show host was a guy with a bad haircut, questionable threads, and dreams of stardom. In 1992, the year this was taken, the future Saturday Night Live player was an average college student, who was more interested in doing standup gigs on the weekends. Things worked out nicely for young Jimmy. (Photo: Instagram)2. Jamie Lee CurtisThe Scream Queens star, who has been in the biz for nearly 40 years, shared her “first headshot,” which was taken during what she described as an “easier time” (aka before Donald Trump was elected president). “Hated my ‘different’ name, so [I] chose my middle one,” she wrote. “Nothing came from it.” Curtis, who comes from Hollywood royalty (Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh are here parents) went on to say, “Perhaps some need to be seen, feeling as most middle/high school students feel, unseen and paling in comparison. Happy today to know what I want and don’t want and that I have a voice and idea and I can express it,” adding a “#democratforlife” tag at the end. (Photo: Instagram)3. Chris PrattWe don’t have to poke fun of the Guardians of the Galaxy actor for this circa 2000 shot, which gives us vibes of Christopher Atkins in Blue Lagoon. He made fun of himself. “The name’s Douchemaster McChest and this is my first headshot. You’re welcome.” Two long years later, the future star of Parks and Recreation landed a role in Everwoodfollowed by a part in The O.C. — and the rest, as they say, is history. (Photo: Twitter)4. Naomi WattsThis headshot of the future Oscar nominee was taken by her brother, Ben Watts, around 1995. It led to David Lynch casting her in 2001’s Mulholland Drive. “It started with this pic,” Watts wrote. “He searches through piles of photos and picks 3 or 4 he wants to meet. I got real lucky.” (Photo: Instagram)5. John StamosAnd a signed one at that! Here’s the Scream Queens star giving you his best — and some awesome ’80s hair. (Photo: Instagram)See more »[...]

40 Vintage Color Photographs of Liverpool, UK in the 1950s and 1960s


The 1950s was a time of great change in Britain – especially after the immediate post-war austerity years. In Liverpool, massive slum clearance programmes started to change the face of the city, television began to infiltrate people’s lives, and the consumer society was born, along with the teenager, Teddy Boys and rock ‘n’ roll.In the city centre, war-damaged buildings were being repaired and new developments were springing up. This collection of 40 color photographs from the 1950s and '60s recalls the unique fashions of the decade, the changing modes of transport, the shops and businesses that were around at this time, as well as the developments that took place in the city during this exciting decade, when anything seemed possible.See more »[...]

29 Beautiful Kodachrome Photos That Capture Street Scenes of Johannesburg, South Africa in the Late 1960s


Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and is one of the 50 largest urban areas in the world. It is the provincial capital and largest city in Gauteng, which is the wealthiest province in South Africa.While Johannesburg is not one of South Africa's three capital cities, it is the seat of the Constitutional Court. The city is located in the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills and is the centre of large-scale gold and diamond trade.These beautiful Kodachrome photos from lindsaybridge that capture street scenes of Johannesburg in 1968 and 1969.Four Wheeler Trolley bus in Central Avenue, MayfairGEM Cinema, Roberts Avenue, KensingtonJMT Bus in Roberts Avenue, KensingtonJohanesburg trolleybus No.586Johannesburg City HallSee more »[...]

Everyday Life of an American Teenage Girl in the 1960s Through Amazing Found Photos


A found photo set from anyjazz65 that captured everyday life of an American teenage girl from Crittenden, Kentucky in the 1960s.The album follows her through some of her highschool years of the Business School in Crittenden, Kentucky, and a bit after. There is a 1969 calendar in one photo. There is a highschool schedule tacked on the wall in three shots.This beautiful girl is seen in a variety of hair styles and colors. There are some school pictures and some social events in the collection. She also wears school clothes and party dresses.These amazing photos have somehow told the life story of this girl. wonder where she is today, probably she would be about 70.See more »[...]

18 Vintage Photos of a Young Jamie Lee Curtis From the Late 1970s to the '80s


Pictures of young Jamie Lee Curtis peek into the early days of the American actress and author who first made headway in her acting career in the 1978 horror film Halloween. In the years since, Curtis has become a household name, not to mention one of the best American actresses working today. But before all the fame and fortune, and yogurt commercials, Jamie Lee Curtis was quite the looker as evidenced in this slideshow of what Jamie Lee Curtis looked like when she was young.

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