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Edwardian London as Seen Through the Eyes of a Russian Tourist

London entered the 20th century at the height of its influence as the capital of the largest empire in history, but the new century was to bring many challenges. London was the largest city in the world from about 1825 until it was overtaken by New York City in 1925. The years between Queen Victoria’s…

36 Handsome Portrait Photos of Don Ameche in the 1930s and 1940s

Born 1908 as Dominic Felix Amici, American actor, comedian and vaudevillian Don Ameche became a major radio star in the early 1930s after playing in college shows, stock, and vaudeville, which led to the offer of a movie contract from 20th Century Fox in 1935. As a handsome, debonair leading man in 40 films over…

32 Lovely Vintage Photographs of Couples From the 1930s

The Great Depression and World War II bookended the 1930s, but fashion flourished anyway during this decade. Glamorous Hollywood screen stars inspired new looks for women, men, and even children. Inexpensive fabrics, affordable catalog clothing, and homespun ingenuity let anyone copy styles previously worn by the wealthy. Men still dressed up nice, sporting fedoras and…

35 Beautiful Photos Show Fashion Styles of Cheryl Ladd in the 1970s

Born 1951 in Huron, South Dakota, American actress and singer Cheryl Ladd originally came to Hollywood to begin a career in music (she was known as “Cherie Moor” when she was the singing voice of Melody on Hanna-Barbera’s Josie and the Pussycats animated series, and she also sang on the 1970 album of the same…

A Collection of 11 Classic Car Ads From 1980

The rollout of General Motors’ broad lineup of “X-Car” compact cars for 1980–which consisted of four separate vehicle lines spread across four brands–was a big event in the American automotive industry. Not surprisingly, GM backed up its ambitious new product initiative with a massive presence in TV and magazine advertising. The rollout of General Motors’…

Beautiful Vintage Kodachrome Photos of Mid-Century Chicago

Chicago is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois and the third-most populous in the United States, after New York City and Los Angeles. With a population of 2,746,388 in the 2020 census, it is also the most populous city in the Midwestern United States. As the seat of Cook County (the…

Calamity Jane Mugging at Wild Bill Hickok’s Grave, 1903

A historic photo of Martha Jane Cannary, better known as Calamity Jane, mugging at the grave of James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok in Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Deadwood, South Dakota, ca. 1903. Hickok was shot and killed by Jack McCall on August 2, 1876 while playing poker in a saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota. The hand…

Gorgeous Photos of Austrian Actress Maria Perschy in the 1960s

Born 1938 in Eisenstadt, Burgenland, Austrian actress Maria Perschy moved to Germany for more training, leading to a film career after completing her education. Her first major success came with Nasser Asphalt where she played together with Horst Buchholz. Her acting career would eventually take her — by way of France, Italy and the United…

Amazing Vintage Photographs of 1900 One Thousand Mile Trial

In 1900, automobiles weren’t much more impressive than the horse-drawn carriages they were meant to replace. Internal combustion engines offered about 12 horsepower, but they were also loud, dirty, and unreliable. In a public effort to dispel that image—or at least the unreliable part—the Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland organized the 1,000 Mile…

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