Vikki Dougan in Black Backless Dress on the Streets of Hollywood in 1957, the Series Photo That Changed Fashion Forever

If you were to conjure an image of typical 1950s fashion, there’s no doubt the visual would be brimming with knee-length skirts and shoulder covering tops. It was an era, like most before it, of conservative clothing. The bikini had been invented only a handful of years before, and society was still grappling with theContinue reading “Vikki Dougan in Black Backless Dress on the Streets of Hollywood in 1957, the Series Photo That Changed Fashion Forever”

Here’s the Earliest Known Image of Women’s Hockey, ca. 1890

This 1890 photograph is the oldest-known picture of women playing hockey, taken at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Isobel Stanley, daughter of Lord Stanley, is seen wearing white. Lord Stanley of Preston’s daughter, Lady Isobel Stanley, was a pioneer in the women’s game and was one of the first females to be photographed using puck andContinue reading “Here’s the Earliest Known Image of Women’s Hockey, ca. 1890”

Animal in Daguerreotypes in the Early Years of Photography

Daguerreotypes, the first commercial form of photography, appeared in America around the year 1839. These were produced by first sensitizing a polished silvered copper plate with iodine vapor, and then exposing the plate to light. The image was developed over hot mercury, fixed, and rinsed. This was a direct positive process, meaning that no negativesContinue reading “Animal in Daguerreotypes in the Early Years of Photography”

Clarence Hailey Long, the Original Marlboro Man

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Leonard McCombe’s image that inspired the Marlboro Man campaign is worth over $15 billion. The photograph above shows Clarence Hailey Young, a foreman at the JA Ranch in Texas. McCombe had set out on assignment by Life magazine to document the real way of life ofContinue reading “Clarence Hailey Long, the Original Marlboro Man”

New Wave Downtown Fashion by Edo Bertoglio

Edo Bertoglio is a Swiss photographer and film director. He received his degree in film directing and editing at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinema Francais in Paris in 1975. He moved to New York City in 1976, where he found work as a photographer for Italian Vogue, and Andy Warhol’s Interview, and other magazines. HeContinue reading “New Wave Downtown Fashion by Edo Bertoglio”

Winter, Fifth Avenue (1893)

Winter, Fifth Avenue is a black and white photograph taken by Alfred Stieglitz in 1893. The photograph was made at the corner of the Fifth Avenue and the 35th Street in New York. It was one of the first pictures that Stieglitz took using a more practical hand camera after his return from Europe. StieglitzContinue reading “Winter, Fifth Avenue (1893)”

40 Stunning Portrait Photos of Beautiful Young Women From the Turn of the 20th Century

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, according to the well-known saying. Yet it is only in the present day that our eyes need to make some effort to find beauty in so many faces. When it comes to women of the past, their appearance was unquestionably pure. One can be sure — thisContinue reading “40 Stunning Portrait Photos of Beautiful Young Women From the Turn of the 20th Century”

Stunning Vintage Black-and-White Photos by Edwin Smith

Edwin Smith (born Edwin George Herbert Smith) was an English photographer best known for his distinctive vignettes of English gardens, landscapes, and architecture. In 1935 he became a freelance photographer, working as a fashion photographer for Vogue for a short time. However, Smith concentrated his artistic efforts on subjects such as the mining community ofContinue reading “Stunning Vintage Black-and-White Photos by Edwin Smith”

50 Amazing Vintage Photos From the 1960s Volume 12

The 1960s (pronounced “nineteen-sixties”, shortened to the “’60s” or the “Sixties”) was a decade that began 1 January 1960 and ended December 31, 1969. In the United States and other Western countries, the Sixties is noted for its counterculture. There was a revolution in social norms, including clothing, music (such as the Altamont Free Concert),Continue reading “50 Amazing Vintage Photos From the 1960s Volume 12”

Portraits of Couples, Gangs, Children, Friends, and Carnival People at California County Fairs in the Late 1970s

Back in the 1970s, a young man went to work for a carnival concessionaire who, each summer, took a portable photo studio on the road to county fairs across California and the west. For a few dollars, you could have a portrait-sized or larger photo of you and your loved-one to frame and put upContinue reading “Portraits of Couples, Gangs, Children, Friends, and Carnival People at California County Fairs in the Late 1970s”