Amazing Studio Portraits of Nuns Taken During the 1950s and Early 1960s

Though brought up in a family mostly interested in scientific studies, French photographer Thérèse Le Prat, born Thérèse Cahen in 1895 in Pantin, was taught literature and music. When she divorced the publisher Guillaume Le Prat in the early 1930s, he offered her a really good camera, and she started photography. Thanks to her dawningContinue reading “Amazing Studio Portraits of Nuns Taken During the 1950s and Early 1960s”

39 Exceptional Photographic Portraits From the 1840’s

After the introduction of photography in the 1840s the early Victorians soon recognized the medium’s potential for portraiture. At first only the rich could afford high prices at fashionable city photographic studios. Alongside the professionals, gentleman amateurs worked to master photography’s complicated chemistry and optics. It was the children or other relatives of these firstContinue reading “39 Exceptional Photographic Portraits From the 1840’s”

100-Year-Ago Studio Photography – 41 Vintage Photos of Paper Moon Portraits From the 1900s and 1910s

Long before Instagram, photo booths or even the common ownership of a camera, you could get your photograph taken sitting on the moon. Often a fixture at fairs, parties and carnivals, people sat in the crescent of a smiling “paper moon,” as if lifted to the stars. A photographic phenomena primarily of the early halfContinue reading “100-Year-Ago Studio Photography – 41 Vintage Photos of Paper Moon Portraits From the 1900s and 1910s”

Rare Portraits From the Smith and Telfer Studio in Cooperstown, New York, 1865-1885

Washington G. Smith (1828-1893) and Arthur J. Telfer (1859-1954) spent almost one hundred years photographing people, events, and scenes in and around Cooperstown. At the time of his gift Telfer was 93 years old and was widely thought to be the oldest working photographer in the United States. Washington Smith worked with partners while heContinue reading “Rare Portraits From the Smith and Telfer Studio in Cooperstown, New York, 1865-1885”

40 Amazing Photos of Young Women During the 1920s

Charles Sheldon (1889–1960) was a prolific and gifted early 1900s American illustrator who specialized in “pretty woman” themed cover portraiture and advertising in the Art Nouveau and Edwardian styles. After studying at the Art Students League, he went to Paris to study under the legendary Alphonse Mucha. He returned to America and set up aContinue reading “40 Amazing Photos of Young Women During the 1920s”

Victorian Fashion Was Not Always Elegant: 32 Photos That Show the Sometime Awfulness of Women’s Hairstyles From the 19th Century

We often see images of the nineteenth-century women in elegant gowns with stylized hairstyles. Have you ever thought that sometimes they also had some awful hairdos? Just check out these photos to see.