Midsummer Night Celebrations in Kirunavaara, Sweden, Where the Sun Doesn’t Set During Summer, 1901

In Kiruna, the sun doesn’t set for 47 days during the summer. This phenomenon, known as midnight sun, is at it’s hight around midsummer, which is always celebrated near the summer solstice. Kirunavaara is the name of the mountain that the crowd is standing on. Kirunavaara means “mountain of the ptarmigans” in the Sámi languageContinue reading “Midsummer Night Celebrations in Kirunavaara, Sweden, Where the Sun Doesn’t Set During Summer, 1901”

Rare Photos of Outdoor Portraits in the Mid-19th Century

The relatively low cost of the daguerreotype in the middle of the 19th century and the reduced sitting time for the subject, though still much longer than now, led to a general rise in the popularity of portrait photography over painted portraiture. The style of these early works reflected the technical challenges associated with longContinue reading “Rare Photos of Outdoor Portraits in the Mid-19th Century”

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”

Amazing Historical Photographs Showing Life in Dublin, Ireland at the Turn of the Century

JJ Clarke, from Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, took the photographs between 1897 and 1904, when he was a medical student in Dublin. Dr Clarke’s photojournalistic approach to his subjects allowed him to capture vivid scenes from the daily lives of Dublin’s men, women and children. Compelling in themselves, the images also show us how the cityContinue reading “Amazing Historical Photographs Showing Life in Dublin, Ireland at the Turn of the Century”

40 Vintage Photos of Charabancs From the Early 20th Century

A charabanc is a type of horse-drawn vehicle or early motor coach, usually open-topped, common in Britain during the early part of the 20th century. It has “benched seats arranged in rows, looking forward, commonly used for large parties, whether as public conveyances or for excursions”. Charabancs were especially popular for sight-seeing or “works outings”Continue reading “40 Vintage Photos of Charabancs From the Early 20th Century”

27 Amazing Photos of French People Posing in Front of Their Boulangeries During the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

France is world famous for its delicious baking. If you love bread, you can find a bakery or, as the French call it, a boulangerie, on almost every street corner. The smell of fresh-baked bread alone can tempt you into the boulangerie and when you’re inside, you are met with the sight of many doughyContinue reading “27 Amazing Photos of French People Posing in Front of Their Boulangeries During the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries”

Beautiful Photos of Anna Held in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Helene Anna Held (19 March 1872 – 12 August 1918) was a Polish-French stage performer on Broadway. While appearing in London, she was spotted by impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, who brought her to America as his common-law wife. From 1896 through 1910, she was one of Broadway’s most celebrated leading ladies, presented in a succession ofContinue reading “Beautiful Photos of Anna Held in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries”

35 Old Postcards Showing Rural Life in Brittany, France From the 1900s

Brittany is a peninsula, historic country and cultural region in the west of modern France, covering the western part of what was known as Armorica during the period of Roman occupation. It became an independent kingdom and then a duchy before being united with the Kingdom of France in 1532 as a province governed asContinue reading “35 Old Postcards Showing Rural Life in Brittany, France From the 1900s”

Portraits of Wild Bill Hickok, the Most Famous of All Western Gunfighters

James Butler Hickok (May 27, 1837 – August 2, 1876), better known as “Wild Bill” Hickok, was a folk hero of the American Old West known for his life on the frontier as a soldier, scout, lawman, gambler, showman, and actor, and for his involvement in many famous gunfights. He earned a great deal ofContinue reading “Portraits of Wild Bill Hickok, the Most Famous of All Western Gunfighters”

35 Amazing Vintage Photographs Record Life in Wyoming From Between the 1900s and 1910s

Laura Webb Nichols (1883–1962) got her first camera on her 16th birthday, October 28, 1899, as a gift from Bert Oldman, a miner who would become her first husband the following year and the subject of many of her early photographs. The earliest photographs are of her immediate family, self-portraits, and landscape images of theContinue reading “35 Amazing Vintage Photographs Record Life in Wyoming From Between the 1900s and 1910s”