33 Vintage Photos of Passengers on Trains During the Early 20th Century

Trains were one of the main and essential means of transportation in the early 20th century. Not only important for the military, transportation of goods, it was also popular for traveling. These interesting snapshots show what passengers on the trains in the early 20th century looked like.

25 Gorgeous Color Photos Taken by Alfonse Van Besten in the 1910s

Belgian painter Alfonse Van Besten (1865-1926) embraced technology, utilizing innovative color processes to transfer black and white photographs into vivid, at times lurid Autochromes. The tableaux of his Autochromes (a technology patented by the Lumière brothers in 1903 and the first color photographic process developed on an industrial scale) are often bucolic and romantic. HereContinue reading “25 Gorgeous Color Photos Taken by Alfonse Van Besten in the 1910s”

Child Labor in America – 25 Amazing Vintage Photographs That Show Boys at Coal Mines in the Early 20th Century

After the Civil War, the availability of natural resources, new inventions, and a receptive market combined to fuel an industrial boom. The demand for labor grew, and in the late 19th and early 20th centuries many children were drawn into the labor force. Factory wages were so low that children often had to work toContinue reading “Child Labor in America – 25 Amazing Vintage Photographs That Show Boys at Coal Mines in the Early 20th Century”

40 Amazing Photographs of the Battle of the Somme, 1916

The Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive, was one of the largest battles of the First World War. Fought between July 1 and November 1, 1916 near the Somme River in France, it was also one of the bloodiest military battles in history. On the first day alone, the British sufferedContinue reading “40 Amazing Photographs of the Battle of the Somme, 1916”

50 Vintage Photos of People Wearing Bathing Suits From Between the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

By the end of the 19th century people were flocking to the oceanside beaches for popular seaside activities such as swimming, surf bathing, and diving. The clumsy Victorian-style bathing costumes were becoming burdensome. A need for a new style bathing suits that retained modesty but was free enough to allow the young lady to engageContinue reading “50 Vintage Photos of People Wearing Bathing Suits From Between the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries”

The Brave US Coast Guard Cutter Crew Who Battled U-Boats In WWI – An Amazing Tale of Heroism

The Navy Cross is awarded for valor and heroism while in service with the United States Naval Forces. Since its creation in 1919, there have been over 6,900 recipients to date. On this list of honor, however, only 55 of these recipients have been in the Unites States Coast Guard. 18 of these were awardedContinue reading “The Brave US Coast Guard Cutter Crew Who Battled U-Boats In WWI – An Amazing Tale of Heroism”

18 Amazing Mugshots of Men and Women From Sacramento during the Early 20th Century

Murder and mayhem have long fascinated photographers and film aficionados, and are also inextricably linked with collectors of vernacular photography. But, how did the mugshot become a fine-art collectible? For New York-based collector and curator Mark Michaelson the answer is personal. In an interview with the New York Daily News he noted, “I’m looking forContinue reading “18 Amazing Mugshots of Men and Women From Sacramento during the Early 20th Century”