Two Wheelin’ Fun: Pictures of Summertime Street Cruising in San Francisco in the 1970s

San Francisco in the 1970s was a global hub of culture. It was known worldwide for hippies and radicals. The Daily Mail described flamboyant 1970s San Francisco as being characterized by “hippy street life when buskers, bongo players and impressive bouffants thronged the city by the bay.” These fascinating photographs, taken by LIFE photographer BillContinue reading “Two Wheelin’ Fun: Pictures of Summertime Street Cruising in San Francisco in the 1970s”

The Amazing Story Behind the Iconic “Migrant Mother” Photograph by Dorothea Lange

The photograph that has become known as “Migrant Mother” is one of a series of photographs that Dorothea Lange made of Florence Owens Thompson and her children in February or March of 1936 in Nipomo, California. Lange was concluding a month’s trip photographing migratory farm labor around the state for what was then the ResettlementContinue reading “The Amazing Story Behind the Iconic “Migrant Mother” Photograph by Dorothea Lange”

Wonderful Photographs Showing Life in Southern California From Between the 1940s and 1960s

Charles Phoenix is a dude who has done a great service to mankind. He has traveled to countless thrift stores and estate sales rescuing abandoned family slides from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. These particular photographs are from his book, Southern Californialand: Mid-Century Culture in Kodachrome. “There’s a lot of specialness and magic from ourContinue reading “Wonderful Photographs Showing Life in Southern California From Between the 1940s and 1960s”

Wonderful Behind the Scenes Photos of Janis Joplin During the Photoshoot for Pearl’s Album Cover in California, 1970

Janis Joplin wasn’t around when her second solo album, Pearl, was issued in January 1971. She wasn’t around a few weeks later when it shot to No. 1, either. The singer had died of a heroin overdose on Oct. 4, 1970, while recording the sessions that would make up Pearl. That unfortunate turn of eventsContinue reading “Wonderful Behind the Scenes Photos of Janis Joplin During the Photoshoot for Pearl’s Album Cover in California, 1970”

Vintage Photos of the Lost French Village of Hollywood in the 1920s

Once, long before the Hollywood Freeway obliterated everything in its concrete wake, there sat at the mouth of the Cahuenga Pass an enchanting little group of bungalows and artist’s studios known as the French Village. The French Village was the work of the extremely talented Walter S. and F. Pierpont Davis, sibling architects who, duringContinue reading “Vintage Photos of the Lost French Village of Hollywood in the 1920s”

The Story of the 16-Year-Old Who Kills 2 People Because “I Don’t Like Mondays.”

Brenda Ann Spencer (born April 3, 1962) is a convicted American murderer who carried out a shooting spree from her home in San Diego, on January 29, 1979. During the shooting spree, she killed two people and injured nine others at Cleveland Elementary School, which was located across the street from her home. Spencer isContinue reading “The Story of the 16-Year-Old Who Kills 2 People Because “I Don’t Like Mondays.””

Marilyn Monroe Working Out at the Bel Air Hotel in 1953

In 1945 Hungarian-Romanian photographer Andre de Dienes met the nineteen-year-old Marilyn Monroe, then called Norma Jeane Baker, who was a model on the books of Emmeline Snively’s Blue Book Model Agency Norma Jeane had recently separated from her husband, James Dougherty, and told Dienes of her wish to become an actress. Dienes suggested that theyContinue reading “Marilyn Monroe Working Out at the Bel Air Hotel in 1953”

45 Interesting Photos Showing San Francisco in the 1950s

San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is a cultural, commercial, and financial center in the U.S. state of California. Located in Northern California, San Francisco is the 17th most populous city in the United States, and the fourth most populous in California, with 873,965 residents as of 2020. It covers anContinue reading “45 Interesting Photos Showing San Francisco in the 1950s”