28 Incredible Vintage Photos of Marilyn Monroe in Korea in 1954

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were on their honeymoon in Tokyo, Japan in February of 1954 when Marilyn received an invitation from General John E. Hull’s Far East command to entertain the U.S. troops stationed in war torn Korea. After a little thought and discussion with her husband she said yes. It should be saidContinue reading “28 Incredible Vintage Photos of Marilyn Monroe in Korea in 1954”

19 Amazing Photographs Showing Scenes of the Miss America Pageant inAtlantic City, 1945

These photographs were taken by LIFE photographer Alfred Eisentaedt during the 1945 competition in Atlantic City. There were speeches and displays of genuine talent on stage. But more often than not, the images that emerged from the two-day affair featured scores of women, most of whom seemed—and who still seem—to be cut from very muchContinue reading “19 Amazing Photographs Showing Scenes of the Miss America Pageant inAtlantic City, 1945”

15 Vintage Photos That Capture the Nylon Stockings’ Allure in the 1940s and 1950s

Before the 1920s, stockings, if worn, were worn for warmth. In the 1920s, as hemlines of dresses rose, people began to wear stockings to cover the exposed legs. These stockings were sheer, first made of silk or rayon (then known as “artificial silk”), and after 1940 of nylon. The introduction of nylon in 1939 byContinue reading “15 Vintage Photos That Capture the Nylon Stockings’ Allure in the 1940s and 1950s”

15 Amazing Vintage Photos of Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars, 1858

These remarkable photographs provide probably the only surviving images of veterans of the Grande Armée and the Guard actually wearing their original uniforms and insignia, although some of the uniforms have obviously been recut by tailors of the 1850’s. All the men — at this time in their 70s and 80s — are wearing theContinue reading “15 Amazing Vintage Photos of Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars, 1858”

The Disposable Clothing: Hot Trend “Paper Dress” Was a Short-Lived Fashion Novelty Item in the Mid-1960s

During the 1960s styles were constantly changing and there were many brief fashion fads and trends. One such trend was that of the paper dress. ‘Disposable’ clothing reached its peak around 1966-68 but was generally more of a gimmick than a viable alternative. Society was adopting an increasingly ‘throw-away’ attitude; disposable cutlery, and cigarette lightersContinue reading “The Disposable Clothing: Hot Trend “Paper Dress” Was a Short-Lived Fashion Novelty Item in the Mid-1960s”

40 Amazing Vintage Portraits of Persians Taken During the 19th Century

Antoin Sevruguin is one of the first photographers to document life during the reign of the Qajar dynasty in Persia (1785–1925). Born into a diplomat family in the Russian embassy in Tehran in 1830, Sevruguin traveled around the country as an artist and photographer portraying the everyday lives of the Iranian people from 1870 toContinue reading “40 Amazing Vintage Portraits of Persians Taken During the 19th Century”

22 Amazing Photos Show What America Looked Like When Alcohol Was Illegal During the 1920s and 1930s

The prohibition of alcohol in the United States lasted for 13 years during the 1920s and 30s. It is one of most famous—or infamous—times in recent American history. While the intention was to reduce the consumption of alcohol by eliminating businesses that manufactured, distributed, and sold it, the plan backfired. Considered by many as aContinue reading “22 Amazing Photos Show What America Looked Like When Alcohol Was Illegal During the 1920s and 1930s”

Rare Portraits of Men and Women From Around the World in Their Traditional Costumes at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

Here’s a rare set of large-format photographic portrait images of the different ethnic people who represented various countries of the world at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, also known as the World Columbian Exposition. The World Columbian Exposition was held from May to October 1893 in Chicago in honor of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’Continue reading “Rare Portraits of Men and Women From Around the World in Their Traditional Costumes at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair”

44 Amazing Color Photographs of Paris in the Early 1940s

The Military Administration in France was an interim occupation authority established by Nazi Germany during World War II. It remained in existence from May 1940 to December 1944. As a result of the defeat of France and its Allies in the Battle of France, the French cabinet sought a cessation of hostilities. These photographs wereContinue reading “44 Amazing Color Photographs of Paris in the Early 1940s”

56 Amazing Vintage Colorized Photos of the American Civil War

The Civil War is the central event in America’s historical consciousness. While the Revolution of 1776-1783 created the United States, the Civil War of 1861-1865 determined what kind of nation it would be. The war resolved two fundamental questions left unresolved by the revolution: whether the United States was to be a dissolvable confederation ofContinue reading “56 Amazing Vintage Colorized Photos of the American Civil War”