In 1907, a Shipload of 1,000 Immigrant Women From the Baltic Seeking Husbands Came to New York

Was there really a shortage of marriage-minded women in the United States in the early 1900s? Apparently rumors had been circulating in Europe that American men couldn’t find wives. With this in mind, just over 1,000 “maids” booked passage on a New York–bound ship that arrived on September 27, 1907. The Washington Post wrote anContinue reading “In 1907, a Shipload of 1,000 Immigrant Women From the Baltic Seeking Husbands Came to New York”

40 Beautiful Vintage Photos of Ruby Keeler during the 1930s

Ethel Ruby Keeler (August 25, 1909 – February 28, 1993) was a Canadian actress, dancer, and singer who was paired on-screen with Dick Powell in a string of successful early musicals at Warner Bros., particularly 42nd Street (1933). From 1928 to 1940, she was married to actor and singer Al Jolson. She retired from showContinue reading “40 Beautiful Vintage Photos of Ruby Keeler during the 1930s”

40 Amazing Photos Showing Prostitution in Paris in 1966

Prostitution in Paris, both street prostitution and prostitution from dedicated facilities has a long history but also its own modernity in the French capital. Prostitutes are mostly women but also include transgender people and men. Of men born between 1920 and 1925, one in five had experienced his first sexual relationship in a maison-close. ParisContinue reading “40 Amazing Photos Showing Prostitution in Paris in 1966”

40 Gorgeous Photos of Priscilla Lane in the 1930s and 1940s

Priscilla Lane (born Priscilla Mullican, June 12, 1915 – April 4, 1995) was an American actress, and the youngest sibling in the Lane Sisters of singers and actresses. She is best remembered for her roles in the films The Roaring Twenties (1939) co-starring with James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart; Saboteur (1942), an Alfred Hitchcock filmContinue reading “40 Gorgeous Photos of Priscilla Lane in the 1930s and 1940s”

30 Vintage Photos of Attractive Carhop Girls From Between the 1940s and 1960s

A carhop is a waiter or waitress who brings fast food to people in their cars at drive-in restaurants. Carhops usually work on foot but sometimes use roller skates, as depicted in movies such as American Graffiti and television shows such as Happy Days. Carhops have long been associated with hot rods. The first carhopsContinue reading “30 Vintage Photos of Attractive Carhop Girls From Between the 1940s and 1960s”

The “Chinese Bardot”: 40 Beautiful Photos of Actress Nancy Kwan During the 1960s

Born 1939 in Hong Kong, Chinese-American actress, philanthropist, and former dancer Nancy Kwan began filming the movie The World of Suzie Wong in London with co-star William Holden in 1960. Owing to Kwan’s perceptible Eurasian appearance, the film’s make-up artists endeavored to make her look more Chinese. Gossip columnist Hedda Hopper wrote that the “scatteringContinue reading “The “Chinese Bardot”: 40 Beautiful Photos of Actress Nancy Kwan During the 1960s”

30 Wonderful Photos of Marilyn Monroe in a Black Swimsuit From the 1959 Movie “Some Like It Hot” Beach Scene

On Saturday, September 6, 1958, Marilyn Monroe and the 175-person company of Some Like It Hot arrived at the Hotel del Coronado to begin location shots, after filming in Hollywood the previous four weeks. The movie, cowritten and directed by Billy Wilder, is about two musicians, played by Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, who, toContinue reading “30 Wonderful Photos of Marilyn Monroe in a Black Swimsuit From the 1959 Movie “Some Like It Hot” Beach Scene”

32 Daguerreotypes of Mothers Posing With Their Children From the Mid-19th Century

A daguerreotype is a single reversed image, made as a direct positive onto a silvered copper plate. Its reflective surface is an easy way to tell the difference between a daguerreotype and an early photograph taken using a different technique. The image is made of a combination of silver and mercury, resting on that plate.Continue reading “32 Daguerreotypes of Mothers Posing With Their Children From the Mid-19th Century”

Vintage Photographs Capture Everyday Life at the McConnell Air Hostess School in the 1940s

“To be an air stewardess is hard work and not to be recommended to someone who just wants to see the world,” said chief stewardess Anna Lönnqvist, who had a degree from Uppsala University. “To underline that, it should be remembered that we’re only allowed to do two flights to America each month and thatContinue reading “Vintage Photographs Capture Everyday Life at the McConnell Air Hostess School in the 1940s”

Meet Mary Fields, the First African American Woman to Become a U.S. Postal Service Star Route Mail Carrier

Armed with a rifle and dressed in the comfortable clothes of a man, this badass slave became the first black woman employed to carry the U.S. mail. At 200 pounds, she was said to be a match for any two men in Montana Territory. She had a standing bet that she could knock a manContinue reading “Meet Mary Fields, the First African American Woman to Become a U.S. Postal Service Star Route Mail Carrier”