Young Japanese Women’s Fashion of the Late 1960s

After World War II, the strong influence from the United States caused Japanese ways of dressing to undergo a major transition, and people began to more readily follow the trends from the West. Japanese women were starting to replace the loose-fitting trousers called monpe, required wear for war-related work, with Western-style skirts. Whilst we’re byContinue reading “Young Japanese Women’s Fashion of the Late 1960s”

50 Amazing Illustrations of Pin-Up Girls by Enoch Bolles From the Art Deco Era

Enoch Bolles (1883–1976) was one of the best known of the Art Deco era pin-up artists, mostly because of the massive exposure his images received on newsstands from coast to coast. Enoch Bolles’ pin-up girls were fun-loving and sexy, often provocative in their poses but occasionally caught in embarrassed or slightly self-conscious moods. Bolles beganContinue reading “50 Amazing Illustrations of Pin-Up Girls by Enoch Bolles From the Art Deco Era”

50 Classic LIFE Magazine Celebrity Photos

Life was an American magazine published weekly from 1883 to 1972, as an intermittent “special” until 1978, and as a monthly from 1978 until 2000. During its golden age from 1936 to 1972, Life was a wide-ranging weekly general-interest magazine known for the quality of its photography. Life was independently published for its first 53Continue reading “50 Classic LIFE Magazine Celebrity Photos”

48 Amazing Vogue Covers Illustrated by Georges Lepape From Between the 1910s and 1930s

Georges Lepape is a French illustrator, who was born in Paris in 1887; he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and he soon entered the world of art. In 1911 he created the book entitled Les Choses de Paul Poiret, by illustrating the maison’s collection. His illustrations show some thin and long-limbed feminineContinue reading “48 Amazing Vogue Covers Illustrated by Georges Lepape From Between the 1910s and 1930s”

The Story Behind the Iconic Photo of 16-Year-Old Elizabeth Taylor Taken by Philippe Halsman

Performance was in Elizabeth Taylor’s blood. Her mother had worked as an actress until she married. At the age of 3, the young Taylor started dancing, and eventually gave a recital for Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. Not long after relocating to California a family friend suggested the Taylors’ daughter take a screen test. She soonContinue reading “The Story Behind the Iconic Photo of 16-Year-Old Elizabeth Taylor Taken by Philippe Halsman”

Dolly Parton Becomes the First Country Singer to Pose for Playboy in 1978

Readers are disappointed when they open the magazine to see the wholesome singer in a Playboy bunny outfit, but with no nudity. Perhaps as a desperate distraction, in some of the shots she’s accompanied by a guy in a rabbit suit looking like some kind of deranged Easter bunny. Dolly Parton became the first countryContinue reading “Dolly Parton Becomes the First Country Singer to Pose for Playboy in 1978”

24 Amazing Runaway Slave Ads From the 19th Century

Throughout the 500-year history of slavery in North America, enslaved people tried to escape. Once newspapers were common, enslavers posted “runaway ads” to try to locate these fugitives. When fugitives escaped, enslavers often placed runaway notices in newspapers. Such ads included any kind of information that might help readers identify the fugitive: the name, height,Continue reading “24 Amazing Runaway Slave Ads From the 19th Century”

1940s Kissing Style: Photo Guide on How To Kiss Correctly, ca. 1942

LIFE magazine published this guide for actors in 1942, but it may still come in handy today. According to these romantic pictures from the magazine, there are some vital basic steps to follow to achieve the perfect clinch. First, the how-to guide recommends that kissers should not stand too far apart – pointing out thatContinue reading “1940s Kissing Style: Photo Guide on How To Kiss Correctly, ca. 1942”

Photos of Early Rolling Stone Covers by Baron Wolman

Born 1937 in Columbus, Ohio, American photographer Baron Wolman began his professional photographic career in West Berlin in the 1960s where he was stationed with the military. Wolman is best known for his work in the late 1960s for the music magazine Rolling Stone, becoming the magazine’s first Chief Photographer from 1967 until late 1970.Continue reading “Photos of Early Rolling Stone Covers by Baron Wolman”