Amazing Black-and-White Photos of Amsterdam Taken by Dutch Painter George Hendrik Breitner

George Hendrik Breitner (12 September 1857 – 5 June 1923) was a Dutch painter and photographer. An important figure in Amsterdam Impressionism, he is noted especially for his paintings of street scenes and harbors in a realistic style: wooden foundation piles by the harbor, demolition work and construction sites in the old center, horse trams on the Dam, or canals in the rain. Breitner saw himself as “le peintre du peuple”, the people’s painter, and preferred to work with working-class models: laborers, servant girls and people from the lower class districts. Continue reading »

Mugshots of Сhild Сriminals of Edwardian Britain, 1900-1910

Susan Joice, 16, arrested for stealing money from a gas meter. 1903.

Tyne and Wear Archives & Museum / Juvenile delinquency and the evolution of the British juvenile courts by Kate Bradley, University of Kent

These mugshots of Edwardian Britain depict minors arrested for petty crimes and are part of a wide photographic collection of Tyne Wear Archives. The age of the subjects starts from 12 years old to 21 which was the legal age of adulthood. These minors were arrested in the British town of North Shields. Continue reading »

Historical Photos Of The 1918 Spanish Flu That Show What A Global Pandemic Looked Like In The 1910s

California, 1918. The 1918 Spanish flu killed up to 50 million people around the world and has been called “the mother of all pandemics”.

Between 1918 and 1919, an outbreak of influenza spread rapidly across the world, and killed more than 50 million—and possibly as many as 100 million—people within 15 months. Continue reading »

Fabulous Photos of Christmas Shopping In New York City, December 1910

New York has always been famous for its shopping and especially Christmas shopping. It wasn’t much different in 1910 when most of these photos were taken for the George Bain Agency – one of America’s earliest news picture agencies. Continue reading »

The First Russian Color Photos, 1910s

What we know about Peter Ivanovich Vedenisov (1866-1937): graduated from the Moscow conservatory in 1888…. He was a professional pianist and often performed. Was interested in local history, meteorology and photography, could make color autochromes on the glass. 150 color sheet glasses of Peter Vedenisov made between 1909 and 1914 have been preserved till today. Continue reading »