See Inside a 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom, the Most Expensive Rolls-Royce Ever Made

See Inside a 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom, the Most Expensive Rolls-Royce Ever Made

The car was commissioned by business baron Clarence Gasque for his wife Maude, a devotee of 18th-century French design, and it remains one of the most inspired examples of bespoke coachbuilding to this day. Continue reading »

Stunning Artistic, Portrait and Surreal Photography by Man Ray in the 1920s and ’30s

Glass Tears, 1932
Stunning Artistic, Portrait and Surreal Photography by Man Ray in the 1920s and ’30s

Born 1890 as Emmanuel Radnitzky in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, American visual artist Man Ray spent most of his career in Paris. He was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. Continue reading »

Incredible Photos Of Two Roman Ships Which Were Recovered After 2,000 Years In 1929 And Lost Again During WWII

Incredible Photos Of Two Roman Ships Which Were Recovered After 2,000 Years In 1929 And Lost Again During WWII

The Nemi ships were two ships, one larger than the other, built under the reign of the Roman emperor Caligula in the 1st century AD at Lake Nemi. Although the purpose of the ships is only speculated upon, the larger ship was essentially an elaborate floating palace, which contained quantities of marble, mosaic floors, heating and plumbing and amenities such as baths. Continue reading »

Beautiful Tiny 1929 Zaschka Three Wheeler, The World’s First Folding Car

Beautiful Tiny 1929 Zaschka Three Wheeler, The World’s First Folding Car

Built in 1928 in Berlin, the Zaschka was a folding 3-wheeled car. Its inventor was Engelbert Zaschka who amongst other things was one of Germany’s first helicopter pioneers. Continue reading »

Vintage Photographs Of People Posing With Job Hunting Signs On The Streets During The Great Depression

Vintage Photographs Of People Posing With Job Hunting Signs On The Streets During The Great Depression

Following the Crash of 1929, which occurred on October 29, 1929, people quickly found that the jobs they thought were secure, were not only not secure, they were gone. That day became known as Black Tuesday. It was the day the stock market took a huge hit, as investors traded some 16 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange in a single day. Billions of dollars were lost, wiping out thousands of investors. The Great Depression followed the crash of 1929… banks failed, businesses closed, city streets were desolate, families lost their homes, and unemployment in rose to nearly 25%. Continue reading »

Rare Vintage Photos Of The Timberline Lodge, Stanley Kubrick’s Film Inspiration For “The Shining”, In 1921

Rare Vintage Photos Of The Timberline Lodge, Stanley Kubrick’s Film Inspiration For "The Shining", In 1921

Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining featured a very creepy hotel that was haunted. The actual hotel used for the film was represented by Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood in Oregon and was named the fictional ‘Overlook Hotel’. Continue reading »

In 1928 The Original Mickey Mouse Looked A Little Bit Different And Not So Loveable

Mickey on top of a pile of letters that he received from fans. 1928.
In 1928 The Original Mickey Mouse Looked A Little Bit Different And Not So Loveable

When the iconic Mickey Mouse was born, he was maybe not-quite-so-loveable. Some even described his look as creepy or disturbing. It would take a few years before Mickey’s look was locked down. These interesting pictures shown here document Mickey’s look when he made his first appearance. Continue reading »

Realities Of The Twenties: Cool Snaps Show How Well They Dressed From The 1920s

Realities Of The Twenties: Cool Snaps Show How Well They Dressed From The 1920s

The 1920s in fashion saw a modernization. For women, fashion had continued to change away from the extravagant and restrictive styles of the Victorian and Edwardian periods, and towards looser clothing which revealed more of the arms and legs, that had begun at least a decade prior with the rising of hemlines to the ankle and the movement from the S-bend corset to the columnar silhouette of the 1910s. Continue reading »

Vintage Photoshop Or The Spirit Photographs Of William Hope In The 1920s

Vintage Photoshop Or The Spirit Photographs Of William Hope In The 1920s

William Hope (1863 – 8 March 1933) was a pioneer of so-called “spirit photography” (spirit photography is a type of photography whose primary attempt is to capture images of ghosts and other spiritual entities, especially in ghost hunting). Based in Crewe, England, he was a member of the well known spiritualists group, the Crewe Circle. Continue reading »

Cool Pics That Capture People Posing With Their Fiat Cars In The 1920s And ‘30s

A cheerful lady posing with a Fiat 501 Saloon in summertime, circa 1924
Cool Pics That Capture People Posing With Their Fiat Cars In The 1920s And ‘30s

Fiat Automobiles is the largest automobile manufacturer in Italy. During its more than century-long history, it remained the largest automobile manufacturer in Europe and the third in the world after General Motors and Ford for over 20 years, until the car industry crisis in the late 1980s. Continue reading »

“Impressions Of The Roaring Twenties”: 40 Found Snaps That Show Lifestyle Of Young People In The 1920s

"Impressions Of The Roaring Twenties": 40 Found Snaps That Show Lifestyle Of Young People In The 1920s

The 1920s were a decade of parties, money, and extravagant lifestyles. The decade portrayed the American Dream of women, money, alcohol, music, and partying. Continue reading »

Fantastic Old Photos Of Yugoslavia From The 1920s, When People Were Nicer

Fantastic Old Photos Of Yugoslavia From The 1920s, When People Were Nicer

In the mid-1920s the prominent German photographer Kurt Hielscher was invited by the government in Belgrade to travel to Yugoslavia and create a book with images of the state, founded only a few years earlier. Kurt Hielscher had already published similar and very successful books about Italy, Spain and Germany, so he took up the invitation with enthusiasm. Continue reading »

These Autochrome Photos From The 1920s And ’30s Resulted An A Painting-Like Quality That Not Even Today’s Best Instagram Filters Can Replicate

These Autochrome Photos From The 1920s And '30s Resulted An A Painting-Like Quality That Not Even Today's Best Instagram Filters Can Replicate

The method used to make these dreamy photographs resulted in a painting-like quality that not even today’s best Instagram filters can replicate. Continue reading »

Stunning Colorized Photos Of The Discovery Of The Tutankhamun’s Tomb In The 1920s

Stunning Colorized Photos Of The Discovery Of The Tutankhamun's Tomb In The 1920s

Harry Burton’s photographs capture Tutankhamun’s tomb at the moment of its discovery have enthralled the world for generations, enabling the viewer to witness the ‘Wonderful Things’ the discoverers of the tomb, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, were fortunate to experience first-hand. Burton’s iconic black and white photographs have illustrated the imagination of millions for almost a century, and now a selection of the original negatives and photographs, housed in the archive of the Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, has been digitally colourised by Dynamichrome on behalf of SC Exhibitions and the Griffith Institute. Continue reading »

1920s Fashion Through The Lens Of Police Mugshots

Between 1910 and 1930, a series of 2500 ‘special photographs’ were taken by the New South Wales Police Department.

Group of Criminals, Central 1921
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This negative was found wrapped in a paper sleeve on which is written: ‘Group of criminals, Central 1921’. The subjects are not named, but the woman on the left is believed to be Eileen Leigh or Barry (daughter of Kate Leigh). The man on the far right in the back row may be Stephen Doyle, and the man to the left of him Kenneth McLelland (or McCrerrand). The man third from the left in that row may be the pickpocket and three-card trickster known as Frederick Mewson, and the man far left in the front row is likely the pickpocket known as Norman Smith. Continue reading »

Beautiful Color Photographs Of England During The 1920s

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The summers seemed brighter, the weather warmer, the days more leisurely. The First World War—”the war to end all wars”—was long over and the 1920s began as a decade of great prosperity. But by the 1925, the years of plenty were over. The gap between rich and poor widened, with unemployment rife and beggars—many old soldiers—a common sight on the cities’ streets. Continue reading »

See How the Hollywood Sign Has Changed from between the 1920s and 1970s

When the Hollywood Sign was dedicated on this day, July 13, in 1923, there was little hint that it would become an iconic emblem. In fact, the sign didn’t even say “Hollywood.”

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Dedication of the sign, 1923. (Photo Courtesy of the Hollywood Sign Trust and HollywoodPhotographs.com. All Rights Reserved.)
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