Wonderful Color Pics Document The Trailer Life Of An American Family During The 1950s

Picnic by the side of the road, 1953

These wonderful pics from Leon Reed were taken by his father Walter Reed that documented the trailer life of his family around the United States during the 1950s. Continue reading »

Traveller’s Joy – The Key To The Countryside – Beautiful Shell Adverts From The Mid-1950s

From the 1920s and into the 1950s the Shell Oil Company produced some wonderful advertising posters and some said, the most beautiful the country has ever seen.


1954: Arranged and painted by Edith and Rowland Hilder

Looking at these examples from the mid-fifties it’s difficult to argue. It was a different time and the adverts, mostly shown in up-market magazines such as Country Life, show us a view of Britain as a lost rural idyl while, somewhat ironically, promoting not only petrol and oil but motoring in general and where it could take you. It was only Shell petrol and diesel that could give you the exhilarating pleasure and joyous freedom of the countryside. Continue reading »

BMW Isetta: The Iconic Miniature Bubble Car Of Automotive History

The Isetta is an Italian-designed microcar built under license in a number of different countries, including Argentina, Spain, Belgium, France, Brazil, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Because of its egg shape and bubble-like windows, it became known as a bubble car, a name also given to other similar vehicles. Continue reading »

Concepts From Future Past: Cool Pics Of The 1951 Buick LeSabre Concept Car

The LeSabre was the brainchild of GM Design Chief Harley Earl. The design reflected his attempt to merge the modern jet aircraft into the style of the automobile. Jets symbolized the very latest design and engineering and Earl’s ideas transcended into the LeSabre concept. Continue reading »

Sublime Street Photographs Of Hong Kong In The 1950s And 1960s

Hong Kong is all about the food. The smell of delicious stuff, some of it unidentifiable only to Bellamists and delving biology professors and coroners, hangs in air so soupy and thick it seems to be keeping the new skyscrapers upright. I’m wrong, of course. Hong Kong is all about human life, which is everywhere, packed tightly and possessed of an atavistic self-containment – the closest thing modern humanity has to Babel, Jericho or maybe Sodom. Continue reading »

Hilarious Snaps Show Halloween Costumes In The 1950s And ‘60s

Need to find an impressive Halloween outfit? Just check out these snaps to see. Here below is a hilarious photo collection that shows people in their Halloween costumes in the 1950s and 1960s. Continue reading »

Publicity Photos Of Marilyn Monroe Playing The Ukulele For “Some Like It Hot” In 1959

In 1959, near the end of her extraordinary career, Marilyn Monroe starred in Some Like It Hot, widely considered one of the greatest film comedies of all time. Continue reading »

Glamorous Photos Of Marilyn Monroe Photographed By Ed Clark In 1950

Born 1911 in Nashville, Tennessee, American photographer Ed Clark worked primarily for Life magazine. His best remembered work captured a weeping Graham W. Jackson, Sr. playing his accordion as the body of the recently deceased President Franklin D. Roosevelt was being transported to Washington, DC. Continue reading »

A Car For The Jet Age: Cool Pics Of The 1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket

The 1950s was a rememberred decade in many things. From the boom of culture and fashion to the unique inventions of cars, especially the 1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket. Continue reading »

Amazing Vintage Color Photos Of Trailer Parks In The United States From Between The 1950s And 1960s

The first examples of mobile homes can be traced back to the roaming bands of gypsies who traveled with their horse-drawn mobile homes as far back as the 1500s. Continue reading »

This 1958’s General Motors Firebird III Looks Like A Future Spaceship

The Firebird III was by far the most intriguing and influential of the Motorama Firebirds. Built in 1958, it was the only member of the Firebird trio to have any direct impact on the design of General Motors production vehicles. The 1959 Cadillac featured some of the Firebird III’s surface development and its severe rocker panel tuck-under. The 1961 Caddy picked up the Firebird’s rear skegs – those stubby little fins that hung down off the bottoms of the rear fenders. Continue reading »

Paolo Di Paolo Captured Spectacular Photos Of Italy In The 1950s And 60s

Viareggio in 1959.

The “Paolo Di Paolo: Lost World” exhibition presents more than 250 largely unseen images from the photographer’s archive. Di Paolo chronicled life in his country as an economic boom followed the destruction of the second world war. Although those were the years of la dolce vita he was an anti-paparazzo – he shunned the salacious and respected his subjects. The exhibition is at MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome until 30 June. Continue reading »

The Craft Of Ladies’ Hairdressing: Cool Pics That Show Unique Hairdos Of The ’50s Ladies

A selection of photographs from the section ‘Competition Hairdressing’ of the book The Craft of Ladies’ Hairdressing (1959) by S.G. Flitman. Continue reading »

Extraordinary Black And White Photographs Of London In The Early 1950s

Between 1949 and 1953, Robert Frank continually returned to Europe from his new home in New York to take photographs in France, Switzerland, Spain, and Great Britain, photographs that show the development of his uniquely humanist, poetic, and realist eye. Continue reading »

Amazing Examples Of The Live-Action Reference Filmed For Disney’s “Cinderella” In 1950 As You’ve Never Seen Before

A lot of you have probably seen the live action version of Cinderella that came out in 2015. Well long before Lily James took on the role, another actress played Cinderella at the Walt Disney Studios, Helene Stanley. Continue reading »