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 »

“Les Amies de Place Blanche”: Captivating Portraits Of Paris Transsexuals In The 1950s

Originally published in 1983, Les Amies de Place Blanche (Ladies of the Place Blanche) focuses on the transsexual community living around the Place Blanche district of Paris in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The book established Christer Strömholm’s reputation as one of the leading photographers of the twentieth century. Continue reading »

Stunning Photos Show Mercedes-Benz 190 SL’s Assembly Line In February 1958

The Mercedes-Benz 190 SL is a two-door luxury roadster produced by Mercedes-Benz between May 1955 and February 1963. Internally referred to as W121, it was first shown in prototype at the 1954 New York Auto Show, and was available with an optional removable hardtop. Continue reading »

“Choose Your Retro Haircut!”: Hair Style Selections From The 1950s-1980s

Date-bait, The Perfecto, Wethead, The Dry Look, The Proto-Mullet, the Forward-Combed Boogiie and many more vintage hair dos and hair don’ts… Let’s have a look through some vintage barbershop and hair salon guides and see how folks were sculpting their hair in decades past. Continue reading »

The Art Of Mass Surveillance: All 135 Vintage NSA Security Posters From The 1950s And 1960s

In the 1950s and 1960s the National Security Agency (NSA) cranked out beautiful and captivating posters to remind Americans that keeping secrets was important. Continue reading »

Griffin Microsheen Used To Have Some Interesting Shoe Polish Ads In The 1950s

The 1950s were an innocent time in America as far as mainstream advertising went. But one campaign was quite racy. The Griffin Microsheen ads were for men’s shoe polish. But nary a man’s face and rarely a man’s foot ever made an appearance in the campaign. All the ads are from the mid- to late-1950s. Continue reading »

Beautiful Life Of Amsterdam In The 1950s Taken By Kees Scherer

Amsterdam, beautiful city built on pilings. An inexhaustible source of subject matter for innumerable photographers. Not that it’s such a megalomaniac capital – it’s more of a village with urban traditions. But it’s that smallness which often provides photography with the impact and attention it deserves. Continue reading »

Vivian Maier: Lost Photographs Of 1950s New York


Courtesy the Maloof Collection/Howard Greenberg Galleries

Found after her death, Vivian Maier’s photographs capture New York City in motion.

Two years before Vivian Maier died in 2009 at age 83, 30,000 of her negatives were bought at a Chicago thrift auction by former estate agent John Maloof. He was writing a book on Chicago history. Maier had been unable to pay the rental on a storage locker. So 100,000 of her unseen negatives housed in hundreds of boxes and undeveloped films were sold. Continue reading »

This Time Travelling Instagrammer Got Stuck Somewhere In The 1950s

Diners, Cadillacs, neon signs and ice cream pastels – Leah Frances, eats, sleeps and breathes American nostalgia. Continue reading »

You’ll Poke Someone’s Eye Out With Those Things: Bullet Bras From The 1940s And 1950s

Bullet Bra is a full-support bra with cups in the shape of a paraboloid with its axis perpendicular to the breast. The bullet bra usually features concentric circles or spirals of decorative stitching centred on the nipples. Continue reading »

Tyler Haughey Shoots Jersey Shore’s 1950s Resorts, During The Off Season

The resorts built during the post-war period, some of the finest examples of midcentury European design, are like architectural time capsules, all located on a small five-long barrier island in New Jersey known collectively as The Wildwoods. In fact, they make up the largest concentration of postwar resort architecture in the United States. The tiny beach town of Wildwood, New Jersey, topped TripAdvisor’s list of destinations on the rise for 2015. Fancy that. Continue reading »

Vintage Advertisement Posters Of Russian Automobiles From The 1950s to ’80s

The automotive industry in the Soviet Union spanned the history of the state from 1929 to 1991. It started with the establishment of large car manufacturing plants and reorganisation of the AMO Factory in Moscow in the late 1920s–early 1930s, during the first five-year plan, and continued until the Soviet Union’s dissolution in 1991. Before its disintegration, the Soviet Union produced 2.1-2.3 million units per year of all types, and was the sixth (previously fifth) largest automotive producer, ranking ninth place in cars, third in trucks, and first in buses. Take a look to see the USSR automobiles in the 1950s to 1980s through these interesting advertisement posters. Continue reading »

Amazing Kodachrome Snapshots Of Beaches In The U.S In The 1950s-60s

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These amazing color snapshots show people at the beaches in the US from between 1950s to 1960s. Continue reading »

Hong Kong In The 1950s Captured By A Teenager

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These stunning photographs of Hong Kong in the 1950s are captured beautifully by a teenager. Ho Fan who arrived from Shanghai in 1949. The streets, filled with vendors, coolies and rickshaw drivers, fascinated Ho. Taking pictures in a studio was the norm then, but the Ho was more interested in random, candid shots of strangers. His targets, however, did not always smile into the lens of his Rolleiflex. But it is great street photography that gives a peek into daily life in Hong Kong at that time. The photography is part of his book “A Hong Kong Memoir Continue reading »