“Mersey Paradise”: Photographer Tom Wood Spent Decades Photographing The Pubs, Clubs And Bus Rides Of Liverpool – And The People Who Inhabited Them

Looking for Love (‘Anyone got any hairspray?’), 1983
"Mersey Paradise": Photographer Tom Wood Spent Decades Photographing The Pubs, Clubs And Bus Rides Of Liverpool – And The People Who Inhabited Them

Between 1982 and 1985, Tom Wood took photographs in the now-demolished Chelsea Reach nightclub in New Brighton. Shooting in the dark on busy nights, Wood evokes the noise and heat of the club through the bawdy, drunken and unselfconscious interactions of the customers. These photographs were only possible because Wood was accepted as a regular who was known to many of the clientele. Continue reading »

Vintage Portraits Of Psychiatric Patients In The Late 19th Century

A set of portraits from an unidentified psychiatric hospital most likely in France or Germany. These were taken some time in the 1880s.

Vintage Portraits Of Psychiatric Patients In The Late 19th Century

When Hugh Welch Diamond photographed psychiatric patients at Surrey County Hospital in the 1850s, he believed the camera was a new technology that could record things beyond human perception. In one way he was right; photographs could capture objects invisible to the naked eye. He was mistaken in believing that abstract ideas would freely offer themselves to the photographer. A photograph of a psychiatric patient was not a photograph of their illness. Continue reading »

Fight Like A Gentleman: The Art Of Self Defense, ca. 1940s

Fight Like A Gentleman: The Art Of Self Defense, ca. 1940s
The Square America Archive

While we’re all cooped up inside we might as learn how to protect ourselves from knife wielding villains. Here’s a small series of photos instructing you how to deal a knife wielding fiend. Continue reading »

An Illustrated Police Equipment Catalogue From 1891

An Illustrated Police Equipment Catalogue From 1891

This Catalogue of Bean’s Patent Police Equipments from 1891 features a range of weaponry and apparatus for keeping the peace, enforcing the status quo and cracking the heads of anyone deemed criminally deviant. Produced in Boston by John P. Lovell Arms Co., this is a policeman’s ‘how-to’ guide. Continue reading »

Pageboy: One Of Iconic Women’s Hairstyles Of The 1970s

Pageboy: One Of Iconic Women’s Hairstyles Of The 1970s

The pageboy is a modern hairstyle named after what was believed to be the “pudding-basin” haircut of a late medieval page boy. It has straight hair hanging to below the ear, where it usually turns under. There is often a fringe (bangs) in the front. Continue reading »

People Use This Online Photo Enhancer To Restore Old Pictures And Share The Results

People Use This Online Photo Enhancer To Restore Old Pictures And Share The Results

Earlier this year, MyHeritage, an online genealogy platform, introduced an interesting new tool called MyHeritage In Color™ that allowed users to colorize old family photos in just a few clicks of a button. However, back in June, the company improved the tool even more, allowing users to not only colorize old photos but also sharpen them, making blurry images appear clearer. Continue reading »

Chinese Propaganda Posters From The Cultural Revolution Ages, 1960s-1970s

“Speed Up Agriculture Using Modern Machinery.” 1971.
Chinese Propaganda Posters From The Cultural Revolution Ages, 1960s-1970s
Photo credit: David Pollack / Corbis via Getty Images

In 1966 Mao Zedong, the Communist leader of China, started a political campaign that became known as the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Mao called on China’s youth to help him purge capitalist influences and bourgeois thinking in government, teaching, the media and arts, and to reinvigorate the revolutionary spirit. 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 »

Bloody Brutal Vintage Crime Scene Photos From The Los Angeles Police Department Archives

What me worry? 1952
Bloody Brutal Vintage Crime Scene Photos From The Los Angeles Police Department Archives

In 2014 Los Angeles-based photographer Merrick Morton (a onetime LAPD reserve officer) spotted a derelict stash of LAPD crime photos dating from the 1920s to 1970s. The cellulose nitrate-based film and negatives were decomposed and deemed as fire hazard. Working with the Fototeka photo digitation service and the US National Film Archive, the pictures were given news leases of live. Continue reading »

The Freaky High School Fashion Of The Hippie Era, 1969

The Freaky High School Fashion Of The Hippie Era, 1969

These photographs, taken for LIFE magazine in the fall of 1969, explored the “freaky new freedoms” of fashion seen on high school students across the United States. Continue reading »

Amazing Photographs Of Trees Growing Through Classic Cars

Amazing Photographs Of Trees Growing Through Classic Cars

For unknown reasons trees seem to like the apocalypse-style of growing through abandoned vehicles. Why? Good protection for seedlings? Continue reading »

20 People Whose Parents Could Easily Be On The Cover Of Fashion Magazines

“My gorgeous mom at 23 years old in 1983”
20 People Whose Parents Could Easily Be On The Cover Of Fashion Magazines
megcore / Reddit

Some people on the internet have dusted off their old photo albums and discovered pictures of their parents back in the day. These moms and dads naturally looked like fashion models, even while posing for just a high school glamour shot, a yearbook picture, or a candid photo. Continue reading »

Cool Vintage Photographs That Show People Riding Zebras From The Late 19th And Early 20th Centuries

Mr. Hardy with zebra coach in London, 1898.
Cool Vintage Photographs That Show People Riding Zebras From The Late 19th And Early 20th Centuries

Zebras are beautiful, wild animals native to Africa. However, as many European colonizers learned in the early 20th century, despite their similarity to horses, zebras are just a bit too wild to completely tame. Continue reading »

Lovely Vintage Photos Capture People With Their Cats In The Early 20th Century

Lovely Vintage Photos Capture People With Their Cats In The Early 20th Century

Along with dog, cat has not only been a favorite pet of humans since long time ago, but also a close friend. These lovely photos captured people posing with their cats over 100 years ago. Continue reading »

The Paul Milinski Retro Futuristic Dreamscapes Are Serenity Manifest

The Paul Milinski Retro Futuristic Dreamscapes Are Serenity Manifest

Everyone has a “place” or at least an idea of a place where they mentally seek refuge. Perhaps in those quiet moments of daytime fantasy, perhaps simply in the act of disassociation. Until further notice, here’s where you’ll find me whenever I’m at less than 90% of focus – unwinding within the serene dreamscapes designed by one Paul Milinski. Continue reading »

1939 Pontiac Plexiglas “Ghost Car”: The First Full-Sized “See-Thru” Car Ever Made In America

1939 Pontiac Plexiglas "Ghost Car": The First Full-Sized "See-Thru" Car Ever Made In America

Visitors to the 1939 New York World’s Fair Highways and Horizons exhibit by General Motors were dazzled by the display of a one-of-a-kind 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six Plexiglas car. This specially fabricated see through vehicle was constructed of acrylic plastic (quite an advancement at the time) which made visible the many parts that created the Deluxe Six. All screws and fasteners were chrome-plated for dramatic effect. Continue reading »

Beautiful Vintage Black And White Photos Of New York City In The Summer Of 1938

Children on 1st Avenue
Beautiful Vintage Black And White Photos Of New York City In The Summer Of 1938
Sheldon Dick

New York City in the summer of 1938 was wet. On June 28, 1.69 inches of rain fell on the city – a record for the date. On July 23, 2.40 inches of rain fell. Minding where they stepped, photographers Jack Allison, Sheldon Dick, Walker Evans and Russell Lee photographed the city as pat of the Farm Security Administration’s aim to record American life between 1935 and 1944. Continue reading »

They Came To A Cinema Near You!: Attack Of The B-Movie Posters

They Came To A Cinema Near You!: Attack Of The B-Movie Posters

Scene: A poster exhibition in Hollywood sometime in the mid-1950s. Cool, young, twenty-something movie producer Roger Corman is taking in the framed artworks and billboards for big Hollywood movie films. There’s a kid he wants to talk to, around his age, standing over by the Paramount display. This is Albert Kallis, son of Maurice “Mischa” Kallis, a head honcho at Paramount advertising 1923-42 and then top man at Universal Pictures advertising and promotion 1943-63. Continue reading »

These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams

1909 “The Japanese parasol.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
John Cimon Warburg/SSPL/Getty Images

Born into a wealthy family, John Cimon Warburg (1867 – 1931) was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. Continue reading »

Science Fiction & Fantasy Costume Contestants Posing At The 24th World Science Fiction Convention In Cleveland, 1966

Science Fiction & Fantasy Costume Contestants Posing At The 24th World Science Fiction Convention In Cleveland, 1966

The 24th World Science Fiction Convention, also known as Tricon, was held 1-5 September 1966 at the Sheraton-Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Officially, the convention was hosted by three cities in the region: Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Detroit, – hence the name “Tricon”. Continue reading »

Stunning Early Deadliest Tornado Photographs From The 19th Century

A. A. Adams’s photograph of a tornado in Garnett, Kansas on April 26, 1884
Stunning Early Deadliest Tornado Photographs From The 19th Century
Kansas Historical Society

Photography is a major tool of tornado investigators. Detailed examinations of still pictures and careful photogrammetric analyses of motion pictures have provided the scientific community with much valuable information about tornadic structure and airflow. Continue reading »

Swedish Artist Simon Stålenhag Creates A Series Of Art Works For The New H&M Advertising Campaign

Swedish Artist Simon Stålenhag Creates A Series Of Art Works For The New H&M Advertising Campaign

One of my favourite digital artists, Simon Stålenhag (previously) has created a visual part for the new advertising campaign of the Swedish clothing brand H&M. In his impressive retro-futuristic manner, Simon plays with the grim subjects of the dark post-apocalyptic world. Continue reading »

This Photographer Colorized 30 B&W Photos Of New York From Years Ago

This Photographer Colorized 30 B&W Photos Of New York From Years Ago

According to a photographer Mike Savad: “I am a photographer, I’ve been shooting for a long time now, but decided to get into colorizing years ago. I’ve always thought time travel would be fun, but changing the course of time is a pain, and it’s just not worth it. Continue reading »

Face Mask: The Evolution Of Protective Gear In Photos

With the new coronavirus pandemic in full swing and amid a shortage of face masks in our local pharmacies, let’s learn something new about this (now) really precious object.

According to the book by John L. Spooner titled “History of Surgical Face Masks: The myths, the masks, and the men and women behind them,” face masks first appeared at the end of the 19th century and were used by doctors during surgery to prevent bacteria from entering wounds.

In 1910, China adopted them to stop the spread of pneumonic plague. Since then, they have been used by people all over the globe as a means of protection from air pollution or a disease.

Face Mask: The Evolution Of Protective Gear In Photos
A girl wears a gas mask as protection during air attack. Hackney, Great Britain, 1938. (AP Photo) Continue reading »

Incredible Futuristic-Looking 1939 Duesenberg Coupe Simone Midnight Ghost

Incredible Futuristic-Looking 1939 Duesenberg Coupe Simone Midnight Ghost

Duesenberg ceased production in 1937 after Cord’s financial empire collapsed. However, between 1937 and 1940, one automobile put the final touch to this historical marque. It it took three years to complete both the tailor-made interior and futuristic body. Continue reading »