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Vintage Pictures of Snow King Chairlifts without Any Safety Bars that Look Very Unsafe, 1950-1970

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Mashable/Wikimedia Commons/Flickr/Snow King Mountain Winter Resort

These vintage photographs of Snow King chairlifts taken between the 1950s and 1970s show people riding in a very unsafe way without deploying any safety bars or other protections. Continue reading »

Stunning Vintage Photographs of San Francisco’s Sky Tram, 1955-1961

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From late 1955 to 1966, an aerial tram ran from the Cliff House to Point Lobos. Continue reading »

Artist Recreates Old Ceremonial Portraits By Replacing Their Subjects With Cats

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Probably, we all agree that one should treat a cat like a queen or king or dire consequences might follow. These graceful creatures have been highly appreciated since ancient Egyptian times (if not earlier), not without a reason, and Galina Bugaevskaya, a talented digital creator, is well aware of that. Continue reading »

Project David: Family Photos From the Future Past

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In 2001 the Sony company started works on “Project David”. The goal was to develop and test of robot and his ability to integrate to the humane society. Continue reading »

Vintage Photographs of Women Flaunting the Inflatable Bras to Look Like Marilyn Monroe in 1952

Four models show how to use the Trés Secrete bra, developed by La Resista Corset Co. in Connecticut.
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Mediadrumimages/TopFoto

These amazing images, which were discovered by TopFoto in their extensive archives, have revealed the post-World War Two invention of inflatable bras as women strived to look like Marilyn Monroe in 1952. Continue reading »

Amazing Photos of New York in the 1930s by Samuel Gottscho

Midtown Manhattan, New York City, December 15, 1931
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Samuel Herman Gottscho (1875–1971) was an American architectural, landscape, and nature photographer. He was born in Brooklyn in New York City. He acquired his first camera in 1896 and took his first photograph at Coney Island. From 1896 to 1920 he photographed part-time, specializing in houses and gardens, as he particularly enjoyed nature, rural life, and landscapes. Continue reading »

Amazing Old Photos that Capture the Everyday Life in New York City in The 1940s

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Library of Congress/New York City Library/Wikimedia Commons/PBS

These incredible black and white photographs document everyday life in New York City in the 1940s and offer a glimpse into a long-gone era. From street peddlers selling fish or fresh ears of corn, to cars stalled under mounds of snow, scenes are both familiar and nostalgic. Continue reading »

Unique House for the Atomic Age from 1953

Fireplace in front yard is built into side of hill. Lava appearance of hill comes from stippled Gunite.
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In 1953, a swimming pool that became an automatic decontamination bath during an A-bomb attack was one of the features of a home that Hal B. Hayes, Hollywood contractor, was completing for himself. In the hillside next to the swimming pool he’s building an underground sanctuary that you reach by diving into the pool. Continue reading »

The Weird and Badass Gravestones of Russian Mafia

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Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russian mafia bosses with close government connections grew immensely rich. Continue reading »

Kiss Me, My Fool!: Theda Bara, the Original Vamp, Posing With a Skeleton as Publicity for the Silent Film ‘A Fool There Was’, 1915

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A Fool There Was is an American silent drama film produced by William Fox, directed by Frank Powell, and starring Theda Bara. Released in 1915, the film was long considered controversial for such risqué intertitle cards as “Kiss me, my fool!” Continue reading »

This Instagram Account Shares Pictures From The ’60s and ’70s, Shows Why It Was An Era Like No Other

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The 1970s are often associated with Vietnam and Watergate, but there was also plenty of glamor between the wild fashion, TV stars like Farrah Fawcett, and the disco era. Continue reading »

Rarely Seen Photographs of New York From the 1870s

Suspension Bridge, Niagara Falls, New York, circa 1871
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In the 19th century, New York City became America’s largest city as well as a fascinating metropolis. Characters such as Washington Irving, Phineas T. Barnum, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and John Jacob Astor made their names in New York City. And despite blights on the city, such as the Five Points slum or the notorious 1863 Draft Riots, the city grew and prospered. Continue reading »

Bronze Muscles and Monsters of the Black Sun: Fantasy Illustrations by Ken Kelly

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Ken W. Kelly was an American fantasy artist. Over his 50-year career, he focused in particular on paintings in the sword and sorcery and heroic fantasy subgenres. Continue reading »

Through Space at World Speed: Fantastic Illustrations by Michael Whelan

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Michael Whelan is an American artist of imaginative realism. For more than 30 years, he worked as an illustrator, specializing in science fiction and fantasy cover art. Continue reading »

Once in Harlem: Intimate Portraits of Harlem Residents Taken by Japanese Photographer Katsu Naito

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In 1983, at only 18 years of age, Katsu Naito arrived in New York from his native Japan to work as a contracted kitchen chef. By 1988 he had settled in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood, an area only just recovering from the brutal economic devastation of the 1970s, and on the cusp of the drastic dislocation brought upon longtime residents of this historically black community in the 1990s. Continue reading »

Playboy Magazine Covers in The 1950s Are Not What You Imagined Them to Be

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In the 1950s Playboy was hardly puritanical (by modern standards, of course). If there was any nudity, it was only the most charmingly innocent and conventional. The covers in general exhibited photos that would make one think this was a magazine for giovial housewives or photo-collage lovers. Continue reading »

A Selection of The Canadian Architect Magazine Covers From the 1960s

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The Canadian Architect is a monthly publication aimed at people who work in the world of architecture in Canada. The architecture magazine has been continuously published since 1955. Below is a cool set of covers of The Canadian Architect magazine from 1964 to 1967, designed by Laszlo Buday. Continue reading »

These Hilarious 19th-Century Photos Illustrate Different Levels of Drunkenness, 1860s

Stage 1: You’ve had a couple and can hold your own. Conversation is flowing and people are interested in what you have to say.
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State Library of New South Wales/Wikimedia Commons

These interesting photos, captured by photographer Charles Percy Pickering between 1863 and 1868, illustrate the ability of alcohol to transform a fine upstanding citizen into a staggering wreck. Across the five pictures, an upright, dignified gentleman slowly deteriorates into a sloppy drunk in a wheelbarrow. Continue reading »

Pet Bots: Studio Created Retro Characters from Classic Gaming Gadgets

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POKEDSTUDIO is a Cardiff based creative agency focusing on illustration, brand design and animation. Continue reading »

Vintage Found Photos of ’50s Young Girls in Swimsuits

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These vintage photos were found by Steven Martin that show young girls in swimsuits from the 1950s. The post-war economic boom meant that people were not only spending more money they also wanted luxurious new styles. This economic boom also resulted in the return of fashion. Continue reading »

Palermo Viejo: Photographer Captured Abandoned Vintage Cars in Italy

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“Palermo Viejo” is a photography series by Brazilian Art Director Eduardo Fialho.

While studying advertising in Argentina, something caught Eduardo’s eye. he noticed many abandoned cars in the Palermo Viejo suburb, in Buenos Aires, and decided to document the beautiful decay of these neglected vintage cars. Continue reading »

The Superb Retro-Inspired Illustrations by Alexey Kot

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Poland-based illustrator Alexey Kot creates beautiful vintage-inspired artworks reminiscent of J. C. Leyendecker and Norman Rockwell’s work. Continue reading »

Beautiful Photos of West Zealand County, Denmark in the Late 1930s

Vestsjælland Lumbsaas, circa 1938
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West Zealand County (Danish: Vestsjællands Amt) is a former county in the west-central part of the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in eastern Denmark. The county was formed on 1 April 1970, comprising a few former counties. The county was abolished effective January 1, 2007, when it merged into Region Sjælland (i.e. Region Zealand). Continue reading »

Marilyn Monroe Wishing You All a Happy Fourth of July

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Marilyn Monroe posed for Fourth of July, wearing a bikini with some oversized fireworks and a sign that reads “Beware of Danger, July 4th”. These photographs were taken by Bert Reisfeld in 1953.‬ Continue reading »

Intimate Vintage Portraits Documented the Lives of Irish Travellers Outside Dublin in the Late 1960s and Early 1970s

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When Alen Macweeney returned to his native Ireland in the 1960s, after working as Richard Avedon’s assistant, he first intended to do a photo essay about W.B. Yeats. His research led him to cover another quintessentially Irish subject, one up to then neglected in photojournalism and Irish society in general. Continue reading »