USA – Design You Trust

Beautiful Kodachrome Slides of West Germany Taken By a Nurse During Her Tour of Duty in the Early 1950s

Amongst the ruins, Bavaria.
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These slides appear to have been taken by a US Army nurse who seems to have been attached to the 97th General Army Hospital at Frankfurt, (West) Germany in 1952 and 1953. During her tour of duty she was able, like most US service personnel, to travel in her free time to various places in Europe and Algeria (and possibly other countries in North Africa). Continue reading »

Andy Blair Captured Fabulous Photos of Vintage Jersey City c. 1970s

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These fabulous photographs are from Andy Blair’s Flickr site (previously featured). He’s taken us back to 1970s New York before, but now we’re focusing on Jersey City. Continue reading »

The US States Brand Identity Clearly Illustrated by Bogdan Katsuba

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Graphic Designer Bogdan Katsuba created this cool selection of badges and a poster to visually represent each one of the 50 US states. Continue reading »

Vintage Postcards Capture Shopping Malls of the U.S. in the Mid-20th Century

Alabama. Eastwood Mall, Birmingham
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The first shopping mall was technically an outdoor shopping plaza that opened in 1922 in Kansas City. However, the first indoor shopping mall that mirrored how we think of malls today was opened in 1956 in Edina, Minnesota. Malls were often anchored by a large department store with a cluster of other stores around it. Continue reading »

The Full List of Affordable Doctors In America

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The United States has one of the highest costs of healthcare in the world. US healthcare system is complex and most costs are market driven. Continue reading »

ALIVE! Fred G Johnson’s American Sideshow Banners

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Fred G. Johnson’s (1892 – 1990) banners were used to illustrate A Century of Progress for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair His artwork also advertised the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey and Clyde Beatty circuses. Continue reading »

Finally, The Kid Trump 2023 Calendar Is Here!

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He may only be a one-term president, but thanks to this Kid Trump calendar you’ll be able to enjoy our Commander-in-Cheeto’s antics all throughout 2023 as well. Each month comes with a brilliantly hilarious and masterfully doctored image of Trump as a little kid. You can order this calendar on Etsy for yourself or as a gift to a Trump supporter – it would royally piss him off. Continue reading »

Wonderful Photos Capture Everyday Life of Florida in the 1980s

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Florida is a state located in the Southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the northwest by Alabama, to the north by Georgia, to the east by the Bahamas and Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida and Cuba; it is the only state that borders both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading »

Life of the U.S in the Early 1940s Through Incredibly Colorized Photos

Tenant farmer and part of his family in field ready for tobacco planting. Nine miles north of Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, circa 1935-42
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Jack Delano (born Jacob Ovcharov; 1914–1997) was a Ukrainian immigrant who became an accomplished photographer for the Works Progress Administration, United Fund, and most notably, the Farm Security Administration (FSA). He wore many hats as he also was a composer known for his use of Puerto Rican folk material, started a television production company, and was a cartoonist, poet, moviemaker, professor, and architectural designer. Continue reading »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Meet the 1970 AMC Gremlin, America’s First Subcompact Car

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The AMC Gremlin is a subcompact car that was made by the American Motors Corporation (AMC) for nine model years. During its manufacturing run from April 1970 through 1978, a total of 671,475 Gremlins were built in the United States and Canada.

The Gremlin was described at its introduction as the first domestic-built American subcompact car. Continue reading »

Stunning Vintage Photos of Woody Station Wagons From the 1960s and 1970s

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The iconic American woody (or woodie) wagon dates back to the very beginning of automobile manufacture when car frames were originally made of timber. As metal took over and timber content diminished throughout the 1920s, certain models stubbornly refused to go all-metal. Continue reading »

In Poland, People Are Roleplaying as Americans, Here Are The Best Photos

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In Poland, there is a ‘4 th of July Larp’ group that roleplays as contemporary Americans. They just come together and show off their most American-ish outfits and act out various scenarios that they imagine would happen in the USA. It’s brilliant. Real Americans, please let us know in the comments if they got it right! Continue reading »

Documenting America: Scenes of Early-Century New York City Life in Paintings of John French Sloan

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John French Sloan (August 2, 1871 – September 7, 1951) was an American painter and etcher. He is considered to be one of the founders of the Ashcan school of American art. Continue reading »

Suspicious Aliens in the Wild West: Superb Drawings by Mark Rogers

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Why is the United States one of the most influential countries in the world today? According to artist Mark Rogers, aliens are likely to be involved. Continue reading »

Fascinating Vintage Photographs of Scooter Enthusiasts in Nebraska, 1945

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Dmitiri Kessel/LIFE Picture Collection

The Cushman scooter company started in 1903 in Lincoln, Nebraska, by Everett and Clinton Cushman. The company incorporated as Cushman Motor Works in 1913. Cushman began production of their four-stroke Husky engine in 1922. Continue reading »

Gorgeous Photos of American Actress and Model Joan Staley in the 1950s and ’60s

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Born 1940 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, American actress and model Joan Staley joined The Little Theater in Hollywood with roles in The Robe, Fiona in Brigadoon, and My Sister Eileen with actress Jo Anne Worley. This led to small roles in live television, such as Playhouse 90, Climax!, and Westinghouse Studio One. These appearances opened the door for her in film and television. Continue reading »

Skirts and Saddle Shoes: Favorite Styles of ’40s Teenage Girls

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The term ‘teenager’ was coined in 1941, and Seventeen magazine printed its first issue in 1944, showing off young teenager-targeted clothing and interests. It was a new market, one that was somewhere between girls and college-age young women. Continue reading »

Back To Beat Street: Photos of Hip-Hop In The Bronx Back in the 1980s

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Sophie Bramly spent 1982 to 1984 photographing clubs and culture in the Bronx. The New York borough was home to new sound and look. Continue reading »

Portrait Photos Defined Hairstyles of American Young Men in the 1970s

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Men’s hair was rocked long until the mid-1970s when everything changed following the hippie lifestyle. As opposed to the shaggy haircuts of the ’60s, most ’70s men’s haircuts were styled with soft and long layers. Continue reading »

Stunning Snapshots of America in Crisis in the 1970s

By the late 1960s, the American landscape was ravaged by decades of unchecked land development, blighted by urban decay in the big cities, and plagued by seemingly unstoppable air, noise, and water pollution.

In November 1971, the newly created Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a monumental photodocumentary project to “photographically document subjects of environmental concern” in the United States. The collection, now at the National Archives, resulted in a collection of more than 20,000 photographs by its conclusion in 1978.

Water cooling towers of the John Amos Power Plant loom over a home located across the Kanawha River, near Poca, West Virginia, August 1973. (Harry Schaefer)

With support from the first EPA administrator, William Ruckelshaus, project director Gifford D. Hampshire contracted well-known photographers to work for the EPA on the project. Estimates of the number involved range between 70 and 120, and they were organized geographically, with each photographer working in a particular area in which they were already active. Continue reading »