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 »

The 2020 Audubon Photography Awards: These Incredible Pics Capture The Charm Of Birds Perfectly

The Grand Prize Winner
Double-crested Cormorant in Los Islotes, Mexico. Photograph by Joanna Lentin.
The 2020 Audubon Photography Awards: These Incredible Pics Capture The Charm Of Birds Perfectly

The National Audubon Society, which has been around for more than a century, has been set up to protect birds and the places they live throughout the Americas. Each year, the National Audubon Society allows photographers from across the United States and seven Canadian provinces to submit their best bird photographs. The contest, which is in its 11th year now, has been showcasing the talent of an array of photographers from all over the world who present our beautiful avian friends in their natural habitats. Continue reading »

“The Loneliest Road Trip”: Travels Through An Empty America In Photographs By Arnaud Montagard

In his new book Road Not Taken, photographer Arnaud Montagard captures an America emptied of its inhabitants.

Southern Winds
"The Loneliest Road Trip": Travels Through An Empty America In Photographs By Arnaud Montagard

“There is a feeling of loneliness through all the photos in this book. It’s either a man walking alone in the middle of a deserted street or scenes where there is an absence of human beings,” Arnaud Montagard told The Guardian. Continue reading »

Beautiful Intimate Portrait Photos Of Young People Of San Diego In The Early 1970s

Beautiful Intimate Portrait Photos Of Young People Of San Diego In The Early 1970s

These intimate color photos were taken by American photographer Harold Gee that show portraits of his young friends in San Diego from 1971 to 1975. 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 »

Stunning Photographs Of The Old Cincinnati Library Before Being Demolished, 1874-1955

One of the large cast-iron book alcoves that lined the Main Hall.
Stunning Photographs Of The Old Cincinnati Library Before Being Demolished, 1874-1955
Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

Built in 1874 on the site reserved for an opera house, the Old Cincinnati Library was a thing of wonder. With five levels of cast iron shelving, a fabulous foyer, checker board marble floors and an atrium lit by a skylight ceiling, the place was breathtaking. Unfortunately that magnificent maze of books is now lost forever. Continue reading »

Imagine A ‘New America’: Reclaiming The American Flag

Imagine A 'New America': Reclaiming The American Flag

With the explosion of global protests and activism demanding an end to racial inequality, Jameelah Nuriddin and Erin Hammond consider the complicated relationship between African Americans and the American flag in a series of photos. Continue reading »

This House Is Currently Listed for $828K In Queens, NY Right Now

This House Is Currently Listed for 8K In Queens, NY Right Now

You might be thinking, “that looks quite nice!”. I thought that too, but then I ventured into the photo gallery to get a look at the interior and oh noooooooooo. Continue reading »

The Best Of Black Lives Matter Protest Signs

The Best Of Black Lives Matter Protest Signs

These people are not only fighting against racism, but also added a bit of humor and creativity into their protest signs. Continue reading »

Vintage Photographs Of People Posing With Job Hunting Signs On The Streets During The Great Depression

Vintage Photographs Of People Posing With Job Hunting Signs On The Streets During The Great Depression

Following the Crash of 1929, which occurred on October 29, 1929, people quickly found that the jobs they thought were secure, were not only not secure, they were gone. That day became known as Black Tuesday. It was the day the stock market took a huge hit, as investors traded some 16 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange in a single day. Billions of dollars were lost, wiping out thousands of investors. The Great Depression followed the crash of 1929… banks failed, businesses closed, city streets were desolate, families lost their homes, and unemployment in rose to nearly 25%. Continue reading »

Amazing Vintage Photographs Of The TC-497 Overland Train Mark II, The Longest Offroad Vehicle In The World

Amazing Vintage Photographs Of The TC-497 Overland Train Mark II, The Longest Offroad Vehicle In The World

In the early 1950s, LeTourneau, Inc., a heavy-equipment maker based in Longview, Texas, developed the idea of using a diesel-electric transmission to drive multi-wheeled vehicles. Each wheel was driven by a separate electric motor, which gave the vehicles much better traction as the force of the engine was spread across a number of wheels. Continue reading »

Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

Pedestrians weave their way through traffic.
Beautiful Vintage Color Photos Of New York City In The 1950s

Ernst Haas is considered one of the pioneers of color photography and one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. Taking up photography after World War II, his early work on the returning prisoners of war caught the attention of LIFE magazine. 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 »

Amazing Color Photos Capture Chicago’s Street Scenes During The Blizzard Of 1979

Amazing Color Photos Capture Chicago's Street Scenes During The Blizzard Of 1979

The Chicago blizzard of 1979 was a major blizzard that affected northern Illinois and northwest Indiana on January 13–14, 1979. It was one of the largest Chicago snowstorms in history at the time, with 21 inches of snowfall in the two-day period. Continue reading »

A Photographer’s Aerial Photos Of Parked Planes Show Just How Far The Airline Industry Has Fallen During The Lockdown

A Photographer's Aerial Photos Of Parked Planes Show Just How Far The Airline Industry Has Fallen During The Lockdown

Like most travelers, Dallas resident Andy Luten has been grounded since March. Normally averaging around 150,000 miles of flying each year for work and pleasure, Luten has been forced to watch from the ground as the airline industry slowly dwindles to a shell of its former self. Continue reading »

Photographer Mitch Rouse Captures Beautiful Patterns Of Farmland From Above

Photographer Mitch Rouse Captures Beautiful Patterns Of Farmland From Above

The beautiful work of Wyoming-based photographer Mitch Rouse is bound to inspire reverie with its immersive collection of colors, patterns, and compositions. Continue reading »

Cool Retro Photos Capture People With Their Station Wagons From Between The 1950s And ’70s

Cool Retro Photos Capture People With Their Station Wagons From Between The 1950s And ’70s

A station wagon, also called an estate car, estate or wagon, is a car body style which has a two-box design, a large cargo area and a rear tailgate that is hinged to open for access to the cargo area. Continue reading »

Here Are 20th Century-Inspired Propaganda Posters About The COVID-19 Crisis In The US

Here Are 20th Century-Inspired Propaganda Posters About The COVID-19 Crisis In The US

There used to be a time when posters had great influence on the shaping of people’s behavior and opinions. I am, of course, referring to the old-school propaganda posters from the 20th century. The medium was quite popular from around the time of the two World Wars all the way up to the late 1980s. Continue reading »

Cruising Van Nuys Boulevard In The Summer Of 1972 In Stunning Black And White Photos By Rick McCloskey

Cruising Van Nuys Boulevard In The Summer Of 1972 In Stunning Black And White Photos By Rick McCloskey
Rick McCloskey

In the Los Angeles suburb of San Fernando Valley, Wednesday night was cruise night. A long stretch of Van Nuys Boulevard would be packed with kids and cars from all over Southern California – the place to show off your ride. Continue reading »

Wonderful Sunny Pics Document A Spring Break In United States In The 1980s

Wonderful Sunny Pics Document A Spring Break In United States In The 1980s

These pictures show what was acceptable in the 1980s at Spring Break. Mostly from Daytona beach and Fort Lauderdale, these show a party scene that seems alien, the kind of en masse binge-drinking you could have before the intervention of social media. Take a look at these images for a quality nostalgia of tiny swimsuits, big hair and and most likely loads of cocaine. Continue reading »

The Wonder Years: Cool Snaps Show Lifestyle Of American Teens In The Late 1980s

The Wonder Years: Cool Snaps Show Lifestyle Of American Teens In The Late 1980s

The 1980s is the period of multi-style fashion, especially for young people in the United States. From hairstyles to clothes, everything looked pretty rock. Continue reading »

This Pilot Takes Amazing Images Of Area 51 While Skirting Restricted Airspace

This Pilot Takes Amazing Images Of Area 51 While Skirting Restricted Airspace

The highly classified US Air Force facility in Nevada commonly known as Area 51 has long been a source of intrigue for conspiracy theorists, some of whom believe that the site is used for studying crashed alien spaceships. Private pilot Gabriel Zeifman took to the skies this past weekend and captured some rare aerial photos of Area 51. Continue reading »

This Michigan Couple Couldn’t Have Friends and Family at Their Wedding. So They Had Cardboard Cutouts Instead

This Michigan Couple Couldn’t Have Friends and Family at Their Wedding. So They Had Cardboard Cutouts Instead
Don Campbell–The Herald-Palladium/AP

Cardboard cutout wedding guests will make for a not-so-cookie-cutter wedding as a Michigan couple prepares to tie the knot during the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading »