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5 Powerful Photos on the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s Assassination

5 Powerful Photos on the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s Assassination

50 years ago today President John F. Kennedy was assassinated during a visit to Dallas, Texas. The news shocked the world. These photos look perfectly normal snaps until you find out more about them and then they become incredibly powerful. The photo above was taken earlier that day when the President and a smiling Jackie(…)

Shooting criminals: Are these the most beautiful mug shots in the world?

Shooting criminals: Are these the most beautiful mug shots in the world?

I seem to have a slight obsession with vintage mug-shots this week and I couldn’t resist sharing these beautiful photos with you. They were taken between 1910 and 1930 by New South Wales Police Department. Called ‘special photographs’, I’m not sure whether they replaced traditional mug-shots or were supplimentary, but they were  photographs of “men(…)

Femme fatale: The stylish female criminals of Australia, 1920s

Femme fatale: The stylish female criminals of Australia, 1920s

I was talking about my fascination with vintage mug-shot photos a few days ago and since then I stumbled upon these amazing photos of 1920s women who were incarcerated at the State Reformatory for Women, Long Bay, NSW. What makes these photos so interesting is that they took a full length photo of each woman,(…)

Cocky, The Sunderland Kid and Fatty Potter – 1930s mugshots

Cocky, The Sunderland Kid and Fatty Potter – 1930s mugshots

I’m fascinated by old mug shots. I love the candid nature of them. They show ordinary people in their every-day clothes photographed perhaps for the first and only time in their lives. Some look worried, some look cocky, some just look pretty vacant (check out John Dodgson), but they’re all really interesting. I feel a(…)

Strange vintage trends: fox furs

Strange vintage trends: fox furs

You know my feelings about real fur by now, and if you’ve somehow missed that you can read about it here. I have to remind myself though that the past was a very different place, where wearing fur was aspirational and fashionable and the ethics of it weren’t questioned at all. One thing I still(…)

The many hats of 1920s criminals

The many hats of 1920s criminals

I found these photos of 1920s criminals absolutely fascinating, partly because I think mug-shots make for really interesting candid photographs, but also because of the variety of different hats worn by the men in these photos. They were all taken in Calgary in 1920. What do you think they were arrested for? Number 6088 definitely(…)

1920s wedding photos

1920s wedding photos

After the end of World War 1, the 1920s were a time of optimism and exuberance. Fashions for women were more relaxed than ever before, suiting a slim athletic figure in contrast to the tight corseting of previous decades.  1920s wedding styles are having a resurgence at the moment, partly perhaps because of The Great(…)

Vintage ghost photos and the invention of spirit photography

Vintage ghost photos and the invention of spirit photography

I don’t know what to make of these vintage ghost pictures. Spirit photography was ‘invented’ in the 1920s and made possible by the long exposure needed to take a photograph at that time. It meant that if somebody walked into the photo briefly a ghostly shadow image was created. I’m assuming these photographs are fake(…)

Criminal mugshots from the 1900s (some sexy, some creepy)

Criminal mugshots from the 1900s (some sexy, some creepy)

Criminal mugshots of men arrested in England in the early 1900s for a variety of crimes including Larceny (is this the same as theft?), False Pretences and Indecent Exposure (he’s a creepy one). I must admit that Andrea Laudano (above) is rather dishy, you can see he probably had a real way with the ladies(…)

Edward Steichen’s war photographs

Edward Steichen’s war photographs

Edward Steichen is best known (at least to me) as being one of the main photographers for Vogue and Vanity Fair during the late 1920s and 1930s. He made a name for himself as a war photographer during World War 1 and between the wars became one of the best paid and well-known fashion photographers.(…)

Vintage brides: 1930s wedding dress gallery

Vintage brides: 1930s wedding dress gallery

There’s something about photos of real brides on their wedding day which I find fascinating. These brides are all from the 1930s and there are some really unusual outfits. I particularly like the lady with the halo headdress and also the poor woman who accessorised her wedding dress with crutches (presumably out of necessity)! Which(…)

WWII army pinup girls

WWII army pinup girls

During World War 2 all of the big Hollywood stars posed for pin up photos to raise the morale of the troops. The official US Army magazine was called YANK (is it just me that finds that funny?) Lots of the big silver screen starlets of the time are here: Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Rita(…)

1940s Hairstyles

1940s Hairstyles

Looking for a cute 1940s-inspired hairstyle? Take your pick! Which do you like best? Source and copyright: This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1963 and although there may or may not have been a copyright notice, the copyright was not renewed Source and(…)

3 Beautiful 1930s Hairstyles

3 Beautiful 1930s Hairstyles

Need some inspiration for a 1930s-inspired hairstyle? That’s what I thought! So here’s my gallery of 30s hair dos – which is your favourite? I like the Tallulah Bankhead’s hairstyle myself… [3 photos] Above: Delores Del Rio in I Live for Love, 1935.

Goodwood Revival 2012: the photos

Goodwood Revival 2012: the photos

I went to the Goodwood Revival on Friday – and what a fantastic day out! If you haven’t heard of it before, the Goodwood Revival is a 3-day long festival of fashion, cars and planes from the 1940s, 50s and 60s. You’re encouraged to dress up, and this gives the event a really special and(…)

Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s

A new photography exhibition opens tomorrow at the Barbican Art Gallery in London: Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s. It features international photography from renowned photographers throughout these two decades. It includes work from photographers including Bruce Davidson, William Eggleston, David Goldblatt, Graciela Iturbide, Boris Mikhailov and Shomei Tomatsu, as well as(…)