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Jackie Kennedy Aged 6

Jackie Kennedy Aged 6

A little Jackie Kennedy looking very grown up! This photo was taken in 1935 which I think would make her 6 years old. What a little lady eh? No wonder she became a style icon later in life!

23 Impossibly Stylish 1930s Photos

23 Impossibly Stylish 1930s Photos

If you were of the right class and in the right circumstances the 1930s was an incredibly stylish place to be. Even if you weren’t one of the privileged few the fashions helped you be stylish anyway. A few of these photos are of Hollywood stars or models, but the majority of them of the(…)

22 Portraits of Female Criminals from the 1920s

22 Portraits of Female Criminals from the 1920s

They are an interesting collection of women who were all photographed in the custody of New South Wales police between 1916 and 1929. They range from notorious brothel madams, to bigamists, murderers, drug dealers, prostitutes and simply the unfortunate, like Kate Ellick who was sentenced to prison because her family were dead and she was(…)

7 Unsolved Vintage Mysteries and Disappearances

7 Unsolved Vintage Mysteries and Disappearances

I think the tragic disappearance of Flight MH370 is probably pre-occupying all of us at the moment and it goes without saying that all of our thoughts and prayers go out to those missing and the families of all involved. The seemingly impossibly long wait for news got me thinking about some past mysteries and(…)

10 Vintage Selfies, Including a Naked Selfie from the 1920s – Who Knew?!

10 Vintage Selfies, Including a Naked Selfie from the 1920s – Who Knew?!

So, you thought the selfie was something new? Apparently not! Here is the evidence that people have been taking selfies since the late 1800s  – even naked selfies! It’s not just the celebrities of today who love showing off their bods! These photos range from the 1890s to the 1970s, some are self-portraits done with(…)

15 Moving Photos of the Titanic

15 Moving Photos of the Titanic

We all know the story of the ill-fated maiden voyage of the Titanic. At least I assume we do,  I can’t imagine there’s anyone out there who doesn’t know the story, but just in case here’s a brief recap of the tragic tale with a few facts you might not know. The RMS Titanic was(…)

Marilyn Monroe’s Sensational USO Tour in South Korea

Marilyn Monroe’s Sensational USO Tour in South Korea

In February 1954 Marilyn Monroe travelled to South Korea to entertain the troops. She performed a quickly thrown-together show titled ‘Anything Goes’ to audiences which totalled over 100,000 troops over 4 days. She flew to Korea during her honeymoon in Japan with husband Joe DiMaggio. The baseball star was said to be annoyed by the(…)

London Then and Now (Video)

London Then and Now (Video)

Following on from my fascination with the history of the London Underground earlier this week, I wanted to share this amazing video with you.  It shows original footage of London in 1927 next to the same journey photographed now. It’s not just interesting to see how different things are (the number of buses vs cars,(…)

Ghost Stations and Gas Lighting: A Brief History of London Underground

Ghost Stations and Gas Lighting: A Brief History of London Underground

Oops, I’m slightly late to the party (the best people always are)!  London Underground turned 150 last year. Admittedly this passed me by at the time, my excuse being that I haven’t lived in London for 10 years now. Having said that I’ve kept a real fascination for the history of the Tube. When I(…)

1930s Sailors Boxing on Boxing Day

1930s Sailors Boxing on Boxing Day

This image probably depicts crew men of the four-masted steel barque MAGDALENE VINNEN in a boxing match at wharf number 2 in Woolloomooloo. The vessel sailed into Sydney Harbour on 27 February 1933, under the command of Captain Lorenz Peters. The barque was loaded with almost 16,000 bales of wool, the fourth largest shipment to(…)

The Changing Face of Santa

The Changing Face of Santa

My little boy has seen 3 different Santas this year (or rather he’s seen Santa 3 times this year) and was slightly confused by the fact that Father Christmas wore glasses two of the times and then didn’t the third time. He whispered that he thought the last one *might* have been one of Santa’s(…)

Santa Likes the Ladies…

Santa Likes the Ladies…

Christmas is hurtling towards us now. How many sleeps left? I think it’s 4 but I’m writing this before I’ve had my 2nd cup of coffee of the morning and I might be wrong. I should have asked my 7-year-old, he would have answered without hesitation! I thought I’d get in the festive spirit and(…)

The Epitome of 1930s Style?

The Epitome of 1930s Style?

This picture perfectly captures for me the style of the 1930s. I think my glamorous 1930s ideal probably stems from watching too many Poirot and Hollywood movies, where all the young people were beautiful, tanned and althetic, all the men had slicked back hair and dashing looks and the women had perfect pin curls. I(…)

The Future of Space Travel, in the 1950s

The Future of Space Travel, in the 1950s

Less than a year after its birth, the National Aeronautics and Space Agency announced its first astronaut class, the Mercury Seven, on April 9, 1959.  Project Mercury proved that humans could live and work in space, paving the way for all future human exploration. This cutaway drawing of the Mercury capsule was used by the(…)

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(…)

Remembering JFK

Remembering JFK

The youngest US president to be inaugurated and the youngest President to die in office, it is 50 years this week since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. In a week where talk of his assassination will be everywhere here are some happier photos of him.

Lest we forget…

Lest we forget…

In Flanders Field In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now(…)