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A 1960s Triceratops

A 1960s Triceratops

This photo was taken at the opening of the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum in September 1967. The Triceratops, named Uncle Beazley was placed in the parking lot, where you can also see him in the snow in 1977 (below).

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,(…)

Movember (vintage style)

Movember (vintage style)

It’s Movember again – a time all wives and girlfriends secretly dread. There are few men in this world who truly suit facial hair (Tom Selleck springs to mind as one of the few) and it’s always fascinating (not to mention itchy and amusing) to watch the men in your life trying to cultivate a(…)

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(…)

Halloween with the Kennedy’s

Halloween with the Kennedy’s

Halloween Visitors to the Oval Office. A laughing President Kennedy with his children Caroline and John F. Kennedy, Jr. in the Oval Office of the White House, 31st October 1963. Happy Halloween everyone!

Thank the Lord for modern swimwear…

Thank the Lord for modern swimwear…

If I was having my photo taken in wet woolen swimwear I think I’d close my eyes too… I know we all reminisce about the gorgeousness of vintage swimwear, and how it’s all more stylish and more lovely than lycra, but I think even a pair of tiny budgie-smugglers would be more flattering than these(…)

Evacuation day 2013

Evacuation day 2013

It’s my son’s school trip today. They’re learning about World War 2 in history at the moment and they’re off to have a WW2-themed day at Holdenby House where they’ll get to experience cooking with rations, bomb shelters and various other things which *may* give him nightmares. Having said that learning about the war is(…)

A gorgeous 1970s afro

A gorgeous 1970s afro

A student with fabulous 1970s hair at the Westinghouse Industrial Vocation School On Chicago’s West Side, May 1973. I wish I could see the rest of her outfit, the bit of her 70s print shirt that I can see looks gorgeous!

Woah, who’d be a lion tamer eh?

Woah, who’d be a lion tamer eh?

Wow, this photo raises lots of conflicting emotions in me (but I suspect that’s the sign that it’s a good photograph!). I have an enormous amount of admiration for this lady who must have nerves of steel, and I also feel sorry for the lions, who should never have been in captivity like this.  Similar to(…)

George Washington’s teeth

George Washington’s teeth

George Washington’s teeth which, contrary to popular myth, weren’t made of wood. He had various pairs, and the pair he had when he became president were made from hippo and elephant ivory with gold springs.  I’m not sure whether the pair above are those, but they certainly look about right don’t they?  Washington suffered from problems(…)

Daring ladies on swinging deckchairs, 1905

Daring ladies on swinging deckchairs, 1905

I love so many things about this photo. I love the swinging deckchairs, those huge and cumbersome hats (on the beach!) and the fact that you seem to be able to see bits of these ladies which would have been frowned upon in those days (I can see their ankles, their wrists and their petticoats(…)

A very fancy 1920s cloche hat

A very fancy 1920s cloche hat

A very fancy 1920s cloche hat with amazing detailing and what looks like metallic inserts. Isn’t it fabulous?

Stella Carol, 1915

Stella Carol, 1915

Singer Stella Carol photographed in 1915. It’s a shame this photo is so damaged, I think I might use my PhotoShop skills to try and repair it… Stella Carol, age 17, a well-known soprano, and her husband, Albert Leblond, were passengers aboard the White Star Company Arabic when it was torpedoed without warning on August(…)

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(…)

Building the Eiffel Tower

Building the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower was built over a period of 2 years between 1887 and 1889. These photos show how it grew over the months and years during construction. It’s hard to imagine Paris before the Eiffel Tower existed isn’t it? [8 photos]