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Black and white vs re-colour: Buffalo Bill in a flowery coat

Black and white vs re-colour: Buffalo Bill in a flowery coat

A photo of Wild West showman and buffalo hunter Buffalo Bill wearing a surprisingly flowery embroidered coat. This photo was taken in 1889 when he would have been 43 (I think). Apparently he had to have a kind of hunt-off against William Comstock to earn exclusive right to use the name ‘Buffalo Bill’.  He won the buffalo-shooting(…)

Celebrity mug shots: Jim Morrison

Celebrity mug shots: Jim Morrison

Two different mug shots of Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors,  from 1963 and 1970. In 1963 he was arrested in Tallahassee after pulling a prank while drunk at a Florida State University football game. In 1970 he was arrested indecent exposure and profanity after he exposed himself during a March 1969 concert(…)

1920s Eskimo family portrait

1920s Eskimo family portrait

Isn’t this the most beautiful family portrait? A photo of an Eskimo mother, father, and son, photographed in Noatak, Alaska, by Edward Sheriff Curtis circa 1929.

Colour or black and white? 1920s pilot in winter flying gear

Colour or black and white? 1920s pilot in winter flying gear

I love a good colorized photo, (emphasis on the GOOD). When this process is done well it can completely bring an old photograph alive. I’ve recently discovered the amazing History in Color, which is full of beautifully colorized photos and I had to share this photo with you. Its of pilot William C. Hopson who(…)

The real Butch Cassidy

The real Butch Cassidy

The real Butch Cassidy (looking nothing like Paul Newman) photographed in 1894 in a mug shot from Wyoming Territorial Prison in Laramie. Cassidy’s real name was Robert Leroy Parker and he was a notorious American train and bank robber and leader of the Wild Bunch Gang.

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(…)

Goldie Hawn in 1970

Goldie Hawn in 1970

A gorgeous portrait of Goldie Hawn, taken in 1970. Isn’t she fabulous? This was a publicity photo for the 1970 film Cactus Flower.

Greta Garbo before she was told to ‘lose weight and get her teeth fixed’

Greta Garbo before she was told to ‘lose weight and get her teeth fixed’

These photos of  Greta Garbo were taken in 1924, the year she made her first movie in The Saga of Gösta Berling. The following year she met Louis B. Mayer, the vice president and general manager of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer who reportedly told her to “get her teeth fixed and to lose weight because Americans didn’t like(…)

Elvis Presley aged 2

Elvis Presley aged 2

A very young Elvis Presley photographed in 1937 with his parents Gladys and Vernon Presley. Would you have recognized him..? I can quite confidently say I wouldn’t have guessed who this was!

A personal snapshot of Sean Connery with bushy eyebrows, 1950s

A personal snapshot of Sean Connery with bushy eyebrows, 1950s

Sean Connery is one of those people who always looks like a movie star in every photo you see, so I really like this 1950s picture which just shows him as a normal guy (albeit with very bushy eyebrows!). The photo was taken in January 1954 in London at the Buxton Club (a hangout for(…)

Vintage circus: strong men and contortionists

Vintage circus: strong men and contortionists

As a treat today I thought you might like to see some taut buttocks, rippling muscles and incredible bygone bendyness. Enjoy! [4 photos] Portrait of strongman Don Athaldo

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(…)

Beautiful portraits of forgotten women

Beautiful portraits of forgotten women

These beautiful photo portraits of all of women photographed in the 1920s and 1930s in Sydney Harbour, Australia. Sadly all of the names have been lost and none can be identified. Aren’t they stunning photos? [6 photos]

Caption competition: 1940s ballet dancers

Caption competition: 1940s ballet dancers

I love this 1940s ballet picure, it just made me giggle. How would you caption it? I have no prizes to give away (apart from the obvious prestige you’ll gain from having the most amusing answer) but if you’re in it for financial gain you can always enter my latest competition too 😉

Elizabeth Taylor, Mike Todd and their baby

Elizabeth Taylor, Mike Todd and their baby

Isn’t this the most gorgeous photograph? I don’t remember looking quite that beautiful and serene when I had a newborn baby, but then I’m no Liz Taylor! The photo is of Taylor and her husband Mike Todd with baby Liza from who was born in August 1957.   Within six months Mike Todd was killed in(…)

A man-pyramid, 1940s

A man-pyramid, 1940s

A very impressive man-pyramid from the 1940s. Acrobats never cease to amaze me with what they can do with their bodies, just wow! This photo was taken in the 1940s (some towards the end of just after the Second World War) in Egypt.