photography

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(…)

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(…)

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(…)

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.

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).

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(…)

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!

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(…)

The Statue of Liberty: dismembered

The Statue of Liberty: dismembered

I’m not sure quite what the story is behind these photos of the Statue of Liberty. It seems that various body parts went on a world tour before they were finally assembled an put into place in 1886. Does anyone know a little more about the history of this?  Either way, the photos are fascinating.(…)

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]

Joan Crawford, 1920s

Joan Crawford, 1920s

A striking photo of Joan Crawford in the 1920s. I love the way the silhouette and shadows really add to the composition of this picture. Isn’t it stunning? 

Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison

Lead singer of The Doors, Jim Morrison photographed at the Smother’s Brothers Show, 1968.

A 1900s lesbian couple?

A 1900s lesbian couple?

I’m not sure quite what’s going on in this photo. Are they a lesbian couple (which I’m guessing would have been pretty scandalous at this time), or is the woman dressing as a man because her husband wasn’t around and a lady couldn’t sit on an ‘actual’ man’s lap without losing her reputation…? There’s no(…)

My first attempt at colorizing a photo

My first attempt at colorizing a photo

This is my first attempt at colorizing a vintage photo (below), what do you think? I love the original photo party because of the fabulous hairstyles of the two women. One of the women is wearing a “peysuföt” (a traditional Icelandic Costume) and the other a Danish dress. The photo was taken sometime between 1900-1920.(…)