Archive | September, 2011

The Rolling Stones’ 1972 American Tour

30 Sep

The Rolling Stones embarked on their 1972 American tour to support the release of Exile on Main Street– which in and of itself was a push into new territory for the band, both musically and commercially. What followed rewrote the game for The Stones and the music industry, and basically set the stage for a decade of big, balls-out tours that went from being simple promotional vehicles the pop culture events. Nothing like this had been done in Rock ‘n’ Roll prior and all subsequent tours would follow the ’72 tour blueprint for scale, attempted musicality, logistics, legal entanglements, drugs, women, hilarity, hangers-on, and general debauchery. (via)

Images by © Ethan Russell

Rare Photos of the Russian Imperial Family

30 Sep

These are rare retro photos of the Romanov family, the Imperial Russian family who were shooted by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

China in color pictures from 1920-30s

29 Sep

These glass slides were taken by the Russian-born photographer Serge Vargassoff (1906-1965) who established himself as a professional photographer, at the age of 20, in Peking (Beijing), China and became a long-term resident of the city. Later he established a studio ‘Serge Vargassoff Photography’ at 3A Wyndham Street Hong Kong, as well as working at “Gainsborough Studio, Morning Post Building, Hong Kong”. Vargassoff was well known to Hedda Hammer Morrision. Hedda Morrison writes fondly of Vargassoff in her book, A Photographer in Old Peking (1985), “[Serge Vargassoff] was an excellent, though not very businesslike, photographer. We enjoyed a firm friendship and it was he who brought me the news of the Japanese surrender – and a bottle of vodka with which to celebrate the event.


Wulong Ting (Five-Dragon-Pavilion) in Beihai Park

The wall of Tuan Cheng (Circular City) in Beihai Park

The Stone Pailou (Gateway) in Zhongshan Park

A glazed gateway with a pavilion in Beihai Park

Wu Men (the Meridian Gate) in the Forbidden City

Dafeng Zushi Temple

Umbrella repair man

A noodle stall on the footpath

The marble statue of a standing camel on the Sacred Way of Ming Tombs

Part of the Great Wall

A woman wearing a headdress

Horse drawn carriage

A man in his shoe repair stall

Painted clay sculptures of Ming dynasty in Dahui Si (Temple of the Great Wisdom)

Kansas Train Wrecks

29 Sep
Train coming in the aftermath of a locomotive wreck, probably 1917

Cleaning up train wreck, Stilwell, Kansas, ca. 1917

Aftermath of train wreck, 1917

Train/auto wreck near Aubry, Kansas, 1939

Onlookers at train wreck, Edgerton, Kansas 1948

Images from Johnson County Museum via

Hair Tools from 1928

28 Sep

Bad Album Covers

28 Sep

Kodachrome slides of New York, 1940s-1960s

27 Sep