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Transporting Vintage Photos of New York City in 1975

3 Dec

A brilliant computer engineer by profession, a fountain designer by fame, Nick DeWolf was a most prolific amateur photographer, capturing the 20th century existence through decades and continents. Lucky for us, a dedicated archivist from Seattle has been tirelessly digitizing his photographs. As DeWolf’s Flickr collection nears 50,000, let’s take another nostalgic little trip through 1975 New York City via reel #66. See anti-war and anti-pornography demonstrations in Times Square, Yakuza films playing on 42nd Street, teeming bookstores, adult magic shows, Central Park pigeon feeders, Chinatown children, and a few fabulously dressed ladies strolling though Midtown in our slideshow.


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Pictures of Daily Life in Los Angeles in 1940s by Max Yavno

1 Dec

Max Yavno (1911–1985) was a photographer who specialized in street scenes, especially in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California.

Amazing Pictures Of New York City In The Early 1900s

30 Nov

New York, like most older American cities, has changed plenty over the centuries.

But one ever-present trait is the city’s photogenic nature: it’s the backdrop of many a tourist photo, Hollywood movie, and music video.

This urban beauty even extends back to the early 1900s. The Library of Congress affords us the opportunity to look back at New York when it was just entering the 20th century.

What was life like in 1900? How have some of our favorite landmarks changed? And what looks remarkably the same?

City Hall, Manhattan

Coney Island

Federal Hall

Times Square

Union Square, flower market


11th Avenue

34th Street and 5th Avenue

Central Park

City Hall subway station

College of the City of New York

Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

Greenwich Village, hot dog festival

Harlem River

Madison Square

Mott Street (Chinatown)

Prospect Park

South Street Seaport

Statue of Liberty, from the torch

The Brooklyn Bridge

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Washington Bridge and Harlem River Drive

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Amazing Vintage Photos of Egypt from the 1870s

30 Nov
The New York Public Library has shared an incredible gallery of over 9,000 photographs and illustrations of the Middle East from the 17th century to the beginning of the 20th century. These include, books, albums and archival compilations.

Monuments of ancient Egypt and the Biblical world figured prominently in the early years of photography. French Academician François Arago (1786-1853) endorsed the new medium in 1839 claiming it would provide a labor-saving means “to copy the millions and millions of hieroglyphics which entirely cover the great monuments at Thebes, Memphis and Carnac, etc.” Immediately artist-travelers took chemicals, cameras, and photographic plates of metal, and later glass into the regions around the southeastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, to record the famous sights that had been known previously to Westerners only through the intervention of the artist’s hand.

In addition to early photographic pioneers Du Camp, Salzmann, Robertson & Beato, and Frith, the collection includes work by image providers catering to tourist travelers in the last third of the 19th century, such as Arnoux, A. Beato, Bonfils, Lekegian, Sébah, and Zangaki. The selection offers resources for exploring Western impressions of the Middle East in that era through the lens of practitioners of the new medium of photography, and in turn through the expectations, preferences, and assumptions of its consumers.

Below is a curated selection of 30 photographs of Egypt from 1870-1875. Enjoy!

1970’s America Was Groovy

29 Nov

Paris, 1940s – 1950s, by Robert Doisneau

28 Nov

Robert Doisneau (April 14, 1912, Gentilly, Val-de-Marne – April 1, 1994) was a French photographer. In the 1930s he used a Leica on the streets of Paris; together with Henri Cartier-Bresson he was a pioneer of photojournalism. He is renowned for his 1950 image Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville), a photo of a couple kissing in the busy streets of Paris. Robert Doisneau was appointed a Chevalier (Knight) of the National Order of the Légion d’honneur in 1984. [Wikipedia]

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Daily Life in Saigon, Vietnam around 1900s

27 Nov
A street in 1866

At a market (1890)

Vendors (1890)

Pedestrians (1900)


Traffic in Catinat Street (Dong Khoi now) in 1890

Vietnamese officials (1890)

Rickshaws (1890)

Governor Bonhoure and his wife in Saigon (1909)

Houses and shops near the port (1909)

Rotonde Café (1901)

Chinese Vietnamese’s houses in Ben Nghe River (1866)

A brick-kiln (1866)

A tomb (1866)