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Bizarre Victorian Era Portraits

25 Nov

The Victorian era of British history was the period of Queen Victoria’s reign from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901. It was a long period of peace, prosperity, refined sensibilities and national self-confidence. Some scholars date the beginning of the period in terms of sensibilities and political concerns to the passage of the Reform Act 1832. [Wikipedia]

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Awesome 80s Casting Photos For Weather Forecaster Job

15 Nov

Believe it or not these people submitted these actual photos for consideration as a TV weather forecaster. Some of their facial expressions look as if someone had put them up to it. Unfortunately some of these haircuts might be making a comeback, but lets hope some of the clothes stay on the rack.

Weather forecasting is the application of science and technology to predict the state of the atmosphere for a given location. Human beings have attempted to predict the weather informally for millennia, and formally since the nineteenth century. Weather forecasts are made by collecting quantitative data about the current state of the atmosphere and using scientific understanding of atmospheric processes to project how the atmosphere will evolve.

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American girl in Italy by Ruth Orkin

4 Nov

Ruth Orkin (3 September 1921 – 16 January 1985) was an American photographer, filmmaker and a late member of the Photo League. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Orkin married photographer and filmmaker Morris Engel.

Orkin is perhaps best known for her photograph, American Girl in Italy, taken in 1951. She died of cancer in New York City at age 63. The subject of the now-iconic photograph was the 23-year-old Ninalee Craig (known at that time as Jinx Allen). The photograph was conceived inadvertently when Orkin noticed the men ogling Allen as she walked down the street. Orkin asked Allen to walk down the street again, to be sure she had the shot. (Wikipedia)

Portrait of Russian metro train drivers

1 Nov

A series of never-before seen pictures of Marilyn Monroe are published in new book

22 Oct

A series of never-before seen pictures of Marilyn Monroe showing the sex symbol in unguarded and intimate moments has been published for the first time. The photos show the screen legend, then 27, still oozing sex appeal despite being in the clutches of a grizzly bear. They are part of more than 100 previously unpublished and digitally restored black and white images taken during the summer of 1953 and featured in a new book.

Picture: REUTERS/The Estate of John Vachon/Dover Publications, Inc.

Beautiful B&W Portrait Pictures of Ann Dvorak

22 Oct

Ann Dvorak (August 2, 1911 – December 10, 1979) was an American film actress.

Asked how to pronounce her adopted surname, she told The Literary Digest: “My name is properly pronounced vor’shack. The D remains silent. I have had quite a time with the name, having been called practically everything from Balzac to Bickelsrock.”

Ziegfeld Girls from 1910-40s by Alfred Cheney Johnston

21 Oct

Alfred Cheney Johnston (known as “Cheney” to his friends and associates) (April 8, 1885 – April 17, 1971) was a New York City-based photographer known for his portraits of Ziegfeld Follies showgirls as well as of 1920s/1930s actors and actresses.

Featuring the photographs of lovely, anonymous Ziegfeld Girls by Alfred Cheney Johnston, taken from the 1910s thru the 1940’s.

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