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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.


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


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!

Moscow Winter

26 Nov

Photos of London 60 years ago and now

26 Nov

Saigon, Vietnam in Old Pictures

26 Nov
Saigon Port (1866)

A wharf for merchant ships (1866)

Saigon port and a French-style street (1866)

A warship in the Saigon River (1866)

Boats in the Saigon River (1890)

Making entrance formalities at the Saigon Port (1890)

Saigon port

A construction site in Charner Street, in Saigon’s hub (1866)

Saigon Botanical Garden (1890)

Ben Nghe (1901)

Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica (1890)

St. Enfance Cathedral (1866)

Norodom Palace (1866)

Southern Governor Palace (1890)

Sentry box of a marine garrison (1901)

An ancient Buddhist temple of Vietnamese (1900)

Pagoda of Khmer people (1890)

A pagoda of Chinese Vietnamese (1890)

A tomb (1866)

The ’70s Photos That Made Us Want to Save Earth

18 Nov
The Holmes Road Incinerator burned all kinds of trash, including, photographer Marc St. Gil claims, automobile batteries and plastic. It was closed by the Houston mayor’s executive order in January 1974, two years after this photo was taken. It is now the site of a prospective brownfield 10-megawatt solar farm (.pdf).
Photo: Marc St. Gil/National Archives and Records Administration

Photographer Michael Philip Manheim documented the plight of the East Boston neighborhood of Neptune Road. It was located near Logan Airport and subject to the noise of plane after low-flying plane overhead. The noise proved too much for the residents.
“Once a vibrant neighborhood of iconic three-decker-style Boston homes, the Neptune Road of today is an industrial area occupied by self-storage warehouses, shipping companies and construction vehicle lots servicing Logan Airport,” Simmons wrote. “The noise-plagued homes and residents of the Neptune Road neighborhood of the 1970s are now gone.”
Photo: Michael Philip Manheim/National Archives and Records Administration

Jack Corn’s photos of miners in Virginia show the human skill the energy system requires, and the toll it takes, at the ground level. In this photo, we see workers preparing to go underground at the Virginia-Pocahontas Coal Company Mine #3 near Richlands, Virginia.
“The man at the right wears a red hat, which means he is a new miner and has worked below less than a month,” Corn’s original captions reads. “His belt also shows less wear than the others. The miner at the left carries Red Man chewing tobacco, used by many of the men because they cannot smoke in the mines.”
Photo: Jack Corn/National Archives and Records Administration

The destruction wrought by coal mining in local communities was another frequent subject of the photographers. Here, we see Mary Workman, a resident of Steubenville, Ohio. Workman holds a jar of the water that came up from her well, which she said had been poisoned by the work of the Hanna Coal Company.

Photo: Erik Calonius/National Archives and Records Administration

There was a social component to the mining life, too. Here we see some miners relaxing at the Coal City Club in Coal City, West Virginia. Photographer Corn wrote, “Note that some of them are “hunkering down” rather than sitting. This is a familiar stance to all miners who use this posture in the mine shafts, which have low ceilings.”

Photo: Jack Corn/National Archives and Records Administration

Many of the photos captured the infrastructure necessary to support the large-scale mining and power operations. Here, we see the coal cars loaded up at the rail yards in Danville, West Virginia.

Photo: Jack Corn/National Archives and Records Administration

When Documerica launched, construction of the Trans-Alaska pipeline was just getting underway. Dennis Cowals headed up to Prudhoe Bay, near where the pipeline would begin, and photographed the local flora and fauna of the area. Through 2009, the pipeline has transported 16 billion barrels of oil.

Photo: Dennis Cowals/National Archives and Records Administration

Terry Eiler visited a Navajo reservation and found some ghastly environmental conditions. Here, rusting old cars are being used as a kind of makeshift dam.

Photo: Terry Eiler/National Archives and Records Administration

The project didn’t just focus on major industry; it also attempted to reach out into the rural areas of the country. Marc St. Gil’s portraits of daily life in the south central Texan town of Leakey yielded all sort of idiosyncratic characters. The town was and is 50 miles from anywhere. The man in this picture went by the name “Woodrow Wilson,” and as St. Gil noted in his caption, “He never works, but sits staring at the river from 7 a.m. until sunset.”

Photo: Marc St. Gil/National Archives and Records Administration

In a time of turning on and dropping out, there were plenty of young travelers willing to make use of the discards of middle class America. Here, we see a hobo camp in Denver filled with miscellaneous junk.

Photo: Shel Hershorn/National Archives and Records Administration

In the pollution-choked cities of the day, some Bostonians found solace in Fenway Gardens, a 5-acre plot of land cut into 425 personal gardens. The urban farm grew out of the World War II “Victory Garden” program, and remains open to this day.

Photo: Ernst Halberstadt/National Archives and Records Administration

American resourcefulness was also on full display in the photos. Here we see a gas station that’s managed from the broken down bus in the background.

Photo: Marc St. Gil/National Archives and Records Administration

Experimental builder and architect Michael Reynolds gained fame in the early ’70s by building homes out of beer cans filled with dirt. Here we see one of those “Earthships” in New Mexico. All kinds of experimental energy-conservation technologies were built in, including the sloping wall at the bottom left, which is a solar heat collector.

Photo: David Hiser/National Archives and Records Administration

The Exide Sundancer was a tiny, 8-horsepower electric car built by race-car enthusiast Bob McKee. Photographer Frank Lodge saw these test rides at an energy conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Photo: Frank Lodge/National Archives and Records Administration

This here is an actual greased-pig competition at the Tennessee Consolidated Coal Company First Annual Picnic near Chattanooga. It shows the lighter side of coal mining.

Photo: Jack Corn/National Archives and Records Administration


Moscow 1956

7 Nov

Berlin Wall Before and Today

5 Nov

Vintage Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloons

5 Nov

(Images Courtesy Of Macy’s, via)