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Vintage celebrity pin-up postcards

7 Nov

1930s Society Women Dressed as Mythological Figures

27 Oct

Yevonde Cumbers Middleton (January 5, 1893 – December 22, 1975) was an English photographer, who pioneered the use of colour in portrait photography. She used the professional name Madame Yevonde.

Yevonde’s most famous work was inspired by a theme party held on March 5, 1935, where guests dressed as Roman and Greek gods and goddesses. Yevonde subsequently took studio portraits of many of the participants (and others), in appropriate costume and surrounded by appropriate objects. This series of prints showed Yevonde at her most creative, using colour, costume and props to build an otherworldly air around her subjects. She went on to produce further series based on the signs of the zodiac and the months of the year. Partly influenced by surrealist artists, particularly Man Ray, Yevonde used surprising juxtapositions of objects which displayed her sense of humour.

Madame Yevonde, The Honorable Mrs Bryan Guinness as Venus

Madame Yevonde, Mrs Edward Mayer as Medusa

Madame Yevonde, Mrs Anthony Eden as Clio, the Muse of History

Madame Yevonde, Nadine, Countess of Shrewsbury as Ariadne

Madame Yevonde, Lady Milbanke as Penthelisa, Queen of the Amazons


Madame Yevonde, Mrs Charles Sweeny (Margaret, Duchess of Argyll) as Helen of Troy

Madame Yevonde, Lady Michael Balcon as Minerva

Madame Yevonde, Lady Bridgett Poulett as Arethusa

Madame Yevonde, Eileen Hunter (Mrs Ward Jackson) as Dido

Madame Yevonde, Lady Anne Rhys poses as the goddess Flora

Madame Yevonde, Baroness Gagern as Europa

Madame Yevonde, Dorothy, Duchess of Welington as Hecate

Madame Yevonde, Mrs Richard Hart-Davis as Ariel

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New Orleans Red Light District, 1912 [NSFW]

20 Oct

Before Storyville of New Orleans shut down in 1917, it was the only legalized red-light district in North America, and French photographer John Ernest Joseph Bellocq took portraits inside of these storied brothels. The sensual, almost haunting shots were incredibly revealing and varied, from the naughty maiden posed playfully on a sofa wearing nothing but a Zorro mask to the awkward poses of the hesitant sitters, the clutching of their hands, the downward, escaping gazes. In an introduction to his collection Bellocq: New Orleans Photographs, Susan Sontag referred to the photographer’s perspective as an “anti-formulaic, anti-salacious sympathy for ‘fallen’ women.” Visit them in our gallery and decide for yourself. (via)

Color Photos of American during World War II

12 Oct

During the Second World War president Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order creating the Office of War Information (OWI). The OWI snapped thousands of pictures to use for the war effort. Check out these color samples of men and women hard at work.

Vintage Geisha photos

11 Oct

Bathing Beauties

9 Oct

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Sweet Meter Maids

4 Oct

Meter Maids, Traffic Wardens, Parking enforcement officers, call them what you like, but it’s never a good sign seeing one of them strolling around your car ready to slap a ticket on your windscreen. (via)