1950s

Vintage: Portraits of Zsa Zsa Gabor (1950s)

Vintage: Portraits of Zsa Zsa Gabor (1950s)

Zsa Zsa Gabor died exactly 1 year ago at the age of 99 of cardiac arrest at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, on December 18, 2016. Gabor began her stage career in Vienna and was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936. She emigrated from Hungary to the United States in 1941. Becoming a sought-after actress with “European flair and style”, she…
Behind the Scenes Photos of Audrey Hepburn from ‘Sabrina’ in 1954

Behind the Scenes Photos of Audrey Hepburn from ‘Sabrina’ in 1954

Sabrina is a 1954 American romantic comedy film directed by Billy Wilder. Sabrina Fairchild (Audrey Hepburn) is the young daughter of the Larrabee family’s chauffeur, Thomas (John Williams), and she has been in love with David Larrabee (William Holden) all her life. David is an oft-married, idle playboy, crazy for women, who has never noticed Sabrina, much to her and…
Vintage: Daily Life of Albert Einstein (1940s and 1950s)

Vintage: Daily Life of Albert Einstein (1940s and 1950s)

Einstein developed an appreciation for music at an early age, and later wrote: “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music… I get most joy in life out of music.” His mother played the piano reasonably well…
Vintage: Women in One Piece Swimsuits in the 1950s

Vintage: Women in One Piece Swimsuits in the 1950s

Swimwear of the 1940s, 50s and early 60s followed the silhouette mostly from the early 1930s. Keeping in line with the ultra-feminine look dominated by Dior, it evolved into a dress with cinched waists and constructed bustlines, accessorized with earrings, bracelets, hats, scarves, sunglasses, hand bags and cover-ups. Many of these pre-bikinis had fancy names like Double Entendre, Honey Child…
Vintage: Fashion by Eugene Vernier (1950s-1960s)

Vintage: Fashion by Eugene Vernier (1950s-1960s)

Eugene ‘Gene’ Vernier (1920–2011) worked as a fashion photographer for British Vogue from 1954 to 1967, during one of the most exciting periods in fashion history. Shooting of-the-moment looks from the likes of Christian Dior and Emilio Pucci and top models including Celia Hammond, Jean Shrimpton, and current Vogue creative director Grace Coddington, Vernier worked with some of the biggest…
Vintage: Fashion by John French (1950s)

Vintage: Fashion by John French (1950s)

John French (1907 – 1966) was an English fashion and portrait photographer. In 1948 he set up his own photographic studio. Working originally with the Daily Express he pioneered a new form of fashion photography suited to reproduction in newsprint, involving where possible reflected natural light and low contrast. He also undertook portrait photography. French himself devoted much attention to…
Vintage: New York Street Scenes in the 1950s by Frank Oscar Larson

Vintage: New York Street Scenes in the 1950s by Frank Oscar Larson

Frank Oscar Larson was born in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in 1896, the son of Swedish immigrants who moved to New York in early 1890’s. At the turn of the century Greenpoint and the surrounding area was home to a sizable Swedish population , most of them recent arrivals who worked in the factories of what was then a heavily manufacturing area.…
Vintage: London in the 1950s by Roger Mayne

Vintage: London in the 1950s by Roger Mayne

Roger Mayne (1929 – 2014) was an English photographer, most famous for his documentation of the children of Southam Street, London. With some financial and limited curatorial security established, he began to look for a significant personal project. He found it in the street life of Southam Street in Notting Dale (now often considered part of Notting Hill), which he…
Vintage: London Underground (1950s)

Vintage: London Underground (1950s)

On 1 January 1948, under the provisions of the Transport Act 1947, the London Passenger Transport Board was nationalised and renamed the London Transport Executive, becoming a subsidiary organisation of the British Transport Commission, which was formed on the same day. Under the same act, the country’s main line railways were also nationalised, and their reconstruction was given priority over…
Vintage: Hollywood Lion – Fearless Fagan in 1951

Vintage: Hollywood Lion – Fearless Fagan in 1951

The lion was owned by Floyd C. Humeston, who raised Fagan from a cub. In the early 1950s, Humeston was drafted into the Army and couldn’t find a suitable caretaker for his pet lion. Humeston first raised suspicions when he requested an emergency 14-day furlough to take care of his giant pet. Without a permanent home for Fagan, Humeston then…
Vintage: Fashion Photography by Genevieve Naylor (1940s and 1950s)

Vintage: Fashion Photography by Genevieve Naylor (1940s and 1950s)

Genevieve Naylor (1915 – 1989) was an American photographer and photojournalist, best known for her photographs of Brazil and as Eleanor Roosevelt’s personal photographer. She worked for the Associated press and was one of the first women photojournalists to be hired by any American news wire services. In 1940, Genevieve Naylor was assigned by the U.S. State department as part…
Vintage: 1958 Blizzard in New York

Vintage: 1958 Blizzard in New York

After four days of snowfall, LIFE reported: “Traffic, business and mail had come to a standstill. Police were running milk to snowbound families. In the big digout that followed, the price of snow shovels skyrocketed and the mayor took to dog sled and team to get around town.” The magazine dispatched photographer Carl Mydans to capture the scene.
Vintage: Everyday Life in Italy (1950s)

Vintage: Everyday Life in Italy (1950s)

In the 1950s and 1960s the country enjoyed prolonged economic boom, which was accompanied by a dramatic rise in the standard of living of ordinary Italians. The so-called Italian economic miracle lasted almost uninterrupted until the “Hot Autumn’s” massive strikes and social unrest of 1969–70, that combined with the later 1973 oil crisis, gradually cooled the economy, that has never…
Vintage: Queen Elizabeth II in Chicago (1959)

Vintage: Queen Elizabeth II in Chicago (1959)

The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, were on a 15,000-mile, 45-day tour along the seaway visiting all Canadian provinces, four of the Great Lakes and making a 14-hour stop in Chicago. This was their only American stop and was the first visit of a reigning British monarch to the Windy City. The royal couple’s hectic visit took them to…
Vintage: Cats of London by Thurston Hopkins (1950s)

Vintage: Cats of London by Thurston Hopkins (1950s)

Thurston Hopkins was born in south London. In 1940 Hopkins joined the RAF Photographic Unit and acquired his own Leica, serving in Italy and the Middle East until 1945. His desire to join Picture Post was fired by finding copies “in every tent and service club overseas”. After the war, Hopkins hitchhiked around Europe, honing his skills in the perceived…
Vintage: Rome, Italy (1956) by William Klein

Vintage: Rome, Italy (1956) by William Klein

In 1956, a 28-year old William Klein arrived in Rome, fresh from the debut of his now classic monograph Life Is Good & Good for You in New York, to assist Federico Fellini on his film Nights of Cabiria. Filming was delayed, and so William Klein instead strolled about the city in the company of Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Alberto…
Vintage: Young Clint Eastwood (1956)

Vintage: Young Clint Eastwood (1956)

Eastwood is of English, Irish, Scottish, and Dutch ancestry and was raised in a working class environment. Eastwood is descended from Mayflower passenger William Bradford and through this line is the 12th generation of his family born in North America and the 13th generation to live in North America. His career started in 1955 with an uncredited minor role, and…
Vintage: Fashion of 1940s and 1950s by Nina Leen

Vintage: Fashion of 1940s and 1950s by Nina Leen

Nina Leen was a Russian-born American photographer, a constant contributor to Life. Nobody knows how old Nina Leen was when she died, in 1995. Judging from her obituary, information about Leen is scarce. She lived in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland before moving to the U.S., where she became one of Life magazine’s first female photographers, in the nineteen-forties. She shot…
Vintage: City Life in Poland (1959) by Gerald Howson

Vintage: City Life in Poland (1959) by Gerald Howson

In 1959, Gerald Howson was sent to Poland by The Queen magazine. He was supposed to come back to England with photographs depicting the Cold War reality. This inconspicuous Englishman who did not speak any Polish packed two Leica cameras in his backpack along with a portable darkroom. His journey began in Lublin, continued to Krakow, and ended in Warsaw.…