1960s

Vintage: The Kim Sisters (1960)

Vintage: The Kim Sisters (1960)

The Kim Sisters was a South Korean female trio who made their career in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. They were the two sisters Sue (Sook-ja)and Aija (Ai-ja) and a third member, cousin Mia (Minja) Kim. Sue and Aija were two of seven children of Kim Hae-song, a popular music conductor, and Lee Nan-young, one of Korea’s…
Vintage Playboy Bunny Costumes (1960s and 70s)

Vintage Playboy Bunny Costumes (1960s and 70s)

A Playboy Bunny is a waitress at the Playboy Club. The Playboy Clubs were originally open from 1960 to 1988. The Club re-opened a location The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas from 2006 to 2012. Bunnies wore a costume called a “bunny suit” inspired by the tuxedo-wearing Playboy rabbit mascot, consisting of a strapless corset teddy, bunny ears, black pantyhose,…
Afghanistan in the 1950s and 60s

Afghanistan in the 1950s and 60s

Fractured by internal conflict and foreign intervention for centuries, Afghanistan made several tentative steps toward modernization in the mid-20th century. In the 1950s and 1960s, some of the biggest strides were made toward a more liberal and westernized lifestyle, while trying to maintain a respect for more conservative factions. via The Atlantic
Neofuturistic architecture of Eero Saarinen (1950s and 60s)

Neofuturistic architecture of Eero Saarinen (1950s and 60s)

Eero Saarinen was a Finnish American architect and industrial designer of the 20th century famous for shaping his neofuturistic style according to the demands of the project: simple, sweeping, arching structural curves or machine-like rationalism. Photographer Balthazar Korab worked for Saarinen, skillfully capturing the nuances, shapes, and lines of his structures and documenting the creative process involved. In the process,…
Baldwin Hills Dam collapse (1963)

Baldwin Hills Dam collapse (1963)

The Baldwin Hills Dam collapsed with the fury of a thousand cloudbursts, sending a 50-foot wall of water down Cloverdale Avenue and slamming into homes and cars on Dec. 14, 1963. Five people were killed. Sixty-five hillside houses were ripped apart, and 210 homes and apartments were damaged. The flood swept northward in a V-shaped path roughly bounded by La…
Volcano Irazu covers Costa Rican valley in ash (1965)

Volcano Irazu covers Costa Rican valley in ash (1965)

On March 19, 1963, the Costa Rican volcano Irazu began an eruption lasting into 1965. San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, was daily covered by additional ash. For 10 months the almost 300,000 inhabitants of metropolitan San Jose have been living in the “valley of the shadow of death.” via LA Times
Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

On September 9, 1966, Life magazine featured a story on Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., the rising boxing star who’d recently changed his name to a moniker more familiar to sports devotees — Muhammad Ali. At this point, Ali had already won the gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and snatched the heavyweight title from Sonny Liston in…
Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968

Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968

On the night of 20–21 August 1968, the Soviet Union invaded the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic in order to halt Alexander Dubček’s Prague Spring political liberalisation reforms. In the operation, codenamed Danube, approximately 500,000 troops attacked Czechoslovakia. Approximately 500 Czechs and Slovaks were wounded and 108 killed in the invasion. The invasion successfully stopped the liberalisation reforms and strengthened the authority…