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Vintage: Portraits of First Miss Europe in 1929

Vintage: Portraits of First Miss Europe in 1929

Miss Europe was a first annual beauty pageant with female contestants from all over Europe. It was established in February 1929 by French journalist Maurice de Waleffe, who also created, in 1920, what by 1927 had become the Miss France pageant. Miss Europa was first held at the Paris Opera with participants from 18 countries. The most recent pageant was…
Vintage: Mugshots of Prisoners in West London (1890s)

Vintage: Mugshots of Prisoners in West London (1890s)

These photographs were taken in 1880 and 1890 at Wormwood Scrubs prison in West London by unknown photographer. These portraits are unusual compared with the standard of prison photography at the time, in that they combine the profile and frontal portrait in one photograph. The prisoners hold up their hands to show any identifying features, such as tattoos or missing…
Vintage: First Female Flight Attendants (1930s)

Vintage: First Female Flight Attendants (1930s)

The first female flight attendant was a 25-year-old registered nurse named Ellen Church. Hired by United Airlines in 1930, she also first envisioned nurses on aircraft. Other airlines followed suit, hiring nurses to serve as flight attendants, then called “stewardesses” or “air hostesses”, on most of their flights. In the United States, the job was one of only a few…
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…
Vinatge: London Skinheads by Derek Ridgers (1980s)

Vinatge: London Skinheads by Derek Ridgers (1980s)

In the late 1970s, the skinhead subculture was revived to a notable extent after the introduction of punk rock. Most of these revivalist skinheads reacted to the commercialism of punk by adopting a look that was in line with the original 1969 skinhead style. This revival included Gary Hodges and Hoxton Tom McCourt (both later of the band the 4-Skins)…
Vintage: Early Bookmobiles

Vintage: Early Bookmobiles

An early bookmobile in the United States was created in 1904 by the People’s Free Library of Chester County, South Carolina, which served rural areas with a mule-drawn wagon carrying wooden boxes of books. Another early American bookmobile was developed by Mary Lemist Titcomb (1857–1932). As a librarian at the Washington County, Maryland Free Library, Titcomb was concerned that the…
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: Havana (early 20th Century)

Vintage: Havana (early 20th Century)

As trade between Caribbean and North American states increased in the early 19th century, Havana became a flourishing and fashionable city. Havana’s theaters featured the most distinguished actors of the age, and prosperity among the burgeoning middle-class led to expensive new classical mansions being erected. During this period Havana became known as the Paris of the Antilles. The 20th century…
Vinatge: Sound Locators (1917-1942)

Vinatge: Sound Locators (1917-1942)

Acoustic location devices were used by military services from mid-World War I to the early years of World War II for the passive detection of approaching enemy aircraft by listening for the noise of their engines. These typically consisted of large acoustic horns attached to stethoscope-type earphones worn by monitors.The first use of this type of equipment was claimed by…
Vintage: Betty Grable and her legs (1943)

Vintage: Betty Grable and her legs (1943)

Elizabeth “Betty” Grable (1916 – 1973) was an American actress, pin-up girl, dancer, and singer. Grable was voted the number-one box-office draw by American movie exhibitors in 1943; she outranked Bob Hope, Gary Cooper, Greer Garson, Humphrey Bogart, and Clark Gable in popularity. Grable’s next movie, Coney Island, released in June 1943, was a Technicolor “gay nineties” period musical and…
Behind the Scenes: Alfred Hitchcock at Work

Behind the Scenes: Alfred Hitchcock at Work

Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films in a career spanning six decades and is often regarded as the greatest British filmmaker. He came first in a 2007 poll of film critics in Britain’s Daily Telegraph, which said: “Unquestionably the greatest filmmaker to emerge from these islands, Hitchcock did more than any director to shape modern cinema, which would be…
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: Historic views of Melbourne (1800s)

Vintage: Historic views of Melbourne (1800s)

The decade of the 1880s was one of extraordinary growth, when consumer confidence, easy access to credit, and steep increases in the price of land, led to an enormous amount of construction. This ‘land boom’ was followed by a severe economic crash in the early 1890s which lasted until the end of the century. During the boom, Melbourne had reputedly…
Vintage: Music Legends by George Rose (1970s)

Vintage: Music Legends by George Rose (1970s)

George Rose (born 1952) is an American photographer and writer whose career has included work for the National Football League, Rolling Stone, Time, Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times. He spent 20 years in the California wine industry, holding prominent public relations positions while amassing a significant body of award-winning food and wine photography. His…
Vinatge: The Great Baltimore Fire in 1904

Vinatge: The Great Baltimore Fire in 1904

The Great Baltimore Fire raged in Baltimore exactly 113 years ago (February 7, 1904). 1,231 firefighters helped bring the blaze under control, both professional paid Truck and Engine companies from the city’s B.C.F.D. and volunteers from the surrounding counties and outlying towns of Maryland, as well as out-of-state units that arrived on the major railroads. It destroyed much of central…
Vintage: Soldiers during World War I (1914-1918)

Vintage: Soldiers during World War I (1914-1918)

Life for soldiers in World War I followed a specific routine that involved waking up at around 5 a.m., performing military drills when not engaged in direct combat, eating breakfast, having an early dinner, sleeping briefly, performing more military exercises and then doing physical labor before retiring for the evening. Soldiers in World War I spent most of the time…