XX Century

Vintage: Hoboken, New Jersey (Early XX Century)

Vintage: Hoboken, New Jersey (Early XX Century)

Hoboken was originally formed as a township on April 9, 1849, from portions of North Bergen Township. As the town grew in population and employment, many of Hoboken’s residents saw a need to incorporate as a full-fledged city, and in a referendum held on March 29, 1855, ratified an Act of the New Jersey Legislature signed the previous day, and…
Vintage: Moving Day (early 20th Century)

Vintage: Moving Day (early 20th Century)

For our parents and grandparents, some things were so much harder. Yet, other things were easier because they were less complicated. Moving day is never easy for anyone, but these old photos show us what it was like to move for past generations. Sometimes they were lucky enough to have a box for everything, but often wagons of trucks were…
Vintage: Halloween in the 1930s-1960s

Vintage: Halloween in the 1930s-1960s

By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a secular, but community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide parties as the featured entertainment. Despite the best efforts of many schools and communities, vandalism began to plague Halloween celebrations in many communities during this time. By the 1950s, town leaders had successfully limited vandalism and Halloween had evolved into a holiday directed…
Vintage: Everyday Life of American Jews (Early 20th Century)

Vintage: Everyday Life of American Jews (Early 20th Century)

Jewish migration to the United States increased dramatically in the early 1880s, as a result of persecution and economic difficulties in parts of Eastern Europe. Most of these new immigrants were Yiddish-speaking Ashkenazi Jews, though most came from the poor rural populations of the Russian Empire and the Pale of Settlement, located in modern-day Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova.…
Vintage: Early 20th Century B&W Nudes

Vintage: Early 20th Century B&W Nudes

Since the first days of photography, the nude was a source of inspiration for those that adopted the new medium. Most of the early images were closely guarded or surreptitiously circulated as violations of the social norms of the time, since the photograph captures real nudity. Many cultures, while accepting nudity in art, shun actual nudity. For example, even an…
Vintage: Road to Civil Rights (1930s-1960s)

Vintage: Road to Civil Rights (1930s-1960s)

Because large segments of the populace–particularly African-Americans, women, and men without property–have not always been accorded full citizenship rights in the American Republic, civil rights movements, or “freedom struggles,” have been a frequent feature of the nation’s history. In particular, movements to obtain civil rights for black Americans have had special historical significance. Such movements have not only secured citizenship…
Vintage: Iron Lungs for Polio Victims (1930s-1950s)

Vintage: Iron Lungs for Polio Victims (1930s-1950s)

In the early 20th century, polio was one of the most feared diseases in industrialized countries, paralysing hundreds of thousands of children every year. A highly infectious disease, polio attacks the nervous system and can lead to paralysis, disability and even death. The symptoms – pain and weakness, fatigue and muscle loss – can strike any time from 15 to…
Vintage: Elisabeth Bridge in Budapest

Vintage: Elisabeth Bridge in Budapest

The original permanent crossing, a decorative suspension bridge of chains, was built between 1897 and 1903, amid a corruption scandal. The Buda end of Erzsébet bridge runs directly into the massive foot of Gellért Hill, necessitating a complicated arrangement of roads to connect to the bridge. The bridge was designed in such a way because a wealthy nobleman, a member…
Vintage: Helsinki in the late 19th Century (1890s)

Vintage: Helsinki in the late 19th Century (1890s)

During the 19th century, Helsinki became the economic and cultural center of Finland; as elsewhere, technological advancements such as railroads and industrialization were key factors behind the city’s growth. The first Helsinki railway station opened in 1862 with service to Hämeenlinna. Beginning from the late 19th century, the Finnish language became more and more dominant in the city, since the…
Vintage: Los Angeles Retro Restaurants

Vintage: Los Angeles Retro Restaurants

We’re used to seeing swanky rooftop restaurants and bars, taco stands and outdoor patios decorated with lights in Los Angeles. But back in the day we had restaurants and food stands that took architecture to the next level, with wacky buildings shaped as actual items like tamales, hot dogs and planes. via LAist
Vintage: Vending Machines (1920s-1960s)

Vintage: Vending Machines (1920s-1960s)

The series of archive photographs reveals the bizarre items that were available for the public to buy without the help of a shop attendant. The images stretch from the early 1920s right across to the late Sixties, providing a glimpse of the various specialties and niche products available to buy throughout the last century. They also give a window into…
Vintage: Portraits of Celebrities by Terry O’Neill

Vintage: Portraits of Celebrities by Terry O’Neill

Terry O’Neill is one of the world’s most collected photographers with work hanging in national art galleries and private collections worldwide. From presidents to pop stars he has photographed the frontline of fame for over six decades. O’Neill began his career at the beginning of the 1960s, with his first professional job photographing Laurence Olivier. O’Neill realised that youth culture…
Vintage: Kids and their Pedal Cars (1920s-1950s)

Vintage: Kids and their Pedal Cars (1920s-1950s)

Reaching the peak of popularity in the late 1920s and early 1930s, pedal cars experienced a resurgence in the 1950s to 1960s with chain-driven models. With postwar prosperity in the 1950s, pedal cars grew more popular and were available in all major stores. From the early 1920s through the late 1960s, pedal cars, like automobiles, were produced in many different…
Vintage: Early Days of the London Underground

Vintage: Early Days of the London Underground

The idea of an underground railway linking the City of London with some of the railway termini in its urban centre was proposed in the 1830s, and the Metropolitan Railway was granted permission to build such a line in 1854. To prepare construction, a short test tunnel was built in 1855 in Kibblesworth, a small town with geological properties similar…
Vintage: Cheerleaders (1930s-1970s)

Vintage: Cheerleaders (1930s-1970s)

The roots of cheerleading began during the late 18th century with the rebellion of male students. After the American Revolutionary War, students experienced harsh treatment from teachers. In response to faculty’s abuse, college students violently acted out. The undergraduates began to riot, burn down buildings located on their college campuses, and assault faculty members. As a more subtle way to…
Vintage: Young Duchess Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart

Vintage: Young Duchess Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart

Born at Liria Palace on 28 March 1926, she was the only child of the 17th Duke of Alba (a prominent Spanish politician and diplomat during the 1930s and 1940s) by his wife, María del Rosario de Silva y Gurtubay, 9th Marchioness of San Vicente del Barco. Her godmother was the Queen Consort of Spain, Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, wife…
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…
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…