1950s

Vintage: Fashion by Georges Dambier (1950s)

Vintage: Fashion by Georges Dambier (1950s)

Georges Dambier was 20 when the Second World War came to an end, a moment when the social scene in Paris suddenly took off. Nightlife, subdued during the Occupation, exploded. Le Bœuf sur le toit, Le Lido, la Rose Rouge, Le Lorientais, Le Tabou : he frequented cabarets and jazz clubs in Saint Germain des Prés, where famous artists and…
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: Rita Hayworth (1940s-1950s)

Vintage: Rita Hayworth (1940s-1950s)

Rita Hayworth was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1918 as Margarita Carmen Cansino, the oldest child of two dancers. Her father, Eduardo Cansino, Sr., was from Castilleja de la Cuesta, a little town near Seville, Spain. Her mother, Volga Hayworth, was an American of Irish-English descent. Hayworth is perhaps best known for her performance in the 1946 film noir,…
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: 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: 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: Behind the Scenes: Rear Window (1954)

Vintage: Behind the Scenes: Rear Window (1954)

Rear Window is a 1954 American mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes based on Cornell Woolrich’s 1942 short story “It Had to Be Murder”. Originally released by Paramount Pictures, the film stars James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr.
Vintage: Standard Oil refinery fire (1955)

Vintage: Standard Oil refinery fire (1955)

On Aug. 27, 1955, an explosion at the Standard Oil refinery in Whiting, Ind., destroyed much of the plant and dozens of homes. The explosion occurred in a “hydroformer,” a 26-story-high tank used to convert low-octane gasoline into high-octane gasoline at what is now a BP refinery. The largest hydrorfomer in the country, it sat on the fourth largest refinery…
Vintage: Behind the Scenes at Disney Studios (1953)

Vintage: Behind the Scenes at Disney Studios (1953)

The Walt Disney Studios was originally designed around the animation process, with the large animation building in the center of the campus, and adjacent outlying buildings were built for the story department, the music department, the ink-and-paint departments, and the other various functions of the studio. Both above-ground walkways and tunnels connected the buildings, and the campus also included a…
Vintage: 12 Angry Men (1957)

Vintage: 12 Angry Men (1957)

12 Angry Men is a 1957 American drama film adapted from a teleplay of the same name by Reginald Rose. Written and co-produced by Rose himself and directed by Sidney Lumet, this trial film tells the story of a jury made up of 12 men as they deliberate the guilt or acquittal of a defendant on the basis of reasonable…
Behind the scenes: Some Like It Hot (1959)

Behind the scenes: Some Like It Hot (1959)

Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. The film is about two musicians who dress in drag in order to escape from mafia gangsters whom they witnessed commit the Valentines Day Massacre.