Vintage

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: Soldiers during World War I (1914-1918)

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

Despite the chaotic nature of war, the lives of soldiers followed relatively predictable schedules. Soldiers rose before dawn each morning, around 5 a.m. They performed standing drills called “Stand-to-Arms,” then received a daily ration of rum around 5:30 a.m. Soldiers continued performing standing drills until approximately 7 a.m., when they received breakfast. Breakfast for soldiers typically consisted of bacon and…
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…
Vintage: historic views of Breslau in the late 19th Century

Vintage: historic views of Breslau in the late 19th Century

Breslau became part of the German Empire in 1871, which was established at Versailles in defeated France. The early years were characterized by rapid economic growth, the so-called Gründerzeit, although Breslau was hampered by protectionist policies of its natural markets in Austria-Hungary and Russia and had to turn to the German domestic market. Breslau’s population grew from 208,000 in 1871…
Vintage: Panama Canal Construction (1904-1914)

Vintage: Panama Canal Construction (1904-1914)

By the late nineteenth century, technological advances and commercial pressure allowed construction to begin in earnest. An initial attempt by France to build a sea-level canal failed after a great deal of excavation. This enabled the United States to complete the present canal in 1913 and open it to shipping the following year. The state of Panama was created with…
Vintage Postcards of actress Miss Maude Fealy (1900s)

Vintage Postcards of actress Miss Maude Fealy (1900s)

Photo collection of early XX century Vintage Postcards of actress Miss Maude Fealy (1900s). Maude Fealy (1883 – 1971) was an American stage and silent film actress who survived into the talkie era. At the age of three, she performed on stage with her mother and went on to make her Broadway debut in the 1900 production of Quo Vadis,…
Vintage: Photos of West African Villages and its People (1910-1913)

Vintage: Photos of West African Villages and its People (1910-1913)

Photos in this set were taken by H. Hunting of the Paterson Zochonis trading company between approximately 1910 and 1913.  The company began as a trading post in 1879, and began shipping African products to the United Kindom and importing English goods.  The company grew and expanded to Nigeria in 1899, and these photographs are of company employees and their…