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Anonymous found photos explore a century of hairstyles

Anonymous found photos explore a century of hairstyles These anonymous snapshots and found photos, acquired from a number of sources by collector Robert E.Jackson, have one subject in common: hair, in all its forms and permutations.

Incredible hand-tinted postcards capture 1890s Ireland in vivid color

Incredible hand-tinted postcards capture 1890s Ireland in vivid color These postcards of the sweeping hills, cliffs, and towns of Ireland were created using the Photochrom process, a complex method of imbuing black-and-white photographs with relatively realistic color.It entailed coating a tablet of lithographic limestone with a light-sensitive emulsion, then exposing it to sunlight under a photo negative.

Retro tech is huge right now because the present is a depressing nightmare

Retro tech is huge right now because the present is a depressing nightmare With that in mind, allow us to predict the next wave of retro tech surely hitting Amazon warehouse shelves any time now.Give it a bit more time, and we're sure the trend will extend to neon spandex and headbands.

An envelope in a Barcelona flea market held the work of an unknown master photographer

An envelope in a Barcelona flea market held the work of an unknown master photographer In the summer of 2001, American Tom Sponheim was vacationing in Barcelona with his wife.On their way to the cathedral of Sagrada Familia, they wandered through the bustling flea market of Els Encants.

Soviet propaganda posters warned citizens of the evils of alcohol

Soviet propaganda posters warned citizens of the evils of alcohol From the 1960s through the 1980s, artists throughout the Soviet Union designed propaganda posters to warn the public of the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption.With striking, colorful graphics and stark metaphors, the posters cast alcoholism as a snake choking the life from vivacious young men, a bottle as a prison, and more.

Rare color photos document the festivities at a 1941 state fair

Rare color photos document the festivities at a 1941 state fair First held in 1846, the Rutland State Fair in Rutland, Vermont is one of the oldest state fairs in the United States.With agricultural exhibitions, races, and rides, the fair drew massive crowds each year from around New England and New York, eventually being renamed the Vermont State Fair in 1972.

A returning WWII veteran captured an extraordinary photographic record of postwar NYC

A returning WWII veteran captured an extraordinary photographic record of postwar NYC In 1945, 40-year-old Todd Webb was discharged from the Navy and moved to New York City.Webb had cycled through a litany of professions before his service in the war.

Dreamlike color images of Petra and southern Jordan in the early 20th century

Dreamlike color images of Petra and southern Jordan in the early 20th century Built sometime around the 4th century BC, the city of Petra in southern Jordan was the capital of the Nabataean society.The Nabataeans carved elaborate and beautiful structures directly out of the raw sandstone cliffs, and devised ingenious cisterns and water conduits to make the city both a fortress and an oasis along the caravan trade routes of the region.

An Army grunt's astonishing 1970 photos capture a hellish Vietnam firefight

An Army grunt's astonishing 1970 photos capture a hellish Vietnam firefight In April 1970, 22-year-old James Speed Hensinger, an enlisted man in the U.Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade, was stationed at a compound in Phu Tai, west of the coastal city of Qui Nhon, Vietnam.

Rarely seen photos record World War II in brilliant, immersive color

Rarely seen photos record World War II in brilliant, immersive color Though color photography was invented decades before World War II, it was still a rather niche process, more complicated and expensive than black-and-white photography.The scarcity of color film was compounded by the hazards of shipping in wartime and the difficulties of reproduction and printing.

These trick mirror photos were once thought to be the future of portraiture

These trick mirror photos were once thought to be the future of portraiture These photographs, collected by Connecticut College art history and anthropology professor Christopher B.Steiner, were created using a photo-multigraph or “trick mirror” technique.

Rare photos of Marilyn Monroe hiking in the woods, before she was famous

Rare photos of Marilyn Monroe hiking in the woods, before she was famous In 1950, LIFE photographer Ed Clark got a call from a friend at 20th Century Fox about a “hot tomato” the studio had just signed: Marilyn Monroe.The young actress had previously signed with Fox in August 1946, but was dropped after the end of her second six-month contract.

Beautiful 1980s portraits capture the vibrant residents of a single East Berlin street

Beautiful 1980s portraits capture the vibrant residents of a single East Berlin street In 1981, Harf Zimmermann moved into a fifth-floor walkup apartment on Hufelandstrasse, a cobblestone street in East Berlin.The neighborhood was an anomaly in the increasingly drab Soviet-administered city.

Goofy found photos record WWI soldiers posing with fake military props

Goofy found photos record WWI soldiers posing with fake military props While a variety of props – fake airplanes, hot air balloons, automobiles, trains — had been used in studio photography since the late 19th century, their popularity gained traction at the outbreak of World War I in Europe.These military portraits collected by Christopher B.

Spectacular color photos capture WWII air cadets in training

Spectacular color photos capture WWII air cadets in training congressional board found that the Navy had insufficient training facilities to deal with a potential emergency demand for new pilots.Johnson, the Navy commissioned a new air training station on Corpus Christi Bay in March 1941.

1955: Salvador Dalí poses nude with a starfish at his seaside villa

1955: Salvador Dalí poses nude with a starfish at his seaside villa In 1930, a few months after being expelled from his father’s home, surrealist artist Salvador Dalí purchased a former fisherman’s shack near the secluded village of Portlligat on Spain’s Costa Brava.He paid with some of the 20,000 francs that the Viscount of Noailles had given him as an advance on the painting that would become The Old Age of William Tell.

Summer 1954: Kids out of school wreak havoc on the streets of London

Summer 1954: Kids out of school wreak havoc on the streets of London In the summer of 1954, the streets of London were overrun with rambunctious kids enjoying their time off from school.Photographer Thurston Hopkins took note of the chaos and followed along with several gangs of hyperactive moppets, snapping shots as they turned grimy streets and alleyways into playgrounds.

1955: Walking the streets of Belfast, shipbuilding capital of the world

1955: Walking the streets of Belfast, shipbuilding capital of the world In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland emerged as one of the shipbuilding capitals of the world.The sprawling Harland & Wolff shipyards cranked out thousands of Navy cruisers, monitors, aircraft carriers and civilian ocean liners, including one famously massive and ill-fated one.

The rock 'n' roll rebels of midcentury Switzerland

The rock 'n' roll rebels of midcentury Switzerland On paper, Karlheinz Weinberger lived a mostly boring existence.He worked as a warehouse manager at the Siemens factory in Oerlikon, Switzerland from 1955 until his retirement in 1986, and lived in the same apartment for almost his whole life.

When a British daredevil attempted a rocket-powered speed record on Loch Ness

When a British daredevil attempted a rocket-powered speed record on Loch Ness In the 1930s and 1940s, British motorist John Cobb smashed a number of land speed records.19 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1947, Cobb sets his sights on the water.