Strike a Pose – Australian Fashion Photos in 1960s and 1970s

'Granny' dresses, 1975

In 2008 the National Archives created the touring exhibition Strike a Pose, with guest curator Lee Lin Chin. Australian style of the 1960s and 70s is explored through the eyes of government photographers during a period of cultural and social change. A sample of photographs from Strike a Pose are showcased here, along with commentary by Lee Lin Chin. (Via Australian Archives) You […]

The 10 Best Dance Crazes from the 1960s – Shake It!

“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. ” ― Dave Barry The Sixties was recognized as a decade of transition from the conservative Fifties and also the birth of revolutionary ways to live, Sixties Dancesthink, and create. In the entertainment industry, many changes happened in the world of dance. The […]

Candid Photos President George H.W. Bush Inaugural Day 1989

President George H.W. Bush at his Oval Office desk 1989

Candid photos of President  George H.W. Bush on Inaugural Day in 1989, recall happier times. George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018) was an American statesman and Republican Party politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Prior to assuming the presidency, Bush served as […]

Damn iPhone is Making Us Less Social. Bring Back Newspapers

We’ve all heard our parents say it; “Look up from your phone every once in a while”, “Hey, talk to me don’t text”, “why are you being so anti-social on your phone?” Not only our cellphones, but also our laptops, televisions, creations like Facebook and other social media platforms. Are all of these inventions and […]

Remarkable 1896 Vintage Photos of Arnold Genthe

Self-Portrait photograph of Arnold Genthe, 1896

Arnold Genthe (1869-1942) was an internationally recognized photographer working in the soft-focus pictorialist style. Arnold Genthe’s photographic career spanned four decades and several continents and ranged thematically from portraiture to dance and travel studies. Chinatown – San Francisco Genthe photographed San Francisco’s old Chinatown from the late 1890s until his move to New York in […]

Alfred Hitcock’s Classic Film Rear Window

Hitchcocks movie rear window

“Rear Window” tells the story of a globe-trotting photo-journalist who breaks his leg on a dangerous assignment and is confined to a wheelchair in his Greenwich Village apartment with nothing to do all day but look out the window at his neighbors. The film alternates back and forth between two story strands–a murder mystery and […]

ABBA & Disco’s Influence

This event is entitled Disco’s Influence on European Dance Music. And we’re kind of going to be looking at that topic with a case study of ABBA. And we’re very pleased to have our dear colleague, James Wintle with us this evening who’s going to give this wonderful lecture for the first portion of the […]

Watch Full Silent Movie East Side-West Side with Eileen Percy in 1923

Watch Eileen Percy in the 1923 silent film East Side-West Side. The only known complete copy of the silent feature East Side-West Side (1923) is a Kodascope print originally intended for home viewing in the possession of Jon C. Mirsalis, who when he’s not directing a large toxicology lab and discovering the missing reel of the biggest pie fight ever […]

Santa Speaks!

Listen to vintage recording of Santa Claus’ Voice! Tis the season for Christmas carols and familiar holiday favorites, but did you know Santa Claus recorded for Victor Records? Gilbert Girard, 1913. Jim Walsh Collection, Recorded Sound Section. Well, not really. Gilbert Girard was a talented performer who frequently recorded children’s records with popular recording artist Len Spencer.  He also […]

1949 Rockefeller Center Tree Was the Craziest Christmas Tree Ever

It wouldn’t be Christmas at all without the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Every year, the holiday display at Rockefeller Center grew bigger, brighter and more extravagant. Sparkling in the distance, a 75-foot silver sprayed Norway spruce glows after its 7,500 bulbs were lit for the first time at Rockefeller Center on December […]