Category Archives: architecture

9 Amazing Color Photos of New York Taken From Air At Night

Amazing arial photos of New York at night that will leave you breathless! For 15 years, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet has been participating in aerial photo missions around the world, putting his life in the hands of pilots and aircraft to make photographs nobody else can. And yet, he’s never felt as vulnerable as […]

New York City’s Knickerbocker Hotel reopens more than a century after its debut

The Knickerbocker in New York City opens its doors to guests on Thursday, more than a century since John Jacob Astor IV built the hotel. Designed in the Beaux-Arts style, “the Knick” first opened on Oct. 23, 1906, and the building has collected many anecdotes — like being the (rumored) birthplace of the original martini […]

10 Vintage Photos of Old London Pubs

The Tiger, Prince Street Deptford London, SE8

These 10 vintage photos of old London Pubs show this important public institution at its quintessential best. A pub, or public house, is an establishment licensed to sell alcoholic drinks, which traditionally include beer (such as ale) and cider. It is a relaxed, social drinking establishment and a prominent part of British, Irish, New Zealand, […]

Vintage Photos Show Amazing Vancouver Neon Signs and Streets Scenes in 1950s

Man with Bandage

These colorful photos show what Vancouver’s Upper East Side and downtown looked like in its’ glory days of the 1950’s.  The photographer captures a city basking in the glow of neon signs. The Vancouver photographs of Fred Herzog are awash with vibrant color. They are complex, mysterious, exuberant, and full of life, much like the […]

Stunning Colorized construction photos of 10 global landmarks

Colorized construction photos of 10 global landmarks. These 10 photographs, in monochrome and then reconstructed color, are taken from the forthcoming book The Paper Time Machine, a collaboration between Retronaut and Jordan Lloyd of Dynamichrome. The finished book will contain 130 reconstructed color historical photographs arranged chronologically, chosen and introduced by Retronaut. c. 1920 Jordan: “The […]

30 Photos of Beautiful Abandoned Places and Ghost Towns

These beautiful abandoned places and ghost towns were photographed by American photographer Charles W. Cushman whose thousands of photographs are now held by the Indiana University Archives.  Most of these photos of abandoned builds and American ghosts towns were taken by him in the late 1950s and early 1960s.  They provided a living legacy of […]

Charming Black and White Old Barn Pictures

Frank Chyle, Jr. Barn, Main Street, Protivin, Howard County, IA

There is something romantic about old barn pictures, even more so, when they depict abandoned barns falling apart!  Old red barn pictures are almost a cliche, so I’ve not included any of those here. All of these black and white photos were taken in 1933 and show barns in states like Washington, Ohio, Virginia, California, Wyoming […]

15 Vintage Pictures of Old Gas Stations

Gas station. Edcouch, Texas

These rare pictures of old gas stations (also known by the lesser term of “filling stations“), are a slice of Americana. The first places that sold gasoline were pharmacies, as a side business. The first filling station was the city pharmacy in Wiesloch, Germany, where Bertha Benz refilled the tank of the first automobile on its maiden […]