Photos of of Pimps, Prostitutes and Homeless from 1970s Times Square Through a Bartender’s Camera

In 1972 Shelly Nadelman began a ten-year run bartending at one of New York City’s most notorious dives: the Terminal Bar, located across the street from the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square.

For ten years, right up until the bar closed for good in 1982, he shot thousands of black and white photographs, mostly portraits of his customers— neighborhood regulars, drag queens, thrill-seeking tourists, pimps and prostitutes, midtown office workers dropping by before catching a bus home to the suburbs—all of whom found welcome and respite at the Terminal Bar.

“In the beginning it was just the regulars and they were willing and able to be photographed,” Nadelman said in an interview. “Then there were just faces that came in and I knew I wouldn’t see them again. But they looked interesting. I’d say 90 percent of the people were willing to be photographed.”
In the early 2000s, his grown son Stefan began sorting, scanning, and printing his dad’s negatives, and very quickly realized that the scene at Terminal Bar had become a historic artifact. That New York was fading fast — it was just about gone, in fact — and Sheldon Nadelman had caught it all. The images were eventually made into a book, Terminal Bar, by Princeton Architectural Press; it brings back to life the 1970s presanitized Times Square, a raucous chapter of the city that never sleeps.

Rare Colour Pictures of Seoul in 1948-49, before the Korean War

In 1945, with the surrender of the Empire of Japan in September 1945 that ended World War II, Korea was liberated from the Japanese occupation exercised since 1910. However, the peninsula was divided in two parts: the Republic of Korea (South Korea), supported by the United Nations, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), at one time supported by the People’s Republic of China and the Soviet Union. A few years later, in 1950, North Korea launched a surprise attack with the intention to invade South Korea and move to dominate the whole peninsula. The attack began the Korean War, a conflict that still exists today, despite the ceasefire signed in 1953.

Here’s a series of 32 awesome colour photographs of daily life in Seoul. These photos are taken in the winter, between October 1948 and March 1949.

 
























































You might find these photos of North Korean in 1980s interesting!

18 Vintage Photographs Document Runaway Teenagers Living in the Streets of Seattle in the 1980s

Mary Ellen Mark (1941-2015) put her hands on photography in the 1960s, depicting streets scenes in her native Philadelphia as well as anti-Vietnam and women’s rights demonstrations in New York. Quite promptly, when working for Look magazine, the American photographer chose to chronicle the existences of the desperate, the marginals, the homeless, the wounded of life such as Indian street prostitutes, psychiatric patients, juvenile heroine addicts: “I care about people and that’s why I became a photographer.”

In the July 1983 issue of LIFE magazine, writer Cheryl McCall and photographer Mary Ellen Mark published “Streets of the Lost,” an in-depth article and photo essay on Seattle street kids. In the piece, McCall and Mark tell the story of a group of homeless and runaway teens—Tina, a 13-year-old prostitute with dreams of diamonds and furs; Rat and Mike, 16-year-olds who eat from dumpsters; and Dewayne, a 16-year-old boy who hanged himself in a juvenile facility when faced with the prospect of returning to the streets. It’s uneasy subject matter, and a staggering portrait of what life without a stable home can look like.

Despite the darkness of her subjects, Mary Ellen Mark always managed to propose humanistic images, freed from obscenity and disapproval. She also captured the glamour of society as a recognized celebrity portraitist and an on-set photographer for Federico Fellini or Francis Ford Coppola. The photographer succeeded in linking the illustrious with the miserable in the same melancholic yet gentle manner: “I take sad photographs. But look at the tenderness.”

Friends Rat, 16 (far left), and Mike, 17, have this Colt .45 only for defense, they insist, against men who try to pick them up or rob them. "I get hassled a lot" says Rat. "Mike's my protection." They picked Seattle because Mike had once lived there.
Friends Rat, 16 (far left), and Mike, 17, have this Colt .45 only for defense, they insist, against men who try to pick them up or rob them. “I get hassled a lot” says Rat. “Mike’s my protection.” They picked Seattle because Mike had once lived there.
Mike, passing for 18 with a fake I.D., earns $30 a week by selling plasma.
Mike, passing for 18 with a fake I.D., earns $30 a week by selling plasma.
Patti, 16, was arrested minutes after this brawl, cited for simple assault and released. Like many runaways, she learned violence at home and doesn’t hesitate to use it–even though she’s now four months pregnant–to settle all disputes. She is one of nine children, six of whom prefer the terror of the street to life in their Seattle home.
Dark-haired Patti waited until her victim’s pimp was out of sight and then jumped this girl because she never returned a borrowed jacket.
Shaken but unhurt, the girl finds her pimp. He calls the cops.
Shaken but unhurt, the girl finds her pimp. He calls the cops.
Patti’s tender side is reserved for her boyfriend, Munchkin. Patti and her boyfriend, 17, used to share motel rooms with a group of kids. Then Munchkin struck a deal with a motel manager in which Patti exchanges sex with him for a room of their own each night. But they haven’t yet found a solution to the $16 jaywalking and $125 littering tickets they–and all the kids–get almost daily. These are a form of police harassment, and one unpaid littering fine (the only means they have of paying is by prostitution or theft) means five nights in jail.
Erin and her stepfather argue when she’s home. “He doesn’t want me around,” she says. “He wants my mom all to himself.” Erin, 14, has been arrested twice for prostitution. Her probation order states that she must live with her family, not on the streets. Home is a one-room apartment over a tavern in downtown Seattle, and her bed is the couch. Her mother and stepfather, both unemployed, spend most of their time in the bar downstairs. During the year she was on the streets, Erin was raped, was lured into posing for pornographic photographs and supported a pimp by turning tricks.
Laurie, 14, says she was promised $80 by a middle-aged doctor who sexually abused her but reneged on the payment. She recently left Seattle to live with a Christian group in Kent, Wash.
This young dealer is injecting a 14-year-old customer with MDA (methylene dioxy amphetamine) in a crash pad for runaways. At $5 a capsule, MDA is the drug of choice among Seattle street kids–though marijuana is common, and LSD is making a comeback. MDA users need at least five capsules to attain the desired “body rush,” a violent shuddering later followed by sudden vomiting, clenching jaws and twitching eyes. The $1 “rigs” are disposable insulin syringes, but addicts dangerously reuse them as many as 50 times, honing dull needles on matchbook strips and lubricating the plungers with Vaseline.
When a homeless boy collapsed in agonizing spasms, fire department medics speculated his problem was drug related and rushed him to a hospital.
Within an hour of leaving this motel room, the two 14-year-old girls on the right were arrested for prostitution. They call the boy on the bed their “popcorn pimp” because he is only 18.
James, 18, sleeps under a waterfront viaduct.
Rat and Mike call rummaging for food in trash bins behind restaurants dumpster diving.
Rat and Mike call rummaging for food in trash bins behind restaurants dumpster diving.
Rat gives the finger to a man who ignored his begging.
Rat gives the finger to a man who ignored his begging.
This window is the only entry into the hotel.
This window is the only entry into the hotel.

23 Rare Color Photos of Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo de Rivera (Spanish pronunciation:  born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón; July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was a Mexican artist who painted many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Inspired by the country’s popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. Her paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy. In addition to belonging to the post-revolutionary Mexicayotl movement, which sought to define a Mexican identity, Kahlo has been described as a surrealist or magical realist.

Kahlo’s work has been celebrated internationally as emblematic of Mexican national and Indigenous traditions, and by feminists for what is seen as its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.




 







Fun in the sun before Kim Jong-un! Photos from the 70s and 80s show how North Korea portrayed itself as a tourist destination.

  • North Korea was closed to most tourists during the 70s and 80s except those from communist countries
  • Vintage brochures show how those living under communist rule were encourage to take a holiday there 
  • Images show men playing volleyball, families enjoying theme parks, and people eating the local cuisine
  • North Korea still entices tourists to the country today as a source of income and to help spread propaganda 

Today, North Korea only attracts the most hardened and adventurous of travellers, but in the 70s and 80s those living in communist countries were encourage to visit in droves.

Vintage advertising shows how then-leader Kim Il-sung attempted to lure people to the country, with pictures of people relaxing on beaches, enjoying theme park rides and eating the local cuisine.  

These snapshots were taken before the collapse of the USSR. During this time, virtually no foreigners were allowed entry to North Korea except for communist allies.

A family enjoys a ride at the Taesongsan Funfair, which is located close to Pyongyang and is still open today. The park is named for Mount Taesong.
A family enjoys a ride at the Taesongsan Funfair, which is located close to Pyongyang and is still open today. The park is named for Mount Taesong.
This is how North Korea advertised itself to potential tourists back in the 1970s and 80s when only visitor from allied communist countries were allowed within its borders
This is how North Korea advertised itself to potential tourists back in the 1970s and 80s when only visitor from allied communist countries were allowed within its borders
The beach in Wonsan is filled with tourists, most like from the USSR, in this 1980s snap that was included in a brochure given to prospective visitors
People enjoying a diving platform in the city of Wonsan. Tourism was and is an important source of income for North Korea, as well as helping spread its propaganda
Gymnastics classes were another of the cultural offerings for potential communist visitors. Women are pictured taking part in a class on Songdowon beach here
Among the many attractions potential tourists had waiting for them include volleyball, a favourite sport in North Korea, which is pictured being played here on Wonsan beach
Unlike the beaches of Spain or Greece, which would have been packed with tourists in the 1990s when this snap was taken, the sand in Hamhung is virtually deserted
A mother and her children relax at Taesongsan Waterpark, located near the capital.
A mother and her children relax at Taesongsan Waterpark, located near the capital.
A view of the Mansu Hill Grand Monument in central Pyongyang in North Korea. A statue of Kim Jong-il has since been added to stand next to the one of his father, Kim Il-sung, who is pictured here.
A view of the Mansu Hill Grand Monument in central Pyongyang in North Korea. A statue of Kim Jong-il has since been added to stand next to the one of his father, Kim Il-sung, who is pictured here.
A woman hails a taxi outside Ryanggang Hotel, in Pyongyang, in 1986.
A woman hails a taxi outside Ryanggang Hotel, in Pyongyang, in 1986.
Bumper cars modeled to look like vehicles from the 1970s and 80s were advertised to potential tourists as a reason to visit.
Bumper cars modeled to look like vehicles from the 1970s and 80s were advertised to potential tourists as a reason to visit.
Parents watch their children take a ride on the funfair at Taesongsan in 1980. The park was first opened in 1977 and features 10 rides, though its main rollercoaster was damaged by flooding in 2007 and does not operate.
The rocket ride at Taesongsan Funfair. North Korea operates several theme parks around the country, the most famous of which is Pyongyang Zoo, which continues to be a major tourist draw to this day.
The rocket ride at Taesongsan Funfair. North Korea operates several theme parks around the country, the most famous of which is Pyongyang Zoo, which continues to be a major tourist draw to this day.
This is the beach at Majon, in North Korea’s second-largest city of Hamhung, photographed some time in the 1990s.
Men and women queue to go on the teacup rise at Taesongsan Funfair some time in the 1980s. The theme park has been updated little since it was first built, and now struggles to operate

14 Rare Old Miami Photos from the 1900’s

Miami River and the Royal Palm Hotel, Miami vintage photo

These old Miami photos date from the turn of the century.  Given the warm temperatures in this state, it’s fascinating to see the locals and tourists alike, dressed in suits and other formal attire.  Must have been a lot of folks passing out under the hot sun!

Mouth of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay, Miami vintage photo
Mouth of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay, 1900
vintage photo, East 12th Street residences, Miami
East 12th Street residences, Miami, 1900
vintage photo, Residences along the Bay Boulevard, Miami
Residences along the Bay Boulevard, Miami, 1900
vintage photo, Clock golf at the Royal Palm [Hotel], Miami
Clock golf at the Royal Palm Hotel, 1905. This is my favourite of the old Miami photos.  How did they dress like this and not pass out in the heat?!
vintage photo, 12th Street, looking east, Miami,
12th Street, looking east, 1900
vintage photo, House boating on the Miami River, Florida Enlarge
House boating on the Miami River, Florida, 1904
The Royal Palm, Miami, Fla., vintag ephoto 1905
The Royal Palm, 1905
vintage photo Hotel Royal Palm, Miami, Florida
Hotel Royal Palm, 1901
vintage photo, Biscayne Bay by moonlight, Miami, Florida
Biscayne Bay by moonlight, 1904
vintage photo Sunrise or moonlight on the Miami River, Miami
Sunrise on the Miami River, 1900
vintage photo, Indians canoeing on Miami River
Indians canoeing on Miami River, 1904
Miami River and the Hotel Royal Palm, Miami vintage photo
Miami River and the Hotel Royal Palm, 1900
Sunrise or moonlight on the Miami River, Miami vintage photo
Sunrise or moonlight on the Miami River, 1900
old miami photos
Hotel Seminole, 1900
old miami photos
Avenue C,1904

If you enjoyed these old Miami photos you might also like these vintage photos of New York’s Chinatown.

 

 

 

20 Amazing Vintage Chihuahua Photos

Calle de Guadeloupe, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1891, vintage photo

These vintage Chihuahua photos show a rare side of this modern day metropolis. The city of Chihuahua is the state capital of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The city was founded in 1709 by Spanish explorers. Miguel Hidalgo, considered the Father of the Country, was held prisoner in the Federal Palace of Chihuahua and executed in 1811 at the nearby Government Palace by the Spaniards.  During the Mexican-American War, Chihuahua fell to U.S. forces in 1847, after the Mexican Army was defeated at the Battle of the Sacramento, 15 miles north of the city. Today, the city is a modern metropolis of almost one million people.

The cathedral, Chihuahua, Mexico
The cathedral, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1891

Vintage Chihuahua Photos

Calle de Guadaloupe, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1880, vintage photo
Calle de Guadaloupe, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1880
Mexican revolutionary leader Pascual Orozco, vintage photo
Vintage chihuahua photos shows Mexican revolutionary leader Pascual Orozco (1882-1915) entering Chihuahua, Mexico, 1912

 

Water cart, Chihuahua, Mexico, vintage photo 1880
Water cart, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1880
Cathedral, Chihuahua, vintage photo 1909
Cathedral, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1909
Church of San Francisco, Chihuahua vintage photo 1880
Church of San Francisco, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1880
Chihuahua from the cathedral vintage photo 1880
Chihuahua from the cathedral, 1889
Guanajuato, Mexico vintage photo 1891
Guanajuato, Mexico, 1891
Calle de Guadeloupe, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1891, vintage photo
Calle de Guadeloupe, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1891
Chiricahua chief, 1884, vintage photo
Chiricahua chief, 1884
Chihuahua Prison, 1910
Chihuahua Prison, 1910
Gen. P. Oroszco, Chihuahua, vintage photo 1910
Photo shows Mexican revolutionary leader Pascual Orozco (1882-1915), 1910.
Chihuahua, Mexico, looking east vintage photo 1880
Chihuahua, Mexico, looking east, 1889
Mexican laundry, Chihuahua, Mexico vintage photo 1880
Mexican laundry, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1880
Hospital at Chihuahua vintage photo 1917
Hospital at Chihuahua, 1917
Front of unfinished church in Chihuahua vintage photo 1850
vintage chihuahua photos of Front of unfinished church in Chihuahua, Mexico, 1850
Largest lumber mill in the world, Pearson, Chihuahua, Mexico, vintage photo, 1908
Largest lumber mill in the world, Pearson, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1908
Mexican War, 1914: Rebel troops passing through street in Chihuahua vintage photo 1914
Mexican War, 1914: Rebel troops passing through street in Chihuahua, 1914
Mexican War, 1914: religious procession in Chihuahua, Mexico, vintage photo
Mexican War, 1914: religious procession in Chihuahua, Mexico
Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, 1900
Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1900

Most of these vintage chihuahua photos were taken by American newspaper photographers.

Old Photos of Bream

Take a peak at these rare old photos of Bream, a mining community in West Virginia.

Bream is an unincorporated community along Indian Creek Rd (County Route 49) in Kanawha County, West Virginia. It is the first community after State Route 114 turns across the Elk River to Big Chimney. Bream is located between Milliken and Pinch, and is usually omitted from the map, because of its size. The community was named after Bream Graham, the son of the proprietor of a local mine. Do you have any old photos of Bream you’d like to submit? Drop us a line! Continue reading