Category Archives: culture

16 Sexist and Racist Vintage Advertisements That Are Shocking Today

These vintage advertisements are from Beyond Belief, a book by art collector and former advertising executive Charles Saatchi, which brings together the most shocking advertising campaigns of the last century. From racism and sexism to dodgy health claims, nothing was out of bounds for the real-life Mad Men. “In the middle of the last century, marketing […]

18 Shocking E-Cigarette Ads Targeting Teenagers

Electronic Cigarette (e-cig) companies are increasingly targeting teenagers, who are often trailblazers of new trends and role models for younger adolescents. In courting young trendsetters, e-cig manufacturers predominantly utilize advertising imagery and slogans that appeal to the teens sense of freedom and rebellion. An ad for Blu e-cigs features an angry, middle-aged woman, flipping her […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dead Celebrities Rumoured To Still Be Alive

Days after a hologram of Tupac Shakur performed at Coachella, Suge Knight says he thinks the rapper didn’t really die. From Elvis to Kurt Cobain to Andy Kaufman, famous faces who never really went away. Tupac Shakur First a hologram of Tupac Shakur stole the show at Coachella. Then former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight […]

Shirtless Authors From Mark Twain to Hemingway!

A shirtless photo of Mark Twain has taken the Web by storm. From Faulkner to Hemingway, here are other writers who’ve gone topless Mark Twain, possibly apocryphally, once said: “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” America’s favorite writer is of course much better known for dressing up in […]

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 […]

Put Boobs On It! Sex Sells 1970 Album Covers

In the 1960s-1980s, if you wanted to sell your record, the most reliable method may have been to simply put a pair of boobs on the cover.  It was a variation on the “sex sells” approach – you might call it “chests sells”.  Whether it was subtle cleavage or loud-and-proud bosoms, we know the strategy […]

Old Color Photos of Native Americans

As a filmmaker, Paul Ratner is drawn to old color photos of Native Americans. His first love of film came from old black and white movies by world cinema auteurs like the jarring works of Bergman, Eisenstein, Bunuel, Lang, Dreyer, Ozu and other great masters. For a while in college, he felt it was almost like cheating […]

Amazing 1940s Kodachrome Images of New York Street Scenes

These amazing 1940s Kodachrome images of New York Street scenes are the work of Charles Weever Cushman, an amateur photographer and Indiana University alumnus. He took over  14,500 Kodachrome color slides spanning a thirty-two year span from 1938 to 1969, during which time he extensively documented the United States as well as other countries. You read […]