Category Archives: culture

18 Vintage Photos of New York Disco Era in Bushwick 1970’s and 1980s

NYC in the late 1970s and early 80s could best be described using Charles Dickens’ phrase “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Meryl Meisler’s photographs documented it with compassion and humor. As the city neared bankruptcy, crime rates rose, epidemics of arson and crack made the Big Apple seem […]

Old Portraits of Jews From the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Until the 1860s, all Jerusalem residents lived within the walls of the Old City. The walls were built in the 16th century by Suleiman the Magnificent, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, secure in the knowledge that the city gates were locked from sunset to sunrise and that residents were protected from marauding Bedouins. But as […]

Candid Snapshots From 1978 Gay Halloween Party in Sacramento

In the words of the lesbian poet and scholar Judy Grahn, Halloween is ‘the great gay holiday’ or Gay Halloween. Before Halloween existed, the night before All Hallows Day (All Saints Day), was linked to the ancient Celtic festival ‘Samhain’ in the British Isles, meaning ‘summer’s end’. And because the celebration is associated with mystery, […]

A Look at ‘Miss America’ Through the Years

The Miss America Pagent is getting a remodel this year. The swimsuit portion is out and the organization says it will o longer judge women on their physical appearance. This is one of many changes that have taken place during the time the pagent started in 1921.  Take a look at some of the winner […]

Back in the Day When They Used to Market Cocaine: These Coke Gear Ads From the Mid-1970s and Early 1980s Are Nuts!

The 1970s, when disco dust was plentiful and there were cocaine paraphernalia ads galore in head magazines. Although the “glamorised” drug wasn’t legal in America, it didn’t stop the drug and tools for doing it being marketed in magazines or newspapers.Inspired by the hit Netflix Narcos, a drama about the life of world infamous drug […]

How the Shape of the ‘Perfect’ Body Has Changed Over the Last 100 Years

How the Shape of the ‘Perfect’ Body Has Changed Over the Last 100 Years

Over the last 100 years, the women we consider to be sex symbols have had a huge variety of body shapes. Check out this decade-by-decade description of what people considered to be a “hot body.” Beginning with the 1910s Gibson Girl ideal inspired by the illustrations of Charles Dana Gibson By 1920, the flapper girl […]