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

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.

 

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Weird Photos of “Olga the Headless Girl” in the Late 1930s and 1940s

The Headless Lady illusion was a popular magic trick performed at sideshows in the 1940s. As the story goes, the poor woman lost her head in a horrible accident, but doctors were able to keep her alive through the miracle of new scientific technology.

Fargo, “Olga the Headless Girl” was an illusionary sideshow and was first brought to the United States in 1937 from Hamburg, Germany, by a man who billed himself as “Doctor” Heineman. It was also a featured exhibit at the New York World’s Fair of 1939 and became a very popular sideshow amusement

Heineman staged “Olga, the Headless Girl” in Blackpool, England before bringing the exhibit to America. Its popularity in England at the time is substantiated by the fact that in 1938 there were at least nine Olga shows.

 

A “Headless Girl” giving a radio interview in New Jersey.
A “Headless Girl” giving a radio interview in New Jersey.
Egon Heineman with “Olga the Headless Woman,” Blackpool, England late 1930s.
Egon Heineman with “Olga the Headless Woman,” Blackpool, England late 1930s.

Novelist, editor, and magician, Clayton Rawson with a “Headless Woman” at the New York World’s Fair, 1939. Rawson authored a mystery novel ‘The Headless Lady’ in 1940.
Novelist, editor, and magician, Clayton Rawson with a “Headless Woman” at the New York World’s Fair, 1939. Rawson authored a mystery novel ‘The Headless Lady’ in 1940.

The “Headless Girl” routine was a rather terrifyingly realistic looking illusion, especially given the time period in which it came to be. When Olga was displayed in a store window in London, shocked onlookers recoiled at the headless torso of a woman with tubes running from her throat to a contraption that supposedly controlled her food intake.

Olga would be copied by other illusionists who called her “Tina” and the classier sounding “Mademoiselle Yvette” who all claimed that the woman—despite not having a head—was being kept alive by the feeding tubes and unexplainable technology. As you will see in the photos, the headless girl act is optically baffling. To help bolster the authenticity of the headless girl, many of the attractions would include backstory as to how the poor thing lost her head—such as a shark attack or an unfortunate showgirl who parted ways with her head thanks to a truck.

 

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According to Sideshow World, the headless girl illusion continued to appear around the U.S. and the world through the 1980s and a version even made an appearance at Ozzfest in 2002.

(via Sideshow WorldDangerous Minds)

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 men had few qualms about creating brutally offensive advertisements…It proved a grimly amusing task to find so many examples that I could collect together; they provide a clear insight into the world of the ‘Mad Men’ generation and the consumers they were addressing. Although many of the advertisements selected are alarming they present an important portrait of society in the 1940s and ‘50s.” – Charles Saatchi.

Misogynistic, racist, unscientific, dishonest and just plain bizarre, these ads demonstrate how our attitudes towards women, race, tobacco, personal hygiene and drugs have changed over the years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 Amazing Vintage Photographs Of Female Firefighters

We usually thing of female firefighters as a contemporary thing, but as these amazing vintage photographs of female firefighters show, women have been rocking this profession as far back as 1916!

1916, The UK Women's Fire Brigade takes a salute.
1916, The UK Women’s Fire Brigade takes a salute.

 

1916, Preparing for a fire drill.
1916, Preparing for a fire drill.
1916, Conducting a drill with hoses and extinguishers.
1916, Conducting a drill with hoses and extinguishers.
1916, Members of the Woman's Fire Brigade with their chief officer.
1916, Members of the Woman’s Fire Brigade with their chief officer.
1916, Putting a fire escape into position.
1916, Putting a fire escape into position.
1922, Training with hosepipes.
1922, Training with hosepipes.
1925, Women of Achille Serre Ltd’s Private Fire Brigade head off to compete in the London Fire Brigades’ Tournament.
1926, A member of the Achille Serre Ladies Fire Brigade in London.
1926, A member of the Achille Serre Ladies Fire Brigade in London.
1928, Two firefighters during a drill.
1928, Two firefighters during a drill.
1928, Demonstrating the use of a portable fire extinguisher.
1928, Demonstrating the use of a portable fire extinguisher.
1928, A rescue drill in progress.
1928, A rescue drill in progress.
1930, Staff of the Girls Fire Brigade in Berkshire.
1930, Staff of the Girls Fire Brigade in Berkshire.1930, Staff of the Girls Fire Brigade in Berkshire.
1939, Group of Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) women "keeping fit" with a game of leap-frog.
1939, Group of Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) women “keeping fit” with a game of leap-frog.
1939, An AFS member during morning inspection at a Manchester fire station.
1939, An AFS member during morning inspection at a Manchester fire station.
1940, AFS women work at the London fire regional control room.
1940, AFS women work at the London fire regional control room.
1941, New recruits in the control room at London's Auxiliary Fire Service.
1941, New recruits in the control room at London’s Auxiliary Fire Service.
1941, chorus girls respond to the call for volunteer "fire watchers" are trained by the Newcastle Fire Brigade.
1941, chorus girls respond to the call for volunteer “fire watchers” are trained by the Newcastle Fire Brigade.
1941, Women train at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard during WWII.
1941, female firefighters train at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard during WWII.
1941, Training at the UK's Royal Northern Hospital in Holloway practice for blitz fires.
1941, Training at the UK’s Royal Northern Hospital in Holloway practice for blitz fires.

 

1942, Training at the Imperial War Museum Fire Fighting School.
1942, Training at the Imperial War Museum Fire Fighting School.
1942, Female firefighters during a skills demonstration.
1942, Female firefighters during a skills demonstration.

 

1942, Volunteer fire guards stow away a hose into a portable trailer.
1942, Volunteer fire guards stow away a hose into a portable trailer.

 

1950, A competitor at the Minneapolis Auxiliary Fire Crews Competition in Minnesota.
1950, A female firefighter at the Minneapolis Auxiliary Fire Crews Competition in Minnesota.

 

1961, Margaret Scaife and Marjorie Barrrow compete in the British Railways Inter-Regional Fire Fighting Finals at the London Fire Brigade Headquarters.
1961, Margaret Scaife and Marjorie Barrrow compete in the British Railways Inter-Regional Fire Fighting Finals at the London Fire Brigade Headquarters.

 

1938, a female firefighter models a new uniform.
1938, a female firefighter models a new uniform.

(Via Buzzfeed)(Photos: Getty Images)

14 Colorized Photos That Show Horrors of Battle of Stalingrad

14 Colorized Photos That Show Horrors of Battle of Stalingrad

These amazing colorized photos of the Battle of Stalingrad by Olga. There is something seeing them this way that brings out the true horrors of war.

The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943) was the most major confrontation of World War II in which Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in Southern Russia.

Marked by fierce close quarters combat and direct assaults on civilians in air raids, it is often regarded as the single largest (nearly 2.2 million personnel) and bloodiest(1.7–2 million killed, wounded or captured) battle in the history of warfare. It was an extremely costly defeat for German forces, and the Army High Command had to withdraw vast military forces from the West to replace their losses.

Tank T-34 "Rodina" in Stalingrad
Tank T-34 “Rodina” in Stalingrad
German troops of the 6th Army move into the suburbs of Stalingrad, late Sept 1942
avorska Yulia – nurse, who brought 56 wounded from the battlefield in battles for Stalingrad
Hauptmann Friedrich Winkler in Stalingrad
Messerschmitt Bf 109 in Stalingrad
Italian driver of the FIAT truck lies dead on the periphery of Stalingrad, Feb 1943
Street battle in Stalingrad
Street battle in Stalingrad
The center of Stalingrad, winter 1943
The center of Stalingrad, winter 1943
Soviet submachine gunners among the destroyed houses during the battle of Stalingrad
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Commander gives a signal to the soldiers during the fighting in the factory district of Stalingrad
Red Army men attack on the outskirts of Stalingrad
Major-General Tikhomirov, Vladimir Vasilevich
During the Battle of Stalingrad was the commander of 97 separate Infantry Brigade, 7 infantry corps, 64 army.

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.

Jul. 1888
Construction of the Eiffel Tower, Paris.
IMAGE: ROGER VIOLLET/GETTY
Jul. 1888
Jordan: “The original colour of the Eiffel Tower during its construction in 1888 was called ‘Venetian Red’ as shown in the photograph, applied in the workshop before being assembled on site. The tower has been repainted over a dozen times since, in different shades ranging from a reddish brown to bronze.”
IMAGE: ROGER VIOLLET/GETTY. COLOR RECONSTRUCTION BY DYNAMICHROME.
c. 1934
The Golden Gate Bridge under construction, San Francisco, California.
IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS / CHAS. M. HILLER.
c. 1934
Jordan: “The base tower in the mid ground is rendered in a red lead primer from Bethlehem steel. That became the basis for consulting architect Irving Morrow’s studies to render the bridge in the now familiar International Orange, to increase its visibility to passing ships.”
IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS / CHAS. M. HILLER.
c. 1935
Officials ride in one of the penstock pipes of the soon-to-be-completed Hoover Dam, Arizona.
IMAGE: BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
c. 1935
Jordan: “Conveying the officials in the photograph is a section of 30-foot diameter steel penstock pipe nearly three inches thick. Arizona’s geology in the background remains the same as it did back in 1935.”
c. 1889
Jordan: “The 11,000 tonnes of steelwork would be eventually clad in Portland Stone and Cheesewring granite from Cornwall, which can be seen at the base of the bridge. The numerous ships and skiffs lurking in the background are all sourced from contemporaneous paintings of the era.”
HERITAGE IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES. COLOR RECONSTRUCTION BY DYNAMICHROME.
c. 1889
Tower Bridge was begun in 1881 and opened in 1894, to designs by Sir Horace Jones. It was designed so that the central section could be raised to allow the passage of ships to and from the busy wharves of London.
May 31, 1932
Gutzon Borglum and supt. inspecting work on the face of Washington, Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota.
IMAGE: LIBARY OF CONGRESS
May 31, 1932
Jordan: “Contemporary references of the granite were used to help get the colour variation correct, and the object in the top left corner is part of the hand of the photographer.”
Apr. 1844
Nelson’s Column under Construction, Trafalgar Square, London. This image suggests industrious advances in the construction of the column. However, when Talbot took this photograph the building work had actually been halted while the government took over the project from the building committee whose funds had run out. Talbot invented the negative/positive process for making photographs between 1835 and 1839. Any number of prints could be made of a single image from the negative.
IMAGE: SSPL/GETTY IMAGES.
Apr. 1844
Jordan: “Taken at the very dawn of photographic technology, the resulting process gives the image a somewhat ghostly look as the long exposure blurs people walking down Trafalgar Square. The bold colours used in the advertising were sourced from real examples and paintings from the era.”

1880s
The bell-tower of the Sacre Coeur Basilica under construction on the Montmartre Hill in Paris.
IMAGE: KEYSTONE-FRANCE/GAMMA-KEYSTONE VIA GETTY IMAGES
1880s
Jordan: “Remarkably, many of the elements in the photograph still remain the same today, including the Réservoir de Montmartre and the Saint Pierre de Montmartre to the left of the Sacre Coeur, as well as the apartment blocks on Rue Maurice Utrillo on the right.”
1882
Workers build the Statue of Liberty inside French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s workshop in Paris. The background shows the carved arm of the statue. At the back (right) are smaller models of the arm and the head.
IMAGE: ALBERT FERNIQUE/LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
1882
Jordan: “The stylised look of this workshop photograph is a result of the overexposed highlights and less mid tone definition. The huge ceiling openings provide ample light for the craftsmen to beat the copper skin over wooden and plaster formwork seen in the background.”
c. 1920
A view of a trilithon being re-erected during Lieutenant-Colonel Hawley’s excavations and renovations at Stone Henge in 1919 and 1920. The monument itself dates to circa 2000 B.C., although the site was in use much earlier than this.
GETTY IMAGES

c. 1920
Jordan: “The trilithons of Stonehenge are well documented and the site has hardly changed in the decades since the photograph was taken.”
COLOR RECONSTRUCTION BY DYNAMICHROME.

 

This is a modern interpretation of a craft that has existed since the dawn of photography. Originally, color was hand-painted on to prints by talented artisans.
JORDAN LLOYD, DYNAMICHROME 

 

c. 1942
Covered in bamboo scaffolding to disguise it from enemy bombers, the dome of the Taj Mahal, Agra, India, looks almost as if it is being built during WWII. Private First Class John C. Byrom, Jr., of Waco, Texas, trying to catch a goldfish in the marble-lined pool at the approach to the Taj Mahal. Observing are Corporal Anthony J. Scopelliti and Private First Class Ray Cherry.
IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
c 1942
Jordan: “The lack of shadows suggest an overcast day at the Taj Mahal, softening the pink cast of the marble.”
COLOR RECONSTRUCTION BY JORDAN LLOYD.

(Via Mashable)

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Slim Aarons: fashion and celebrities of the ’50s and’ 60s

The lifestyle of the ’50s and’ 60s is seen with a certain nostalgia especially in these times of crisis and difficulty, and is remembered for the celebrities and fashion fashion that characterized it. While in Italy there was the Dolce Vita Romana, in New York Slim Aarons photographed the celebrities and the most famous jet set in the world. Already at the age of 18 he began taking photographs while he was still serving in the United States Army. After World War II, Aaron moved to Cali and began photographing Celebrities (the collection below, including Marilyn Monroe, JFK, Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart).

He began working for the magazine, the “Town & Country” and various magazines of free time. Aarons was known for not using under any circumstances make-up artists, stylists or other accessories that had distorted the chronological character of photography. To find out what made him choose the profession of photographer, he said: “Taking pictures of attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places”. He had excellent contacts in the celebrity environment, and more than a photographer or paparazzo he was considered a friend in Hollywood. Slim Aarons died in 2006, at age 90, due to complications of a stroke.

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14 Funny photos of 1980s fashion

The Bullet Bra: indispensable lingerie for the 40s and 50s women!

The bullet bra certainly made a statement! Given this was the 1940’s and 1950’s it must of caused quite a stir! The projectile bra was an intimate item of clothing that became famous in the post-war period, in the late 1950s, and remained in use until the 1960s. The characteristic of the bra was obviously to be “pointy”, extending the breast line far beyond the normal physiognomy of the female body.

Known as the  “Bullet Bra”, it was made famous by actresses like Marilyn Monroe and Lana Turner, but also by the pinup Betty Paige. Made of rayon or nylon, they were built from several connected cones, able to support the breasts before the invention of the underwire.

During the 60s, the “Twiggy” style became famous, the famous thread-like model that made the “curved” bra superfluous. The “bullets” then became both little used because of the new bras, more comfortable and comfortable, both because of the tendency to mask their typical shapes of the ’60s and’ 70s. In the ’80s we witnessed a nostalgic revival by Madonna, and even today passionate about vintage sport the pointed bras in dedicated parties.

bullet bra

bullet bra

bullet bra

bullet bra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bullet bra is almost as funny as  one of these  bouffant big hair styles!

18 Old Main Street Barber Shop Photos

The main street barber shop was a place to relax, get a great haircut and catch up on gossip.  These 18 vintage photos of old town barbershops bring back these happy memories!

Bivalve, New Jersey. Barber shop, October 1938. Rothstein, Arthur, 1915-1985, photographer
Photo shows eight women standing in front of a camp barber shop. Japanese-American camp, war emergency evacuation, 1942 or 1943.
Stores in center of mining town. The barber is also the Justice of Peace. Osage, West Virginia, 1938
Barber shop in Negro settlement on the outskirts of Washington, D.C.
“John Vachon, photographer. Published 1937 Sept.”
Barber shop in the Black Belt, Chicago, Illinois
Rosskam, Edwin, 1903-1985, photographer 1941 Apr.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Barber shop at 19th and Bainbridge Streets
“Vanderbilt, Paul, photographer 1937 Spring.
Barber shop on [Hillsboro] street. Oxford, Granville County, North Carolina
Marion Post Wolcott, photographer. Published 1939 Nov.
Barber shop in Negro quarter of Durham, North Carolina
“Delano, Jack, photographer Created / Published 1940 May.”
Union barber shop in mining town, Scotts Run, West Virginia
Marion Post Wolcott, photographer. Published 1938 Sept.”
Barber shop in village of Twig, Minnesota
“Lee, Russell, 1903-1986, photographer Created / Published 1937 Aug.”
Barber shop and pool hall. Berwyn, Maryland
“John Vachon, photographer. Published 1937 Sept.”
San Juan, Puerto Rico. A barber shop
Jack Delano, photographer. 1942
A barber shop in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
Jack Delano, photographer. 1941 Jan. 
Barber and shop, South Omaha, Nebraska
“John Vachon, photographer. 1938 Nov.”
Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Barber shop
Jack Delano, photographer. 1941 Dec.
Klamath Falls, Oregon.A main street barber shop.
“Lee, Russell, 1903-1986, photographer 1942 July.”
A main street barber shop, Key West, Florida
“Rothstein, Arthur, 1915-1985, photographer 1938 Jan.”
Barber shop. Winton, Minnesota
“Lee, Russell, 1903-1986, photographer1937 Aug.”

18 Never Seen Vintage Coke Signs

These intriguing vintage Coke signs shows this beloved soft drink has been around for quite awhile – 131 years to be exact.  It was invented in 1886 by a Civil War vet named John Pemberton. Coca Cola was originally intended as a medical treatment for his addiction to morphine.  Among other things, Pemberton claimed Coca-Cola cured many diseases, including indigestion, nerve disorders, headaches, and impotence!  Today vintage Coke signs are highly collectible items.

Coke sign, Henderson, North Carolina, 1979
Farmer’s Food Market, Drexel Ave. at 63rd St., Chicago, Illinois, 2009, with mural by RK Design
An old, or at least old-style, drug store sign in Galveston, Texas, 2014
Faded Coca-Cola sign on the side of the Emporium western-wear store, and above an incongruous sidewalk bathtub, in Gonzales, Texas, 2014
Vintage Coca-Cola sign on an outside wall of a grocery store in Oakville, north of Napa in California’s Napa Valley, 2012
Coca-Cola sign on the side of a Mexican restaurant near the Stockyards District of Fort Worth, Texas , 2014
Old Coca-Cola sign on a building in Pipe Creek, a small community in Bandera County, Texas, 2014.
Old, but refurbished, or, as the message says, “refreshed” Coca-Cola sign in Lafayette, Indiana , 2016.
Red Coca Cola sign in San Francisco, California, 2012.
Vintage Coca-Cola sign in downtown Pueblo, Colorado, 2015.
Vintage Coca-Cola sign in Cedarville, California, 2013
Coca Cola Bottling Company, giant Coke bottle corner detail, 14th & Central Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 1977.
Gilmore Locker Coke sign, Main Street, Gilmore City, Iowa

Vintage Coke signs  in San Juan, Puerto Rico Photograph shows Coca-Cola sign in foreground. Delano, Jack, photographer Created 1941 Dec.
Vintage Coke signs in Natchez, Miss.
Photograph shows store with soft drink signs. Diamond-shaped sign: Fresh Orange-Crush”; above it: Relax and enjoy Royal Crown Cola., Wolcott, Marion Post, 1910-1990, photographer Created 1940 August

Natchez, Miss.
Photograph shows store with soft drink signs: Coca-Cola, Orange-Crush, Royal Crown, Double Cola, and Dr. Pepper.
Created /1940 August

If you liked these vintage Coke signs check out these old motel signs from the 1950s.