Tag Archives: 1940s

1949 Rockefeller Center Tree Was the Craziest Christmas Tree Ever

It wouldn’t be Christmas at all without the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Every year, the holiday display at Rockefeller Center grew bigger, brighter and more extravagant. Sparkling in the distance, a 75-foot silver sprayed Norway spruce glows after its 7,500 bulbs were lit for the first time at Rockefeller Center on December […]

18 Vintage Christmas Photos from the 1940s and 1950s That Will Make You Feel Warm and Nostalgic

Whether it’s the tinseled trees, the heartfelt gifts, or just the general kind-hearted and simple spirit of the times, no era captured the true essence of Christmas quite like the 1940s and 1950s.     You might also like these vintage Norway Christmas postcards. (via Country Living)

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 […]

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

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 […]

16 Sexist and Racist Vintage Advertisements That Are Shocking Today

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 […]

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 […]

Stunning Colorized construction photos of 10 global landmarks

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.       […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]