The Art of the French Postcard

October 28, 2015

In the 1920s, pornography of any kind was completely illegal, though tame by today’s standards, ‘candid’ images of women hinting at what exists behind their undergarments was absolutely erotic. Men (mainly) would trade postcards with scantily clad women on them, most of the cards were made in France and shipped overseas, hence became known as French Postcards.

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Russia's Photo-Archivist, Prokudin-Gorsky

October 21, 2015

Gorsky was given a commission to travel across Russia and document her glory. The project would take 10 years and compromise 10,000 photos, Gorsky considered this his life's work and continued up to the revolution, at which point he was forced to emigrate.

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What Remains of Grossinger's Resort, Catskills, NY

October 12, 2015

The decline of the Borscht Belt coincided with the decline of blatant racial discrimination, and the democratization of air travel, once only reserved for the wealthiest Americans. Now exotic and distant destinations were only a flight away, and a lavish local resort looked old fashioned in comparison.

 

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The Original Dude Ranches of Jackson Hole, WY

September 24, 2015

Jackson Hole, WY is home to some of the oldest North American dude ranches. One of the final frontiers to be settled, Jackson Hole ranches were hardly even out of use when city slickers started heading out to the country in search of a slower paced vacation.

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Auto Polo Matches of the 20th Century

September 14, 2015

Auto Polo was popularized by Ralph “Pappy” Hankinson as stunt to sell more Model T cars in 1911. The sport functions much like Equestrian Polo, similar rules and equipment, but replaces horses with automotives. 

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Wild Horses of Sable Island

August 31, 2015

The wild horses that inhabit the island have always been a source of great interest, photos of these mystical equines were first published in 1898 by Arthur Williams McCurdy for National Geographic. Originally, they likely descended from horses confiscated from the Acadian population during the Great Expulsion, left on the island in order to be contained.

 

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Pop Culture's First Viral Pet: Tommy Tucker the Squirrel

August 23, 2015

I discovered these photographs while looking through LIFE magazine archives, and was struck by how bizarre they are, but more fascinating is how they seem to forecast pop culture's fascination with animals being cute in human ways. In the early 1940s, LIFE reported on a story whereby a woman had adopted an orphaned baby squirrel

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Mascots: Animals & the Armed Forces

June 05, 2013

 For your consideration, here is a selection of photos that capture emotional relationships between animals and soldiers.

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Archives: Early Baseball Photographs

May 20, 2013

 These photos were taken in the late 1800's and capture the infancy of American Baseball. The Philadelphia A's (Athletics) are featured in a series of action poses, and considering the time period, they are relatively groundbreaking.

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STYLE ICON: Nico

May 11, 2013

Born into Nazi Germany in 1938, Christa Päffgen's early life was riddled with chaos. Her father died during WWII and at 13, Christa left school to begin working in downtown Berlin as a seamstress, and later in an upscale lingerie shop. When she was 15, Christa was 'discovered' by Herbert Tobias, an established photographer, while working at a fashion show.

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Outdoor Life Magazine Cover Art

May 01, 2013

Founded in 1898, Outdoor Life was originally a magazine of western adventure.  Including hunting and fishing tips, fiction and photography; it was the definitive sportsmens publication. 

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STYLE ICON: Lauren Hutton

April 22, 2013

In her heyday Hutton was known as the "fresh American face of fashion", and today, nearing 70 years old, continues to stand as a beacon of raw beauty, sophistication, and joie de vivre. 

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