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