1. Photoshop from the 1930s
Beauty retouching has been around a lot longer than we thought. The side-by-side images above from the early 1930s show what a glamour portrait looked like before and after manual ‘Photoshopping.’ Photographer George Hurrell shot the portrait of actress Joan Crawford as a publicity shot for the 1931 film Laughing Sinners. A retoucher named James Sharp, who spent six hours smoothing skin, removing spots, and erasing wrinkles. Sharp used a retoucher machine, which backlit and vibrated the original negative, allowing Sharp to physically smooth out the film using a pencil.
Found on PetaPixels
2. Elvis Presley Lipstick
More Elvis Presley Memorabilia found here.
3. Just Barry White
Found on Pinterest
4. The Last Shopkeepers
Francesco Pergolesi’s series “Heroes,” which opens at Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago on May 6, is set at dusk, when the proprietors of the tiny Italian shops he depicts are working late—baking bread, making shoes or sharpening knives. Made as a sort of collaboration with storekeepers in Rome, Milan and in small towns
“When I was a child, I used to walk free, exploring my village streets. I loved to spend time in the little cobbler or the grocery where my grandmother sent me to shop. Time seemed to be extended and gave me a sense of freedom. I grew up loving neighborhoods where human relationships were the center of life. I understood these places were disappearing, pushed by a mysterious force, and a new era was coming.”
Found on PDN Photo of the Day.
5. A Miniature Village within a miniature village within a miniature village within….
More info on visiting Bourton-on-the-Water, “Venice of the Cotswolds”.
6. The Giant Telescope from the Universal World Exposition in Paris, 1900
With an objective lens of 1.25 m (49 in) in diameter, it was the largest refracting telescope ever constructed. Since it was built for exhibit purposes as the centerpiece within a large metropolis, and its design made it difficult to aim at astronomical objects, it was not suited for scientific use.
When the year-long exposition was over, its builders were unable to sell it. It was ultimately broken up for scrap; the lenses are still stored away at the Paris Observatory.
Found on Wikipedia
7. What releasing 1.5 million helium balloons looks like…
In 1986 in Cleveland, Ohio, a world record was broken with 1.5 million balloons…
Photos by Thom Sheridan.
8. An Ejectable Seat Test, 1963
Dummy pilot and seat soar, as engineers test a catapult escape system in Arizona. Found on Nat Geo.
9. Atomic Mickey
Found on Pinterest.
10. Albania’s 700,000 Bunkers
In Albania today, one bunker stands for every four people who live there. Built during Stalinist Enver Hoxha’s 40-year rule, the more than 700,000 above-ground bunkers dotting the landscape were never used to defend against attack, as intended. Now, they serve as a stark reminder of the Hoxha’s dictatorial reign.
11. Sending Cars by Train in the 70s
Within the same volume of an 89-foot car, the Vert-A-Pac could hold as many as 30 automobiles instead of 18. Full article found on Amusing Planet.
12. Paintballing in 1909
In 1909 NYC, you could fake-murder your friends in a wax bullet duel. Found on Gizmodo.