Mar 29, 2015

Seriously Dodgy Old-school Photos (34 pics)

These vintage images are a bit bizarre and they will definitely creep you out.

The contestants at a beauty pageant that didn't want to judge them on their looks.
An Iron Lung ward used for treating children with polio. [c. 1930s]
A woman undergoes anti-freckle treatment. [c. 1930s]
Melted and damaged mannequins after a fire at Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum in London. [1930]
Max Schreck sitting in between takes of the silent movie Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror [1922]
Two women wearing bird headdresses have a chat.
Patrons at Hell's Cafe in Paris, which shut down some time in the mid-20th century.
A terrifying vintage Halloween costume. [1910]
Two engineers fix a Disney animatronic.
A Mickey Mouse gas mask, which was used to make the devices more appealing to children. [1942]
An early family photo gone creepily-wrong.
Myrtle Corbin, who was born in 1868 with an extra pelvis. Myrtle spent her early years in a circus sideshow.
Two clowns and Santa visit a girl in hospital. [c. 1950s]
An early example of "horsemanning", the 1920's version of "planking."
Two parents posed with their dead daughter in the middle. When photography was expensive, you would have a photo taken at your birth, your wedding and your death. [c. Victorian Era]
A girl who grew up in a concentration camp draws a picture of “home” while living in a "residence for disturbed children." [1948]
American troops in Brewster body armor. [1917]
Mental patient Katharina Detzel, who built her own man out of the straw in her bed. [1910]
The isolater, a hood that shut out all sound. Oxygen was piped in through a tank and the eyes had slits so you could only see one line of text at a time. [1925]
Children on Halloween [c. 1900s]
Santa wasn't always cheerful.
Contestants at a "Miss Lovely Eyes" pageant in Florida. They wore masks so that judges only scored them on their eyes. [1930]
A nurse and a new born baby pose in their gas masks. [1940]

A shell shocked soldier gives a thousand yard stare. [c. 1916 - 1918]

An early R'lyehian steam train after a boiler explosion.
Neurologist Duchenne de Boulogne electrocuting a man's face in order to study facial muscles. France. [1862]
A meeting of the Mickey Mouse Club. [c. 1930s]
The poor man's Halloween costume. [c. 1940s]
Two patrons at the Rothschild "Illuminati" party. [1972]
Ella Harper, who suffered from a disorder that weakens the ligaments in the knees, was known as Camel Girl. [c. 1870–1921]
A Navajo man dressed up as a Nayenezgani spirit.
Ventriloquist Jules Vernon with his horrifying family of puppets. [c. 1867 - 1937]
Boys returning from their initiation into the Poro, a secret society in parts of Africa. [1936]

Mar 28, 2015

These 10 Incredible Photos Have Changed How We See The World Today

There are many moments that have changed the way people see the world around them. Photographers do the hard work of attempting to capture them on film as they happen. Whether they know it or not, they are singlehandedly changing how history is remembered.

All of these photos capture something unique. Some are inspiring, some are unsettling, but all are important documents of singular historical moments.

#1 Elliot Erwitt photographed public water fountains in North Carolina, demonstrating the issue of segregation in the American South.
#2 Thích Quang Duc setting himself on fire to protest the Diem government in South Vietnam shocked the world in 1963.
#3 Horace Greasley standing behind a wired fence, stoically facing Nazi commander Heinrich Himmler.

#4 The Tiananmen Square protests took place in China in 1989. The protesters were fighting for democracy, and in the photo below, one man stood and faced the Chinese government's oppressive forces.

#5 When this little girl was told to draw "home" on a chalkboard, this is what she came up with...

#6 In 1993, this photo of a young Sudanese girl being watched by a vulture brought the world's attention to hunger in Africa.

#7 This haunting photo, taken in Chechnya in 1994, is of a Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano.

#8 This is the moment club owner Jack Ruby shot and killed President John F. Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.
#9 On May 6, 1937, the Hindenburg caught fire in one of the most infamous disasters in history.

#10 Haiti was hit hard by tropical storm Hannah in 2008. This photo captures a young boy salvaging a stroller in the aftermath of the storm.

Mar 27, 2015

Harlem, 1970 by Jack Garofalo