Sunday, April 14, 2013

Timeless: Photos from Yesteryear 4

These photos are from an amazing website full of old photos from every walk of life.

June 1942. Cable tower from which buckets carry materials used in the construction of Shasta Dam, California. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee.

This monstrosity looks like it belongs on some mineral rich alien planet.

German zeppelin LZ3 entering its shed on the Bodensee. 1908. George Grantham Bain Collection.
This picture was so strange when I first saw it. I never think of zeppelin's that close to the ground and who know they had sheds? I suppose they provided protection from the weather.

"See what Prince will do for me." Prince Albert, Ida Cuthbertson's "famous educated horse." Brown Studio, Riverside, circa 1909.

How very Mr. Ed - horses doing people things! This horse is a lot prettier though. I have a soft spot for greys.

Night view of the Washington Street produce market, New York City, 1952. Photograph by Walter Albertin for the World Telegram & Sun.

It interesting to think that before grocery stores there were outdoor markets and they closed up at night. You couldn't just wander into a store at 3am to pick up what you needed.

"New York City: Horse overcome by heat." Circa 1910. George Grantham Bain Collection. Hopefully the equine ambulance was on its way.
This brings back terrible memories of "Black Beauty". It's hard to believe that once upon a time New York's biggest polluter wasn't car exhaust but horse manure. This looks like a regular occurence as no one seems phased

Preparing for Circus Week at Madison Square Garden, New York. March 21, 1913. 5x7 glass plate negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

This looks like something out of a movie. I love the lighting and all of the ropes strewn about.
"A Winning Miss" in 1911. Art Photo Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.

And people say the Edwardians were prudish!

A model floating in the water at Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida. The image by fashion photographer Toni Frissell was published in Harper's Bazaar in December 1947.

This is my favourite photo of the group this week! It's ethereal and slightly creepy.

B-24 bomber assembly hall, location unspecified. April 1943.
The scale of assembly operations for the war is sometimes more than boggling. It's an endless line of planes. The only things that would have made this better was if they were Lancasters.

"Margaret Ciampa, 14 years old, finishing flowers at Boston Floral Supply Co., 347-357 Cambridge Street. Said to be the only flower factory in Massachusetts." January 29, 1917. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

I remember my mom doing something similar for decorating. It's strange to thing that almost 100 years ago someone was doing the same thing.

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