The Beautiful and Charismatic Lilli Langtry, famous English Actress.

Lillie Langtry was beautiful, smart, had wit and passion all  in one mesmerizing package.
Langtry was a stage actress persuaded to go into the acting business by famed writer and poet Oscar Wilde.
As her popularity grew, more people started to gravitate towards Langtry, because of her charisma and undeniable beauty.
Whenever she entered the room at a party, all eyes were on her.
Without even asking for permission, people were drawing and painting portraits of Langtry, which quickly became postcard favourites.
But it took more than just looks for Langtry to catch the eye of Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales and later King of the United Kingdom.
Around 1877, Langtry became the semi-official mistress of the Prince because, back then, those sorts of things happened.
She wasn’t just arm-candy, of course, and often reportedly engaged Albert in meaningful conversations, and delighted him with her wit.
Even more amazingly, she is said to have had a pretty good relationship with the Prince’s wife.
Read and see more via vintage everyday: Top 10 Famous Beauties of the 19th Century

Parisian Street Artist C215 decorates Valletta, Malta.

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Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi.
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A painting by Parisian street artist Christian Guemy, better known as C215, decorates a post box in Valletta.
Image Credit: Photograph by Darrin Zammit Lupi.

via Photos of the week – Times of Malta – timesofmalta.com.

The Roaring Twenties and the Flapper Dress.

The 1920’s were most popular for the Flapper dress which is easily associated with the “Roaring Twenties”.
The Flapper dress had a drop waist, which gave women a more boyish figure which was popular at the time.
The low hemlines were also popular because it allowed women to kick up their heels in dances such as the Charleston.
Flapper dresses were adorned with embellishments, feathers.
Check out this wonderful WordPress Blog via Fashion Era: The Twenties – Primped and Proper

Kabul’s only Women Street Artist, Afghanistan.

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Kabul’s only female graffiti artist not only has to avoid bombings and landmines to bring her pioneering work to the city’s walls, but she regularly receives abuse from passers-by.
Yet Shamsia Hassani’s determination to continue developing the art form across a city in turmoil, as well as campaign for women’s rights, has resulted in her being nominated for a prize in London this week.
“It is difficult-to-impossible to continue with street art in Kabul, but I’m not put off by the risk,” she said. “As a woman it’s difficult to be out on the street by myself.
Women often get harassed and it’s not very comfortable.”

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Hassani, 26, is in the running for the Artraker Award, which seeks to support artists working in conflict zones or whose works deals with issues of conflict. She hopes the nomination will widen her audience.
“I can share my ideas and explain about the situation my country’s in.”
via Afghan graffiti artist Shamsia Hassani shortlisted for Artraker Award – but she still has to dodge landmines to create her work – Asia – World – The Independent.

Scudders American Museum, Manhattan, 1810-1841.

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Scudder’s American Museum, in the former NYC poor house (via NYPL)
One of the first museums to draw the crowds in Manhattan was Scudder’s American Museum, which ran from 1810 to 1841.
First lodged in the city’s former almshouse, it was started by John Scudder with the acquisition of some smaller museum collections, including the Baker’s American Museum.
Eventually it relocated to a five-story building at Broadway and Ann Street, where patrons could pay a small price to see an 18-foot live snake, taxidermy dioramas, a two-headed lamb, magic lantern slides, bed sheets from Mary, Queen of Scots, and some macabre curios like a wax figure cut by a guillotine.
It was even open until 9 pm, to wander by candlelight.
As P. T. Barnum wrote in 1869: “People in all parts of the country had sent in relics and rare curiosities; sea captains, for years, had brought and deposited strange things from foreign lands; and besides all these gifts, I have no doubt that the previous proprietor had actually expended, as was stated, $50,000 in making the collection.”
In fact, Barnum was so impressed with the museum, he decided to buy it and transform it into the greatest spectacle the city had known.
Read more via Lost Museums of New York | Atlas Obscura.

“Wings” flies into Melbourne by Colette Miller.

BPP-Wings-web-3-of-6-Image-by-Jarrad-SengHave you ever had a dream about flying? Or are you more a walking down the street naked kind of person?
We try not to encourage public nudity, but if you’d like to fulfill your dream of having wings, then there is a way you can.
Street artist Colette Miller believes that humanity craves beauty and she wants to bring it to them in her own medium. What she came up with was a street art phenomenon called Wings.
The pieces usually stand around three metres high are vibrantly coloured and located in places you won’t expect. Rather than putting them in a museum, she uses the wings to spruce up dull corporate facades.
They act as a sign of fearlessness and imagination in the concrete jungle.
via New street art flies into Melbourne – Bourne this Way.