The Iconic ‘Candy Cigarette’ 1989.

Sally Mann’s Candy Cigarette is one of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century. Featuring a young pre-teen girl gazing directly into the camera, cigarette in hand, the image is striking and resonates with the viewer in its drastic colour contrasts. Through her clever use of background images and subtle body language, Mann is […]

The First Children’s Picture Book, 1668.

John Comenius’ Orbis Sensualium Pictus (or The World of Things Obvious to the Senses drawn in Pictures) is, according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, “the first children’s picture book.” Originally published in 1658 in Latin and German, the Orbis — with its 150 pictures showing everyday activities like brewing beer, tending gardens, and slaughtering animals — […]

The First Wizard of Oz Board Game, 1921.

Pictured is the game board of the first Wizard of Oz board game, sold by Parker Bros. in 1921. Frank Baum published 14 Oz books between 1900 and 1920. Well before the classic 1939 movie came out, the books spawned many theatrical adaptations, as well as saga-themed objects like dolls, figurines, and this board game. […]

The Chaos Of Being A Parent.

by Adomas Traditional family photos are shiny, peaceful and nice to look at, but they rarely depict reality. After another photoshoot of a family with little kids turned into total chaos, photographer Danielle Guenther decided she should try to depict what parents are really going through After posting a few of these images on her […]

Youngsters prefer reading Printed Books.

Sixteen to 24-year-olds are known as the super-connected generation, obsessed with snapping selfies or downloading the latest mobile apps, so it comes as a surprise to learn that 62% prefer printed books to ebooks. Asked about preferences for physical products versus digital content, printed books jump out as the media most desired in material form, […]

Bugs Bunny was born in Brooklyn under Dodgers Stadium in 1940.

Photo: Bugs Bunny – Warner Bros. Bugs Bunny is a fictional main character who starred in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions, which became Warner Bros Cartoons in 1944. Bugs starred in 167 shorts during the Golden Age of American animation, and made cameos in three […]

Romania’s autumn fairs delight all ages.

Romania’s autumn fairs delight all ages. by Vadim Ghirda and Andreea Alexandru. Romania’s autumn fairs are a loud, colourful reminder that summer has come to an end. And for many families in poorer areas of the country, they are one of the few affordable events of the year. Fairs like the one in Titu, northwest […]

Lewis Carroll and ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

Lewis Carroll was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, on January 27 1832. His famous pen name did not emerge until much later after his publishing career had got underway. He was baptised at All Saints’ Church, Daresbury in Cheshire where you can still see the original baptismal font where the Carroll brow was sprinkled with Holy […]

Dame Talkative’s Old Sayings, c.1842

Dame Talkative’s Old Sayings,  for the amusement of young people; 1824?; E. Wallis, London. A book of wonderfully illustrated rhymes which, although they appear to be for children, often veer into the world of more adult themes. As well as a few thefts, at one point a boy threatens to beat a snail “as black […]

Baby Racing in the 1950s.

The annual event was held at a fairground in Palisades Park, New Jersey, from 1946 to 1955. They were fiercely-fought competitions full of screaming, crying, and tantrums, but as one set of archived images reveals, baby-racing Diaper Derbies were in fact a popular spectator sport during the mid-twentieth century. For some reason – probably health […]