Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Presley, their Early Days.

Private James Hendrix of the 101st Airborne, playing guitar at Fort Campbell Kentucky in 1962.

Image: Earliest known photo of a very young Elvis Presley, with parents Gladys and Vernon in 1938:

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Hand Coloured Photochromes of the 1890s.

Photochromes are vibrant and nuanced prints hand-coloured from black-and-white negatives.
Created using a process pioneered in the 1880s, these images offer a fascinating insight into the world when colour photography was still in its infancy.

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The finished photochromes were produced using at least six different tint stones, although many more were often used.

Women in Algeria. 1899
Photochrome is a method of producing coloured images from black-and-white negatives, allowing colour pictures to be created before colour photography became available.
See more photocromes via 1890 in glorious colour: the magic of photochromes – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

Sydney gets Electricity, 1904.

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On the evening of 8 July, 1904, the lives of Sydneysiders were changed forever when the Lady Mayoress of Sydney, Olive Lees, turned a switch-key at the powerhouse in Pyrmont.
“I have much pleasure in switching on the electric light for the city of Sydney,” she announced to the small group of government officials, engineers and professionals who had gathered in the rain to witness the birth of Sydney’s electric era.
“I trust it will be a boon to the citizens and an encouragement to the enterprise of the City Council,” said Lees as the electric current was transmitted to 343 arc lamps in the inner city just after dusk, at 5pm.
From Circular Quay to Redfern Railway Station, and from Hyde Park to Darling Harbour, the city was aglow with electric-powered light for the first time.
Sydney’s first power supply
For more than half a century prior, the city had been lit by gas-powered lamps.
These produced about 40 candlepower of light each. At busy intersections, the strongest gaslights shone at 400 candlepower.
“There is no comparison between the old and the new style of lighting,” reported the Sydney Morning Herald on 9 July 1904, the day after the electric arc lights were switched on – each shining at 2000 candlepower.
“Gaslights have been completely overshadowed by the brilliance of the new electric arcs,” the paper reported.
The city was transformed. “What was particularly noticeable was the marked difference the more powerful light made in certain streets, which at night [had] hitherto presented a somewhat gloomy appearance,” reported the Sydney Morning Herald.
“In Bridge Street the lamps have been arranged along the centre of the road, owing to the splendid width of the thoroughfare; and last night the row of powerful lights looked remarkably well. In Moore Street…the light was equally brilliant.”
via Sydney gets electricity – Australian Geographic.

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.

Images of a “Lost England” 1870-1930.

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Children in a country lane in Dinton, Buckinghamshire in 1904.
Images of 19th- and 20th-century England show reality of rotting houses and poverty as well as grand old buildings.
Philip Davies, an architectural historian, spent seven years trawling through the photographs, compiling the best 1,500 into a 558-page book entitled Lost England.
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Ironmongers of Maidenhead, Berkshire, 19oo.

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The flooded Lake Street in New Hinksey, Oxfordshire in 1890.
Source: Lost England – photographs from 1870 to 1930 | UK news | The Guardian

The Duke and the Poor Running Pauper, 1920.

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George V, the King-Emperor, drives to the Derby at Epsom in 1920 without a single policeman or security man in view.
A beggar is able to run alongside the carriage and thrust his cap under the nose of Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester, one of the King’s sons.
The medals just visible flapping on the man’s chest tell us he is an old soldier, so perhaps that is why the King and his companions show no alarm, guessing he is harmless.
via In Focus: The Prince and the Pauper | History Today.