Dreamy and Romantic Autochromes.

Belgian painter Alfonse Van Besten (1865-1926) (pictured above) embraced technology, utilizing innovative color processes to transfer black and white photographs into vivid, at times lurid Autochromes. The tableaux of his Autochromes (a technology patented by the Lumière brothers in 1903 and the first color photographic process developed on an industrial scale) are often bucolic and […]

Birmingham Girl and an Admirer, 1951.

A Shopgirl in Birmingham, 1951  (Photo: Bert Hardy) Birmingham is a major city and metropolitan borough of the West Midlands in England. It is the largest and most populous British city outside London, with a population in 2014 of 1,101,360. The Birmingham metropolitan area is the second most populous in the United Kingdom with a […]

The Roxy Theatre, New York City, 1927-1961.

With its nearly 6,000 seats and multi-tiered balconies, the Roxy Theatre was the showplace of New York City and of the nation. Construction began on March 22, 1926 and it opened on March 11, 1927 with Gloria Swanson in “The Loves of Sonya”. It was designed by architect Walter W. Ahlschlager of Chicago (who also […]

Balfours Tea Rooms, Adelaide.

The name Balfours has been associated with Adelaide for more than a century. For many baby boomers the name brings back memories of a trip to ‘town’ with mum or grandma and a lunch in the tea rooms that remained a fixture in the city until 2004, although it had been sold by Balfours in […]

The Pubs of Port Adelaide.

The Port of Adelaide, which was proclaimed in 1837, shares this distinction particularly when the first settlers arrived and sought refreshment and relaxation after many months cooped up in small areas below the decks of slow sailing vessels. As with any port, alcoholic beverages were in demand by the free immigrants from the United Kingdom […]

Batman Movie Promo Shot, 1966.

Photo of Adam West as Batman from the television program. In this awesome early image Adam West is playing the most iconic superhero of that time. This image is a promotional photo from the movie studio when they released their spinoff movie to the show “Batman.” The movie was released a few months after the […]

For Nerds Who Love the Blues on 78.

aka The Wisconsin Chair Factory. In the 2001 movie “Ghost World,” 18-year-old Enid picks up the arm on her turntable, drops the needle in the groove, and plays a song yet another time. She can’t get over the emotional power of bluesman Skip James’ 1931 recording of “Devil Got My Woman.” If you know anything […]

‘The Roaring Twenties.’

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 […]

Scudders American Museum, Manhattan, 1810-1841.

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 […]

“The Dirty Mac” John Lennon’s Once Only Supergroup, 1968.

The Dirty Mac were a one-time English supergroup consisting of John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Mitch Mitchell that Lennon put together for the Rolling Stones’ TV special titled The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. Recorded on 11 December 1968, this was the first time since the formation of the Beatles that Lennon, […]