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L’Illustration 1897

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What looks like the cover of the French quality magazine L’Illustration’s Christmas edition from 1897 by Alphonse Mucha. I have their Christmas edition from 1905 and it is a marvel in printing technique and design – Ted Filed under: Ephemera Tagged: Alphonse Mucha, L'Illustration

Hearst’s International – December Edition

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Another illustration though very atypical by the great Alphonse Mucha Filed under: Ephemera Tagged: Alphonse Mucha, Hearst’s International

Brigitte Lahaie, French Radio Talk Show Host, Actress And Former Pornographic Actress

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Brigitte Lahaie (born on 12 October 1955) is a radio talk show host, actress and former pornographic actress from France. She began her career at age 15 with a minor role in Africa Erotica (1970) and performed in pornographic films from 1976 through 1980. In 1980, at the height of her popularity, she decided to [...]

NSU Prinz 30

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The first post war NSU car appeared in 1957 accompanied by the advertising slogan "Fahre Prinz und Du bist Koenig" ("Drive a Prince and you’re a king") The first generation Prinz was available with a saloon body featuring an upright roof line and seating for four people. The doors opened wide enough to permit reasonable [...]

Émile Joachim Constant Puyo – French Photographer

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Émile Joachim Constant Puyo (November 12, 1857 – October 6, 1933) was a French photographer, active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As the leading advocate of the Pictorialist movement in France, he championed the practice of photography as an artistic medium. For most of his career, Puyo was associated with the Photo [...]

Stefania Casini–Italian Actress, Director And Journalist

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After graduating in Architecture, Stefania began a career in acting and worked with Pietro Germi, Bernardo Bertolucci, Peter Greenaway and Dario Argento. She moved to New York in the late 70s, where she acted in Andy Warhol‘s ‘Bad’. While in New York she decided to move behind the camera, and became a director. With Francesca [...]

Mamie Van Doren – “Rollin’ Stone”

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Mamie said she tried to shake her hips like Elvis in this scene where she peels off her nylons and starts singin’! – From Untamed Youth (1957)  Video and text found at “A l’intérieur du Jardin Secret” Filed under: Actresses, Models & starlets, The fifties Tagged: Hollywood, Mamie Van Doren, Tinsel Town

First-Ever Elvis Presley Illuminated Porcelain Tree

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It would be nice if it was the last as well – Have e very tacky Christmas everyone – Ted Filed under: Tackieness Tagged: Elvis Presley, Porcelain

La Casera Traditional Spanish Soft Drink

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La Casera is a traditional Spanish brand of soda. It is one of the most popular soft drinks in Spain. It is a sweet fizzy drink known in Spanish-speaking countries as gaseosa. It can be served as a regular soda, although it is also customary to mix it with wine, receiving the name of "Tinto [...]

Bathing Suit Fashions – Early 1930s

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Vintage large-format carbro color print.  The color carbro process is one of the most stable processes for color photography and the colors do not fade. This print was probably made for a fashion magazine of the time. These early color prints were very labor-intensive and are very rare today – Text & image found at [...]

Main “Musts” For Drawing The Female Figure

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A funny and talented man, Jefferson Machamer was that rare comic artist who was not only a fine gag, gam and garter artist…he was successful out of the basement! THIS close to be recognized as a REAL artist, he was also a joke writer in Hollywood WAY back, and he authored the strips "Petting Patty" [...]

The Schneider Trophy Contest 1929

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Official Programme Cover A stirring front cover from the 1929 Schneider Trophy Contest souvenir programme that was produced by Gale & Polden (a major publisher of thing military in Aldershot) on behalf of the organisers the Royal Aero Club. The competition to take the coverted trophy took place over a course across the Solent on [...]

Kyūdō – Way Of The Bow

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Kyudo or Kyūdō (弓道?), literally meaning "way of the bow", is the Japanese art of archery. It is a modern Japanese martial art (gendai budō) and practitioners are known as kyudoka (弓道家?). It is estimated that there are approximately half a million practitioners of kyudo today. In 2005 the International Kyudo Federation had 132,760 graded [...]

Zündapp Janus

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Zündapp Janus was the name of a microcar model made by Zündapp, as well as the as the only car ever made by Zundapp. in Germany between 1957 and 1958. Originally Zündapp made motorcycles, but in 1954 decided to make a more weatherproof vehicle. They looked at designs from Kroboth, Brütsch, and Fuldamobil before settling [...]

Lorna Maitland – Sexploitation Star

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Lorna Maitland (born November 19, 1943) is a film actress noted mostly for her large-breasted figure and appearances in three Russ Meyer films: Lorna, Mudhoney and Mondo Topless. Her given name is Barbara Popejoy. (Sometimes she also called herself Barbara Joy.) She was born in Glendale, California. Sexploitation star Lorna was a dancer in Las [...]

Titanic And Olympic In Belfast

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Titanic & Olympic in Belfast, March 1912 – Both Titanic (left) & Olympic were to meet for the last time. Olympic had lost a propeller, returning to Belfast for repairs. Text & image found at “Adventures of the blackgang” Filed under: Maritime history Tagged: Belfast, HMS Olympic, HMS Titanic

William Michael Wenzel–American Cartoonist

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William Michael Wenzel (22 January 1918 – 12 May 1987) was an American cartoonist best known as a widely published good girl artist for men’s magazines. Biography Bill Wenzel was born in Irvington, New Jersey His parents were from Hungary. In 1941 Wenzel was drafted into the Army. His bawdy, cartoon spot illustrations were published [...]

Santa Surfing

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I admit that he’s got his work cut out for him round the 24th, but on the other hand that fat sod works only one day a year – Ted Filed under: Humour Tagged: Santa

Happy New Year

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Filed under: Introduction Tagged: Happy New Year

The Illustrated London News

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The Illustrated London News was the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper; the first issue appeared on Saturday 14 May 1842. It was published weekly until 1971 and then increasingly less frequently until publication ceased in 2003. Printer and newsagent Herbert Ingram moved from Nottingham to London in early 1842. Inspired by how the Weekly Chronicle [...]