★ Astronaut Alan Shepard Meets Pres. John F. Kennedy (1961)

★ Arriving at the White House for the presentation ceremony of his NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Mercury Seven astronaut Commander Alan B. Shepard and his wife Louise are greeted by President John F. Kennedy, First Lady… Read More

★ Press Talk to Orson Welles About ‘The War of the Worlds’ (1938)

★ American actor, director, writer and producer, Orson Welles, was born on this day in 1915. Remembered for his highly innovative work in theatre, radio and film, one of his most notable productions was the legendary Mercury… Read More

★ View of the St. Louis World’s Fair (1904)

★ The Louisiana Purchase Exposition – better known as the St. Louis World’s Fair – opened in St. Louis, Missouri, on this day in 1904. Intended to commemorate the centenary of the 1803 purchase of the Louisiana territory from France, the fair showcased a range of exhibits from 63… Read More

★ Ella Fitzgerald at the Downbeat Club (1947)

★ Today is the centenary of legendary American jazz singer, Ella Fitzgerald’s birth! Often referred to as the ‘First Lady of Song’, she was famous for her richly toned voice, impeccable diction and unparalleled talent for vocal improvisation. Born on this day in 1917 in Newport News, Virginia… Read More

★ On the Beach in Atlantic City (c.1905)

★ A young woman enjoying the summer sunshine on the beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey, photographed by William M. Vander Weyde (c.1905) and now forming part of the George Eastman House Photography Collection. I think this is such a great photo, as she has… Read More

★ Family Portrait by George Eastman House (c.1915)

★ Wonderfully vibrant Autochrome of a family on a day out, by George Eastman House (c.1915). I can’t get enough of early colour photographs like this, because they really show that the past wasn’t all drab shades of brown, black and… Read More

★ The Bride of 1920 – Between Two Eras

★ I just love this beautiful portrait photo entitled ‘The Bride’ by Harry Upperton Knight (1920), not only for its beauty but for the fascinating glimpse it offers of post-WWI wedding attire. An undoubtedly beloved outfit, the bride’s ensemble has some interesting details which place it… Read More

★ Le Moulin Rouge by Stephane Passet (1914)

★ Fantastic autochrome of the Moulin Rouge cabaret, photographed by Stephane Passet, 24th June 1914. Founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, it was the birthplace of the can-can dance and a subject of fascination for artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, whose… Read More

★ Billie Holiday at the Downbeat Club (1947)

★ American jazz musician and singer, Billie Holiday, was born on this day in 1915. Famous for her unique vocal style and sense of tempo, she captivated audiences everywhere from the nightclubs of Harlem to a sold-out Carnegie Hall, and worked with many famous names… Read More

★ Happy Fourth of July!

★ Happy 4th of July everyone! Whether you’re American or not, I’m sure you can agree that this little girl dressed as Lady Liberty is utterly adorable! Photographed by Harris & Ewing in 1916 (99 years ago!), she must have felt like the prettiest girl in the world in that cute little dress… Read More