Before the first World War, tall tale postcards — so called because of the unbelievable exaggeration in them, such as larger-than-life produce — were all the rage. Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr, who cheered on the abundance of Wisconsin’s agricultural prowess, was quite a master at these staged snapshots that often starred his family and friends.
Ah yes. It’s summer again and all the children are heading off to have adventures at summer camp. It’s a glorious, old tradition that almost everyone has experienced at some point. Check out these photos of famous icons at summer camp. There’s Bob Dylan at Herzl Camp, Natalie Portman at drama camp, Leonard Cohen at Camp […]
It wasn’t that long ago that we sniffed out this 1938 picture of a massive water lily lifting a dainty little kitten, so it’s funny to see the bar has raised with an even earlier photo dated 1892 showing even more of these giant water lilies lifting an entire family of kids in North Carolina […]
We usually think of the Great Depression and World War II in black and white, so this collection of colour snaps by the Library of Congress really warrants a good flip-through. Lush and sparse at the same time, these slices of everyday life originally came in the form of colour transparencies ranging in size from 35 mm to 4” x 5”. They were captured by photographers working for the US government’s Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information departments.
What’s kinda amazing about these photos which recently ran on the How To Be A Retronaut website is how similar the wives look to their hubbies. Must have been something in the water back then.