An escape to Lake George

i couldn’t find more information about this series of photos, taken for LIFE Magazine by Nina Leen, apart from the title ‘Lake George’. i think they must have been taken sometime in the early fifties, and i’m pretty sure the models are not a real couple – though they do look pretty…

Sophia’s Baby

who wouldn’t aspire to the glamour of Sophia Loren, 7 months after her first baby was born. that eye make-up! the red outfit! the tie! the string of pearls (also a handy toy for baby). these photos were taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt in 1969 for LIFE magazine. the setting is…

Children’s Fashions

i’m not exactly sure when this series of photographs were taken, looks like sometime in the fifties, but damn are these kids sharp. i mean, obviously they’re not dressing themselves – but whoever did really needs to give me some sartorial lessons. most of my clothes have spit up on them,…

Seeing Eye Cat

something fun for your Friday! oh how i wish i could find the original article for this series of photos, but all i know is they’re tagged “Seeing Eye Cat” and they were taken in 1947 by Loran Smith for LIFE magazine. now clearly, this cat is the world’s WORST seeing eye…

Marilyn in the Wild

it’s always interesting to see lesser-known images of Marilyn Monroe, like these of her “hiking” in what look like the hills above Hollywood (or at least somewhere in L.A.). she would have been 24 here, and how cute is the little MM embroidered on her top? quite like seeing the ever glamorous…

Vintage Olympics

i’m not a sports lover by any means, but like many people i tend to get swept up into the excitement of the Olympics. of course it’s pretty different these days to what it was like decades ago – far simpler, not such extravagant opening ceremonies, perhaps even not as competitive…

Old Crafts Find New Hands

i found this interesting article about the American Craft scene in a 1966 copy of LIFE magazine that i feel could have been written today… The whole movement runs startlingly counter to the drift of our times. Working with the simplest of tools (no electronics), using the oldest materials (no…

Glamour Girls of the Air

did you guys ever watch that show Pan Am? it was about air stewardesses in the 1960s, TV execs obviously wanted to cash in on the height of the Mad Men period drama obsession at the time. it was not the best show… pretty cheesy and the storylines were totally contrived -…

Rose Dor Farm

so i have been trying to get back on the exercise bandwagon. it’s tough, really tough if you’ve been off it for long enough. but the soreness you experience the day after an intense session is pretty great and encouraging! by intense session i mean, 15 minutes of circuits and…

Documerica

hi, i’m back! i have a mass of photos to work through from our trip to Tanzania, but you can check out what i have posted so long on Instagram. while i was away i realised that the U.S. was also on a holiday of sorts, and so in the spirit…

Sophia’s Villa

this set of photos of Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti at their villa in Rome, taken in 1964 by Alfred Eisenstaedt, was one of the first stories i discovered in the Life Magazine archives way back when they first launched their digital collection in 2009. for some reason i never…

Balloon Party

have no plans for tonight? here’s an idea. go out and buy a bunch of balloons and then invite your friends around. you are guaranteed to have the BEST TIME EVER as evidenced by this series i discovered in the LIFE archives, photographed in 1948 by Martha Holmes.

Girl Pilots

here are some bad-ass women to inspire you this Friday, who flew in the face of convention (pardon the pun) and trained as airforce pilots in 1943. despite the magazine describing them thusly, “girls are very serious about their chance to fly for the Army, even when it means giving…

Spring in LA, 1944

i have been hearing grumblings around the internet that it’s HOT in LA at the moment. i can’t help but be a little smug, because on this side of the world we are experiencing optimal autumn weather. sunny, but cold, with the occasional rain shower… I LOVE IT. i think…

Bike Girls

growing up my older brothers had motorbikes, and i thought it was soooooo cool. sometimes they would pick me up from school on one of these tanks and i would feel like like such a bad ass. granted i was not the one steering the motorbike, and i never have…