Posts Tagged ‘historical’

102-Year-Old Dancer Looks At Old Imagery of Herself for the First Time

Check out the wonderful power cameras have in helping us relive old memories. The video above shows what happened when a 102-year-old woman named Alice Barker was shown old footage and photos of herself when she was a chorus line dancer during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1930s and 1940s. She danced at clubs such as The Apollo and Cotton Club for legends that included Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Bill Robinson.

“Although she danced in numerous movies, commercials and TV shows, she had never seen any of them, and all of her photographs and memorabilia have been lost over the years,” the description says. She had never seen footage of herself dancing prior to what we see in this video.

(via Tenfresh via Reddit)

Man Has Edward Weston Prints Appraised for $260K on Antiques Roadshow

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A man named Andrew recently brought four old photographs by Edward Weston to Antiques Roadshow when the show made a stop in Santa Clara, California. After having his prints assessed by expert Aimee Pflieger, Andrew was surprised (and delighted) to learn that they are worth up to $260,000.
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The Revolutionary War Veterans Who Lived Long Enough to Have Their Pictures Taken

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The Revolutionary War ended in 1783 and photography was invented in the 1820s and 1830s, so most of the veterans of the war didn’t live long enough to have their portraits made. A handful of them did.
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The Original Selfie Stick Was Invented in the 1980s

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Did you know that the selfie stick was actually invented back in the 1980s? The concept didn’t take off until Bluetooth-enabled smartphone cameras in recent years, but the concept has been around for decades now.
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These Animated GIFs Show the Evolution of Cameras Through History

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How have the designs of cameras changed over the past 100 years? The team over at eBay Deals wants to show you. They’ve created a series of animated GIFs showing how the cameras produced by major brands have evolved over the years as styles and technologies changed.
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Old Film Roll from eBay Reveals Photos of Korea from Half a Century Ago

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Photographer Ben Larsen purchased a lot on eBay that included several old rolls of film, one of which was a roll of Kodak Plus-X Pan black and white 35mm film. Not knowing anything about the roll, Larsen tossed it into a tank while processing his own roll of Kodak Tri-X at home. To his surprise, the film emerged from the developer with a large number of old photos of Seoul, South Korea, from five decades ago.
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The Earliest Known Photos of People Smiling

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The following is a collection of some of the earliest known images of people smiling, starting with a pair of soldiers in the Mexican American War in 1847 and up to a group of soldiers near the end of the Civil War.

If early images of people smiling do not come as a surprise to you, there are a few things to note. Among other things, a portrait of a person with a grin of any kind is quite a rare find in the early decades of photography.
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How an Unknown Photographer Named Carleton E. Watkins Helped Save Yosemite

Did you know that a single unknown photographer helped change the course of history for Yosemite with his photos back in 1861? The video above tells the story of Carleton Watkins, a man whose photos of Yosemite made their way to President Abraham Lincoln and helped influence the decision to turn the area into a National Park.
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The First Photo of an Execution by Electric Chair

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The photograph above has been called the most famous tabloid photo of the 1920s. It’s the first photo showing an execution by electric chair, and was captured by photographer Tom Howard at the execution of Ruth Snyder back on January 12, 1928.
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The Worlds First Hyperlapse, Shot in 1995 on a Bolex 16mm Film Camera

Hyperlapses, or timelapses with the camera traveling great distances, have become all the rage these days, but have you ever wondered how far back the technique goes? The short film above, titled “Pacer,” was captured back in 1995 using a Bolex 16mm film camera. It is being called the world’s oldest hyperlapse.
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