October 8, 2014

Il Giornalino della Domenica

Il giornalino della Domenica was the most beautiful and innovative children’s periodical

published in Italy at the beginning of the 20th century. It was founded in Florence 
by Luigi Bertelli (1858-1920), a journalist and children’s book author better known as Vamba.
The most notable of Vamba’s children’s books is the humorous Il giornalino di Gian Burrasca
which was first published in installments in Il giornalino della Domenica and is still in print.
(like many Italian children of the ’60s, I both read the book and watched the tv series derived from it
 in which the leading role, a rebellious little boy, was played by the female pop star Rita Pavone). (by Laura Ottina)

1. cover by Baby (Roberto Bracco), 1906

2. cover by Umberto Brunelleschi, 1907

3. cover by R. Bernardi, 1908

4. cover by Antonio Rubino, 1908

5. cover by Filiberto Scarpelli, 1909

6. cover by Argo, 1919

7. cover by Alberto Alberti, 1920

September 11, 2014

Mac Conner

August 13, 2014

Illustrated Sheet Music Covers by Einar Erman

Sweden, circa 1912–1932. From the Images Musicales collection (also see their new blog).

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August 10, 2014

Betty Brosmer 

Betty Brosmer was the highest paid supermodel of the 1950s – winning more than 50 beauty contests before the age of 20 yrs old, posing for more than 300 magazine covers, and stunning men and women alike with her insane hourglass figure (38″-18″-36″)! You litereally could not go anywhere without seeing her image in a magazine, on a record album, or store window display. She married the fitness icon Joe Weider in 1961, and joined his fitness lifestyle empire. Together they co-authored several books on bodybuilding, and founded the International Federation of BodyBuilders.

August 6, 2014

Ed Van Der Elsken

Love on the Left Bank

Dutch photographer Ed Van Der Elsken was part of the hipster, bohemian scene in Paris, when, in 1956, he published a ground-breaking photobook called Love on the Left Bank. That book has been beautifully re-printed, and it captures the joie de vivre of that seemingly carefree era.


August 5, 2014

1900s to 1970s: Women in Photobooths

August 3, 2014
Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer
At their wedding

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer

At their wedding


July 22, 2014

Cuba Then

Cuba Then (Monacelli Press) features some 260 images from the Ramiro A. Fernández Collection of more than 4000 photographs of Cuba dating back to the late 1800s. It is a sequel to I Was Cuba(Chronicle Books), which in 2007 offered a first selection of similar images from Fernández’s in-depth and often intriguing holdings. A New York-based former photo editor for various Time, Inc. magazines (Entertainment WeeklyPeoplePeople en Español) and current contributing photo editor of Americas Quarterly, Fernández emigrated from his native Cuba to Florida with his mother, sister and 22 pieces of luggage when he was eight years old. That was in 1960, shortly after the triumph of Fidel Castro’s dictatorship-crushing political revolution.

1. Annemarie Heinrich, The Lecuona Cuban Boys on tour in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1940-1941), silver print, 8 x 10 inches. This was a popular Cuban orchestra, which toured the world extensively during the 1930s and 1940s. It was founded and promoted by the Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona (all photographs courtesy The Monacelli Press unless stated otherwise)

2. Photographer unknown, an unidentified Cuban youth takes part in a voluntary security detail outside the Habana Hilton as curious onlookers edge in for a glimpse of Fidel Castro, who had moved into the hotel for a while (January 1959), silver print, 5 x 7 inches.

3. Photographer unknown – World Wide Photos, unidentified performer in a Cuban-operated circus carrying an anaconda (non-indigenous) snake in Camagüey, Cuba (circa 1942), silver print, 8 x 10 inches.

4. Photographer unknown, the actor Alec Guinness in the Old Havana section of the Cuban capital, seen here in a publicity still from the movie, “Our Man in Havana.” The movie was an of the British author Graham Greene’s 1958 novel. This Columbia Pictures motion picture was the last Hollywood-scale production carried out in Havana before relations between the United States and Cuba were severed (1959), silver print, 8 x 10 inches (courtesy of Columbia Pictures)

5. Photographer unknown, Passengers on a municipal bus (known as a “guagua” in Cuban Spanish), Havana (1954), silver print, 8 x 10 inches

6. Panama Pacific Line, Morro Castle, situated at the entrance to Havana Harbor, viewed from the port side under misty conditions (circa 1925), silver print, 8 x 10 inches

7. Photographer unknown, a rain-soaked crowd during a storm on Havana’s gulf-side avenue and promenade, the Malecón, with a view toward the east (circa 1935), silver print, 8 x 10 inches

Cuba Then (2014) is published by The Monacelli Press.

July 17, 2014

Vintage Ink Passion

July 7, 2014

Shall We Dance?

1. Arthur Elgort

2. Volkmar K.Wenztel

3. Cristiana Couceiro

4. 1951

5. Bob Gruen

6. Hugh Thomson

7. 1962

8. Inge Morath

9. lobby card for My Fair Lady

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