Photos of the Day

There is more than one version of why and/or how Marilyn posed in a burlap potato sack. The story is that Marilyn was once chastised by a female newspaper columnist for wearing a low-cut red dress to a party at the Beverly Hills Hotel. According to Marilyn, the columnist called her cheap and vulgar. Not stopping there, the writer then suggested that the actress would look better in a potato sack. So, Twentieth Century Fox decided to capitalize on the story by shooting some publicity stills of Marilyn in a form-fitting burlap potato sack just to prove she would look sexy in anything. The photos were published in newspapers throughout the country. Another story was that someone just made an off-the-cuff statement that Marilyn could make a potato sack look sexy and Twentieth Century Fox took the publicity stills to prove him right.

Vietnamese orphaned babies are strapped into aeroplane seats en route to LAX during “Operation Babylift” (April 12, 1975). Operation Babylift was the name given to the mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to the United States and other countries (including Australia, France, West Germany, and Canada) at the end of the Vietnam War (also the Fall of Saigon), on April 3–26, 1975.

Russian punks during the August Coup in 1991.

Archaeologists study a colossal Olmec stone head in La Venta, Mexico, 1947.

“A social security office in Baltimore, 1965.

Full-Face Swimming Mask, 1928

Winston Churchill was a qualified bricklayer who aimed to lay 200 bricks and write 2000 words per day.

Sandwiches for sale. London, 1972. It really illustrates how some things that were so normal then have the potential today to strike people as disgusting.

One of the oldest documented winners of a pie-eating contest, an unnamed 6-six-year-old child, 1948.

Princeton students after a freshman vs. sophomores snowball fight in 1893.

Old yew hedge in Cirencester, England. Apparently first planted in 1720. Pic from the 1960s. And it doesn’t look very safe!

Bonnie & Clyde’s bullet-riddled Ford V8, 1934.

Deutsche Reichsbahn 19-1001 Steam Locomotive, 1941.

A five-year-old Anne Frank stands on the steps of her fathers office in Amsterdam (1934).

US ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge showing ‘The Thing’ at the United Nations, a Soviet listening device hidden inside a wooden carving of the Great Seal of the United States that spied the American ambassador in his residence in Moscow for seven years. 26 May 1960.

Firefighters in Kuwait in 1991, sealing an oil well, during the Kuwaiti oil fires. Firefighting teams, working amidst unexploded mines and the roar of burning jets of oil, on soil so hot it blistered their knees as they knelt down, titled their occupation as “Operation Desert Hell.”

Airborne aircraft carrier USS Macon inside her home port, the 8-acre Hangar One, ca 1933.

A young coal miner, United States, circa 1910. Children did work in the mines and in factories in the Industrial Revolution in the UK (so unlikely they didn’t in the USA). Being small they could fit into spaces adults couldn’t – in narrow, low tunnels or under machines for example. Children were also sent up chimneys to clean them. Childhood, for the peasant and working classes, wasn’t “invented” until towards the end of the 19th century. Families were large and everyone had to contribute. This photo might well be staged, but it reflects a historical reality.

“The skies have been visited both inside and out and no gods or angels have been found.” Soviet propaganda poster.

Bill English (the man who built the first computer mouse) while he was preparing what would come to be known as “The Mother of All Demos” (1968). The live demonstration featured the introduction of a complete computer hardware and software system called the oN-Line System or, more commonly, NLS. The 90-minute presentation essentially demonstrated almost all the fundamental elements of modern personal computing: windows, hypertext, graphics, efficient navigation and command input, video conferencing, the computer mouse, word processing, dynamic file linking, revision control, and a collaborative real-time editor (collaborative work).

Baby in a car seat, 1952.

A woman from Srebrenica screams at a United Nations soldier in a refugee camp in Tuzla, Bosnia, July 17, 1995. More than 7,000 men were executed as the United Nations Safe Haven in Srebrenica was overrun by Serb forces.

William “Bill the Butcher” Poole, New York gangster, took 2 weeks to die after being shot through the heart in 1855. Character William Cutting in Gangs of New York is based on him.

A man standing in the lumberyard of Seattle Cedar Lumber Manufacturing, 1939. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt)

WWII Russian soldier with his helmet and boots still on. “German authorities oversaw the entire excavation process (once it was determined by the hunters that their dig contained human remains) and each soldier was accounted for, placed in separate containers (as they were unearthed), and eventually buried in a German war cemetery with a military ceremony.”

A communist rally in Chicago, 1939.

Racing cars on the roof of the Fiat factory, Turin 1923.

Teenage love, 1940’s.

Female Soviet college students studying for their exams in a park in the late 1960s.

Japanese officers surrendering their katanas to British troops at Kuala Lumpur airfield, 1945. Most of them were melted down or kept as spoils of war. Exceptionally old katanas and family heirlooms were occasionally returned back to the families they belonged to, but most katanas from the WW2 period were mass-produced swords of low quality which were of little value, often referred to as “showa-katanas” to distinguish them from genuine pre-modern era katanas.

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