1. mirrormirrorworldworld:

    Alfred H. Binden

    Wakefield, Massachusetts, 23 June 1888

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  2. onlyoldphotography:

    Ilse Bing: Self reflection, 1947

    grahammacindoe:


                                            All In – Buying Into the Drug Trade

    Photographs by Graham MacIndoe

    The images in this series are of heroin baggies collected years ago during a period of addiction.

    I became intrigued by the typography and design of the glassine envelopes used to package dope, stamped with references to popular culture like Twilight, Crooklyn and New Jack City. Dealers branded and marketed their product like entrepreneurs in any business, pairing names like Dead Medicine with a skull and crossbones to appeal to risk-takers, or an airplane labeled First Class to give the illusion of grandeur.

    The addict becomes the ultimate consumer of the ultimate product — following a trail of quirky street names carefully chosen to be instantly recognizable to those in the know. But there is nothing hidden about the references to good times (So Amazing, True Romance, Gold Rush), juxtaposed with reminders of the gamble (9 Lives, Black Jack) and the reality of addiction (Flat Liner, Undertaker).

    Lou Reed wrote the song “Perfect Day” to describe being on heroin, and that’s what every addict chases. But the marketing of that drug, like any product, doesn’t always lead us to what’s promised. These images are a reminder of both the power of desire and the things we as consumers want to believe will somehow change our lives. 

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  4. c0ssette:

    Maximilian Lenz “A World” 1899,detail.

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  5. How I feel today!

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  6. hollyhocksandtulips:

    Olivia de Havilland, 1942

    Photo by Bob Landry

    For my daughter!

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  7. pbsthisdayinhistory:

    June 25, 1938: FDR Signs the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938

    On this day in 1938, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), abolishing child labor and establishing the 40-hour work week, a national minimum wage, and “time and a half” overtime pay. This final piece of New Deal legislation has been amended over 20 times both to raise the minimum wage and extend the law’s protections to historically oppressed groups.
    Explore the Roosevelts’ lives with the site for Ken Burns’s upcoming film, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.

    Photo: "Glassworks. Midnight. Location: Indiana" 1908 Photo by Lewis W. Hine. Source: Library of Congress

  8. pbsthisdayinhistory:

    August 11, 1973: The Birth of Hip-Hop

    On this day in 1973, DJ Kool Herc dropped a new sound that changed history. While DJ’ing at his sister’s back-to-school party, Herc tried something new on the turntable: he extended an instrumental beat (scratching the track) to let people dance longer (break dancing) and began MC’ing (rapping) during the extended breakdancing. And so DJ Kool Herc set hip-hop on its dynamic evolution towards the expressive art form it is today.

    Take an intimate look at the innovation, excitement and collective spirit that characterizes the early beginnings of hip-hop and its influence today.

  9. pbsthisdayinhistory:

    August 14, 1935: FDR Signs Social Security Act into Law

    On this day in 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, which was originally designed to provide economic security during the Great Depression.  Funded through a 2% payroll tax, the 1935 Social Security Act offered aid for the unemployed, the elderly, children and various state health and welfare programs.

    Learn more about all the Roosevelts with preview videos from Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts.

    Photo: Library of Congress