Tag: vintage

Jun 20, 2012

Photos of the Empire State Building Under Construction

Photos of the Empire State Building Under Construction

From its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center’s North Tower in 1972, the Empire State Building stood as the tallest building in the world. As of 2012, it is the 15th tallest skyscraper in the world and the fourth tallest free standing structure in the Americas. At 102 floors and…

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May 30, 2012

The History of Pigeon Camera Photography

The History of Pigeon Camera Photography

In 1907, German apothecary Julius Neubronner invented an aerial photography technique known as pigeon photography. By affixing a lightweight time-delayed miniature camera to an aluminium breast harness, Neubronner attached his design to homing pigeons who would then be able to capture aerial photographs during their flight. Below you will find a brief history…

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Apr 18, 2012

25 Vintage Police Record Photographs

25 Vintage Police Record Photographs

The Historic Houses Trust in Australia has a forensic photography archive at the Justice & Police Museum which contains an estimated 130,000 images created by the New South Wales Police between 1910 and 1960. The Sifter has already featured a vintage collection of mugshots from this archive of both male and female criminals. Below…

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Mar 19, 2012

Portraits of Native Americans from the Early 1900s

Portraits of Native Americans from the Early 1900s

The Edward S. Curtis Collection offers a unique glimpse into Curtis’s work with indigenous cultures. The more than 2,400 silver-gelatin photographic prints were acquired by the Library of Congress through copyright deposit from about 1900 through 1930. About two-thirds (1,608) of these images were not published in Curtis’s multi-volume work, The North American…

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Feb 28, 2012

Ansel Adams Captures Life on a Japanese Internment Camp

Ansel Adams Captures Life on a Japanese Internment Camp

Photograph by Ansel Adams via The Library of Congress Manzanar (which means ‘apple orchard’ in Spanish), is the site of one of ten camps where over 110,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned during World War II. Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada in California’s Owens Valley between the towns of Lone Pine…

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Jan 16, 2012

Hiding Air Bases, Factories and Plants in WWII

Hiding Air Bases, Factories and Plants in WWII

It’s February, 1942. US Navy Monitors have just tracked a Japanese submarine skulking just outside of San Francisco. A few nights later, a Japanese submarine surfaces off the coast of Santa Barbara and fires a few shells at an oil storage facility. With the memories of Pearl Harbor from last December still fresh,…

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Dec 5, 2011

Stanley Kubrick’s Photos of New York Life in the 40s

Stanley Kubrick’s Photos of New York Life in the 40s

Before he was a Hollywood icon, Kubrick was a staff photographer (the youngest ever) for Look Magazine

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