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38 Amateur Photos That Capture Daily Life of Paris Under Nazi Occupation

December 07, 2018 1940s, France, life & culture, Paris, people, street, war, World War II



Paris started mobilizing for war in September 1939, when Nazi Germany invaded Poland, but the war seemed far away until May 10, 1940, when the Germans attacked France and quickly defeated the French army. The French government departed Paris on June 10, and the Germans occupied the city on June 14. During the Occupation, the French Government moved to Vichy, and Paris was governed by the German military and by French officials approved by the Germans.

For the Parisians, the Occupation was a series of frustrations, shortages and humiliations. A curfew was in effect from nine in the evening until five in the morning; at night, the city went dark. Rationing of food, tobacco, coal and clothing was imposed from September 1940. Every year the supplies grew more scarce and the prices higher. A million Parisians left the city for the provinces, where there was more food and fewer Germans. The French press and radio contained only German propaganda.


Jews in Paris were forced to wear the yellow Star of David badge, and were barred from certain professions and public places. On 16–17 July 1942, 13,152 Jews, including 4,115 children and 5,919 women, were rounded up by the French police, on orders of the Germans, and were sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp.

The first demonstration against the Occupation, by Paris students, took place on 11 November 1940. They wrote slogans on walls, organized an underground press, and sometimes attacked German officers. Reprisals by the Germans were swift and harsh.

Following the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, the French Resistance in Paris launched an uprising on August 19, 1944, seizing the police headquarters and other government buildings. The city was liberated by French and American troops on August 25, and General Charles de Gaulle led a triumphant parade down the Champs-Élysées on August 26, and organized a new government.

In the following months, ten thousand Parisians who had collaborated with the Germans were arrested and tried, eight thousand convicted, and 116 executed. On 29 April and 13 May 1945, the first post-war municipal elections were held, in which French women voted for the first time.

Take a look at these fascinating snapshots to see what daily life of Paris looked like during the Second World War.




























 

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Photos of Soviet Withdrawal From Afghanistan in 1989

December 09, 2018 1980s, Afghanistan, life & culture, military, people, war



The final and complete withdrawal of Soviet combatant forces from Afghanistan began on 15 May 1988 and ended on 15 February 1989 under the leadership of Colonel-General Boris Gromov.

Planning for the withdrawal of the Soviet Union (USSR) from the Afghanistan War began soon after Mikhail Gorbachev became the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Under the leadership of Gorbachev, the Soviet Union attempted to consolidate the PDPA's hold over power in the country, first in a genuine effort to stabilize the country, and then as a measure to save face while withdrawing troops. During this period, the military and intelligence organizations of the USSR worked with the government of Mohammad Najibullah to improve relations between the government in Kabul and the leaders of rebel factions.


The diplomatic relationship between the USSR and the United States improved at the same time as it became clear to the Soviet Union that this policy of consolidating power around Najibullah's government in Kabul would not produce sufficient results to maintain the power of the PDPA in the long run.

The Geneva Accords, signed by representatives of the USSR, the USA, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Republic of Afghanistan (thus renamed in 1987) on 14 April 1988, provided a framework for the departure of Soviet forces, and established a multilateral understanding between the signatories regarding the future of international involvement in Afghanistan. The military withdrawal commenced soon after, with all Soviet forces leaving Afghanistan by 15 February 1989.





















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26 Hilarious Christmas Ads From LIFE Magazine in the 1950s

December 08, 2018 1950s, ads, Christmas, holiday & festival, humor & hilarious, illustration, newspaper & magazine



A photo collection that shows some hilarious ads for the Holiday from LIFE magazine in the 1950s.


From Woolworth's. From an advertisement for Woolworth's appearing in the December 8, 1952 issue of LIFE


Give a June Tan for Christmas. From an advertisement for the ultra violet Westinghouse Sun Lamp appearing in the December 8, 1952 issue of LIFE


If You Want To Be Kissed. From an advertisement for Arrow shirts appearing in the December 8, 1952 issue of LIFE


The Gift That Says 'Merry Christmas' to a Man's Taste and Throat. From an advertisement for Kaywoodie pipes appearing in the December 8, 1952 issue of LIFE


The Huntington. From an advertisement for Sylvania Radio and Television appearing in the December 8, 1952 issue of LIFE


The Most Welcome Family Gift You Can Give. From an advertisement for Samson Foldaway Furniture (Shwayder Bros., Inc., Furniture Division) appearing in the December 8, 1952 issue of LIFE


The Surest Gift of All. From an advertisement for Wembley Nor-East Non-Crush Ties appearing in the December 8, 1952 issue of LIFE


This Precious Gift of Sleep. From an advertisement for Playtex (International Latex Corporation) appearing in the
December 8, 1952 issue of LIFE


Dan-dan-dandy Gifts. From LIFE magazine, December 5, 1955


Flash The Holiday Fun. From LIFE magazine, December 5, 1955


Give a Woman a Real Gift of Sewing! From Singer Sewing Machine Company advertisement in the December 5, 1955 issue of LIFE


Happy Holiday Motoring. Advertisement from the December 5, 1955 issue of LIFE


Lo! How A Rose E'er Blooming. From an advertisement for Four Roses whiskey appearing in the December 5, 1955 issue of LIFE


No Gift Quite Like It. From LIFE magazine, December 5, 1955


O Tablecloth! From Singer Sewing Machine Company advertisement in the December 5, 1955 issue of LIFE


The Sparkling Drink That Says "Welcome!" From LIFE magazine, December 5, 1955


Wesson Fruitcake. From LIFE magazine, December 5, 1955


Why Girls Kiss Santa Clauses. Advertisement from the December 5, 1955 issue of LIFE


Clock Radio Christmas. From an advertisement for Telechron Timers appearing in the November 26, 1956 issue of LIFE


White Dreams. From an advertisement for the White Sewing Machine Corporation appearing in the November 26, 1956 issue of LIFE


Christmas Means Stratolounger. From an advertisement for Futorian-Stratford Furniture Company appearing in the December 1, 1958 issue of LIFE


Guaranteed White Christmas. From an advertisement for Fruit of the Loom Underwear appearing in the December 1, 1958 issue of LIFE


Happy Family Lion Christmas. From an advertisement for Kodak appearing in the December 1, 1958 issue of LIFE


Joyous Voices Sweet and Clear. From an advertisement for RCA-Victor appearing in the December 1, 1958 issue of LIFE


Merry Christmas to Bill. From an advertisement for Norelco appearing in the December 1, 1958 issue of LIFE


The Gift That Goes Over Big. From an advertisement for Shwayder Bros. Inc., Folding Furniture Division appearing in the December 1, 1958 issue of LIFE


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Lorenzo Albarrán Sánchez The death of the child or One more angel
 

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Johann Jakob Horner Busts of Themistocles - Miltiades - Aspasia and Pericles. 1823. engraving.
 

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Gerardo Dottori Battaglia aerea sul Golfo di Napoli (Aerial Battle over the Gulf of Naples, 1942)
 

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Love the steering wheel and these new fangled spark plug wires and that heat wrap!
Love the patina, the badges....everything about it.
 

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Amazing Vintage Photographs of Legendary Tattooist Les Skuse and Members From the Bristol Tattoo Club

December 11, 2018 1950s, 1960s, Bristol, celebrity & famous people, England, event & history, life & culture, people, portraits, work of art



The Skuse family have a rich heritage in the art of tattooing — dating back well over 80 years. It all started with founder Les Skuse, who started the Bristol business back in 1928. Through his years of inking that brought him recognition in Bristol and abroad, Les Skusee was ultimately awarded the title of Champion Tattoo Artist of all England for his advancements in tattoo artistry and techniques.


Les Skuse was born in Bristol, England in 1912. He learned to tattoo in 1928 from Joseph Hartley, who was probably Bristol’s one and only tattoo artist before Skuse. Hartley was a long time tattooist/supplier in this area and was located at 2 Blackfields, near Stokes Croft, Bristol, England.

Skuse stated: “Professor Joe Hartley fixed me up with a Japanese hand tattooing outfit, and began to work on some of my friends. It was not long before I had earned the price of a six-volt combination tattoo machine.”

Skuse is said to have stayed with Hartley until World War II, when he enlisted in the Royal Artillery. After five years of tattooing the troops, he got out, settled back into Bristol and opened his first shop. Les Skuse was located in at least three different storefronts in Bristol; 57 and 97 Lower Ashley Road, and 71 Mina Road.


Undoubtedly two of the major accomplishments that etched Les Skuse’s name into tattoo history were the formation of the British Guild of Tattooing and the Bristol Tattoo Club. These organizations were given worldwide publicity by both the British and overseas presses, and kept Skuse in the limelight during the 1950s.

Riding on this wave of popularity, Skuse was voted the Champion Tattoo Artist of All England in 1955. The next few years brought an international exchange of tattoo ideas, with Skuse visiting the U.S., and Milton Zeis and Al Schiefley visiting England.

When Les Skuse died in 1973, Les Skuse Junior (Danny) took over his shop on Mina Road. Danny worked up to 1990 when he retired from the day to day running of the studio. He did however decide to work along side his lifelong friend Ron Ackers of Portsmouth and traveled around the world working at conventions, which he is still doing today.


Dueling tattoo legends & bosom buddies– Al Schiefley (left) & Les Skuse (right)


This 1950s pic of Les Skuse and members of the Bristol Tattoo Club shows them holding their club’s calling card. For recognition purposes, every member is secretly inked somewhere on their body with the club insignia — a black bat.















































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Long-Lost 1968 Mustang Driven by Steve McQueen in “Bullitt” Found in a New Jersey Garage for a Few Decades

December 10, 2018 1960s, event & history, humor & hilarious, movies, vehicles



The Ford Mustang driven by Steve McQueen in the movie Bullitt has been rediscovered after spending years forgotten in a New Jersey garage. The 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback stars in one of the most memorable of all cinematic car chases, with McQueen tearing it up and down the hills of San Francisco for almost 10 minutes in pursuit of two mob hitmen.


Steve McQueen drives his Ford Mustang GT during the filming of "Bullitt" in San Francisco in 1968. (Photo: Warner Bros)

Two Mustangs were used in filming: Good-guy McQueen drove a 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT 2+2 Fastback. The bad guys drove a 1968 Dodge Charger 440 Magnum. Both had been lost to history, until the Dodge Charger was found in a Mexican junkyard in 2017.

Now, 50 years after it disappeared, the car driven by McQueen has also been found in January, 2018.

According to Vanity Fair, after Bullitt wrapped, the hero car was sold to a studio executive in Los Angeles, who kept it briefly before selling it, coincidentally, to a police detective. The officer shipped the car to New York and kept it for about three and a half years before placing a for-sale ad in the back of Road & Track magazine in 1974. His $6,000 asking price was somewhat steep, but Robert Kiernan, a New Jersey insurance executive and Mustang fan, went out to look at it. He bought it for his wife to use as a daily driver.

The Kiernans used the car avidly for years, adding more than 30,000 miles to its odometer. But, as with many vehicular toys, mechanical and family issues eventually intervened. “The clutch went out in ’80 and I was born in ’81,” said Sean Kiernan, Robert’s son, who grew up with the McQueen Mustang in his family’s garage. “So it kind of went into storage.”


A family collage with the famous Mustang. (Photos: Sean Kiernan)

The Kiernans have kept the car a secret, mainly to ward off rumormongers and gawkers. But that didn’t stop Steve McQueen from finding them in 1977. “Dad had owned the car for three years at that point. And he got a phone call from Steve asking about the car, how it was, if he’d changed anything on it. And McQueen said, ‘I would really like to buy it if there’s not too much involved with it. I’ll replace it with a similar, like kind of car. As long it’s not a crazy amount of money,’” Kiernan said. “But dad declined. He said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’”

McQueen didn’t take no for an answer. “I think a week later, a letter to my dad arrived from McQueen and it had the Solar [McQueen’s production company] letterhead and stamp on it. And it said, basically, ‘I’d love to talk to you again about purchasing my car back, if not too much money is involved. Otherwise we’d better forget it.’ And dad never reached out, he did forget it. And that was kind of the end of that.”


Steve McQueen’s last plea to buy the Bullitt Mustang in 1977.

Sean Kiernan inherited the car when his father passed away in 2014. “You know, it was never our intention to keep this car a secret from everybody. It just kind of happened with life.”

Kiernan decided to restore the Mustang in time for the film's 50th anniversary this year, and contacted Ford with his plans. Ford unsurprisingly jumped at the chance to showcase it at the Detroit Auto Show, alongside a new 2019 model.


50 years of history — the original 1968 Bullitt Mustang and 2019 Mustang Bullitt (Photo: Ford)


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I caught a bright meteor on one of my security cameras the other night. Based on the direction it was not related to the Geminid meteor shower but it may have been an Orionid.

Stack of the individual frames to show he path
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Single frame stretched beyond normalcy to show faint detail. I really wish I would have been outside to see this one happen.
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From the all sky cam
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Should be clear tonight and I am deciding if I should image the comet again or concentrate on meteors.
 

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Alessandro Bruschetti Sintesi Fascista / Fascist Synthesis (1935)
 

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Gustave Courbet Poor Woman of the Village
 

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Henry Guillaume Schlesinger Lost in thought