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12th March 2018

babs717:56am: Моряки Первой Мировой.
Naval minister I. K. Grigorovich:

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7th March 2018

babs717:50am: WWI warships.
Battleship "Poltava". 1914:

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4th March 2018

almond_cakes10:03am: Hands: "Jack Holding Maneesha", 1993


Here's a very interesting photo titled "Jack Holding Maneesha", which was photographed in the neo-natal ward of the hospital in 1993 by famous baby photographer Anne Geddes.

Maneesha weighed less than 2 pounds (900 g) in this photo and was the smallest baby Anne had ever photographed. She was born prematurely at 28 weeks’ gestation, and was just about to leave the hospital after a long stay. The day this photo was taken was the first time Maneesha had been completely disconnected from all of her machinery.

About Jack who is holding her, Anne wrote: Jack, who is holding her, has huge hands. At the time, he was working as a groundsman at a local school, so his hands were also very weathered. I had placed an advertisement in the local paper for a man with "very large hands, for a photo shoot." As you can imagine, we had some very interesting replies. People even sent outlines of their hands by fax! I auditioned about 10 men, and Jack's hands were the second largest, but he had a warm, gentle personality, which was essential for the shoot.”

Anne Geddes the the famous Australian photographer of babies in pumpkins and with flower hats and such like that. Look below the cut to see Anne with Maneesha on her 21st birthday in 2014.

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almond_cakes9:58am: Hands: "Hand Feeding Elephant", 1963


Here's a fun one for the "Hands" theme. It was taken at the Bronx Zoo in 1963 by photographer Garry Winogrand.
almond_cakes9:56am: Hands: "Hands of the Puppeteer", Tina Modotti, 1929


Here is a photo by Tina Modotti, called "Hands of the Puppeteer", taken in Mexico City, 1929.

Tina Modotti was an Italian photographer, model, actress, and revolutionary political activist. She was born in 1896 in Italy, and 1913, at the age of 16, she immigrated to the United States to join her father in San Francisco, California. She then spent a lot of her life in Mexico, where she died in 1942 at the age of 45. Here is a photo of her in 1920:

almond_cakes9:53am: Hands: Tintype of a Man and Child's Hands, 1875


Continuing with my "Hands" theme, here is a very old photo of hands: Tintype of a man and child's hands, taken in 1875. Photographer unknown. From the still photo collection at the George Eastman Museum.

1st March 2018

almond_cakes7:44am: Hands: Photo by Erwin Blumenfeld for Vogue Magazine, 1950


Continuing with the hands theme, here we see model Pat Blake in a clever picture for Vogue Magazine, 1950, taken by Erwin Blumenfeld.
almond_cakes7:42am: Hands: Plaster Casts of Astronauts Hands, Ralph Morse, 1968


View of plaster casts of the hands of NASA astronauts, taken for the custom fitting of the gloves of their space suits. The casts bear measurements, names, nicknames, and other text; the two at bottom center and bottom right are those of astronaut Frank Borman, who commander the Apollo 8 mission in December 1968. Borman is currently the oldest living American astronaut, and will be 90 years old next month. You can also see hand casts for astronaut James Lovell, most famous as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, which suffered a critical failure en route to the Moon. There are casts for astronaut James Irwin, who was the eighth person to walk on the Moon and the first, and youngest, of those astronauts to die. Also seen are casts for astronaut Alan Bean, who made his first flight into space aboard Apollo 12, the second manned mission to land on the Moon in November 1969. He was the 4th man to walk on the moon. Photo taken in Houston Texas, in 1968 by Ralph Morse for LIFE magazine.
almond_cakes7:39am: Hands: "Hands of the Potter" by Anton Bruehl, 1933


This 2nd photo in the "hands" theme" is called "Hands of the Potter" by Anton Bruehl, taken in 1933.

A bit of info about this photographer:

Anton Bruehl was a leading photographer in the 1920's and 30's and one of the first to work in color. He was born in Australia, came to the United States as a youth, and studied at the Clarence White School of Photography in New York. Later, he helped Mr. White run the school. In 1925, Mr. Bruehl opened his own studio in New York, specializing in fashion and advertising photography.

He quickly became one of the best known and busiest photographers in the country. He did portraits for Vanity Fair, covers and illustrations for Vogue and other magazines, and advertisements for a variety of clients, including a famous series for Four Roses whisky. Bruehl is noted for the color photography he produced in the 1930s for Condé Nast, which at that time had a virtual monopoly on the color printing process. Fernand Bourges, a color technician at Condé Nast Engravers, developed a four-color separation transparency process in 1932 that allowed the company to print color images in its publications on a regular basis. This collaboration--Bruehl's color photographs, Bourges's color transparencies, Condé Nast's printing--accounted for the majority of color images that appeared in print in the mid-1930s. Besides his innovative color photography, Bruehl was recognized for his stylish advertising still lifes, and for the celebrity portraiture and fashion photography he did for Vogue during the 1930s.

Anton Bruehl died at the age of 82 on Aug. 10, 1982, in San Francisco.
almond_cakes7:37am: Hands: Carl Orff 1955


I'm going to do a "Hands" Theme for a while. Here is a photo by Herbert List of German composer Carl Orff's hands, taken in Munich, 1955.

I never heard of Carl Orff, so I looked him up. Carl Heinrich Maria Orff was born in Munich on 10 July 1895. He was a German composer, best known for his cantata "Carmina Burana" (1937). In addition to his career as a composer, Orff developed an influential approach toward music education for children. In 1911, at age 16, some of Orff's music was published. Many of these works German poems set to song. Orff studied at the Munich Academy of Music until 1914. He then served in the German Army during World War I, when he was severely injured and nearly killed when a trench caved in. Afterwards, he held various positions at opera houses in Mannheim and Darmstadt, later returning to Munich to pursue his music studies. Orff died of cancer in Munich in 1982 at the age of 86. He had lived through four epochs: the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany, and the post World War II West German Bundesrepublik.

14th February 2018

petrusplancius9:49pm: Farewell!

9th February 2018

babs717:16am: WWI photos

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29th January 2018

petrusplancius3:26pm: Porn posts
Sorry about the porn posts, I have removed them and excluded the poster. We don't have pre-moderation and I would like to avoid it if possible, but will consider it if this recurs. If anyone sees this kind of thing again, I would be grateful if they would send me a message.

27th January 2018

almond_cakes2:33pm: "The Escape" by Wesley Howell, 1930s


One of the photos entered into the amateur photo contest in the New York Times' "Mid-Week Pictorial" in the 1930s. I think it's very clever!
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