Cars and carriages buried in the sand during the 1930s Dust Bowl. During the drought of the 1930s, the unanchored soil turned to dust that the prevailing winds blew away in clouds that sometimes blackened the sky. These chocking billows of dust were named “black blizzards” or “black rollers”, and would ofter reduce the visibility to 1 metre or less.
The lion tamer Captain Jack Bonavita sits down with some of his lions in a Russian circus, 1905. This particular pose was one of the tricks Jack Bonavita performed during his acts called “The Arm-Chair”. Jack Bonavita worked as an animal trainer, actor and director. After a lion attack at Coney Island Jack lost an arm but continued his work with the animals. Jack Bonavita lost his life a few years later, in 1917, after being clawed to death while training a vicious polar bear.
A crowd in London enjoying an outdoor Mickey Mouse show, 26th of February 1931. The outdoor showing of Mickey Mouse was used by Sir W. Ray as part of his London County Council election campaign. The sign above the screen says ‘Vote for Moustardier Ray’. Sir W. Ray was knighted in 1928 and was a British Conservative politician.
The Beatles step onstage in Tokyo, 1966. According to Bob Spitz the Japanese Tour was one of the biggest reasons that The Beatles went off playing live entirely. For a couple of years by now they had been playing gigs with audiences so loud that they literally couldn’t hear themselves play; conversely, Japanese audiences were extremely quiet except for polite applause at the end of each song. The group realised that they had become absolutely awful at playing live due to sheer lack of real practice. The group retreated into the studio after 1966.
Victorian travellers on the Chamonix Glacier in the Savoy Alps, France, 1902. Roman soldiers and and Celtic tribes used this route as a trade route. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries the mountains underwent a renaissance and intrepid explorers and climbers ventured in increasing numbers into the mountains.
Water from firefighters freezes on impact as they try to stop a building from burning down, New York City, 1920s.
Collapse of Fourth Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska, caused by the
Good Friday Earthquake, March 27, 1964. It has been called the Good Friday Earthquake, the Great Alaskan Earthquake, and the Portage Earthquake. With a moment magnitude of 9.2, it remains the largest earthquake seen in North America and the second-largest quake ever recorded worldwide. The earthquake shaking lasted almost 4 minutes, triggering many landslides and avalanches in the area.
A Venice canal reflects the summer sky in this Autochrome picture from 1927. Photographer Hans Hildenbrand became famous for the color pictures he made around Europe during World War I.
War is over! A Merry Christmas message from John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Times Square, 1969. The music stars paid to have two signs put up on the South East corner of Seventh Avenue and 43rd Street on Times Square.
Two German soldiers and their mule wearing gas masks in WWI, 1916. Horses, mules, dogs and pigeons were vulnerable to poison gases so that special protection was necessary for them.Of the million British horses sent overseas to help with the war effort, only 62,000 returned home. This is the forgotten tragedy of the Great War.
A black Union soldier sits, posted in front of a slave auction house on Whitehall Street in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1864. The sign reads “Auction & Negro Sales”. When Abraham Lincoln won the 1860 election on a ticket of no new slave states, the South finally broke away to form the Confederacy. This marked the start of the Civil War. The war effectively ended slavery.
During the invasion of Sicily by Allied forces, an American cargo ship, loaded with ammunition, explodes after being hit by a bomb from a German plane off Gela, July 31, 1943. The Allied invasion of Sicily was codenamed Operation Husky. It was a large scale amphibious and airborne operation, followed by six weeks of land combat. It was the launch of the Italian Campaign.
Smoky, smoggy view from under the Brooklyn Bridge with horse carts on a cobblestone street and a fire in an empty lot. 1918. Photo taken by Eugene de Salignac. Eugene de Salignac (1861–1943) was an American photographer who worked for the Department of Bridges/Plant and Structures in New York City. De Salignac had no formal training in photography.
Lisa Fonssagrives standing on the Eiffel Tower for Vogue, Paris 1938. Fonssagrives was a Swedish fashion model and is considered to be worlds first supermodel.