January 16, 2019

40 Stunning Photos of 1950s Beauties Wearing Unique Hats Designed by Emme and Adolfo

Ethel Price started in the millinery business in the mid 1920s, training for five years at Bruck-Weiss, a New York millinery firm. Sometime in the 1930s, Emme went into business with two women partners whose first names were Mildred and Evie – they put their initials together and came up with the company’s name “Emme Hats”. Founded as a custom order salon, the company hired 22 year old Cuban-born Adolfo Sardinas as their leading designer in 1952.

1950s beauties wearing hats designed by Emme and Adolfo

By 1961, Emme hats had grown to include a line of wholesale hats for department stores as well as a budget line ‘Emme Boutique’ alongside their high-end custom orders. Adolfo and Ethel parted ways in early 1962 over design credit on the Emme label. Adolfo opened his own millinery the next year and within a few years had transformed his business into dressmaking, become a well known New York designer of Chanel style tweed suits and glamorous evening gowns. Before retiring in 1993, one of Adolfo’s most loyal customers had been Nancy Reagan.

After Adolfo left Emme in 1962 Ethel Price hired Anello, an Italian milliner, as head designer. Emme remained a popular millinery but hat sales were plummeting in the 1960s. In 1970, Ethel Price retired from the business and closed Emme hats. Ethel Price died in 1987 at the age of 85.

These stunning photos from Sophia that show classic beauties wearing unique hats designed by Emme and Adolfo in the 1950s.

Cherry Nelms and Jean Patchett in wrinkle-resistant Celanese acetate suits by Handmacher's Weathervanes, hats by Emme, photo by Richard Rutledge, Vogue, April 15, 1954

Dovima in cotton-silk dress by Adele Simpson, hat by Emme, pearl jewelry by David Webb, photo by John Rawlings, Vogue, April 1, 1954

Jean Patchett in flowered silk shirt of African daisies embroidered on dotted white silk, orange silk shantung skirt, matching banded hat by Emme, photo by Irving Penn, Vogue, June 1954

Anne St. Marie in coral suit with wrapped jacket and released skirt by Swansdown, planter's hat by Emme, photo by Richard Avedon, Harper's Bazaar, February 1955

Evelyn Tripp in stitched collar suit of lightweight Palm Beach cloth by Sacony, turban hat by Emme, 1955

22 Funny Vintage Russian Beer Advertisements From the Late 19th and Early 20th Century

People in the Soviet Union loved beer, almost as much as vodka. They would drink it in the morning, while fishing, at the banya, and after a hard day’s work. It was always beer o’clock.

Before the revolution, the Russian Empire produced different varieties of beers brewed according to Western standards: Venskoe (Viennese), Munchenskoe (Munich), Pilsener, Bavarskoe (Bavarian), Kulmbakskoe (Kulmbach), Bogemskoe (Bohemian) and others. After 1917, the “bourgeois” names were replaced by Soviet titles. For example, Venskoe became Zhigulevskoe (Zhiguli), Pilsener – Russkoe, and Munchenskoe – Ukrainskoe.

These vintage Russian beer advertisements come from 1880-1915:

36 Most Amazing Spy Gadgets From the Cold War Era

Cold war era is Famous for the espionage and spying operations by the world's two biggest spy organizations of that time, that is, CIA and KGB against each other. In this, they were aided by the development of new technology and gadgets. Inaccessible to the general public, some of those gadgets have been recently declassified.

Here, we are going to present you some of those impressive gadgets.

1. Sedgley OSS .38 Glove Pistol.

This glove has single shot 0.38mm pistol hidden inside it. In a critical situation the agent could surrender by raising hands and then later shooting when the target is in range

2. Letter Remover.

This special type of device was used to remove letters from the envelopes without disturbing their seals. Its pincer like head is inserted into the envelope to wind-up the letter and remove it

2. “Matchbox” Camera.

Developped by the Eastman Kodak Company for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), this camera was the size of a matchbox. It could then be covered with labels in various languages to look like a real matchbox

3. CIA Semi-Submersible.

This CIA designed semi-submersible was used in 1950s. Having a crew of two, it did not carry any weapons but was used to drop or rescue secret agents into the enemy areas

4. “Belly Buster” Drill.

“Belly Buster” is a CIA Gadget from the early 60’s. Consisting of many parts, it was used to drill holes into rooms for the implantation of the secret hearing devices

5. Dragonfly Insectothopter.

A CIA gadget from the 1970s, it can be regarded as the first smaller Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Equipped with hidden camera, its capabilities are quite impressive as compared to its size at that time

January 15, 2019

Charming Photos of Claudette Colbert in the 1920s and 1930s

Born 1903 in Saint-Mandé, France, American stage and film actress Claudette Colbert began her career in Broadway productions during the late 1920s and progressed to motion pictures with the advent of sound film. Initially associated with Paramount Pictures, she gradually shifted to working as a freelance actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in It Happened One Night (1934), and received two other Academy Award nominations. Other notable films include Cleopatra (1934) and The Palm Beach Story (1942).

With her round face, big eyes, charming, aristocratic manner, and flair for light comedy, as well as emotional drama, Colbert was known for a versatility that led to her becoming one of the best-paid stars of the 1930s and 1940s. She was a leading lady in Hollywood for over two decades, and has been called "The mixture of inimitable beauty, sophistication, wit, and vivacity".

During her career, Colbert starred in more than 60 movies. She was the industry's highest-paid star in 1938 and 1942. By the early 1950s, Colbert had basically retired from the screen in favor of television and stage work, and she earned a Tony Award nomination for The Marriage-Go-Round in 1959. Her career tapered off during the early 1960s, but in the late 1970s she experienced a career resurgence in theater, earning a Sarah Siddons Award for her Chicago theater work in 1980. For her television work in The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (1987), she won a Golden Globe Award and received an Emmy Award nomination.

Colbert sustained a series of small strokes during the last three years of her life. She died in 1996 at her second home in Barbados.

In 1999, the American Film Institute posthumously voted Colbert the 12th-greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema.

Take a look at these charming photos to see the beauty of Claudette Colbert in the 1920s and 1930s.

The Best Vintage Photos of Broadway Legend Carol Channing

Legendary Broadway star Carol Channing has died, her publicist, Harlan Boll, told CNN on Tuesday. She was 97.

Boll released the following statement to Broadway World:
It is with extreme heartache, that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon - Miss Carol Channing. I admired her before I met her, and have loved her since the day she stepped ... or fell rather ... into my life. It is so very hard to see the final curtain lower on a woman who has been a daily part of my life for more than a third of it. We supported each other, cried with each other, argued with each other, but always ended up laughing with each other. Saying good-bye is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but I know that when I feel those uncontrollable urges to laugh at everything and/or nothing at all, it will be because she is with me, tickling my funny bone.

Carol Channing began as a Broadway musical actress, starring in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1949 and Hello, Dolly! in 1964, when she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She revived both roles several times throughout her career, most recently playing Dolly in 1995. Channing was nominated for her first Tony Award in 1956 for The Vamp followed by a nomination in 1961 for Show Girl. She received her fourth Tony Award nomination for the musical Lorelei in 1974.

As a film actress, she won the Golden Globe Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967). Her other film appearances include The First Traveling Saleslady (1956) and Skidoo (1968). On television, she appeared as an entertainer on variety shows, from The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950s to Hollywood Squares. She had a standout performance as The White Queen in the TV production of Alice in Wonderland (1985), and had the first of many TV specials in 1966, An Evening with Carol Channing.

Channing was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981 and received a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 1995. She continued to perform and make appearances well into her 90s, singing songs from her repertoire and sharing stories with fans, cabaret style. She released an autobiography, Just Lucky I Guess, in 2002, and Larger Than Life, a documentary film about her career, was released in 2012.

Here, below is a gallery of 18 amazing vintage photos of Carol Channing from between the 1950s and 1980s:

Carol Channing is shown in the role of Lorelei Lee in the original Broadway production of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City in 1950. The musical comedy opened on Dec. 8, 1949. (AP Photo)

American singing star Carol Channing wears red and white striped gloves with her navy blue coat on arrival at London Airport, May 16, 1955. She will be on holiday here for two weeks, and then goes on to Paris and Istanbul. (AP Photo)

Actress and comedienne Carol Channing performs in her first nightclub opening appearance in Las Vegas, Nev., on July 9, 1957. Channing wears an $11.85 costume as she impersonates Marlene Dietrich, who recently appeared on a neighboring stage in a $20,000 gown. (AP Photo)

Carol Channing and Jules Munshin team up for photographer in dressing room pose backstage at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre after Broadway opening of “Show Girl” in New York, Jan. 12, 1961. Miss Channing stars in the musical revue. Munshin plays opposite her. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

Fulfilling a longtime ambition, musical and nightclub star Carol Channing is about to appear in a big time production of a Bernard Shaw play. She’s rehearsing for “The Millionaires” June 26, 1963, which opens a seven-month tour on July 8 in Louisville, Kentucky. The title role will be Carol’s first dramatic stage part on Broadway when the play opens there after the tour. Carol is passing up profitable nightclub offers to carry out the dream she’s had since college days. (AP Photo)

Amazing Vintage Star Wars Travel Posters by Steve Thomas

Have you ever wanted to take a trip to a galaxy far, far away? Just to be able to walk the streets of Mos Eisley, or explore the forest moon of Endor, or even experience the swamps of Dagobah. Yep, we have all dreamt of it at one time or the other.

Graphic artist Steve Thomas has taken that dream a little bit further by creating a series of travel posters, in an art-deco style inspired by vintage U.S. parks posters from the 1930s and ’40s, for the Star Wars Universe.

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