January 22, 2019

40 Fascinating Snaps That Capture Street Scenes of Switzerland in the Late 1970s

A fascinating photo set from Ed Sijmons that shows street scenes of Switzerland in 1979. The cities include: Basel, Luzern, Schaffhausen, Zürich,..

Basel. 3 French cars Peugeot, Citroën and Renault, September 1979

Basel. Cathedral (Münster) seen from Münsterberg, September 1979

Basel. Dragon fountain, September 1979

Basel. Marktplatz, September 1979

Basel. Railway station, September 1979

January 21, 2019

Glamorous Photos of Martha Vickers in the 1940s

Born 1925 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, American model and actress Martha Vickers began her career as a model and cover girl. She moved to Hollywood when her father, an automobile dealer, assumed control of an agency in Burbank, California. Vickers was 15 at that time.

Vickers' first film role was a small uncredited part in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943). She played minor roles in several films during the early 1940s, working first at Universal Studios and then at RKO Pictures. She next went to Warner Bros., where "they gave her the star push, rearranging her surname to 'Vickers.'" Her work there included the role of Carmen Sternwood, the promiscuous, drug-addicted younger sister of Lauren Bacall's character in The Big Sleep (1946). She also starred in a musical, The Time, the Place and the Girl, followed by two Warner Bros. comedies, Love and Learn and That Way with Women (both 1947).

During the 1950s, however, Vickers' film career stalled. She continued to act in television. One such appearance was in the 1959 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Jaded Joker," in which she played Sheila Hayes. Her final two performances, in 1960, were on The Rebel.

Vickers died of esophageal cancer at Valley Presbyterian Hospital, in Los Angeles, California in 1971, at the age of 46.

Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of Martha Vickers in the 1940s.

20 Amazing Publicity Photographs of Tippi Hedren for 1963 Horror Classic “The Birds”

The Birds (1963) was directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock and based on a story by Daphne du Maurier. It starred Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy and Suzanne Pleshette.

It is one of the most disturbing sequences in cinematic history: a woman tiptoes through a house until – in three staccato shots – she discovers the bloody corpse of its occupant on the bedroom floor, his eye sockets two black holes dripping with gore.

The scene is just one of several grisly moments in Alfred Hitchcock’s peerless horror flick, The Birds, made three years after his scorching success with Psycho.

It was Hedren’s screen debut. Hitchcock became her drama coach, and gave her an education in film-making as she attended many of the production meetings such as script, music or photography conferences. Hedren said, “I probably learned in three years what it would have taken me 15 years to learn otherwise.” Hedren portrayed her role of Melanie Daniels as Hitchcock requested. She said, “He gives his actors very little leeway. He'll listen, but he has a very definite plan in mind as to how he wants his characters to act. With me, it was understandable, because I was not an actress of stature. I welcomed his guidance.”

During the six months of principal photography, Hedren’s schedule was tight, as she was only given one afternoon off a week. At first, she found the shooting “wonderful”. Hitchcock told a reporter, after a few weeks of filming, that she was remarkable, and said, “She’s already reaching the lows and highs of terror.” Nonetheless, Hedren recalled the week she did the final bird attack scene in a second-floor bedroom as the worst of her life.

Before filming it, she asked Hitchcock about her character’s motivations to go upstairs, and his response was, “Because I tell you to.” She was then assured that the crew would use mechanical birds. Instead, Hedren endured five solid days of prop men, protected by thick leather gloves, flinging dozens of live gulls, ravens and crows at her (their beaks clamped shut with elastic bands). In a state of exhaustion, when one of the birds gouged her cheek and narrowly missed her eye, Hedren sat down on the set and began crying. A physician ordered a week’s rest. Hitchcock protested, according to Hedren, saying there was nobody but her to film. The doctor’s reply was, “Are you trying to kill her?” She said the week also appeared to be an ordeal for the director.

Universal’s executives, who did not back Hitchcock’s decision to hire Hedren in the first place, were impressed with her performance and Wasserman described it as “remarkable”. While promoting The Birds, Hitchcock was full of praise for his new protégée, and compared her to Grace Kelly.

The film was screened out of competition in May at a prestigious invitational showing at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival. Hedren received the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year, tied with Elke Sommer and Ursula Andress. Her role as Melanie Daniels was named by Premiere magazine as one of the greatest movie characters of all time.

Retro Future Ads for Modern Social Networks in the 1950s

Have you ever wondered what the adverts for modern social media sites might look like if they’d existed in the 1950s?

The people over at MaxiMidia Brazil obviously did, because they commissioned a series of vintage style posters to be made showing what ads for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Skype might have been like if they were around in the ’50s.

These posters were designed by the Moma ad agency in Sao Paulo, Brazil and illustrated by 6B Studios. At first glance, these adverts really look at though they could have come from the 1950s, until you see what brands they’re touting. We think everything should be advertised in a 1950s style. It would certainly convince us to buy more products! Now, check them out!

January 20, 2019

Amazing Color Slides Featuring 1980s Models by Scott Teitler

These color slides from Nostalgic Naughties featuring unknown 1980s models by New York photographer Scott Teitler, slides produced for/or by LGI Photo Agency.

Scotts clientele include: Cosmopolitan Magazine, Cover Girl, Esquire, GQ, Ocean Drive, People, People en Espanol, Seventeen, Shape and has photographed celebrities such as: Denise Richards, Enrique Iglesias, Gianni Versace, Isabella Rossellini, Ivanka Trump, Justin Timberlake, Rebecca Romijn, Ricky Martin, Roslyn Sanchez, Sofia Vergara, Sylvester Stallone and Tyra Banks.

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