History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

31 January, 2012

Putting on the Ritz

The incomparable Fred Astaire, in classic top hat, tails and spats, dancing his "Putting on the Ritz" number from Blue Skies, 1945. 































30 January, 2012

Winter Sales

To the sales by Underground!



Poster by Harold Sandys Williamson, 1924. Source



Poster by Edward McKnight Kauffer, 1921. Source



Poster by Everill Bonnett, 1913. Source



Poster by an unknown artist, 1920. Source



Apparently the Underground is also a swirling vortex. By Edward McKnight Kauffer, 1922. Source



Wartime winter sales. Poster by Harold Sandys Williamson, 1939. Source



Poster by Compton Bennett, 1926. Source



Poster by Edward McKnight Kauffer, 1924. Source

29 January, 2012

Teenage Boys of the 1940s

A series of photographs of teenage boys in Des Moines, Iowa, 1945, by LIFE photographer Nina Leen. Is it just me or were they much cuter in the 40s than the 00s? 



On the bus. Source



Reading comic books. Source



At the soda shop. Source



Listening to music. Source



At the movie theatre. Source



Just chillin'. Source






Yes, there's maps on the ceiling, but there's also pin-ups by the desk! Source



The very important combed wave. Source





















Typical teenage boy fashion, according to the caption. Source






Dressed up for a date. Source



"Loofing around". Source






Driving badly... Source



Er, playing with guns? Source



I wish this one had a caption. Someone's older brother wounded in the war, maybe? Source



Drinking coke and eating Cheezits. Source



Checking out the hair and withdrawing the indispensable comb. Source



Bugging the girls, of course. Source

28 January, 2012

On Leave in Italy

British soldiers enjoying Italy while on leave in 1944 and 1945. 



By the San Marco Church, Venice. Source



In the Piazza San Marco, Venice. Source



A gunner reads his guidebook before touring Rome. Source



A pause for a smoke by the Colosseum. Source



A glance at the guidebook by a fountain in Rome. Source



Soldiers walking across St. Peter's Square, Rome. Source



Two Americans talk to a Brit in St. Peter's Square, Rome. Source



Allied troops walk up to St. Peter's, Rome. Source



An open-air cafe in the Piazza San Marco, Venice. Source



A drink on a street in Rome. Source



Soldiers chat with a gondolier in Venice. Source



A gondola ride in Venice. Source



Soldiers filling up a gondola. Source


See also this photo of British soldiers taking a gondola ride in Venice 1916!
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