It was the worst of times'

- Charles Dickens

The Beautiful Good Old Past

A gone era of gentlemen, ladylike women, class in any class, respect, cosiness, romance, solidarity, personal succes, and beauty.✟✡

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Paradis Sauvage Foreign Lands

Johnny Weissmuller and Lupe Velez, 1933


Obit of the Day (Historical): James Dean (1955)
On this date [September 30] fifty-six years ago, James Dean died from injuries received in a car accident in his Porsche 550 Spyder. He was only 24 years old. Dean, who spent most of his childhood on his aunt and uncle’s farm in Fair Mount, Indiana, moved to California after high school and attended UCLA. He dropped out in 1951 to pursue an acting career. Good move.
Dean landed three starring roles in three films: East of Eden (1955), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), and Giant (1956). Besides a few uncredited roles, that’s Dean’s entire filmography. However, he shone is all three roles and was the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination, Best Actor for East of Eden. He received another Best Actor nod for Giant.
(Image copyright Dennis Stock from his collection, James Dean: A Memorial Portfolio, 1955/1979. A majority of the photos, including this macabre image, were taken in Fairmount, Indiana shortly before his death. The image is courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Photography, which is located in Chicago.)

Reblogged from 2011.

Johnny Weissmuller and MGM production designer Cedric Gibbons on the set of Tarzan and his Mate (1934). 

Gene Tierney

Street scene, Jerusalem, Israël, Circa1930
by Maynard Owen Williams

Lauren Bacall, c. 1955.

I need one of these

Audrey Hepburn in How To Steal A Million (1966)

Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Giant (1956)

Jerusalem, Palestine 1900.
Different religions coexisting in peace. No checkpoints. No apartheid. No homes destroyed.

People buying Rosh Hashanah greeting cards from a street vendor in Tel Aviv, 1955.

Marilyn Monroe photographed by Larry Barbier, 1951.