Painters on the cables of the Brooklyn Bridge, October 7, 1914.

January 31st, 2015|

Painters on the Brooklyn Bridge Suspender Cables – by Eugene de Salignac

Policewoman of the future. Cincinnati, 1909.

January 14th, 2015|

The only available information about these pictures is the description in the Library of Congress:

“The woman ‘Cop’ (a dream). A Suffragette posed to illustrate the woman police concept – Cincinnati/”

Yet, as odd as it may appear, it may be possible to take them at face value. In 1910, only 12 months after these pictures were […]

Russian marines, one of them wearing a WW2 German helmet, overlooking Grozny.

January 14th, 2015|

The First Chechen War, also known as the War in Chechnya, was a conflict between the Russian Federation and the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, fought from December 1994 to August 1996. After the initial campaign of 1994–1995, culminating in the devastating Battle of Grozny, Russian federal forces attempted to seize control of the mountainous area […]

Al Capone’s soup kitchen during the Great Depression, Chicago, 1931

January 11th, 2015|

Al Capone started one of the first soup kitchens. The kitchen employed a few people, but fed many more. In fact, preceding the passage of the Social Security Act, “soup kitchens” like the one Al Capone founded, provided the only meals that some unemployed Americans had. Soup kitchens rose to prominence in the U.S. during […]

A little girl holds a penguin’s flipper as they walk together around the London Zoo, 1937

December 21st, 2014|

Penguin on the left: “I’m here to fuck shit up!”

Don’t go outside, they will see you.

December 18th, 2014|

Christmas decorations are taking a dark twist this year.

NASA Calculations back in the day

December 16th, 2014|

If you think you’re thankful for computers, just think about how NASA feels about them. Before the days of computers, NASA employees had a much more laborious way of calculating and presenting their data.

Before the days of computers, employees at NASA would have to go about conveying their knowledge in a much more laborious way: […]

Channel Tunnel – When both sides of the channel tunnel first met in 1990

December 16th, 2014|

On December 1, 1990, construction workers from Britain and France drilled though the final section of rock between them to join the two halves of the Channel Tunnel and meet under the English Channel.

Drilling into the final half-metre of wall began at 11am, and before long French worker Philippe Cozette and Briton Graham Fagg were […]

Mike Tyson and Robert Downy Jr, early 1980s

December 15th, 2014|

A very young Iron Man and Iron Mike in 1986. Robert Downey Jr. with Mike Tyson are caught in a photo they’d both laugh at today.

BlackBook talked to director James Toback about Tyson, his new documentary on the heavyweight boxer. During the interview they also talk about Toback’s 1999 film Black and White about a documentary filmmaker played by […]