Marilyn Monroe by Elliott Erwitt (1954)

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Elliott Erwitt Marilyn Monroe, New York City, 1954, via

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Elliott Erwitt Marilyn Monroe, New York City, 1954 via

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Elliott Erwitt New York City, (Marilyn Monroe, ‘The Seven Year Itch’), 1954 via

Vintage Photos of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a 1961 American romantic comedy film starring Audrey Hepburn as the naïve, eccentric café society girl Holly Golightly. It is loosely based on the novella of the same name by Truman Capote.

One early morning, a yellow taxi pulls up at Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue in New York City, from which elegantly dressed Holly Golightly emerges. Standing outside the shop looking into the windows, she nibbles on pastry and drinks coffee she brought with her, then strolls home to go to bed…

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Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961 via

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Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961 via

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Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961 via

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Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961 via

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), Vintage Photos of New York City

Berenice Abbott (1898 – 1991), née Bernice Abbott, was an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930’s. Abbott went to Europe in 1921, spending two years studying sculpture in Paris and Berlin.She studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris and the Kunstschule in Berlin. During this time, she adopted the French spelling of her first name, “Berenice,”Abbott first became involved with photography in 1923, when Man Ray hired her as a darkroom assistant at his portrait studio in Montparnasse. Later she wrote:

“I took to photography like a duck to water. I never wanted to do anything else.”

Very few details are known about her personal life. The film “Berenice Abbott: A View of the 20th Century”, which showed 200 of her black and white photographs, suggests that she was a “proud proto-feminist”; someone who was ahead of her time in feminist theory. Before the film was completed she questioned:

“The world doesn’t like independent women, why, I don’t know, but I don’t care.”

Abbott proposed Changing New York, her grand project to document New York City, to the Federal Art Project (FAP) in 1935. The FAP was a Depression-era government program for unemployed artists and workers in related fields such as illustration and publishing. Abbott’s efforts resulted in a book in 1939, in advance of the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadow NY. At the project’s conclusion, the FAP distributed complete sets of Abbott’s final 302 images to high schools, libraries and other public institutions in the metropolitan area, plus the State Library in Albany  (source).

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Night View, New York by Berenice Abbott, 1930s via

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Broadway and Rector from Above, New York, by Berenice Abbott, 1930s via

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Manhattan, New York, by Berenice Abbott, 1930s via

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Flatiron Building, Manhattan, by Berenice Abbott via

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Madison Square by Berenice Abbott, 1930s via

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Penn Station, Interior, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott, 1930s

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ElSecond and Third Avenue Lines; Bowery and Division Street, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott (1930s) via

Grace Kelly in New York before she embarked for Monaco (1956)

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Grace Kelly. Date: March 1956. Photographer: Lisa Larsen via

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Grace Kelly. Date: March 1956. Photographer: Lisa Larsen via

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Grace Kelly. Date: March 1956. Photographer: Lisa Larsen via

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Grace Kelly. Date: March 1956. Photographer: Lisa Larsen via

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Grace Kelly. Date: March 1956. Photographer: Lisa Larsen via

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Grace Kelly. Date: March 1956. Photographer: Lisa Larsen via

Vintage Photos of Ziegfeld Follies Girls

The Ziegfeld Follies were a series of elaborate theatrical productions on Broadway in New York City from 1907 through 1931. It was founded by Florenz Ziegfeld and his wife Anna Held in 1907  – the inspiration was the Parisian Folies Bergère.

The Ziegfeld Follies were also famous for many beautiful chorus girls commonly known as Ziegfeld girls, usually wearing elaborate costumes by designers such as Erté, Lady Duff Gordon or Ben Ali Haggin.

Ziegfeld girl, Marion Benda c. 1920’s via

Lilyan Tashman performing in Ziegfeld follies via

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Ziegfeld Girl Mary Eaton by Alfred Cheney Johnston via

Mary Pickford by Alfred Cheney Johnston via

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Ziegfeld Follies via

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Ziegfeld Follies via

Ziegfield Follies, photo by Alfred Cheney Johnston via

Ziegfield Follies, photo by Alfred Cheney Johnston via