Bonnie & Clyde – Lovebirds

What’s odd is that Bonnie and Clyde took so many pictures. Pictures of themselves, their gang, their guns, their loot. They would have been social media sensations had it been 40 years later. What’s also odd is that, though not Warren Beatty or Faye Dunaway, they were incredibly cute and apparently very much in love. Bad people to be sure, but they were really just kids, Bonnie was 19 when they met, Clyde was 20. Their short romance and crime spree would end in a hail of bullets only 4 short years later.

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Iggy’s Keyboard Player 1977

David Bowie and Iggy Pop first met at NYC hotspot, Max’s Kansas City, in 1971, while Bowie was on tour with his album The Man Who Sold the World. The then-largely unknown Iggy made a deep impression on Bowie, (and was part of the inspiration for Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust persona). Bowie invited Pop, who was experiencing heroin addiction, to London, where he helped mix Iggy and the Stooges’ album Raw Power. Though the album would eventually become a classic, the band collapsed under the weight of Pops drug addiction and general bad behaviour. Returning to California, Pop would check himself into a mental institution in an attempt to overcome his heroin addiction. Bowie remained one of his few friends and visitors. In 1976 riding a wave of hits Bowie toured his most recent album Station to Station bringing Iggy along for the ride. The pair moved into an apartment in West Berlin, (over an auto parts shop) where Bowie would began the first of his Berlin trilogy of albums – LOW, and also collaborating on writing and recording Pop’s first solo album, The Idiot. In 1977, Iggy Pop finally went on a 30-date world tour as a solo act.  His backup band included David on keyboards and backing vocals. Bowie remained truly in the background behind the keys. No costumes or stage show, Bowie wore bell bottom turned up jeans, flannel shirt and cap. It was meant to be Iggy’s show not the more famous Bowies’. That year the two also collaborated on Pop’s second album, Lust for Life, which would become Iggy’s long-awaited critical and commercial success, (with the title song eventually appearing in tons of commercials and films, most notably the opening for the Danny Boyle film Trainspotting). Iggy and Bowie would remain friends for the rest of Bowies’ life.


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Painted WWII Bomber Jackets

The Type A-2 leather flight jacket is an American military flight jacket originally invented and developed for and closely associated with World War II U.S. Army Air Forces pilots, navigators and bombardiers, who often decorated their jackets with squadron patches and elaborate artwork painted on the back. Sometimes casually referred to as a bomber jacket, its original designation was “Jacket, Pilot’s (summer)”, and its wartime usage was limited neither to pilots nor to bomber crews.

In WWII almost any kind of paint that could be used was used. Enamels if they could get it, lead based aviation paint, oil paint… whatever the ‘artist’ could get their hands on. Some squadron artists could only get their hands on yellow airplane paint, so the artwork on the jacket was done in yellow. As troops settled in, painting flight jackets became a cottage industry for the local artisans. Since some of the paints were not meant to be used on leather, they rubbed off, flaked off, and faded.                          Thanks to www.vintag.es
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Vintage Nude LP Covers

Great covers from around the world. The sixties were a great time for this stuff. Japan seemed to lead the way with some truly beautiful covers and models. The combinations were a bit weird. Why not throw a fine naked girl on a bad piano jazz LP. It’s bound to sell a few copies. I doubt that these would pass the censors today. How did we get less adventurous and more PC in 50 years?

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Abandoned Amusement Parks

Beautiful photography of amusement parks that for one reason or another have called it quits. Whether by economic problems (Detroit), disaster (Chernobyl) or just a weird non-commercial concept (Gulliver’s Kingdom in Japan) these parks just could not continue. This is what’s left.

Detroit, MI

Detroit, MI

Gullivers Kingdom, Japan

Gullivers Kingdom, Japan

Gullivers Kingdom, Japan

Gullivers Kingdom, Japan

Korea

Korea

Panama City, FL

Panama City, FL

Berlin

Berlin

Berlin

Berlin

Pripyat, Ukraine (Chernobyi)

Pripyat, Ukraine (Chernobyl)

Pripyat, Ukraine (Chernobyi)

Pripyat, Ukraine (Chernobyl)

Umoja Childrens Park - China

Umoja Childrens Park – China

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Nablus – West Bank

St Petersburg, Russia

St Petersburg, Russia

Louisiana

Louisiana

Berlin

Berlin

Shijingshang Park-Beijing

Shijingshang Park-Beijing

Encore Gardens Taiwan

Encore Gardens Taiwan

Berlin

Berlin

Wichata, KA

Wichata, KA

Drivers Licenses of the Rich, Famous and Infamous

Not really a lot to be said here. It’s interesting to see something as simple and everyday common as a drivers license … with Charles Manson’s name on it

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

Robert DeNiro

Robert DeNiro

Charles Manson

Charles Manson

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

James Brown

James Brown

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Davey Jones - The Monkees

Davey Jones – The Monkees

Steven "Tyler" Tallarico - Aerosmith

Steven “Tyler” Tallarico – Aerosmith

James Morrison

James Morrison

Liberace

Liberace

Jackie O

Jackie O

Dean Martin

Dean Martin

Harland Sanders - Kentucky Fried Chicken

Harland Sanders – Kentucky Fried Chicken

John Winston Ono Lennon

John Winston Ono Lennon