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Images December 21, 2016



Photograph by NASA
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) used a 500mm lens to document what crews have termed one of the most spectacular features of the planet: the dunes of the Namib Sand Sea.


This Week in NASA History: First Crewed Saturn V Mission Launches — Dec. 21, 1968 This week in 1968, Apollo 8, the first crewed Saturn V launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Dec. 21, 1968. Here, the S-IC stage is being erected for final assembly of the Saturn V launch vehicle in Kennedy’s Vehicle Assembly Building.



Turtle cafe in the tourist camp Bayan zag. Gurvansaikhan national park, Gobi desert, Mongolia




Shorpy December 21, 2016

It’s the Tuesday before Christmas, which means it’s time for a hallowed holiday tradition here at Shorpy: The Office Xmas Party! Which has been going on for 91 years now. Will Clarence in Sales ever get up the nerve to ask out Hermione from Accounting? Is there gin in that oilcan? Ask the bear.
Washington, D.C., 1925. “Western Electric Co. group.” There are enough little dramas playing out here to keep the forensic partyologists busy until Ground Hog Day. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.



“Nice kid, but he’s nine ponies short of a merry-go-round.”
Washington, D.C., circa 1935. “NO CAPTION (boy on toy pony next to Christmas tree).” Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Shorpy December 20, 2016

January 6, 1933. “Manhattan from St. George Hotel in Brooklyn to financial district, night view.” 5×7 acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner.

Images December 19, 2016

Supermoon over Spanish Castle
Image Credit & Copyright: Tomeu Mas
Explanation: No, this castle was not built with the Moon attached. To create the spectacular juxtaposition, careful planning and a bit of good weather was needed. Pictured, the last supermoon of 2016 was captured last week rising directly beyond one of the towers of Bellver Castle in Palma de Mallorca on the Balearic Islands of Spain. The supermoon was the last full moon of 2016 and known to some as the Oak Moon. Bellver Castle was built in the early 1300s and has served as a home — but occasional as a prison — to numerous kings and queens. The Moon was built about 4.5 billion years ago, possibly resulting from a great collision with a Mars-sized celestial body and Earth. The next supermoon, defined as when the moon appears slightly larger and brighter than usual, will occur on 2017 December 3 and be visible not only behind castles but all over the Earth.



Photos: Atlas 5 launches EchoStar 19 broadband satellite
Credit: Alex Polimeni / Spaceflight Now




Shorpy December 19, 2016

June 1938. “Stores on Sunday. Vincennes, Indiana.” Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

Shorpy December 18, 2016

June 1938. “Stores on Sunday. Vincennes, Indiana.” Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.


“Banana Burt and Lil at Buzzards Bay Dairy Queen, 1950.” Brought to you courtesy of United Fruit. Photoprint by Drink a Banana Inc.

Images December 18, 2016
I took this in November 1946 and it shows Merle Larson demonstrating a small air show stunt that he did. It appears that he is alone in the plane but there is another pilot (Gladys Davis) flying the plane from the back seat and he does have a rope tied around himself. Merle was a WWII B-24 pilot, flight instructor, inventor and builder of three unusual planes based at Buchanan Field, Concord, California.





Shorpy December 17, 2016

Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952), best known on these pages as a prolific chronicler of Southern architecture, was also something of a feminist firebrand in her younger years. The photographer is seen here at age 32 in a triple-threat sendup of the 1890s “New Woman” — smoking, drinking, showing some leg.
Self-Portrait as “New Woman,” 1896. “Frances Benjamin Johnston, seated in front of fireplace, facing left, holding cigarette in one hand and beer stein in the other, in her Washington, D.C., studio.” Gelatin silver print.



“Russel at cabin” is what’s written on the slide mount, one-l Russel and all. Taken at Running Springs, California. One side of a Stereoscopic Kodachrome from a thrift store find. Looks like the mid-1950s.



Shorpy December 16, 2016

1920’s Car looking the worse for wear? “Paint it yourself for $50 with Nu-Enamel — Only One Coat and Is Brushed On.”
I obtained this photo at a paper show at the Rothman Center at Fairleigh Dickinson University many years ago. The photographer, Stadler, was based in Chicago. Where are you now, Nu-Enamel boys?


July 1941. “Boys on the Fourth of July. State College, Pennsylvania.” 35mm nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Resettlement Administration.

Shorpy December 15, 2016

“We always carry a spare, just in case.”
San Francisco circa 1919. “Mercer touring car at Chain of Lakes, Golden Gate Park.” 5×7 glass negative by Christopher Helin.