Nylon Stockings During WWII
Silk or nylon stockings were in extremely short supply by the summer of 1942, despite the presence of American GI’s In Britain who could sometimes get hold of stockings from the US. Most women had to find ingenious methods of dressing their legs.
These pictures show a woman drawing in the seam-line on “Makeup” stockings with a device made from a screw driver handle, bicycle leg clip, and an eyebrow pencil, 1942. (source: Bettman/Corbis)
Pioneer Town, CA: an Old West motion picture set built in the 1940s.
Part two of a thing I did, with Ms Magazine cofounder Letty Pogrebin and Columbia professor Alisa Soloman. (Part One)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
with his father and son
in Atlanta, Georgia
March 22, 1963.
Photographed by Richard Avedon
The old Newsweek building at 444 Madison Avenue, back when Newsweek was on top of the world (journalistically, at least). And then the unfortunate #hashtag slapped on the cover.
I have no doubt that few readers will stick around for the “new chapter,” as Tina calls it (let’s be honest). But this ode to the magazine that was is worth reading, if sad.
Brought to you by the Welsh National Opera, whose first themed season looks at female characters who “exist outside the boundaries of social morality.” Above: Maya Angelou.
It wasn’t until 1920 that women were granted suffrage, but it was 1917 when members of the National Women’s Party — Alice Paul, Lucy Burns and others — picketed outside the White House, burning copies of Woodrow Wilson’s speeches and demanding the right to vote. What resulted — mass arrests (most for “obstructing traffic”), unlawful imprisonment and bloody beatings — became known as the Night of Terror, though it’s fair to say most among my generation don’t know it.
The Night of Terror took place on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Workhouse Prison, in Occoquan, Virginia, ordered his guards to teach the suffragists a lesson. For weeks, the women’s only water had come from an open pail. Their food had been infested with worms. But on this night, some 40 prison guards wielding clubs beat the women senseless — grabbing, dragging, choking, kicking and pinching them, according to affidavits recounting the attacks.
Providence, Rhode Island. The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 (via)
Iconic Newsweek covers from the 60s and 70s. RIP.
September 17, 1849
Harriet Tubman Attempts to Escape From Slavery
On this day in 1849, American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery. Tubman escaped alongside her brothers, Ben and Henry, who forced Tubman to turn back with them after having second thoughts. Photo: Library of Congress
My favorite Newsweek cover of all time. (And not just because of that VELVET BODYSUIT.) #newsweek #lesbians #retro #1990s cc @thedailybeast (Taken with Instagram at 1993 (Yes! Really!))
Remembering Sally Ride, 1951-2012
Not everyone’s life resolves itself so neatly into yes-or-no decisions, taken in an instant and never looked back upon or regretted, but, if Sally Ride’s life proves anything, it is that the very smart are different from you and me.
Newsweek June 13, 1983