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Vintage Royal Weddings

From LIFE.

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Vintage Motorcycle Designs

Some classics from Triumph, AJS, and Panther…

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The Seattle Symphony, 1957

The Seattle Symphony performing with the Budapest String Quartet in 1957. View more in the LIFE photo archives.

Black Tie, General MacArthur

From LIFE, taken on the evening of his 76th birthday at the Waldorf-Astoria. He had kept a suite there during the 50’s and 60’s.

General MacArthur in Black Tie

IBM and the Hundred Percent Club

From LIFE, circa 1947. IBM launched the Hundred Percent Club during the 1920’s as a way to reward its top salesmen and the program is still in place today (though I can say that the salesmen today no longer dress as nicely). Continue reading more.

Related post: IBM in 1962

Bermuda Shorts

Reading a recent post on shorts over on HTJ, I was reminded of the similar photos from LIFE. The pictures only tell half of the story though, so I went digging for the actual issue that reported on the trend.

Thirsty cluster of patrons in P.J. Clarke’s saloon on Manhattan’s Third Avenue often includes male shorts-wearers. Custom began among young men who wore shorts for Sunday afternoon lounging at home, kept them on as they wandered out to neighborhood bars.

Correct outfits require long wool socks, here include cotton shorts($10) worn with a madras jacket ($32, both Brooks Brothers), worsted shorts ($17) and Argylls ($13, both Fenn-Feinstein).

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On Curling

I recently had the opportunity to try out curling for the first time, the sport where teams of players attempt to slide and position 42 pound granite stones in a certain way over ice. Going into it I had some misgivings, but it ended up being a lot of fun and there is quite a bit of strategy and skill involved. Wikipedia has a good overview of how the game is played.

A view of the rinks inside the Granite Curling Club in Seattle, the only dedicated curling club on the entire west coast.

Reading up on it later, it turns out that the game originated in medieval Scotland (and here I thought that the Canadians came up with it). From wikipedia again:

Curling is thought to have been invented in late medieval Scotland, with the first written reference to a contest using stones on ice coming from the records of Paisley Abbey, Renfrewshire, in February 1541. Two paintings (both dated 1565) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder depict Dutch peasants curling—Scotland and the Low Countries had strong trading and cultural links during this period, which is also evident in the history of golf.

Evidence that curling existed in Scotland in the early 16th century includes a curling stone inscribed with the date 1511 (uncovered along with another bearing the date 1551) when an old pond was drained at Dunblane, Scotland. Kilsyth Curling Club claims to be the first club in the world, having been formally constituted in 1716; it is still in existence today. Kilsyth also claims the oldest purpose-built curling pond in the world at Colzium, in the form of a low dam creating a shallow pool some 100 Ă— 250 metres in size, though this is now very seldom in condition for curling because of warmer winters.

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Steve McQueen Unpublished Photos from LIFE

Via Sartorially Inclined. See more on life.com.

For context, you should also read the original article that the pictures were shot for: LIFE Issue Jul 12, 1963

In the following issue that was published that year, there were some humorous letters to the editor in regards to the article.


Riding the Crest of Surfing’s Wave

John Severson, founder of Surfer magazine, shares with LIFE magazine his views on work, success, and family in 1966.


“Each year when you go back to the surf, there is a certain amount of fear of the waves to conquer. Anyone who hasn’t been on the waves in quite a while and says he’s not afraid when he first returns is a liar.”

“I had an attache case once and found that the more I kept it around, the more things I found to put in it and bring home from the office. So I put it away and get along just fine without it.”

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Merchant Marines, 1947

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