1. amazonfeminist:

    The “Night Witches” was the all female Night Bomber Regiment of the Soviet Air Forces that bombed German lines in WWII. They were equipped with the worst, oldest, noisest, crappest planes in the entire world. The engines used to conk out halfaway through missions and they had to climb on the wings mid flight to restart the props. To stop germans from hearing their noisy planes and firing at them, they’d climb up to a certain height, coast down to German positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair, and get out as quickly as possible. Their leader flew over 200 missions and was never captured.

     
  2. britewings:

“Known as the Motorcycle Queen of Miami, Bessie Stringfield started riding when she was 16. She was the first African-American woman to travel cross-country solo, and she did it at age 19 in 1929, riding a 1928 Indian Scout. Bessie traveled through all of the lower 48 states during the ’30s and ’40s at a time when the country was rife with prejudice and hatred. She later rode in Europe, Brazil, and Haiti and during World War II she served as one of the few motorcycle despatch riders for the United States military.”
- http://demenshea.com

    britewings:

    “Known as the Motorcycle Queen of Miami, Bessie Stringfield started riding when she was 16. She was the first African-American woman to travel cross-country solo, and she did it at age 19 in 1929, riding a 1928 Indian Scout. Bessie traveled through all of the lower 48 states during the ’30s and ’40s at a time when the country was rife with prejudice and hatred. She later rode in Europe, Brazil, and Haiti and during World War II she served as one of the few motorcycle despatch riders for the United States military.”

    http://demenshea.com

     
  3. Good aim

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  4. Allyssa Lowe, lead singer of The Atomic Tanlines

    Allyssa Lowe, lead singer of The Atomic Tanlines

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    do-not-tumble:



A British Postman on his rounds, London Blitz 1940

    do-not-tumble:

    A British Postman on his rounds, London Blitz 1940

     
  6. collective-history:

    How to Kiss, 1942

    That last one looks like a ‘wrong’ to me.

     
  7. malheureuseandmaladroite:

Amateur Hour, Apollo Theater, Harlem 1961. Photograph by Steve Schapiro.

    malheureuseandmaladroite:

    Amateur Hour, Apollo Theater, Harlem 1961. Photograph by Steve Schapiro.

     
  8. collective-history:

Cow shoes used by Moonshiners in the Prohibition days to disguise their footprints, 1922. 
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    collective-history:

    Cow shoes used by Moonshiners in the Prohibition days to disguise their footprints, 1922. 

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    A useless skill I have never managed to master.

    A useless skill I have never managed to master.

     
  10. growhousegrow:

    See that sliver of a building along the right side of the larger construction?  That, my friends, is a Spite House

    As the story goes, a man named Hyman Sarner wanted to erect a large apartment building on his lot, with the hopes of including his neighbors tiny five foot wide lot next door.  The neighbor, Joseph Richardson, offered to sell Sarner his thin strip of land for $5,000.  Sarner wouldn’t pay a penny over $1,000, and built his large apartment house without Richardson’s land.

    Richardson—to make Sarner suffer for being too cheap to buy his property at the asking price—built his own building along the side of Sarner’s massive apartment complex.  At just five feet wide and 100 feet long it wasn’t spacious, but it DID block all of Sarner’s windows along the Lexington side.  In Richardson’s own words, “I shall build me a couple of tall houses on the little strip which will bar the light from Sarner’s windows overlooking my land, and he’ll find he would have profited had he paid me the $5,000.”  Via Ephemeral NY.

     
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    wonderfulambiguity:


Leonard Freed, Winter in Holland, 1964

    wonderfulambiguity:

    Leonard Freed, Winter in Holland, 1964

     
  13. praedictum-impaver:

    Laverie Vallee (July 18, 1875 – February 6, 1949), best known by her stage name Charmion, was a Sacramento born trapeze artist who possessed strength and a physique most men would be envious of. However, she was most well known for her risqué striptease performances.

    The act opened with Charmion taking the stage in full Victorian attire. She would then mount the trapeze and proceed to undress to her leotard while performing impressive and strength-dependant stunts. The act was incredibly impressive and provocative for the era. However, the controversy created by her performances did not prevent the formulation of a devoted, and mostly male, fan base.

    One of her greatest fans was Thomas Edison. As a result of that adoration, on November 11, 1901 Charmion committed a simplified version of her act to film for Edison. The film, simply entitled ‘Trapeze Disrobing Act’ focused more on the erotic aspect of the performance, though a few remarkable feats of strength are featured.

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    vamp1967:

(via Mindless Mirth: Incredibly Beautiful Animal Photography)
     
  15. ladyhistory:

    borken:

    Crying

    This is actually what every Sherlock Holmes adventure looks like.

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