Fayard and Harold Nicholas were a fantastic set of flash-dancers who performed as theNicholas Brothers. Born seven years apart, the brothers performed for decades on stage and screen, later teaching dance to Michael and Janet Jackson, among many others. In the performance below from Stormy Weather, many of their trademark moves are on display — jumping down stairs into splits, sliding up from splits without using hands, and gleefully jumping through orchestra stands, while tap-dancing in unison. This is downright amazing.
Seattle at night, c.1949 © Robert Bradley
Hair for your Face Type c.1940s (via)
Normandy landing that you didnt see. 1944
Red Cross workers.
That is seriously the most badass thing I’ve ever seen.
… i hate to feel like asking: this is for real right?
From the Red Cross page.
New Yorkers beat the heat, 1939-63 © NYDN
1940s Manicure (via)
1948 Vintage Basement Workshop & Laundry Room
Old Hollywood, movie studios, and their logos. 1946.
Staff from Stockholm Transport visiting London Transport, 1948
Source: Stockholm Transport Museum
A man begging his wife’s forgiveness inside Divorce Court, 1948, Chicago.
In the 1940s, comic books were often feminist, diverse, and bold. Then the reactionary Comics Code Authority changed the trajectory of comic book culture for good.