Levi Strauss jeans 140 years of history. Beyond doubt, the jeans phenomenon is a big even in the history of dress, and not only in the United Sates. Indeed, the habit of wearing jeans is – along with the computer, the copying machine, rock music, polio vaccine, and the hydrogen bomb – one of major contributions of the United States to the postwar world at large. Continue reading →
World’s Strongest Girl Varya Akulova was listed twice in the World Guinness Records as the strongest girl on the planet. In 2004, when she was 12, Varya Akulova lifted a total of 350 kg, while her own weight was only 40 kg. The Ukrainian girl lifted a 100 kg barbell for the first time at the age of three. Varya Akulova is 21 now, she has turned into a beautiful lady and she continues to set records in weightlifting. Her next goal is a golden Olympic Medal and the title of the World’s Strongest Woman. Varvara Yurievna Akulova was born in the Ukrainian miner town of Krivoy Rog on 10 January 1992 into a family of circus performers Yuriy Akulov and Larisa Akulova. Varya managed to get a job at a circus with her mother and father when she was 10 years old. Now the family lives in Kiev. Continue reading →
Miss emergency department of the Primorsky Territory (Far East)
Police and prisons beauty pageants in Russia. Enforcement and penal system finally have become a part of everyday life in Russia. They are now cultivating image of “warm and cozy” family home. For example, throughout the regions the Interior Ministry and the Federal Penitentiary hold beauty contests, which represented police women and criminal-minded women as the example of eternal feminity. Continue reading →
Amelia and her animals. American photographer from New Jersey Robin Schwartz has been photographing her adorable daughter for more than 10 years. Amelia here is in a company of a variety of animals. The result has become impressive – two albums of beautiful and inspiring photographs – “The World of Amelia” and “kinship with animals.” Each album shows a girl next to wild animals to whom they are like her brothers and sisters. Schwartz earned a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Pratt Institute and her photographs are held in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, The Smithsonian American Museum of Art, Washington, D.C., The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Chrysler Museum of Art, The Bibliotheque Nationale, France and The Museum Folkwang, Germany. Continue reading →
“Café Pushkin” – a Russian aristocratic cuisine restaurant, with a re-created atmosphere of the historic country estate.
Aristocratic restaurant Cafe Pushkin. Until 1766 eating places were always part of a hotel or an inn. But that year a chief named Boulanger opened the first public dining place in Paris. The owner placed a sign in front of his establishment. This sign was an adaption of the famous quotation from the Bible: “Come unto me, all ye that are hungry and I shall restore you”. From that word “restore” (in French “restaurerai”) the establishment became known as a “Restaurant” and since then this name has been applied to eating places all over the world. Continue reading →
James Dean, Actor. Died in 1955, at age 24, in a car crash
People who live fast die younger, as light that burns twice as bright burns half as long. Stars such as Kurt Cobain, are more likely to die young, according to new research. The deaths of Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison still fodder for books and films decades later. The price of fame equated to up to seven and a half years of life. Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and more did not realise their potential. Fame really does have a price, research shows. Young people considering chasing fame may face early death. Another recent analysis of rock and pop stars found that many of those who died young had been abused when young. The British researchers said that the trappings of a rock and roll lifestyle may be especially attractive to those who have had an unhappy childhood. Dying young is truly tragic, but at least these people made their mark on society before checking out early. Below is the list of famous people who died before the age of 30. Continue reading →
Musician. French seventeenth-century grotesque costumes. Paris, circa 1700.
French seventeenth-century grotesque costumes is a very rare series of fancy trade costumes by de Larmessin (or L’Armessin). L’Armessin family was a renowned French dynasty of engravers, printers, and booksellers active during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The suite of prints depict people in fancy dresses of different professions. The series of these beautiful prints was given various titles: Les costumes grotesques et les metiers, Costumes grotesques, or Habits des metiers et professions. These exceptionally beautiful prints were made by Nicolas de Larmessin II (1638-1694), known for his numerous engravings for books, calendars, almanacs, and various decorative prints. Each plate is devoted to a single stylized character, usually an itinerant craftsman, merchant or street vendor. The figures are portrayed much in the manner of Arcimboldo, the accoutrements and tools of their particular trade whimsically adorning their clothes, and sometimes constituting their anatomies. Continue reading →