Cool Old Photos – Vol 1 – 15 Historic Photos
A picture is worth a thousand words, so they say. These cool old photos go a long way towards telling the stories of historical figures and events from the past. Taken long ago simply to document the present, they now help us understand the past. Take a look at these 15 cool old photos and enjoy some history!
Roommates: Ralph Horton, Jr., Lem Billings, and John F Kennedy were roommates at Princeton in 1935. This photo was used on a Christmas card from the trio.
Betty Blythe in the 1921 silent film – The Queen of Sheba. The film is a drama produced by Fox Studios about the ill-fated romance between Solomon, the King of Israel and the Queen of Sheba – played by Blythe. The movie is well known by silent film fans for its use of risqué costumes, which was rare in Hollywood during this period. Only a small amount of the movie survives today.
Motorcycle chariot race at the 1936 Police Carnival in Sydney, Australia. This cool old photo shows two policeman racing in front of approximately 50,000 people packed into the stands at the Sydney Show Ground on March 1, 1936.
Albert Einstein holding an Albert Einstein marionette puppet – ca 1931. This photo is believed to have been taken after Einstein saw a show put on by the Yale Puppeteers. The troupe of artists consisted of Forman Brown, Harry Burnett, and Roddy Brandon during the 1920s and spent almost the next 70 years touring the United States where they put on satirical performances that featured puppets in starring roles. In 1965, while talking to the Los Angeles Times, Harry Burnett reflected on his career and recalled how the puppet troupe “presented a special show for Dr. Albert Einstein when he visited the street while teaching at Caltech.” He went on to say that “Einstein saw the puppet perform at the Teatro Torito [a predecessor to the Turnabout Theater] and was quite amused. He reached into his jacket’s breast pocket, pulled out a letter and crumpled it up. Speaking in German, he said, ‘The puppet wasn’t fat enough!’ He laughed and stuffed the crumpled letter up under the smock to give the puppet a fatter belly. This is a wonderful photograph that Harry treasured. Harry Burnett also kept the letter in a frame and loved to retell the story and at the end give his pixish laugh.”
Texaco’s futuristic streamlined Doodlebug Tank Truck – 1935. The driver is seen here filling the underground gas container of a Texaco service station in Illinois. (theoldmotor.com)