• 45 Early Photos Of Babe Ruth From The Library Of Congress

    On July 11, 1914, George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Jr. played his first professional baseball game. The 19-year-old Boston Red Sox pitcher won the game against the Cleveland Naps, 4-3. He wen 0-for-2 at bat, striking out the first time and then removed for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. It was not a glorious start, but he would go on to become the biggest baseball player of the era. To celebrate Babe Ruth’s baseball centennial, we collected these Library of Congress photos from early in his career. Also, we came across his World War I draft card, listing his occupation as “Base Ball” and his place of employment as “Fenway Park.”

  • Bird’s Eye View Airport Photos Are Surprisingly Peaceful [12 Photos]

    When you think about airports, you think about the stress of arriving hours before your flight; the stress of getting fondled and interrogated by TSA; the stress of making it to your gate before your flight leaves despite arriving at the airport hours ago. And if you’re afraid of flying, there’s that, too. Airports are not a peaceful place. At least, they aren’t from our point of view, here on the ground. But when you look down at airports from satellite images, they don’t seem so bad. Just expanses of runways and some cute little planes. Even the world’s busiest airports, like Heathrow and JFK, look serene. For more of these calming airport images, check out Holding Pattern. Just don’t let these pictures fool you, airports are still awful.

  • 3D Images From 1920 Work Better Than You’d Expect [28 Photos and GIFs]

    Before we had 3D IMAX movies, people had to get their 3D fix from stereoscopic images. The stereoscopic process, developed in 1838, originally entailed the use of two drawings slightly different from each other. When viewed as a single image through a special device, the drawing appeared in 3D. When photography was invented, photographs were used and stereograms took off. You may be more familiar with this process through the View-Master toys we all had in the 80s to look at 3D images of Fraggle Rock.

  • This UK House Is Made Out Of Garbage [10 Photos]

    The University of Brighton has added a new building—and it’s unlike any structure in the United Kingdom. The “Waste House,” designed by architect Duncan Baker-Brown of BBM Architects and his students at the University is the first permanent house in the country to be made entirely of recycled material. The materials used were salvaged from demolition sites and found on Freegle, a website where people give away their junk. The most incredible part of the house is the insulation. Windows on the walls allow you to peer in at the variety of materials used to insulate the house, including 20,000 toothbrushes, DVD cases, and two tons of denim. The home will remain on campus permanently and act as a design workshop focusing on sustainable development.

  • Franciele Perão Is The Best Reason To Cheer On Brazil [41 Photos]

    Are you still undecided on who you want to win today’s World Cup match between Germany and Brazil? After these photos of Brazilian model Franciele Perão in her home country’s jersey hit Reddit, we think a few undecided folks have since pledged allegiance to Brazil. After all, who wouldn’t get behind those hips? Be sure to follow Franciele Perão on Facebook.

  • A Photographer Toured North Korea—But Can He Trust What He Saw? [24 Photos]

    Danish photographer Ulrik Pedersen recently traveled to North Korea, capturing these photos of everyday life. At first he was surprised at just how normal life in the isolated dictatorship appeared, but then he realized he wasn’t getting a realistic view of the nation. Pedersen was there for two weeks, and the entire time he was accompanied by his tour guide and driver along with numerous check-ins from government officials. He even noticed that many of the buildings he saw were fakes, constructed simply to back up the made-up stories from his guides. It was this deceptive nature that leads Pedersen to believe that the people are worse off than he previously imagined. For more eye-opening photo collections, visit Ulrik Pedersen Photography.

  • 9 Mind Blowing Photos Of Typhoon Neoguri From Space

    Typhoon Neoguri is currently battering Okinawa as it moves torwards Japan’s main island of Honshu. The storm, expecting to reach Tokyo on Thursday, is the equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of 123 mph and gusts up to 168 mph. Early this morning, Alexander Gerst, an astronaut from the European Space Agency currently aboard the International Space Station, captured these incredible photos as the ISS traveled over the Pacific. The size of the storm has been compared to Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the US east coast in 2012. Keep up with Gerst’s photos from ISS at Flickr.

  • Astronomy Photographer Of The Year Finalists Announced [8 HQ Photos]

    The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the finalists for its sixth annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year Award. The competition ends September 17 and on the following day, an exhibition of the winning images opens at the Royal Observatory. The overall winner will be awarded £1500 ($2500), while winners of each of the different categories will receive £500 ($850). For more info on the contest and exhibition, visit Royal Museums Greenwich. More of the submitted photos can be viewed at the contest’s official Flickr album.

  • 17 Photos Of “Fancy Cycling” Tricks From 1901

    Although initially developed in the mid-1800s, the bicycle as we know it today really took off in the 1890s, thanks to the invention of the pneumatic tire and rear freewheel. The bicycle craze took hold across Europe and America and it was only a matter of time before old-timey daredevils were doing tricks that would curl your mustache. In 1901, “Fancy Cycling” by Isabel Marks was published. The book featured photos of unenthusiastic Edwardian socialites engaging in all manner of cycling shenanigans. The book was republished last year and is available on Amazon.

  • 33 Never Before Seen Photos Of World War I

    On June 28, 1914, Bosnian Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. This event led Austria-Hungary to decalre war on Serbia and due to the alliance system, by August of 1914, most of Europe became entangled in what would eventually be known as World War I. What’s incredible is that 100 years after the war began, we are still uncovering relics from the era. These previously unpublished photos reveal some of the more unfamiliar aspects of the war, including gas mask tests, pigeon lofts, and officer celebrations.

  • 50 Photos Of A July 4th Celebration In 1941

    From 1935 to 1944, the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information collected photographs depicting American life. In total, over 175,000 black and white film negatives were collected. In 1941, photographer Ruseell Lee captured a 4th of July celebration in Vale, Oregon for the FSA. We’ve highlighted some of the best photos in this gallery to show you how this holiday has been bringing together Americans with picnics, parades, and baseball for many years. Even when a grass fire breaks out. For more photos from this incredible, historic collection, check out the Library of Congress FSA Collection.

  • Lou Gehrig Bid Farewell To Baseball 75 Years Ago

    On July 4, 1939, Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig bid farewell to baseball. He played 17 seasons with Yankees, setting records for career grand slams and consecutive games played. He played 2130 games before taking himself out of the lineup for the first time in May, 1939. A trip to the Mayo Clinic led to a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The public was made aware of his illness on June 19 and the Yankees announced his retirement June 21. The Yankees proclaimed July 4, 1939 “Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day” and Gehrig gave the following speech, considered one of the best of 20th century, in front of 61,808 fans. Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, more »

  • 5 Amazing Photos Of One World Trade Center Struck By Lightning

    Hurricane Arthur is traveling up the east coast, ruining the 4th of July for everyone and last night New York got a taste of the bad weather with a sever lightning storm. As much as we cursed the storm, it did make for some fantastic visuals. The spire atop One World Trade Center made more an excellent lightning rod and a few photographers were lucky enough to capture the scene. But as cool as it was, it would be great if we could get some nice weather this weekend…

  • These Low And High Tide Photos Will Amaze You

    English photographer Michael Marten spent 8 years traveling around the British coastline, capturing the drastic changes from low to high tide. The photos, taken from the same location 6 or 18 hours apart, illustrate the power of a natural force that we usually experience gradually, oblivious to the dramatic transition. 53 such photos were collected in a book titled Sea Change: A Tidal Journey Around Britain. For more photos from the series and other projects, visit Michael Marten Fine Art Photography.

  • These “Vintage” Surfing Photos Were All Taken In The Last Decade [27 Photos]

    Since 2006, photographer Joni Sternbach has been making tintypes of surfers all over the world. Tintypes are an early style of photograph that involves producing an image on thin iron plates. The resulting image has a haunting quality that looks like something out of the late 19th century. Sternbach is working on publishing a book of the series and has a Kickstarter page set up to help with publishing costs. The project has already reached its goal, but there is still one week left for those who wish to reserve a copy or get some extras, such as archival prints. To view the rest of the series and other great work, check out Joni Sternbach Photography. 

  • 14 Hybrid Photos of London’s Bridges Then And Now

    London’s Tower Bridge turns 120 this week and to celebrate the mileston the Museum of London Docklands is hosting its largest art exhibit. Titled Bridge, the exhibit features both historical and contemporary works of art and photography showcasing the city’s many bridges. The museum used photos from their archives and contemporary photos taken from the same angle to create these hybrid photos below. No matter how life has changed over the last century, these bridges are still just as important at connecting the city and its citizens. For more info on the exhibit, running through November 2, check out the Museum of London Docklands.

  • Take A Look At Coney Island In The 60s [15 Photos]

    Born in New York in the 1940s, photographer Aaron Rose has spent more than 60 years exploring the city and capturing its citizens with his keen eye and had already produced more than 25,000 photos before the art world took notice of him in the 90s. Until a small selection of his work was shown at the Whitney Biennial in 1997, only friends and family were aware of Rose’s talent. A current show at the Museum of the City of New York titled In A World of Their Own: Coney Island Photographs by Aaron Rose, 1961-1963 spotlights 70 photos Rose captured of the city’s most famous beach. For more info on the exhibit, on display through August 3, visit the Museum of the City of New York.

  • Abandoned WWII Fighter Planes Lie Hidden In Ohio [15 Photos]

    Scrapyard worker Walter Soplata began a one-man mission in the late 1940s to save the fighter planes of World War II from being dismantled and hid them in his backyard in Newbury, Ohio. Over the years, Soplata bought up about 50 engines and 30 aircraft until his death in 2010. Family members have kept the location secret, fearing scrappers would destroy the planes, but urban explorer and photographer Johnny Joo recently stumbled upon the site. A family member gave him Joo the history and allowed him to take these incredible photos. For more great pics of long-abandoned places, check out Johnny Joo Photography on Facebook.

  • These Hyperrealistic Sculptures Are Made From Stone [11 Photos]

    We’ve shared the work of plenty of hyperrealistic painters whose oil paintings look high-resolution photographs but these hyperrealistic sculptures are in another league. Sculptor Robin Antar began working with stone in high school art classes and now, almost 40 years later, has carved her own niche in the art-world with her hyperrealistic work. Antar takes common, everyday objects and replicates them, sometimes enlarging them, but keeping every detail intact. Antar’s method involves using pieces from the actual object along with custom-made stains, paints, plastics, and gold leaf. Tell me you wouldn’t eat those Mint Milanos. And stone boxing gloves could make for one helluva funtastic bloodsport! For more work from Robin Antar, check out Realism in Stone. 

  • 10 Famous Faces As Face Paintings

    Using just makeup and face paint, makeup artist Maria Malone-Guerbaa is able to transform her models’ faces into those of celebrities and popular characters. Whereas many makeup artists rely on prosthetics to achieve similar transformations, Maria just needs paint and her natural talent. The London-based artist actually came to her profession relatively late. After starting a family and having two children, Maria decided to enroll in makeup school at the age of 33. Now 40, her immense talent has led to work in theater and television in England. Take a look at some of her work below and check out more at Facebook.

  • Love Letters As Street Art [20 Photos]

    New York-based artist Stephen Powers first garnered attention as a graffiti artist in New York City and his native Philadelphia under the name ESPO, which stood for Exterior Surface Painting Outreach. Powers gave up graffiti to become a full-time studio artist in 2000, but returned to the streets of Philadelphia in 2009 to celebrate his 25th anniversary as an artist. The project was a series of love letters to his hometown encompassing 50 walls on a 20 block stretch of Market Street. The series was a huge success and Powers took the idea on the road, painting love letters in Brooklyn, Dublin, Johannesburg, and other cities. The works were collected in two books, “A Love Letter For You” and “A Love Letter to the City,” available at Powers’ website, First and Fifteenth.

  • 1970s Brooklyn Was Nothing Like The Borough We Know Today [28 Photos]

    From 1972 to 1977, the Environmental Protection Agency sponsored DOCUMERICA, a project set up to “photographically document subjects of environmental concern.” Like the FSA photographers of the New Deal, many of the DOCUMERICA photographers interpreted this to be a broader “document America in all its forms” type of project. And its a good thing they did. World-renowned photographer Danny Lyon was one of the 70 DOCUMERICA photographers. Lyon documented inner-city life in El Paso, Galveston, Houston, Chicago, Brooklyn, and Patterson, New Jersey. His photos capture low-income and ethnic neighborhoods that would end up facing extinction, but not from environmental concerns. It would be in the name of “progress” that this way of life would eventually disappear. Brooklyn is New York City’s fastest-growing borough and its gentrified neighborhoods are drawing more and more young professionals, but it wasn’t always like that. In the 1970s, as neighborhoods continued to shift form Italian and Jewish to black and Puerto-Rican, racial tensions led to rising crime rates and an exodus of almost 500,000 residents, many of them white. Since big developers were wary of the area, Brooklyn became one of the most well-preserved 19th century cities in the country. Lyon recognized the beauty in more »

  • President Obama Plays Ping Pong, Gets Photoshopped [32 Photos]

    While in London, President Obama joined UK Prime Minister David Cameron in a game of ping pong with two students at the Globe Academy. The two lost the lighthearted doubles match, but the scene made for a great photo-op. Then the Internet saw the pictures. Over the past 24 hours, Reddit’s PhotoshopBattles was busy ‘shopping the president into scenes from Star Wars, Forrest Gump, and even sadomasochism-heavy film “Secretary.” Let this be a lesson to you: If you are photographed biting your lip while holding a ping pong paddle, you’ll soon find yourself whacking Maggie Gyllenhaal’s posterior. And check out the rest of the submissions on Reddit.

  • New York Then And Now [18 Photos and Video]

    Amateur photographer Cora Drimus traveled to New York City in April and used the photographs of her trip to make this incredible video juxtaposing the new photos with old shots, some dating back to the 19th century, of the same locations. The result is a reminder of just how much New York City and the world as a whole has changed over the course of the last century. The transition from horse and buggies to cars, railroads to highways, and the rise of ever taller skyscrapers are all documented here. Watch the video and check out some of our favorite photos below.

  • World’s Largest Underground Trampoline Unveiled [5 Photos]

    Zip World in Wales, already home to the longest zip line in the Northern Hemisphere is now claiming the world’s largest underground trampoline. Is it a default title, since it’s the only underground trampoline we know of? Probably, but that doesn’t negate how huge of a project it is. Opening to the public July 3, Bounce Below is part of the Zip World amusement park in northern Wales. An enormous slate cavern has been transformed for the project with the installation of 3 trampolines, each linked by a 60-foot slide. The first trampoline is 20 feet from the ground, the second is 60 feet, and the highest is 180 feet above the ground. Each trampoline is about 60 feet wide, accommodating plenty of people. For more info, check out Zip World.

  • Catalans Protest Using Human Towers [11 Photos]

    The Catalan people of northeastern Spain are seeking support for a referendum in November calling for the region to become an independent state. To raise awareness of the issue, Catalans in 8 European capitals, including London, Paris, Rome, and Berlin, erected human towers on June 8, at 12 PM Barcelona time. The “towers for democracy” then sparked more human towers in 60 other cities around the world, including Montreal and Santiago. Although part of Spain, Catalonia has its own unique culture and heritage. The Catalan language is its own Romance language distinct from the Spanish and French also spoken in the region. In the 1930s, Spanish dictator Francesco Franco tried to quash the identity and spirit of the Catalans, but since the 1960s, the the movement for an independent Catalonia has grown. The construction of human towers, or castells, is a practice that dates back to the early 18th century in southern Catalonia. The practice involves competing teams, or olles castelleres, elegantly raising each other up to 36 feet in the air. The unique tradition was declared Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010. Despite the Spanish government stating the Catalans have no right to call more »

  • Mexico Celebrates National Pole Dance Day [9 Photos]

    On June 8, Mexico celebrated Pole Dance National Day for the fourth year in a row. The holiday aims to bring awareness to the skill involved with the sport that is often unfairly dismissed as being sleazy. Pole dancing, or pole fitness, is an increasingly popular sport in Mexico whose practitioners claim improves their strength and fitness. During the holiday, pole dancers take to the streets, parks, and outdoor gyms and display their talent using street lamps, sign posts, or whatever else is available. Now that the holiday is popular in Mexico, it’s time for it to spread to the rest of the world. What do you say, pole dancers of the USA? Show us your stuff!

  • 25 HQ Aerial Photos That Give You A New Perspective Of The World

    In 1987, author Frank White first described the Overview Effect as an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of Earth and mankind’s place upon it. When viewing the planet from above, some astronauts have described a feeling of awe and understanding of the interconnectedness between all species. Obviously, it’s not possible for all of us to travel to space and experience the Overview Effect, but a website aims to do the next best thing by offering daily high quality satellite images of locations all over the planet. Farms, parking lots, cemeteries, cities—all are on display at the site. Some of our favorites are below, but plenty more can be found at Daily Overview.

  • 25 Amazing HQ Photos Of London Subways In the 1980s

    While working as a projectionist at a porn theater in London in the 1980s, Bob Mazzer would take a camera with him and capture his fellow passengers on the Tube every day. Mazzer captured all the great emotions, love, hate, happiness, and drunkenness, in his photos. Seriously, there’s a couple of ladies drinking whiskey and beer on their ride in one of the pictures. All of the subcultures of the era are also on display with skins, punks, soulboys, teds, and whatever the hell else they had over there at the time (but nary a chav in sight!). For the next month, you can see the photos in person for the first time at London’s Howard Griffin Gallery. You can also purchase a limited edition book of Mazzer’s work titled Bob Mazzer Underground for £20.00, which is about a million dollars (or maybe $35).

  • The Early High-Speed Photography Of Doc Edgerton [20 Photos]

    In the 1930s, MIT professor Harold Edgerton, or “Doc,” began using short flashes of light to produce still photographs of fast-moving objects. High-speed photography was born. Doc became famous for his photographs of athletes in action and birds in flight. His team also photographed atomic bomb explosions at Nevada Proving Grounds in the 50s for research purposes. Doc’s contribution to photography didn’t end with the strobe flash. He also worked with Jacques Cousteau developing underwater photographic techniques and side-scan sonar devices to map the ocean floor. Check out some of his photos below and many more at the Edgerton Digital Collection.

  • Boeing 727 Transformed Into A Home [7 Photos]

    In 1999, electrical engineer Bruce Campbell (not THAT Bruce Campbell) decided to use 10 acres of Oregon wilderness he purchased in his 20s for $23,000 to house a retired aircraft. Originally his plan was to build a home out of old freight vans, but after hearing about a hairdresser in Mississippi who had purchased a 727, he chose that route instead. He spent $220,000 and lots of time and work on his 727 home that he lives in for 6 months of the year. It’s a modest home, featuring a futon, a makeshift shower, a microwave, and one bathroom, but it works for Campbell. His next plan is to do the same with a 747 in Japan, where he lives the other 6 months of the year. 

  • NYC Subways In The 1930s Were Classy [26 Photos]

    Photographer Walker Evans is best known for his portraits of Alabama sharecroppers that he captured for Fortune Magazine in 1936 while on leave from his job as Information Specialist with the Farm Security Administration, but a couple years later he began working on a very different series of portraits. In 1938, Evans began taking photos of everyday commuters in New York City subway cars. To capture his subjects naturally, Evans used a small camera painted flat black that he hung around his neck and hid under his coat. The shutter was rigged to a cable that ran down his sleeve into his hand. For 3 years, Evans used this method, without aid of a flash or viewfinder. The resulting portraits were published in 1966 in a book titled Many Are Called.   Looking through these photos, we are presented with a subway that’s alien to what we have today. Although we’ve come a long way from the filthy, dangerous subways of the 70s and 80s (which you can check out in this gallery!), you’ll never see cars filled with people in hats and furs. Well, maybe on the L into Williamsburg, but that’s a bit different.

  • 21 More Before and After VFX Photos From Classic Movies

    Although movies seem to be increasingly reliant on computer-generated visual effects (did Ryan Reynolds really need a CGI costume in Green Lanter?), chroma-keying with blue or green screens is nothing new. To illustrate the point, we’ve included some classic films that used visual effects for otherwise impossible scenes, like Ghostbusters and Back to the Future, along with newer movies, like The Great Gatsby, where computers are used for every last detail to perfectly convey the director’s vision. After looking through this gallery, be sure to check out our previous collection of Before and After CGI Shots.

  • Female Celebrities With ‘Shopped Muscles Are…Confusing [20 Photos]

    Ever dream of seeing your favorite female celebrity with outrageously muscular arms? No? Well too bad, because here they are. DeviantArt user edinaus Photoshops some of the biggest names in Hollywood in order to give them arms that would make Ivan Drago envious. The resulting photos are enticing to some (check out the comments on deviantArt) and unnerving to others (me!). Although, to be honest, Ashley Olsen could benefit from a little bit of muscle. If these photos are get your motor running (we don’t judge), head over to deviantArt for the rest of the series.

  • 15 Photos Of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals

    Designer and art director Dinah Fried first came up with the idea for her book Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals while a student at Rhode Island School of Design. Originally just 5 photographs of meals described in famous works of literature, Fired eventually prepared and photographed 50 meals for the book. Each photo is accompanied with the description from the novel along with anecdotes about the authors and their works. 15 of the photos are presented below, but to see the rest, order your copy of Fictitious Dishes. The series is pretty great, but Fried should try tackling one of the banquets from a Brian Jacques “Redwall” novel. What literary meal would you like to see photographed?