Americana
June 22, 2012 5:10 PM   Subscribe

These Americans is an historical photo narrative with such gems as "Photobooth", "Last Prisoners Leave Alcatraz", Dorothea Lange:"Internment", and the very sexy "Tally Ho". *Nudity and other possibly offensive photos for some*
posted by gman (34 comments total) 68 users marked this as a favorite

 
My favorite is Gatsby.
posted by Mblue at 5:19 PM on June 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


I have no idea how these people got that gorilla wedged into that photo booth, or why.

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These are great. Thanks.
posted by mudpuppie at 5:20 PM on June 22, 2012


The Bunnies set is fantastic! Vintage porn is so much... sexier.
posted by heyho at 5:28 PM on June 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


Man that gay tag is a great way to track male ideal body type perception.
posted by The Whelk at 6:10 PM on June 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


The studio backgrounds, the weird lighting, and the artifical fields, in the beefcake shots, are at an oblique angle to the bruce of LA sunlight, who is the fotog of those?
posted by PinkMoose at 6:32 PM on June 22, 2012


Jerry Brown looks high in the Warhol Polaroids.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 6:47 PM on June 22, 2012


"That's good. Lead with the pelvis. Get that pelvis out in front. Fantastic! Give me more pelvis. More! That's it. Alright, I think I've got what I need here. Take five and stretch a bit."
posted by Rhomboid at 6:50 PM on June 22, 2012 [13 favorites]


The Bunnies set is fantastic! Vintage porn is so much... sexier.

While in grad school I worked in a library* that had the whole run (or close) of Playboy. And I judge this statement true.


I do wish there was more information about where the photos came from, and where possible, who is in them. But that's the librarian in me. It's a really interesting collection of pictures.

*University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Special Collections, FYI.
posted by grapesaresour at 7:00 PM on June 22, 2012


And I judge this statement true.

Yeah, it's "Just look natural and the whole sexy thing will fall into place. Oh, and smile!", not a gynecological exam. Same with the beefcake stuff too.
posted by Zack_Replica at 7:18 PM on June 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


If I'm not mistaken, it seems one of these Klansmen isn't wearing pants. That must've been awkward.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 7:22 PM on June 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Loved the photos, struggled with the interface.
posted by Miko at 8:16 PM on June 22, 2012


I'm struggling with the which looks sillier: Blackface or the KKK bingo night.
Or the flares.
posted by Mezentian at 8:32 PM on June 22, 2012


Loved the photos, struggled with the interface.

This. I don't know if it just didn't like my browser/computer, or if it is poorly designed, but it was not easy to use.
posted by Forktine at 8:33 PM on June 22, 2012


Does anyone know what might be happening in this image from the Byberry Mental Hospital? They appear to be bathing in a most unusual way.
posted by Mezentian at 8:42 PM on June 22, 2012


Some kind of water treatment, probably steam baths.
posted by Miko at 8:48 PM on June 22, 2012


That makes sense. Thanks.
posted by Mezentian at 9:03 PM on June 22, 2012


All kinds of goodies there, like Crumb.
posted by rmmcclay at 12:07 AM on June 23, 2012


Is there some legit reason for the site to disable right-click? It annoys me to an extreme to be unable to open links in other tabs or windows, as I see fit.
posted by Goofyy at 1:35 AM on June 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Just disable JavaScript with NoScript or another FF plugin, and it will work again.
posted by SAnderka at 3:09 AM on June 23, 2012


Goofyy: Clumsy attempt to prevent people using bits of the right click menu to steal images. Happens a lot on photography sites. Most just use java now to try and prevent image theft.
posted by Jilder at 7:43 AM on June 23, 2012


If I'm not mistaken, it seems one of these Klansmen isn't wearing pants. That must've been awkward.

Or maybe it's a woman? Also doesn't fit my usual expectations, but she's smaller, and the way she's holding her hands make it seem like that person could just have a skirt on.
posted by mdn at 7:47 AM on June 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I considered that, too, but then assumed that the 1960s KKK might have been very much a boys' club. Not really big on my Klanology, so I'm really just jumping to conclusions here.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 8:24 AM on June 23, 2012


Yeah, right click blockers just irk me on sites like this; I usually end up scripting something to download the whole shebang so that I can view them at my leisure.

These are, for what it's worth, excellent.
posted by ChrisR at 8:48 AM on June 23, 2012


heyho: "Vintage porn is so much... sexier."
Fewer implants, more body fat.
posted by brokkr at 8:52 AM on June 23, 2012 [3 favorites]


Meta
posted by mlis at 8:53 AM on June 23, 2012


If I'm not mistaken, it seems one of these Klansmen isn't wearing pants.

Casual Fridays
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:19 AM on June 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


I think you mean KKKasual Fridays.
posted by gman at 10:56 AM on June 23, 2012 [7 favorites]


Man that gay tag is a great way to track male ideal body type perception.

Seriously. The '50s beefcake set compared with the '70s Chicago set… that's got to be at least a 10" drop in chest size. (Also, woof.)
posted by spitefulcrow at 1:03 PM on June 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


And these days it would be a 20 inch increase.

Bodies are werid.
posted by The Whelk at 1:15 PM on June 23, 2012


There are some amazing photo sets on that site, although when you look at the front page some of the juxtapositions are uncomfortable.
posted by Lexica at 10:36 PM on June 23, 2012


So who's behind this site anyway?
posted by MartinWisse at 8:24 AM on June 24, 2012


Marisa Stole the Precious Thing: "Yeah, I considered that, too, but then assumed that the 1960s KKK might have been very much a boys' club. Not really big on my Klanology, so I'm really just jumping to conclusions here."

No, sadly, it's pretty much always been a family affair. They have programs for kids, and encourage adults to bring them along, AFAIK.
posted by IAmBroom at 6:19 AM on June 25, 2012


Well, go them, for gender equality.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 9:53 AM on June 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


There's four of them in the picture holding their hands the exact same way. I don't see shoes on the person, which to me suggests flip-flops and shorts, which suggests male. But the watch does appear rather thin, suggesting female, and their appears to be a large garish ring on the middle finger of the left hand, which also seems more female than male.
posted by BurnChao at 2:35 AM on June 28, 2012


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