Every Picture Tells A Story: Louise Armstrong plays to his wife under the shadow of the Great Sphinx

Every Picture Tells A Story: Louise Armstrong plays to his wife under the shadow of the Great Sphinx

At the height of the Cold War era, the United States send ambassadors for the American way of life by sending its best ambassadors abroad in the form of creative emissaries — jazz musicians. After all, music has a way of bringing people together and forgetting their differences. As part of this cultural diplomacy, the great…

Every Picture Tells A Story: Travelling Salesman's case with neon tubes, 1935

Every Picture Tells A Story: Travelling Salesman’s case with neon tubes, 1935

Not much is known of this travelling neon salesman's case, other than it's beautiful and would have no doubt attracted scores of customers. It belonged to a company salesman for Dorwalt Signs in Pennsylvania and dates from 1935. As you probably already know, I am obssessed with neon, having written about Neon Art and Loneliness in the…

Every Picture Tells A Story: The Dopest Nuns in the World

Every Picture Tells A Story: The Dopest Nuns in the World

Californian Nuns, Sister Kate and Sister Darcy grow, cultivate and harvest medicinal marijuana. This heavenly dope strain is called 'The Sisters of the Valley'. The Sisters prepare their remedies observing the cycles of the moon and in a spiritual environment. You can find them here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQgTcXJkwTc Courtesy of Shaughn Crawford and John DuBois

Every Picture Tells A Story: Teens in Brooklyn (1980's)

Every Picture Tells A Story: Teens in Brooklyn (1980’s)

A booming melting pot of ethnicities and a kaleidoscope of cool new music and art, Brooklyn before the hipsters arrived there must have been a cool place to hang out in the 1980's. Here teens show off their Trans Am car in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, circa 1983. The vampish make-up and neon, that chrome hood gleaming…

Every Picture Tells A Story: Samurai Warrior, 19th Century

Every Picture Tells A Story: Samurai Warrior, 19th Century

Who were the Samurai?  For roughly a thousand years, from about the 800s to the late 1800s, warfare in Japan was dominated by an elite class of warriors known as the samurai. Horses were their special weapons: only samurai were allowed to ride horses in battle. Like European knights, the samurai served a lord (daimyo).…

Every Picture Tells A Story: Le Monocle of Montmartre during the roaring 20's

Every Picture Tells A Story: Le Monocle of Montmartre during the roaring 20’s

If you lived in Paris and particularly Montmartre during the 20's and 30's of last century then you were in for a night of debauchery and decadence after dark at a bar called Le Monocle. This part of Paris was where artists, bohemians, can-can dancers from the Moulin Rouge, business men, and the queer community all…

Every Picture Tells A Story: Krazy Kat Klub, Washington D.C. (1921)

Every Picture Tells A Story: Krazy Kat Klub, Washington D.C. (1921)

Source: Imgur The Krazy Kat Klub (from Wikipedia)  The Krazy Kat Klub (alternatively, Krazy Kat Club, Krazy Kat Klubb, etc.) was a Bohemian cafe, speakeasy and nightclub that operated at No. 3 Green Court near Washington, D.C.'s Thomas Circle during the early decades of the 20th Century. The club was run by portraitist and theatrical…