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Friday, October 26, 2012

Life photographer Nina Leen's photographs of teenagers in the 40s and 50s are wonderful...


...but my favorite shot of hers has to be this one, taken at the Ringling Bros. Circus in 1949. (Can you spot the acrobat in the background?)


Have a lovely weekend! I'll be hosting a friend from out of town, and helping her build her Halloween costume. She's going as a table, with her head as the main course - kind of like this. Brilliant.

Photos by Nina Leen, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images.

14 comments:

Cassie @ WittyTitleHere.com said...

That last photo is so dreamy! Love the expressions of all the teenagers. You find the greatest things online. :)

Bri said...

that last photo is magical! black and white photography will always be a favorite of mine :)

Eva M. Vázquez said...

Beautiful photos, I love the way they look each others in the first one, and the last one is just hilarious!

Have a nice weekend dear Shoko!

Shoko said...

Thanks, Eva - you, too!

Nicole said...

Love these :) There is something classic and timeless about the 40's and 50's, I think. Good luck with the costume!

ever ours said...

that last photo is rather brilliant indeed.

angela said...

Those are some great photos, I love the ones of the teenagers dancing!

Jessica said...

These are gorgeous! I especially love the top one - it's a shame we don't still dance like that today.

Rachel @ Existation said...

SO wonderful. I always wonder if I would have been a better dresser/known how to do my hair in any way, shape, or form if I had lived back then. Was everyone just impeccable?

Shoko said...

Rachel, it seems that way, right? :)

Kathy said...

I'd love to be those kids in that last photo. What a memory to have! Hope you're having a great weekend!

Charity said...

WOW. I don't have any other words, just...wow!

Sam | ashore said...

Oh my, there is a certain kind of quiet among the commotion in these photos isn't there? Whole rooms full of people, where the most important moments are happening privately.

It's like that quote from The Great Gatsby "and I like large parties. They're so intimate. At small parties there isn't any privacy."

Shoko said...

Sam, I LOVE that quote!

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