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Vintage Photos of Raucous Florida Teens Hanging Out at a Rural Roller Skating Rink

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In the fall of 1972, Bill Yates was wandering a rural area of Hillsborough County called Six Mile Creek, near Tampa. He was studying photography at the University of South Florida at the time and had just completed a workshop with renowned New York City street photographer Garry Winogrand. Yates spotted Sweetheart Roller Skating during his travels, returned that evening to photograph the teenage night life, and eventually shot more than 800 images of Sweetheart regulars — some of which he amassed for a portfolio that helped him get into the grad program at the Rhode Island School of Design.
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Vintage Photos Transformed Into Dreamlike Portraits

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Australian artist Jane Long’s Dancing with Costică series is inspired by the works of Romanian war photographer Costică Acsinte (or Axinte). Long was searching for photos to practice her retouching skills on and discovered an online archive of Acsinte’s images taken during the 1930s and ‘40s. “I will probably never know the real stories of these people but in my mind they became characters in tales of my own invention,” Long said of the work. The artist created an otherworldly landscape for the figures in Acsinte’s images, lending a surreal and dreamlike quality to the portraits. See the before and after, below.
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Bookish Business Card Designs

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Happy Book Lovers’ Day, lit fiends! If you’re looking for an excuse to blow off your responsibilities, this is it. While you’re getting lost in a good book — preferably in bed — keep the bookish theme of your day going by browsing a few business card designs inspired by, well, books. We like to think that book nerds are more clever than the average human. So, get creative with your schmoozing, and try one of these literary designs for yourself.
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The Nostalgic, Vibrant World of Advertising Mascots

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Most of us have fond memories from our childhood about the advertising mascots splashed across the boxes and packaging of our favorite cereals, toys, and more. Pop culture historian Warren Dotz has researched and collected those offbeat characters and brand icons in two beautiful books, the new Mr. Product: The Graphic Art of Advertising’s Magnificent Mascots 1960–1985 and the recently re-published Meet Mr. Product: The Art of the Advertising Character.
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Vintage Photos of Patriotic July 4th Pinups

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Nothing says the birth of the United States as an independent nation like vintage bathing beauties posing with oversized phalluses firecrackers. Happy July 4th, America! We’re celebrating with a slice of cheesecake from these historical hotties — including a few famous names like Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, and Ava Gardner. These beachy pinups, adored by G.I.s during wartime, are sure to put you in a patriotic mood.
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Postcard-Perfect Paintings of Fashionable Vintage Women

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It would be easy to mistake the paintings of James Rieck for photos from the new season of Mad Men (wishful thinking), but the Maryland/DC-area artist, who we spotted on Fubiz, simply has an affinity for all things vintage and feminine. Combining his past as a muralist, the vintage fashions found in old advertisements, and picture-perfect nature backdrops, Rieck’s hyper-stylized paintings are total eye candy. The poses and mixed colorful separates are all catalogue model, while the backgrounds are all ‘60s postcard. The artist elevates the humor by cropping the women just slightly above their lipstick-slick grins, which calls attention to the cheesy poses and scenarios. And if you’re a fashion bug, Rieck’s picks will delight. Shout out granny panties.
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Whimsical Vintage European Circus Poster Art

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Englishman Philip Astley is credited with inventing the modern circus, but the art form and entertainment spectacle dates back to ancient times where trained beasts and chariot races brought audiences to a roar. These boldly colored vintage posters of circus acts from the 19th and early 20th centuries show how the circus evolved on European shores. The images come from the Circus Museum in the Netherlands — we first spotted them on Juxtapoz — and they feature whimsical characters and eye-catching designs.
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Vintage Torch Songs for Your Summer Crush

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Today marks the birthday of the “Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald. Famous for her silky voice and successful jazz standards, Fitzgerald knew how to bring tears to audiences’ eyes with her achingly beautiful renditions of popular torch songs. In honor of the Queen of Jazz, we’ve rounded up other weep-worthy, sentimental ballads from the 1920s that sing of lost love and other romantic dilemmas we can all relate to. Turn to these tunes while you’re busy crushing on that someone special from afar or licking your wounds following a summer fling.
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