Wednesday, 20 January 2016

An Addictive Instagram Account

Young Johnny Depp.

If like me you love looking through old photos, History in Pics is an Instagram account you need to follow. But be warned: you are likely to lose hours of your life to it once
you do, because scrolling through the endlessly entertaining compendium of historical images is totally addictive. From De Niro and Scorsese on the set of Taxi Driver, random Star Wars-esque 19th-century gas masks and Hollywood cat auditions to Woodstock, Bridget Bardot in London and crowds marching on Washington... this random Instagram account has it covered. In fact, it really should come with a health warning... Here's a little selection to drool over:

Aerial View of Times Square, 1967. 

A 1950s car show.

A young West Berlin couple peer over the Wall as the woman speaks to her mother in East Berlin, 1960s.

Vintage soda cans.

Black cat auditions, Hollywood circa 1961.

London girls protest for mini skirts.

Civil Rights March, Washington, 1963.

Model and actress Jean Shrimpton walks barefoot in the rain down Kings Road, London, 1964.

Jimmy Hendrix on Carnaby Street, 1967.

Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams and Billy Crystal, 1986.

A native American Indian lady, 1929.

Robert de Niro and Martin Scorsese on the set of Taxi Driver.

The cast of Pulp Fiction on set.

California in the 70s.

19th century fire fighters would have looked like Darth Vader and C3PO.

Kurt Cobain & Courtney Love, 1992. Photograph by Michael Lavine.

Al Capone's prison cell where he spent about nine months in 1929.

Janis Joplin at Woodstock, 1969.

Bridget Bardot in a London pub, 1968.

The Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

PSA Flight Attendants, 1968. From the San Diego Air and Space Museum Archives.

"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring" - David Bowie.

Louis Armstrong and Johnny Cash, 1970.

Follow History in Pics on Instagram, here. But remember, be prepared...


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    1. I recently found out it was started by 2 teenagers - now 2 very rich teenagers!