History’s Cool Kids: The Best Of Old School Cool

March 19, 2014

While nostalgia for yesteryear can feel mawkishly selective, there is a certain je ne sais quoi appeal to fashions past. Enter “old school cool”, a community on Reddit that catalogs some of the best photographs that capture the human appeal of years past. From the vintage to the recent and the celebrity and the criminal, enjoy forty of the best photographs of old school cool:

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Paul Newman Venice

Paul Newman boating around Venice, Italy during a 1963 film festival.

Louis Armstrong Playing At The Sphinx

Louis Armstrong serenades his wife at the Sphinx.

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen resting after completing a 500 mile race in the Mojave Desert.

Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner in the late 1950s.

David Bowie Mugshot

The mugshot of David Bowie after being arrested for marijuana possession in Rochester, New York.

Old School Cool Hippies

Tony Hawk In The Early 1980s

Tony Hawk in the early 1980s.

JFK

John F. Kennedy and Jackie O take in the America's Cup.

Showgirls Playing Chess In 1958

Showgirls play chess before a show in 1958.

Ice Skating In New York

Ice skating in Rockefeller Center in New York City during the early 1930s

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger poses with a glass of cognac.

Aubrey Hepburn

Aubrey Hepburn

Eatmore Ice Cream

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

Princess Yvonne And Princess Alexander In 1955

Princess Yvonne And Princess Alexander of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, Germany, enjoy some mid-day activities in 1955.

Franklin D Roosevelt At Harvard

Franklin D Roosevelt takes a break during crew at Harvard.

Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry poses for the camera while driving in New York City.

James Brown In 1967

James Brown in 1967

Krazy Kat Club In 1921

A photograph from the Krazy Kat Club in 1921.

The Stoned Rollers

The coolest bowling team ever.

Muhammad Ali 1964

Muhammad Ali poses with his prize winnings during a photoshoot in 1964.

New York Subways In 1980s

Sophia Loren Playing Pool

Sophia Loren lining up a shot in pool.

Filming Of Psycho

Stanley Kubrick takes a selfie during the filming of Psycho.

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla

Old School Computers

Mick Jagger And Andy Warhol

Mick Jagger hangs out with Andy Warhol in New York City.

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Boating

Old School Cool Biker Gang

Old School Cool Pictures

Old School Cool Ditka

Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka waves to reporters before the game.

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Sean Connery Teaches Handstands

Sean Connery teaches handstands during breaks of shooting a James Bond film.

Old School Villians

New York City In 1982

Best Of Old School Cool

Waiting for a bus in Iran in the late 1970s

Old School Cool Scooter

Roadside Flowers

A woman sells flowers on the roadside of California in the early 1970s.

The Beatles Arrive In America

When the Beatles arrived in America.

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Berndnaut Smilde’s Incredible Indoor Clouds

March 17, 2014

Imagine working numerous hours to accumulate the perfect combination of both moisture and dust. Eventually, a faint white fog forms, and you snap a photo of the pale indoor cloud. Moments later, the formation is gone, and you’re left in an empty room. Although meticulous and drawn out, this is life for Berndnaut Smilde, the brilliant artist who is well known for his stunning indoor cloud formations.

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Alexander Khokhlov’s Surreal 2D Portraits

March 15, 2014

Many have borrowed from William Shakespeare’s famed “To be, or not to be” line in their work, even those living beyond the literary world’s borders. Alexander Khokhlov is one of them. Fitting up the phrase for the 21st century, ‘2D or Not 2D’ is Khokhlov’s latest series of photos that brings traditional painted portraiture to life. Using a little post-production trompe l’oeil trickery and crafty make-up techniques, the photographer turns traditional 3D portraits into a living replica of 2D art.

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What We Love This Week, Volume LVI

March 14, 2014
Breaking Bad Baby

Source: Design Taxi

Baby Khaleesi, Walter White, Frank Underwood And More

House Of Cards Baby

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Even though we must wait a little longer for the next “Game of Thrones” series to begin, Walter White is long gone and you sank the new season of “House of Cards” in a day, you can still obsess over the iconic series. Except this time, Frank Underwood, Khaleesi and Walter White are all donning diapers. Along with her friend Cristina, Californian photographer Karen Abad has taken some absolutely adorable photos of Cristina’s baby, Olivia, dressed as TV’s most beloved and reviled characters. Who knew cunning, murdering politicians could be so cute? See more of Olivia the actress at Design Taxi.

Game Of Thrones Baby

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The Intricate Worlds Within Magnified Sand

March 11, 2014

Sand. For some, it conjures images of tropical beverages and pristine waters. For others, it’s little more than a ubiquitous pest. Either way, we seldom think of those little granules unless we’re surrounded by them.

Magnified Sand Rock Candy

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Jay Z Visits London, 1988

March 10, 2014

Jay Z Visiting London 1988

The downy cheeked rapper visits foggy London town at the ripe age of 19. Eight years later, Jay would release his first album, “Reasonable Doubt”. The album is regarded by critics as one of the best albums of all time.