What We Loved This Week, Apr. 10 – 16

Under the hood with the Ku Klux Klan, absurd vintage men’s underwear ads, inside New York’s modern tenements, harsh life in Soviet Lithuania, five disorders almost too crazy to be real.

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Image Source: Vintage Everyday

Vintage Men’s Underwear Ads You Won’t Believe Actually Existed

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Image Source: Vintage Everyday

Modern male underwear models might make you a little uncomfortable, but these vintage advertisements take it to a whole new level. From high-waisted grandpa briefs to shaving cowboys to camo onesies, these ads have a little bit of something for everyone.

We aren’t sure that these vintage advertisements will be bringing sexy back anytime soon, but it’s fun to see what people once thought the “great American male” should be wearing underneath their clothes.

See more at Vintage Everyday.

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Image Source: Vintage Everyday

Inside A Ku Klux Klan Wedding

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Image Source: The Washington Post

Underneath the hoods, the members of the Ku Klux Klan are people just like you and me. Well, not at all like you and me, but they do of course laugh and hug and smile just like the rest of us — and even get married.

Now, as documented in this 2015 photo series, at least some of those weddings happen in the traditional Klan robes and feature cross burnings. But still, it’s jarring to see members of today’s Klan simply sitting around — no hoods, no rituals — and behaving like “normal” people.

See more at The Washington Post (photos by Peter van Agtmael for Magnum Photos).

Kkk Red Robe Dog

Image Source: The Washington Post

Kkk No Hoods

Image Source: The Washington Post

Life In NYC’s Cramped Tenement Houses

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Family Portrait, 2004. Image Source: Slate

Could you raise a family in a 350-square-foot space? The Lam family certainly has. Living in a tenement building on Chinatown’s Ludlow Street, the Lams opened their doors to photographer Thomas Holton in 2003 so that he could document their living circumstances and, as Slate writes, “feel more connected to his Chinese heritage.”

The relationship between Holton and the Lams lasted for over a decade, and provided him with enough material for a book, aptly titled the Lams of Ludlow Street.

The book was published this month by Lehrer Verlag, and if you can’t buy it, you can check out some photos on Slate.

Bath Time

Bath Time, 2004. Image Source: Slate

Bedroom

Spring Break, 2010. Image Source: Slate

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