Something’s Got to Give – Marilyn Monroe’s Never-Before-Seen Nearly Nude Photos

While the film never made it to theaters, stills and photographs from the shoot have been exhibited the world over, though only the best images have survived — Monroe reportedly destroyed negatives of pictures she didn’t like. The star celebrated her 36th birthday on the set of her last film, dying just two months later on August 5, 1962.
While filming Something’s Got to Give, Fox studios permitted Monroe to travel to New York to serenade President John F. Kennedy at his birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden.
On the edge. Producer Henry Weinstein and director George Cukor fired Monroe after a series of absences, rehiring her only after her co-star Dean Martin refused to work with anyone else.
Something’s Got to Give was supposed to be a closed set, but Monroe personally invited photographers to snap up pictures of her.
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Streets of New York, 1950s, by Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an American amateur street photographer who was born in New York but grew up in France, and after returning to the U.S., worked for about forty years as a nanny in Chicago. During those years she took about 100,000 photographs, primarily of people and cityscapes most often in Chicago, although she traveled and photographed worldwide.

Her photographs remained unknown and mostly undeveloped until they were discovered by a local historian, John Maloof, in 2007. Following Maier’s death her work began to receive critical acclaim. Her photographs have appeared in newspapers in Italy, Argentina, and England, and have been exhibited alongside other artists’ work in Denmark and Norway.

Collected here are Maier’s photos that were all taken in New York during the 1950s. They’ll transport you back into another time and place while still making you feel connected to the subjects as a whole.

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Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building, or Fuller Building, as it was originally called, is located at 175 Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan, New York City and is considered to be a groundbreaking skyscraper. Upon completion in 1902 it was one of the tallest buildings in the city and the only skyscraper north of 14th Street. The building sits on a triangular island block formed by Fifth Avenue, Broadway and East 22nd Street, with 23rd Street grazing the triangle's northern (uptown) peak. It anchors the south (downtown) end of Madison Square, and the north (uptown) end of the Ladies' Mile Historic District. (via)

Flatiron Building, New York. The Manhattan landmark under construction circa 1902.

The Flatiron Building circa 1903, with Broadway on the left and Fifth Avenue on the right, and lots of street traffic all around this early skyscraper shortly after its completion.

Circa 1904. Electric omnibuses at the Flatiron Building.

New York circa 1905. Flat-iron corner after snowstorm.

New York circa 1905. Flatiron Building, corner after snow storm.

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Boardwalk Empire panorama, 1910

Click on the picture to view it larger. (via)

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Tiller Girls

The Tiller Girls were among the most popular dance troupes of the 1900s, first formed by John Tiller in Manchester, England, in 1890. Whilst on visits to the theatre, Tiller had noticed the overall effect of a chorus of dancers was often spoiled by lack of discipline. Tiller found that by linking arms the dancers could dance as one; he is credited with inventing precision dance. Possibly most famous for their high-kicking routines, the Tiller Girls were highly trained and precise. (Wikipedia, via)

Tiller Girls 1891 Oldest

Tiller girls Berlin 1920s

Billy Merson & The Tiller Girls in Comets

Tillers 1937 Blackpool

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Ziegfeld Sheet Music

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Streetlife Photographs of Late 60s in London

Some of these photos show the street in it's glory days in the late Sixties, including the polka dotted Mens boutique Lord John. Other places snapped around London include Portobello Road, Piccadilly Circus and some early hippies hanging out in Trafalgar Square. (via)

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