Dior Models in Moscow, 1959

Dior Models in Moscow, 1959

After Stalin died in March 1953, the main leader of the USSR (First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union) became Nikita Khrushchev. And the period called “Khrushchev’s Thaw” started. It opened up the country for some economic reforms and international trade, educational and cultural contacts, festivals, books by foreign authors, foreign movies, art shows,…

A Japanese family returning home from a relocation center camp after WWII, Seattle, 1945

A Japanese family returning home from a relocation center camp after WWII, Seattle, 1945

During WWII, after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government rounded up some 13,000 people of Japanese descent and “relocated” them from their homes to a desolate internment camp in Hunt, Idaho. Two-thirds of them were American citizens, and half of them were children. At the end of the WWII, the camp was dismantled and Japanese families…

Waiting for the Solar Eclipse, Illinois, 1963

Waiting for the Solar Eclipse, Illinois, 1963

During the solar eclipse of 1960, hundreds of people had suffered permanent eye damage from looking directly at the sun. So, to watch the eclipse of 1963 safely this fifth-grade students in Maywood, Illinois made “Sunscopes”. Simply by piercing a three-millimeter hole in cardboard boxes to create crude pinhole cameras, the students could watch an…