CLOSE
Original image
Getty Images

22 Fantastic Vintage Photos of People Taking Naps

Original image
Getty Images

Sometimes, you just need a nap—no matter where you are.

1860: That can't be comfortable.

Getty Images
1857: Napping while fishing has always been a relaxing pastime.

1888: Is that a beard, or the fur on his animal skin sleeping bag?

1890: This gives mattresses as hard as concrete a whole new meaning.

1894: Clearly, that book just wasn't very interesting.

1894: Well, at least the dog is posing.

1896: Short people got no reason to ask for extra-long beds, but Randy Newman will never write a song about that.

1900: This little girl knew that if you can't nap on a dog, you'd better take the next best thing—your family's wolfskin rug.

Getty Images

1901: This horse is ready to go. His owner, a soldier in the Boer War...not so much.

1901: How can they sleep when there are kittens on the couch?

1904: Being a card shark is hard work.

1907: This chaperone is not very good at her job.


1908: Italian drivers sleeping in their carts in Rome.


1924: Baseball was the Justin Bieber of the 1920s—at least for these Giants and Senators fans, who got in line the night before Game 1 of the World Series to get tickets.


Getty Images
1930s: Long before mariachi bands and hip-hop dancers took over, the Sixth Avenue subway was a great place to close your eyes.


1937: If there's a better place to take a nap than on the assembly line of auto seats in a Flint, Michigan-based body plant, I don't know what it is.


1938: Sleeping with the fishes at the fish market in Baltimore, Maryland.


Getty Images
1940s: During the London Blitz, every available surface was used for sleeping—even the escalators.


1940: Tomorrow, this steamfitter—who just drove a great distance for work—will go look for a place after he's put in a full day. So get that flashbulb out of his face, photographer!


1943: Gloucester, Massachusetts fishermen pass out on the deck.


1943: This soldier hopped in the luggage rack on a Greyhound Bus to catch some Zs.


Getty Images
1950: This Parisian man is filled with enough ennui that he must close his eyes and nap.

Original image
STR/AFP/Getty Images
arrow
photography
Lazy Cyclists Help Make These Massive Bike Graveyards in China
Original image
STR/AFP/Getty Images

When bike share programs go right, they can make life easier for commuters while reducing a city’s impact on the environment at the same time. When they don't go exactly as planned, they can create sprawling bicycle graveyards like the one seen in these photos.

The eerie scenes, recently spotlighted by WIRED, can be found throughout the city of Hangzhou, China. Like many large cities, Hangzhou is home to an official bike share program. But there are also private bike share companies that give cyclists the option to pick up a bike and leave it wherever they please rather than return it to an official docking station. The result is thousands of bikes scattered around the city like junk.

In response to complaints, the city of Hangzhou has begun collecting these abandoned bikes and storing them in lots. These aerial images are a good indication of the sheer number of bikers the city has—and they also have a creepy, post-apocalyptic vibe. Check out the photos below.

Bike graveyard in China.
STR/AFP/Getty Images

Bike graveyard in China.
STR/AFP/Getty Images

Bike graveyard in China.
STR/AFP/Getty Images

[h/t WIRED]

Original image
arrow
pretty pictures
7 Throwback Photos of 1980s NYC Subway Graffiti
Original image

In May 1989, after a 15-year-long campaign of slowly eradicating New York City’s subway graffiti train-by-train, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority officially declared the city’s subways graffiti-free. There’s still subway graffiti in New York City today, but now it's confined to rail yards far away from the stations and tunnels. By the time the trains make it back onto the tracks, they’ve been cleaned of any markings.

There was a time, though, when graffiti artists had near-free rein to use the city’s subway trains as their canvases, as much as the transportation agency tried to stop them. A new book of photography, From the Platform 2: More NYC Subway Graffiti, 1983–1989, is an ode to that period.

A photo taken at night shows a subway train tagged

Its authors, Paul and Kenny Cavalieri, are two brothers from the Bronx who began taking photos of subway trains in 1983, during the heyday of New York City's graffiti art era. They themselves were also graffiti artists who went by the names Cav and Key, respectively. (Above is an example of Cav's work from 1988, and below is an example of Key's.) Their book is a visual tribute to their youth, New York's graffiti culture, and their fellow artists.

For anyone who rides the New York City subway today, the images paint a whole different picture of the system. Let yourself be transported back to the '80s in some of these photos: 

A subway car bears tags by
Some of Kenny (Key) Cavalieri's work, circa 1987.

Graffiti on a subway car reads

Blue letters tagged on the exterior of a subway car read “Comet.”

Pink and blue lettering reads “Bio” on the outside of a subway car.

A subway car reads “Pove” in green letters.

The book includes short commentaries and essays from other artists of the period remembering their experiences painting trains. It's a follow-up to Paul Cavalieri’s original 2011 collection From the Platform: Subway Graffiti, 1983-1989. He’s also the author of Under the Bridge: The East 238th Street Graffiti Hall Of Fame, a history of four decades of graffiti in the Bronx.

From the Platform 2 is $30 on Amazon.

[h/t The Guardian]

All images courtesy Paul and Kenny Cavalieri // Schiffer Publishing

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios