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22 Fantastic Vintage Photos of People Taking Naps

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

1860: That can't be comfortable.

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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.

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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.


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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.


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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.


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

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Photographer's Amazing Snap of an Osprey Is Holding Two Big Surprises
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As a wildlife photographer, Doc Jon understands the importance of being in the right place at the right time. But it took getting home and really squinting at his own work to realize that he recently captured a “one-in-a-trillion shot” while taking a photo of an osprey in Madeira Beach, Florida. While demonstrating the power of his lens to a fellow beach-goer, Jon pointed his camera at an osprey flying about 400 feet above their heads, and snapped a quick photo.

“I started shooting and my settings were off,” Jon told Fstoppers. “I had no tripod. I was trying to hold it steady, but it was windy out," he said. "I could see the osprey had a fish, but it was far away. It wasn't until I got home, cropped in on it, lightened the shadows, and applied some sharpening that I suddenly saw. ‘Oh my god, that's a shark's tail.’ Then I saw the fish in its mouth and I knew it was going to go viral.”

Jon predicted correctly.

Photos courtesy of Doc Jon via Facebook

Jon’s photo, which has already been shared by thousands of people, features the osprey holding a shark, which is holding a fish—making it sort of like the photographic version of a turducken. News of Jon’s amazing photo spread after he posted it to his Facebook page and a local news station saw it. Since then, he told Fstoppers, he’s been receiving requests for interviews from as far away as Israel and India.

Of course, with all that exposure comes the inevitable question of authenticity. Fortunately, Jon is taking that part in stride.

"The fun part for me is some people are commenting that it's Photoshopped, and obviously, those people don't know the limitations of Photoshop," Jon told Fstoppers. "Then, other people are telling me I should have sold it instead of sharing it online. I'm laughing, because really, it's not a good photo. The photo itself kind of sucks. But it tells a great story and it's getting me a lot of recognition for my other work now."

[h/t: Fstoppers]

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Harry Trimble
Delightful Photo Series Celebrates Britain’s Municipal Trash Cans
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Not all trash cans are alike. In the UK, few know this better than Harry Trimble, the brains behind #govbins, a photo project that aims to catalog all the trash can designs used by local governments across Britain.

Trimble, a 29-year-old designer based in South London, began the series in 2016, when he noticed the variation in trash can design across the cities he visited in the UK. While most bins are similar sizes and shapes, cities make trash cans their own with unique graphics and unusual colors. He started to photograph the cans he happened to see day-to-day, but the project soon morphed beyond that. Now, he tries to photograph at least one new bin a week.

A bright blue trash can reads ‘Knowsley Council: Recycle for Knowsley.’
Knowsley Village, England

“I got impatient,” Trimble says in an email to Mental Floss. “Now there’s increasingly more little detours and day trips” to track down new bin designs, he says, “which my friends, family and workmates patiently let me drag them on.” He has even pulled over on the road just to capture a new bin he spotted.

So far, he’s found cans that are blue, green, brown, black, gray, maroon, purple, and red. Some are only one color, while others feature lids of a different shade than the body of the can. Some look very modern, with minimalist logos and city website addresses, Trimble describes, “while others look all stately with coats of arms and crests of mythical creatures.”

A black trash can features an 'H' logo.
Hertsmere, England

A blue trash can reads ‘South Ribble Borough Council: Forward with South Ribble.’
South Ribble, England

A green trash can with a crest reads ‘Trafford Council: Food and Garden Waste Only.’
Trafford, Greater Manchester, England

Trimble began putting his images up online in 2017, and recently started an Instagram to show off his finds.

For now, he’s “more than managing” his one-can-a-week goal. See the whole series at govbins.uk.

All images by Harry Trimble

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