Archive for October, 2012

October 26, 2012

Miss Subways in Retrospect: Social Anthropology Through Photo Images

If you are into social anthropology, the “Meet Miss Subways: New York’s Beauty Queens 1941-76,” is the exhibition for you. The photo show will be on display at the New York Transit Museum from October 23 to March 2.

For over thirty years, photos and one-sentence aspirations of New York women were displayed in subway cars as part of the “Meet Miss Subways” contest with a hidden agenda of drawing subway-riders’ attention to other advertisements in New York’s transit system.


For the first 22 years, winners were selected by the John Robert Powers modeling agency and the New York Subways Advertising Company.  Afterward, the voting went the American Idol way, with NYC subway-riders voting via postcard for their favorites.


Now looking back at the collection of women’s portraits you get a glimpse of the images, lives and hopes of the women who made the social fabric of New York city for over three decades.

The contest saw its first African-American winner in 1948 – long before Vanessa Williams was crowned Miss America in 1984—and the first Asian-American was honored in 1949.

Immigrants from Russia, Lithuania, Guatemala had their wins. This is New York, after all!

Anyone could participate and win. Married with kids – no problem!

The photos contain the evidence of women’s upward mobility. Here is a winner who happened to be a Recruiting Sergeant at the Manhattan Marine Corp.

Another one was an FBI employee.

There were team winners – twins and triplets.

What made Miss Subways contest so marvelous is that it celebrated ordinary New York women end their dreams. Everyone’s life deserved to be in the spotlight.

October 18, 2012

Edible Photos for a Very Personal Cake

Photo cakes add a lot of fun to any event and add a personal touch to the celebration. To make an edible picture, all you need is a special printer like Canon IP4920 bubble-jet printer, Edible Ink and icing sheets. It’s doubtful that you want to invest in this cake imaging pack, so here is a simple solution: you can order your photo icing online and have it delivered to your door.

Icing Images has been a pioneer in the edible printing industry since the late ’90s, when personalized edible pictures were just starting to become popular. Icing Images does not make or distribute cakes. Bake your own, buy it or order to be baked and then add the photo icing on top of it. You can have cup cakes and cookies decorated this way too.

Below are some of the ideas for edible photos decorating cakes for Birthdays, Graduation, Anniversaries… Just remember that if your photo needs cleaning up before it goes on the cake, let PhotoHand fix it for you.

October 15, 2012

Every Dog Deserves Fifteen Minutes of Photo Fame

Don’t you get annoyed when people share with you the pictures of their kids and dogs? I bet you do unless you are the same way and are dying to show the world what your loved one has been up to. A brand-new (launched last week) photo sharing network PuppyStream.me helps you to do exactly that – broadcast your puppy’s cutest pics to the like-minded dog-owners.

The utterly modern PuppyStream.me is a dynamic way to chronicle your pups’ life through photo updates providing a super easy way to  seamlessly pull in photos from Instagram, Facebook or your computer.

The membership is free. Share your dog’s life story and discover new cute pups from around the world!

Here are some pics from the launch party at the Invisible Dog Art Center where the guests could have their pictures taken in a doggie photo booth. Here is an idea for your next puppy’s birthday party:)