This attractive young man is Charles de Gaulle in uniform at Saint Cyr when he was 19 or 20. He may not be very attractive when he grows older but I love the uniform and he is pretty damn fine here. Also, it’s interesting to see how this young man in the picture will turn out, he had written in his journals before seeing him fighting in a great war and commanding tank divisions and thousands of men leading France to victory, he was not to far off for what history had in store for him.
You see, Charles de Gaulle would fight for France in ww1 but get captured and taken to a German POW camp and make 5 failed escape attempts. Later in ww2, he would step up and make an effort to lead his country that was occupied by the Germans by telling the people to resist along with working (or more likely butting heads) with Churchill and FDR. After the war, de Gaulle would help create the 5th French Republic and serve as president from 1959 to 1969 and would die in 1970.
Many people have different opinions on Charles de Gaulle in terms of his behavior and his actions but he is mostly regarded as a hero in France but a pain in the ass for the Americans and British from what I heard. Some people see him as a hero and some people see him as a coward along with other conflicting views on him based off people’s different political opinions and I respect them, also the fact that he was tough to work with and a bit of a narcissist too may have had an effect on how he is viewed. But it is very interesting to see a picture of this attractive young man with only a glimpse of what history has in store for him.
This is Rafiuddin Ahmed (1865-1954), an Indian barrister, journalist, and politician. This handsome devil was a friend of Queen Victoria, who also remarked on how pretty he was. He campaigned for better rights for Muslims in India, and served in multiple posts in the Indian government during the 1930s. This painting was commissioned by Queen Vic, with a Mona Lisa-esque smile on his lovely face.
Not my crush exactly, as she was my 4x great aunt, but look how beautiful! She brought the can-can to the US, and as far as I can tell her legs and their insurance policy are the source of the whole “body part insured for ludicrous amount” meme. Giuseppina “The Fabulous” Morlacchi!
U.S Marshall Bass Reeves may find himself receiving a warrant for his own arrest for stealing our hearts. He stood at 6’2, weighed 180 pounds in pure muscle, and was ambidextrous (meaning he could carress you with either hand). One of the first black lawmen of the United States, and certainly the most successful, he captured over 3,000 criminals, making you feel more than protected. Don’t let his illteriacy fool you, he was a particullarly crafty guy, often using disguses and deceit to catch his man. Gentlemanly, strong, suave, cocky and animal loving, Bass Reeves comes straight out of a western romance.
Princess Pingyang, the leader of “the army of the lady”. When Pingyang’s father, the duke of Tang Liu Yuan, started a rebellion against the tyrannical emperor Yang, Pingyang initially went into hiding; while in hiding, she spread out all the money she had to support the people around her and recruit soilders for her own army. She proved to be a very capable leader, convincing leaders of bandit clans to join her cause and gathering 70,000 men. She had firm rules for her soilders, no pilaging, no murder of civilians, and no rape. Instead, she and her army shared food and other necessities with the villages they passed through. Eventually, she and her army were able to capture the Sui capital Chang’an, dealing a devastating blow to emperor Yang. Her own army, combined with her father’s army overthrew emperor Yang, and established the Tang dynasty, or the golden age of China. Unfortunately, Pingyang died only a few years after their victory, and was the only woman in ancient China to receive an imperial funeral.
Likely the most famous and beloved woman in all American cinema, Marylin Monroe (A.K.A Norma Jeane Baker) didn’t let anything stand between her and her ambitions. She rose from an abusive upbringing, from poverty, and from her own mental illness to the silver screen, and our very hearts. She had a fantastic range in acting, comedic, like in gentlemen prefer blondes, dramatic, like in bus stop, and even villainous, as seen in don’t bother to knock. Social, intimate, witty, and clever, Marylin could win just about anyone over, including us.
Nahui Olin (born Carmen Mondragón).
Painter, feminist, artists, poet, activist, model, muse. A truly remarkable woman.
This photograph was taken by Edward Weston.
I made a post about her.
The incredibly dreamy Douglas Fairbanks Jr before he grew a mustache (circa 1920s). Son of famous silent film actor/producer Douglas Fairbanks, Doug Junior eventually got to star in classic action films such as A Prisoner of Zenda, Gunga Din and The Corsican Brothers. During WW2 he initiated a military “deception unit”, the Beach Jumpers, served on PT boats and more. Still dreamy.
Pierre Fresnay, French film actor from the 1920s – 1940s. He also served in the French Army prior to joining the silver screen.
Leigh Hunt. Journalist, essayist, and poet. Went to prison for two years for calling Prince George “a man who has just closed half a century without one single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity." Poetry talent scout who supported Byron, Shelley, and Keats. Father of 10 children. And smokin’ h0t.