Category: history crushes

Manfred von Richthofen (1892-1918) cutest pilot ever, dont change my mind, look at those eyes.

Russian composer and pianist Dmitri Shostakovich, in a fireman’s uniform, during the siege of Leningrad at the time of WW II.

(I think it was around that time when his iconic Leningrad Symphony was completed or already premiered).

What a handsome firefighter. <3 <3 <3

Sergei Rachmaninoff is one of my favorite composers, he’s 2nd to my heart after Chopin. <3

Young Rach in an 1897 portrait, still with full hair… what a babe he was, wasn’t he? 😀 

The real Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976) was a British Field Marshall during ww2. He commanded the British Eighth Army in North Africa and defeated Erwin Rommel at the 2nd Battle of El Alamein. He later went on to participate in the invasion of Italy, the Battle of Normandy, and the Battle of the Bulge. For a long time I pictured Monty as an old man so I was caught off guard when I found this picture when I wanted to find out more about him in ww1.

Not only did he look hot, but younger Monty has an interesting story. Having a rough childhood where him and his siblings were abused by the mother, Monty always found comfort in the military and went into the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. When ww1 broke out, he was shot through the lung at the First Battle of Ypres and his grave was dug thinking that he wouldn’t be able to recover. Eventually he did recover and Monty returned as a general staff officer in 1917. There is a picture of Winston Churchill at a military parade in Lille in 1918, and in the bottom left stands a stern looking Montgomery, not well known at that time but will make a large effect on history.

Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space.

That smile will never fail to make me happy.

King Haakon VII of Norway. I just love his mustache.

He’s regarded as one of the greatest Norwegians of the twentieth century, he is particularly revered for his courage during the German invasion.

No that’s not Harry Potter, that is Eilif Peterssen.

A Norwegian painter. 🙂

Michael I of Romania

King of Romania (1927-1930, 1940-1947).

Quite handsome, right ?

Lilyan Tashman (1896-1934). An actress known for her comedic roles, she was also a pretty well-known lesbian who was very popular with the Hollywood set for her good looks and love of a good party. She was married twice, but those were well-understood to be “lavender marriages” to gentlemen who also needed to appear straight. She died of cancer at a young age, so we don’t get to see what she would have done as the movie industry and societal views changed in the future decades. She looks like Grace Kelly in some pictures, which are also beautiful, but I like the ones that seem to show more of the twinkle in her eye.