What We Love This Week, Volume CXLII

Published October 2, 2015
Bill Clinton Young Kennedy

Bill Clinton (left) shakes hands with President John F. Kennedy at the White House in 1963. Image Source: www.vintag.es

World Leaders When They Were Teens And Twenty-Somethings

Vladimir Putin Young

Vladimir Putin as a teenager, 1966. Image Source: www.vintag.es

Vladimir Putin was an unassuming, almost cherubic young boy. Kim Jong-il was a playful, smiling infant. And Richard Nixon, as a collegiate football player, was kind of a hunk. Was, of course, is the key word throughout. Sometimes you just don’t know how someone will turn out. And sometimes you do, as in the case of a devil-may-care Yale baseball player named George W. Bush, or the case of a young boy with kind eyes and an earnest smile who would, decades later, become Pope Francis. See all these world leaders and more as teens and twenty-somethings at Vintage Everyday.

Fidel Castro Young

Fidel Castro in New York in 1955. Image Source: Vintage Everyday

The Bleakly Beautiful, Abandoned Side Of Paris You’ve Never Seen

Lifeless edifices of dreary, gray buildings looming over empty courtyards as if part of some dystopian future. Charmless, modernist high-rises falling into disrepair as residents flee for greener pastures. These are not the images one conjures when thinking of Paris. Yet, for the downtrodden residents of the city’s public housing projects, this is Paris–the side you’ve never seen or even knew existed. These deteriorating concrete behemoths–failed remnants of a postwar era the had high hopes for public housing–are now either being renovated or demolished.

But first, photographer Laurent Kronental was there to document these buildings and, of course, their residents–mostly senior citizens who’d been there since near the beginning, able to watch the decades-long slide from promise to collapse. See more at The Washington Post.

The Eery Desolation Of The Deep South

He’s been to the remote regions of war-torn Afghanistan (where he shot the famous “Afghan Girl” cover for National Geographic), and recently to the impoverished, desolate regions of India. And now renowned photographer Steve McCurry is releasing his collection of photos taken in America’s Deep South. Comparing our own southern states with some of the most notoriously destitute places on earth, McCurry said, sadly, “I see it as exactly the same thing.” Hear and see more from McCurry at Smithsonian.

Deep South Overgrown Garden

An abandoned garden in Elberton, Georgia. Image Source: www.smithsonianmag.com

Deep South Building Tracks

Abandoned shop by the railroad tracks in Demopolis, Alabama. Image Source: www.smithsonianmag.com

John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society of history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.