Monday, 11 January 2016

An apology

Oh dear!! I've let this blog fall by the wayside, however I will try to get back to my every Sunday-ish routine shorty, as exams are almost over. Stay patient!

Monday, 23 November 2015

The deep

I love the mystery of this photo. A fishing trip, a cruise, or an expedition? Sadly, we will never know.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

School daze

I know i'm quite late for back to school, but better now than never. Im not quite sure if these young men are related, however both of these photos came from the same lot, so its a good possibility.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Pik Nik

I guess I've been a little neglectful of updating posts here lately. I blame the summer heat, it makes everyone a little forgetful. These people were probably enjoying one of those lazy, hot afternoons as well. I love all of these haircuts, especially the girl in the front with her hairpin to the side.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Monday, 20 July 2015

Mary and Maude

A lovely portrait of 1930s america. I love the girl in the background clapping her hands.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Sepia lake

One of the constant struggles of scanning is wether to use the colour setting or black and white. There are many choices, resolution versus reality and so forth. this is one of the few that is left sepia. It is also one of the frailest, being printed on more than paper thin fiber. So thin in fact, that I was afraid that the scanner would ruin it. Thankfully it did not, and we have this image. I love the old fashion dock and the old kayaks, it makes it so calming.

Monday, 6 July 2015

An evening with the Frankenstein's

Of course the biggest draw of this image is the caption. Was it mocking their frigid stares as the cash went off, or simply a last name. Either way its a pretty neat title. As for the photo itself, It's a pretty average snap. It is a bit unusual in that it is so clear. Most amateur photos had a little bit of shake to them, especially indoors. It's probably down to the flash used. Also of note is the girl on the left. She was probably a bobby soxer, a term for some teenage girls in the forties. They were characterized by wearing saddle shoes, chunky sweaters, and of course bobby socks. They would spend their time at soda shops and listening to Frank Sinatra, as well as other teenage heartthrobs.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Save the last dance for me

What a great way to finish off the school year than with a dance. This does not look like a formal prom, but more of a private affair. These two couples look as if they just started a slow dance. Probably good news for the girl in the heels. I couldn't imagine how she could do anything like the twist or watussi in those.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Lying on the ground

Some great sundresses out on the lawn of an unknown park. Probably a picnic for just the girls. Not a very noteworthy photo at a glance, but after a few minuets of looking at it I couldn't help but have my eyes drawn to the woman in the centre. She's the only one that is looking directly into the lens. Not much else to say about this one.

Monday, 25 May 2015


All of these photos lend themselves very well to the square format, especially the last one. The border also helps give them a sense of intrigue and mystery. There is no information on the back, so we must guess where we are. I'm going to assume somewhere in California.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

A line of children

In this great square snap, we have a gaggle of children. Why were they in the middle of a field? Was it a field trip, or perhaps their backyard. Also, what is that crds hatching effect all over the print? At first I thought it was a fence, but it looks to be something else, perhaps something during development. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

I'll never grow up

This photo has one of the best shadows i have ever seen. I love how both the photographer and the woman's shadow seem to tower over them. It feels just like peter pan. For them, it was probably just a side effect, they were more interested in the dress.

Monday, 27 April 2015

A man on each arm

Such a great freeze frame of some of the fashion of the era. I just adore the sailor themed outfit the girl is wearing. It must have been pretty muddy out, as they appear to have rain boots on. There is nothing on the other side to tell where in the world we are. Maybe its better to just guess.

Monday, 20 April 2015

It's called fashion

One of the best parts about old photos is seeing the different fashions. You can see how trends of today come from the older generations. Here is a great dress that shows off an era. Made of practical materials, serviceable, yet fashionable, with a  high waist and collar. As well as the dress being tinted, the woman herself is as well. She appears to be standing by some sort of monument, possibly at a museum. Her Beau was probably on the other side of the camera on their day out.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Paradise, Hawaiian Style

I doubt these two ran into Elvis on their trip to the Aloha state, but I'm sure they had some fun. They look as if the three of them had just landed, with their suitcases by their sides. Off to find adventure of their own, we must leave them, for the rest of their trip has vanished into thin air

Monday, 6 April 2015

Off Roadin'

Some people forget just how rugged older cars were. They were built for a country that had very few roads and even fewer repair shops. Everything was made to be fixed with a ball of twine and a hammer. Even though vintage cars is one of my lifelong passions, I can never completely trust myself to id cars made before 1930, so any suggestions would be welcome. Whatever brand forged this one, it seems to be all decked out: it has a sun visor, a fog lamp and off road tyres. This photo was most likely taken in southern Alberta, perhaps near Drumheller.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Square in the middle

I just love this photo. The framing and focus is superb, and you can really see just how much fun both of them are having.The setting brings back great memories of being out in the park. Overall, just a lovely snapshot of a lazy day spent together in sweet content.

Sunday, 15 March 2015


It's common knowledge that fashion trends tend to repeat themselves, with leg warmers and bell bottoms coming and going. But I have a sneaking suspicion that these styling choices won't be making a comeback anytime soon. Based on the writing in the background, this was taken in Russia or another eastern block country.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

C'mere you

I love the smiles in this photo. you can see the love in their eyes as they gaze at one another. They look so natural together, arm in arm. I like the use of landscape in this shot, and them being a little off centre helps the photo a great deal.