photography

The Doors

The Doors

A publicity photo of The Doors from some time in the late 60s. From left: John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison.

Black and white vs re-colour: Buffalo Bill in a flowery coat

Black and white vs re-colour: Buffalo Bill in a flowery coat

A photo of Wild West showman and buffalo hunter Buffalo Bill wearing a surprisingly flowery embroidered coat. This photo was taken in 1889 when he would have been 43 (I think). Apparently he had to have a kind of hunt-off against William Comstock to earn exclusive right to use the name ‘Buffalo Bill’.  He won the buffalo-shooting(…)

1920s Eskimo family portrait

1920s Eskimo family portrait

Isn’t this the most beautiful family portrait? A photo of an Eskimo mother, father, and son, photographed in Noatak, Alaska, by Edward Sheriff Curtis circa 1929.

Colour or black and white? 1920s pilot in winter flying gear

Colour or black and white? 1920s pilot in winter flying gear

I love a good colorized photo, (emphasis on the GOOD). When this process is done well it can completely bring an old photograph alive. I’ve recently discovered the amazing History in Color, which is full of beautifully colorized photos and I had to share this photo with you. Its of pilot William C. Hopson who(…)

Goldie Hawn in 1970

Goldie Hawn in 1970

A gorgeous portrait of Goldie Hawn, taken in 1970. Isn’t she fabulous? This was a publicity photo for the 1970 film Cactus Flower.

Elvis Presley aged 2

Elvis Presley aged 2

A very young Elvis Presley photographed in 1937 with his parents Gladys and Vernon Presley. Would you have recognized him..? I can quite confidently say I wouldn’t have guessed who this was!

A personal snapshot of Sean Connery with bushy eyebrows, 1950s

A personal snapshot of Sean Connery with bushy eyebrows, 1950s

Sean Connery is one of those people who always looks like a movie star in every photo you see, so I really like this 1950s picture which just shows him as a normal guy (albeit with very bushy eyebrows!). The photo was taken in January 1954 in London at the Buxton Club (a hangout for(…)

Vintage circus: strong men and contortionists

Vintage circus: strong men and contortionists

As a treat today I thought you might like to see some taut buttocks, rippling muscles and incredible bygone bendyness. Enjoy! [4 photos] Portrait of strongman Don Athaldo

WW2 factory girls

WW2 factory girls

WW2 factory girls working on military aircraft in 1940s America. [4 photos]

Book Review: 1940s Fashion, The Definitive Sourcebook

Book Review: 1940s Fashion, The Definitive Sourcebook

1940s Fashion: The Definitive Sourcebook is the most wonderful book! It’s packed with nearly 500 pages of 1940s fashion photos and illustrations which take you through the whole decade: from wartime austerity and fashion influenced by the war effort and rationing, to Christian Dior’s iconic ‘New Look’ from 1947. If you’re fascinated by vintage fashion(…)

Vintage ghost photos and the invention of spirit photography

Vintage ghost photos and the invention of spirit photography

I don’t know what to make of these vintage ghost pictures. Spirit photography was ‘invented’ in the 1920s and made possible by the long exposure needed to take a photograph at that time. It meant that if somebody walked into the photo briefly a ghostly shadow image was created. I’m assuming these photographs are fake(…)

1920s girls playing in the surf

1920s girls playing in the surf

It’s tipping it down with rain here today and I’m sitting here with a living room full of new garden furniture which needs oiling before it goes out in the garden. Oh how I *wish* we had the weather to be frolicking in the surf like these 1920s girls! Isn’t this photo great? I love(…)

1920s photo: another lost beauty

1920s photo: another lost beauty

Another beautiful portrait of a woman whose name has got lost somewhere in the mists of time. She was photographed in 1924 by Frank A. Kunishige and may (or may not) have been called Betti. I love her beautiful hat (and very serious expression, she looks like she may have been a bit cross with(…)

Making health fun (and frightening) for kids in the 1920s

Making health fun (and frightening) for kids in the 1920s

Health was clearly an important issue to be tackled in schools in the 1920s, so the authorities brought out the big guns. Presumably the Health Fairy (above) would visit all the children who had been good, and Cho Cho the Health Clown would scare the bejeezers out of all the naughty children (or something like(…)

A soldier’s goodbye from a (hungry) cat’s point of view

A soldier’s goodbye from a (hungry) cat’s point of view

Yeah yeah, I know you’re off to war, but you know you haven’t FED ME YET?  This photo was taken during the Second World War as an Australian solider said goodbye to his wife before leaving. If you had a full view of the couple you would undoubtedly focus on their faces, but shot like(…)

Beautiful portraits of forgotten women

Beautiful portraits of forgotten women

These beautiful photo portraits of all of women photographed in the 1920s and 1930s in Sydney Harbour, Australia. Sadly all of the names have been lost and none can be identified. Aren’t they stunning photos? [6 photos]