SCImages Vintage Images of Days Past

  • Mini dresses make an appearance 1960's
  • The First Stewardesses
  • A family on holiday in France circa 1900
  • Children in gas mask practice
  • Family holiday in UK railway camping coach 1956
  • Henri  Oltramare nude study 1900
  • Melrose Tea delivery van
  • Moving Day 1920's
  • Woodstock love in 1969
  • UNIVAC computer with Walter Cronkite by v8.7

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Well it's time to retire and I've decided to curtail my photograph image restoration business. I will do special jobs from time to time, but for the most part, I am just going to enjoy working on things, including this website, just for the pleasure of it. Many thanks to those who employed me over the years, to restore their cherished objects and heirlooms ... it was a great privilege to work on them! Vintage photographs that I come across increasingly impress me!

Playboy boy

Click on the image to get a magnified view of this comical photo of a rather bored looking young lad, despite the Playboy magazine centre page girl, circa 1960's!

In an age of digital photography and videography, it is amazing just how many great, enticing, unusual and erotic photographs exist from yesteryear. I have decided to explore this more thoroughly and I am going to include many of these vintage pictures in the headliner and blog articles of this website. Scanned from the internet and else ware, these are relevant to the golden age of film photography from the 1880's to the 1990's, including ancient autos, aeroplanes, advertisements, family portraits, street life, nude female models and pinups, from that era as well as more recent times.

The Legend of Carrie!

Posted on Apr-12-2017 by Admin   |   

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Cartoon Carrie was the star of a two-page comic strip which ran in the back of the men's magazine Mayfair from August 1972 to July 1987. Carrie was clumsy and accident-prone, but basically a good-hearted girl who had an unfortunate tendency to get herself into embarrassing situations, in which she would customarily end up accidentally naked! Originally drawn by artist Don Lawrence, her mildly titillating misadventures were later taken over by Mario Capaldi from January 1976 to May 1977, and by Steve Kingston from June 1977 onwards.

While Don Lawrence's Carrie was basically an innocent, she had a gradual shift in attitude under her later artists, ending up as something of a nymphomaniac, albeit still a likeable one. Carrie's adventures have been collected together in several countries under different names. She was 'Sophie' in France, 'Cathy' in Holland and 'Virginia' in Germany. At least one Don Lawrence Carrie strip (Carrie's Mousetrap) was drawn which was never published in Mayfair. A fitting tribute to Carrie can be found here!

Recreating History!

Posted on Mar-29-2017 by Admin   |   

Kon Tiki 1947

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The Kon-Tiki expedition was a 1947 journey by raft across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands, led by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl. The raft was named Kon-Tiki after the old name of the Inca sun god. Heyerdahl believed that people from South America could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times and his aim in mounting the Kon-Tiki expedition was to show, by using only the materials and technologies available to those people at the time, that there were no technical reasons to prevent them from having done so.

Kon-Tiki had a six-man crew, five of whom were Norwegian and one Swede. The main body of the raft was composed of balsa tree trunks up to 14 m (45 ft) long and 60 cm (2 ft) in diameter, lashed together with hemp ropes. Cross-pieces of balsa logs 5.5 m (18 ft) long and 30 cm (1 ft) in diameter were lashed across the logs at intervals to give lateral support. Kon-Tiki left Callao, Peru, on the afternoon of April 28, 1947 and on August 4th (the 97th day after departure), it reached the Angatau atoll but was unable to land safely. Calculations made by Heyerdahl before the trip had indicated that 97 days was the minimum amount of time required to reach the Tuamotu islands, so the encounter with Angatau showed that they had made good time.

On August 7th, the voyage came to an end when Kon Tiki struck a reef and was eventually beached on an uninhabited islet off Raroia atoll in the Tuamotu group. The team had travelled a distance of approximately 6,980 km (4,340 miles or 3,770 nautical miles) in 101 days, at an average speed of 1.5 knots.

A Flight with Destiny!

Posted on Mar-15-2017 by Admin   |   


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The above photgraph shows passengers looking down from the cabin of the British built airship R101 in 1929. The R101 was one of two rigid airships completed in 1929 as part of a British government program to develop civil airships capable of service on long-distance routes within the British Empire. It was designed and built by a British Air Ministry appointed team and therefore, was effectively in competition with the government funded, but privately designed and built R100. When built it was the world's largest flying craft at 731 ft (223 m) in length and it was not surpassed by another hydrogen-filled rigid airship until the German built Hindenburg seven years later.

After some trial flights, and subsequent modifications to increase lifting capacity which included lengthening the airship by 46 ft (14 m), it crashed and burned in France, on 5 October 1930, during its maiden overseas voyage, killing 48 of the 54 people on board. Among the deceased passengers were Lord Thomson, the Air Minister who had initiated the programme, senior government officials and almost all the dirigible's designers from the Royal Airship Works. The crash of R101 effectively ended British airship development, and was one of the worst airship accidents of the 1930s.

Music to My Ears!

Posted on Feb-28-17-2017 by Admin   |   

TDK Cassette Advert 1982

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Long before the digital wonders of MP3, Blue Ray, CD and other PD players, portable music was in the realm of the Compact Music Cassette player. From the 1960's to the 1980's the venerable cassette ruled the air waves, as this magazine ad from 1982, shows! The Compact Cassette is a magnetic tape recording format for audio recording and playback released by the Netherlands company Philips in 1962 which it developed in Hasselt, Belgium.

The mass production of blank or recordable Compact Cassettes began in 1964 in Hanover, Germany, however, prerecorded music cassettes (also known as Music-Cassettes, and later just Musicassettes or M.C. for short) were launched in Europe in late 1965, while the Mercury Record Company, a US affiliate of Philips, introduced M.C. to the US in July 1966. The initial offering consisted of just 49 titles, however as the system had been designed initially for dictation and portable use, the audio quality of early players was not well suited for music.

Happily, two things changed that situation! In 1971, the Advent Corporation introduced their Model 201 tape deck that combined Dolby type B noise reduction and chromium dioxide (CrO2) tape, with a commercial-grade tape transport mechanism supplied by the Wollensak camera division of 3M Corporation. This resulted in the format being taken more seriously for musical use, and started the era of high fidelity cassettes and players!

The second game changer, was the introduction of the Sony Walkman in 1979. The Walkman's compact size enabled users to take their music with them anywhere with ease, the body was not much larger than the cassette tape itself, with mechanical keys on one side, or electronic buttons or a display on the face.

In Western Europe and North America, with the superiority of the CD medium, the market for cassettes declined sharply after it's peak in the late 1980s. Athough cassettes remained the dominant medium for purchasing and listening to music in some developing countries up until 2005, but even there compact disc (CD) technology eventually superseded the Compact Cassette! A more extensive article on the Compact Cassette can be found here

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