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
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Vintage photographs that I come across increasingly impress me! 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 Florence-Nightingale-1860going 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.

Click on the image to get a magnified view of this vintage portrait photo of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing c. 1860.

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!

A Flight with Destiny!

Posted on Mar-15-2017 by Admin   |   

Passengers--R101-Airship-1929

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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 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_Cassette

Getting Knocked Up!

Posted on Feb-15-2017 by Admin   |   

Knocker Upper

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There once was time, before alarm clocks were affordable or even available, when many workers were woken up in the wee hours by the sound of a tap at their bedroom window. They had just been roused from sleep by a professional Knocker Up (or Knocker Upper)! On the street outside, could be seen a figure wielding a long bamboo stick walking to their next customer's house.

The knocker up was a common sight in Britain up until the 1950's (even as late as the 1970s in some areas), particularly in the northern mill towns, where people worked shifts, or in London where dockers kept unusual hours, their livelihoods dictated by the changing tides.

The knocker-up used a truncheon or short, heavy stick to knock on the clients' doors or a long and light stick, or even pea shooters, to reach windows on higher floors. In return, the knocker-up would be paid a few pence a week.

The Delivery Van is Here!

Posted on Jan-31-2017 by Admin   |   

Sealtest Milk Van

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Today, many seniors (like me) will remember the arrival of the dairy van every day or two, wherebye bottles of milk, butter, ice cream, eggs and even bread were delivered to your door or driveway. In this delightful photo from the 1960's, girls are lined up, cash in hand, to purchase dairy goods from the Sealtest milkman, while junior is scrambling aboard to see what other goodies are available! A great article about those times can be found here.

Edward E. Rieck (born in 1864, the son of German immigrants to the United States), was the man who created a dairy empire that dominated Western Pennsylvania for more than fifty years and became a founding stake in one of the world’s first nationwide dairy companies. Incorporated in 1923 as National Dairy Products, it is now known as Kraft Foods Inc. and is still one of the world’s biggest food companies.

One of National Dairy’s first and most famous brands Sealtest, was created in 1935 to serve as a nationwide standard of laboratory tested quality for dairy products. In Canada, the Sealtest brand name arrived in 1961 when Dominion Dairies Limited came under the control of National Dairy Products.

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