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!

Nina Leen for Life magazine, 1949

Click on the image to get a magnified view of this lovely teenager in the garden by famed photographer Nina Leen for Life magazine, 1949

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 Greatest Show on Earth!

Posted on Jun-14-2017 by Admin   |   

Astley's Riding Ring Circus

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Unfortunately today, the days of the circus appear to be on the wain with animal rights advocates pressing for the stopping of animal abuse and the changing entertainment patterns of the 21st century. But for centuries the "Circus" was the most popular show in town!

The modern circus was created in England by Philip Astley (1742-1814), a former cavalry officer who turned showman. The son of a cabinet-maker, Astley had served in the Seven Years' War (1756-63) as part of the 15th Light Dragoons regiment, where he displayed a remarkable talent as a horse-breaker and trainer. Upon his discharge, Astley chose to imitate the trick-riders who performed, with increasing success, all over Europe.

In 1768, Astley settled in London and opened a riding-school near Westminster Bridge, where he taught in the morning and performed his "feats of horsemanship" in the afternoon. Astley's building (as shown in our print above) featured a circular arena that he called the circle, or circus, and which would later be known as the ring. One of the most popular misconceptions today is that the circus dates way back into Roman antiquity, however it was in fact the precursor of modern horse or dog racing and the only common denominator between Roman and modern circuses is the word itself, circus, which in Latin means, "Circle".

Sun-Rays Are Here!

Posted on May-31-2017 by Admin   |   

Nudist teen girls on beach

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Naturism or nudism, is a cultural and sometimes political movement practising, advocating and defending personal and social nudity and may take a number of forms; it may be practiced individually, within a family, socially, or in public. Our delightful photograph today is of two lovely young ladies basking in the sunshine at a public beach (circa 1960's) while "Au Nu" and who, most definately, would have benefited from the suntanning lotion machine below!

The XIV Congress of the International Naturist Federation at Agde, France, 1974, defined naturism as: " A way of life in harmony with nature characterised by the practice of communal nudity with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and for the environment."

It is difficult to nominate exactly when naturism started as a movement. The word 'naturism' was used for the first time in 1778 by a French-speaking Belgian, Jean Baptiste Luc Planchon (1734–1781), and was advocated as a means of improving the hygiène de vie or healthy living.

The earliest known naturist club in the "western" sense of the word was established in British India (of all places!)in 1891. The 'Fellowship of the Naked Trust' was founded by Charles Edward Gordon Crawford, a widower, who was a District and Sessions Judge for the Bombay Civil Service. The commune was based in Matheran and had just three members at the beginning; Crawford and two sons of an Anglican missionary, Andrew and Kellogg Calderwood!

Catching Some Rays!

Posted on May-17-2017 by Admin   |   

Suntan vending machine 1949

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While most people purchase bottles of sun tanning lotion before heading out to get that glorious tan, long ago, entrepreneurs came up with the idea of vending lotions to the masses! In the photo above, one such is from the Star Manufacturing Company, who produced this fabulous vending machine back in the 1940s.

It was used at pools, beaches and tennis courts for the princely sum of 30 seconds spraytime for 10 cents! Our wonderful image is of model Betty Dutter, demonstrating how the spray nozzle is held in use, at the Annual Vending Machine Convention in Chicago, Ill. on Jan. 19, 1949.

As odd as it may seem, there are modern equivalents on the market today, as can be seen at this link purporting "Sunscreen Mist patented sunscreen spray application machines provide a convenient and effective skin care solution in the fight against the world wide epidemic of skin cancer."

A Brave Attempt!

Posted on Apr-30-2017 by Admin   |   

The Carpathia lowers Titanic's lifeboats at White Star Line pier 59 before continuing on to Cunard pier 54 with 1405 passengers, including 705 survivors. New York - April 18, 1912.

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The vintage photograph above is entitled "The Carpathia lowers Titanic's lifeboats at White Star Line pier 59 before continuing on to Cunard pier 54 with 1405 passengers, including 705 survivors. New York - April 18, 1912." Royal Mail Ship or RMS Carpathia was a Cunard Line transatlantic passenger steamship built by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson at their Newcastle upon Tyne shipyard and launched on 6 August 1902. She made her maiden voyage on 5 May 1903 from Liverpool to Boston and subsequently ran services over the next decade between New York City, Gibraltar, Genoa, Naples, Trieste and Fiume, Austria.

Carpathia was sailing from New York City to Fiume (now Rijeka, Croatia) on the night of Sunday, 14 April 1912 when she became famous for rescuing the survivors of rival White Star Line's RMS Titanic after it struck an iceberg and sank with a loss of 1,517 lives on 15 April 1912. She braved dangerous ice fields and diverted all steam power to her engines in her attempt to aid Titanic and arrived just two hours after the ship had gone down and was able to rescue 705 survivors from the ship's lifeboats.

Unfortunately Carpathia herself, was sunk on 17 July, 1918 during the First World War after being torpedoed by the German submarine U-55 off the Irish coast. Five of her crew lost their lives in the sinking.

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