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!

Lifebuoy soap ad from the 1930's

Click on the image to get a magnified view of this Lifebuoy soap ad from the 1930's extolling the virtue of not dating a beautiful girl while having B.O.!

In an age of digital photography and videography, it is amazing just how many great, enticing, unusual and exotic 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.

Dame of the Desert!

Posted on Jul-19-2017 by Admin   |   

Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell 1921

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Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell, CBE (b.14 July 1868 – d. 12 July 1926) was an English writer, traveller, political officer, administrator, and archaeologist who explored, mapped, and became highly influential to British imperial policy-making due to her knowledge and contacts, built up through extensive travels in Greater Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, and Arabia.

In a wonderfully historic picture taken to mark the Cairo Conference of 1921, Gertrude Bell (characteristically elegant in a fur stole and floppy hat, despite being on camel back) sits right at the heart of the action. To one side is Winston Churchill, on her other, TE Lawrence, the famed Lawrence of Arabia.

Bell had red hair, green eyes and a thoughtful, fine-boned face (see photograph inset). Small in stature, she was nonetheless forceful in nature: intelligent, energetic and sometimes brusque to the point of rudeness. However, she played a major role in establishing and helping administer the modern state of Iraq, utilising her unique perspective from her travels and relations with tribal leaders throughout the Middle East. During her lifetime she was highly esteemed and trusted by British officials and given an immense amount of power for a woman at the time. She has been described as "one of the few representatives of His Majesty's Government remembered by the Arabs with anything resembling affection".

Boats and Cranes!

Posted on Jun-28-2017 by Admin   |   

Birth of the Arc Royal by Edward Chambre Hardman

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'Birth of the Ark Royal': A stunning image taken from the top of Holt Hill in Birkenhead by Edward Chambre Hardman, shows the aircraft carrier under construction in a Liverpool shipyard in 1950. Using his Rolliflex Camera, he captured the HMS Ark Royal being painted white to prepare for its launch from the Cammell Laird shipyard by Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

Chambri Hardman, who was born in Dublin Ireland, set up his photographic studio in Liverpool in 1923 and became famous for his landscape photography. His pictures of the Liverpool docks from the 1940s, 50s and 60s serve as an important historical record of the period. Another famous work is of the old White Star building with White Star cranes at work. He died in April 1988 aged 90.

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"!

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!

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