SCImages Vintage Images of Days Past

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  • 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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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!

Garden gnome circa 1900

 

Click on the image to get a magnified view of this vintage photograph of "Ein hübscher Gartenzwerg mit einer rasierten Fotze" circa early 1900's!

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, erotic 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.

Balloon Innovator!

Posted on Oct-11-2017 by Admin   |   

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This vintage photograph depicts pioneering balloonist Thomas Scott Baldwin's airship returning from a flight over the City of Portland, Oregon, during the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in 1905. Baldwin (June 30, 1854 – May 17, 1923) was a pioneer balloonist and U.S. Army major during World War I. Previously he had worked as a brakeman on the Illinois railroad, then joined a circus working as an acrobat and in 1875, he started an act combining a trapeze and a hot air balloon. On January 30, 1885 he made one of the earliest recorded parachute jumps from a balloon.

Baldwin proceeded to develop manned balloons, to be powered and under control. In 1900, he created a small pedal-motorized powered airship, but it never served as anything more than a curiosity. In 1904 he built an aerodynamic cigar-shaped, hydrogen gas filled, balloon, the dirigible "California Arrow", which incorporated a 7-HP Hercules motorcycle engine manufactured by Glenn H. Curtiss. In August 1908, after several test flights at Fort Myer, Virginia, the Army Signal Corps paid Baldwin US$10,000 for a dirigible that could be used for sustained and controlled navigation. He went on, in subsequent years to develop airplanes, but when the United States entered World War I, Baldwin volunteered his services to the United States Army and was commissioned as a captain in the Aviation Section, of the U. S. Signal Corps and appointed Chief of Army Balloon Inspection and Production.

After the war Baldwin joined the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio, as a designer and manufacturer of their airships. He died on May 17, 1923, in Buffalo, New York, at the age of 68 and was interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, with full military honors.

Still a Mystery!

Posted on Sep-27-2017 by Admin   |   

Lancastrian Airliner Star Dust

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Star Dust (G-AGWH) was a British South American Airways (BSAA) Avro Lancastrian airliner which crashed in the Argentine Andes just over 70 years ago, on 2 August 1947, during a flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago, Chile. She carried six passengers and a crew of five on that final flight. The captain, Reginald Cook DSO, DFC, was an experienced Royal Air Force pilot with combat experience during World War II, as were his first officer, Norman Hilton Cook, and second officer, Donald Checklin. The radio operator, Dennis Harmer, also had a record of wartime, as well as civilian, service and Iris Evans, the flight attendant (or "Stargirl"), had previously served in the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRENS).

A comprehensive search over a wide area, including what is now known to have been the crash site, was unsuccessful and the fate of the aircraft and occupants remained unknown for over 50 years. An investigation in 2000 after wreckage of G-AGWH had been found determined that the crash was caused by weather-related factors, but until then speculation had included theories of international intrigue, intercorporate sabotage and even abduction by aliens!

Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the crash was the last Morse code message sent by Star Dust being "ETA SANTIAGO 17.45 HRS STENDEC". The Chilean Air Force radio operator at the Santiago airport described this transmission as coming in "loud and clear" but very fast; and as he did not recognise the last word, he requested clarification and heard "STENDEC" repeated twice in succession before contact with the aircraft was lost. This word has not been definitively explained and has given rise to much speculation, but with the possible exception of some misunderstanding based on Morse code, none of these proposed solutions seem credible.

Nude Beauty Comes of Age!

Posted on Sep-13-2017 by Admin   |   

Félix-Jacques Moulin  circa 1851-1854

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This coloured daguerreotype by Félix-Jacques Moulin, circa 1851-1854, depicts one the first nude studies ever taken in the new age of photography! Before 1839, depictions of nudity and erotica generally consisted of paintings, drawings and engravings, but in that year, Louis Daguerre presented the first practical process of photography to the French Academy of Sciences. Unlike earlier photograph methods, his daguerreotypes had stunning quality and did not fade with time.

The daguerreotypes were not without drawbacks, however. The main difficulty was that they could only be reproduced by photographing the original picture since each image was an original and the all-metal process does not use negatives. In addition, the earliest daguerreotypes had exposure times ranging from three to fifteen minutes, making them somewhat impractical for portraiture. The poses that the models struck had to be held very still for a long time as this young beauty must have found out!

Sounds Loco To Me!

Posted on Aug-16-2017 by Admin   |   

Locomobile Company of America

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The Locomobile Company of America (the name coined from locomotive and automobile!) was a pioneering American automobile manufacturer founded in 1899 and was one of the earliest car manufacturers. For the first two years after its founding the company was located in Watertown, Massachusetts but production was transferred to Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1900, where it remained until the company's demise in 1929.

The company initially manufactured small, affordable steam cars until 1903, but the steam Locomobiles were unreliable, finicky to operate, prone to kerosene fires, had small water tanks (getting only 20 miles {32 km} per tankfull), and took time to raise steam. Eventually production switched entirely to internal combustion-powered luxury automobiles. Locomobile was taken over in 1922 by Durant Motors and eventually went out of business in 1929. All cars ever produced by the original company were always sold under the brand name Locomobile.

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