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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 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 and some of my favourite subjects, nude female models and pinups, from that era, as well as more recent times.

Daughter Dad 1942

Click on the image to get a magnified view of this charming photograph of Janet Wynn and her dad in Central Park, New York, 1942 by Marjory Collins.




Now as to what I do! I specialize in the digital restoration of damaged old photographs, negatives, slide transparencies and documents. Your special family antiquities can be salvaged by digitally scanning the objects and then by utilizing state of the art computer software, correct the deficiencies and print onto modern materials.

The Mostly Unknown Secret!

Posted on Aug-14-2016 by Admin   |   

White slave girl 18th C

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The Barbary Slave Trade refers to the slave markets that flourished on the Barbary Coast of North Africa (modern-day Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and western Libya), between the 16th and middle of the 18th century. These markets prospered while these states were nominally under Ottoman suzerainty, but in reality, they were for the most part, autonomous. The North African slave markets traded in European slaves who were acquired by Barbary pirates in slave raids on ships and by raids on coastal towns from Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, England, the Netherlands to even as far afield as Ireland and Iceland.

Ohio State University history Professor Robert Davis describes the White Slave Trade as being minimized by most modern historians. However, Davis estimates that 1 to 1.25 million white Christian Europeans, men, women and children, were enslaved in North Africa, from the beginning of the 16th century to the middle of the 18th, by slave traders from Tunis, Algiers, and Tripoli alone! These numbers do not include the European people who were enslaved by Morocco and by other raiders and traders of the Mediterranean Sea coast and roughly the 700 Americans who were held captive in this region as slaves between 1785 and 1815!

The First Stewardesses!

Posted on Aug-03-2016 by Admin   |   

The original eight stewardesses

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In 1930, Ellen Church became the first airline stewardess, after convincing Boeing Air Transport (now United Airlines) that the presence of on-board nurses, would go a long way in helping early passengers overcome their fear of flying. Seven other registered nurses soon joined Church's team and became known as 'skygirls'.

In this photo, they gathered to pose next to a Boeing tri-motored plane (Church standing in the door on the left), wearing uniforms made of dark green wool, with matching green and gray wool capes. Their inaugural flight on May 15, 1930, was from San Francisco to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and from Cheyenne to Chicago.

Since then, it's been a tradition for flight attendants to look great while making sure airline customers are comfortable and safe. A more complete story of this side of the airline industry can be found here!

Mostly Forgotten Men!

Posted on Jul-20-2016 by Admin   |   

Article Picture

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Many people of my vintage will remember the 1964 blockbuster movie Zulu produced by and starring veteran actor Stanley Baker. It depicted the action during the Anglo-Zulu War, around one of the most illustrious battle honours of the British army, the Battle of Rorke's Drift, between just over 150 British and colonial soldiers, mostly of B-company, 2nd Battalion of the 24th Regiment of Foot (The 2nd Warwickshire) and 4000 Zulus on January 22-23, 1879. Unfortunately the events surrounding that battle have been largely forgotten to time!

Some of the soldiers that took part in that action are shown in the photo above. They were among the defenders, consisting of a mix of British infantry and Natal irregulars who defied the massive odds against them at the tiny garrison of Rorke’s Drift, Natal, South Africa, a former mission post which had been turned into a supply depot and a hospital. Seeking sanctuary behind barricades of biscuit boxes and mealie bags, they held firm against a ceaseless onslaught that began at 4.20pm on January 22, 1879, and raged until dawn. A murderous fire from Martini Henry rifles (some 19,100 rounds of ammunition were expended) resulted in casualties of 351 Zulu deaths and over 500 wounded, compared to 17 British deaths.

In truth, of the 122 of the regiment’s representatives at Rorke’s Drift, 49 were English, 32 Welsh, 16 Irish and there was a lone Scot, but only four are believed to have been born and bred in Warwickshire. Their average age was 23, their average weight 140 lbs and their average height 5ft 3ins! Rorke's Drift is one of the most honoured military engagements in British history with 11 Victoria Crosses awarded, seven of them to soldiers of the 2nd/24th Foot – the most ever received in a single action by one regiment!

A New Age Launched!

Posted on Jul-13-2016 by Admin   |   

First Space photo 1946

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On October 24, 1946, almost 14 months after the end of World War II and nearly 11 years before the launch of the Russian sattelite Sputnik, this photo was the first ever from space! It was taken by American military engineers and scientists, using a Nazi V-2 seized when the Allies captured German launch and factory sites at the end of the war. Many were shipped to the United States along with notable rocket scientists including Werner Von Braun.

The grainy, black-and-white photos were taken from an altitude of 65 miles by a 35-millimeter motion picture camera riding on a V-2 missile launched from White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Taking a frame every second and a half, the rocket-borne camera climbed straight up and then fell back to Earth minutes later, slamming into the ground at 500 feet per second. The camera itself was smashed but the film, protected in a steel cassette, luckily for us was unharmed!

A Royal Affair!

Posted on Jul-06-2016 by Admin   |   

Nine reigning Kings 1910

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In 1910, European royalty gathered together for the funeral of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom and in this historic image, photographed on 20 May 1910, nine reigning kings posed together for the funeral, while at Windsor in London.

Standing, from left to right: King Haakon VII of Norway, Tsar Ferdinand of the Bulgarians, King Manuel II of Portugal and the Algarves, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Prussia, King George I of the Hellenes and King Albert I of the Belgians. Seated, from left to right: King Alfonso XIII of Spain, King George V of the United Kingdom and King Frederick VIII of Denmark.

In just four years, many would be pitted against each other in the Great War! Of the nine monarchies represented, only five still exist today as many royal families were deposed during the war and its aftermath, although King Manuel II of Portugal lost his throne in October of 1910, soon after this photograph was taken!

Cool Man Cool!

Posted on Jun-26-2016 by Admin   |   

VW Bus

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The above photo shows the ubiquitous Volkswagen Type 2 or more commonally known as the VW Bus which was introduced in 1950 by the German automaker Volkswagen as its second car model after the Beetle.

As one of the forerunners of the modern cargo and passenger vans, the Type 2 gave rise to cab-over competitors in the United States in the 1960s, such as the Ford Econoline, the Dodge A100, and the Chevrolet Corvan, the latter adopting the Type 2's rear-engine configuration. European competition included the 1960s French Renault Estafette and the UK Ford Transit Van.

Like the VW Beetle, the van has received numerous nicknames worldwide, including the "microbus", "minibus" and, because of its popularity during the counterculture movement of the 1960s, the Hippie Van or Wagon, for which it still remains iconic for many hippies today! Unfortunately, the last factory in the world (in Brazil) that produced the Type 2, ceased production on December 31, 2013. However in late 2015, a rumour popped up about the van's re-emergence and that Volkswagen is in fact working on producing an electric version of the classic camper bus.

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