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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, nude female models and pinups, from that era as well as more recent times.

Bell and Howelll advert

Click on the image to get a magnified view of this Australian photo magazine advert featuring the voluptious actress Sabrina from June 1959!



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.

A Rather Large MP3 Player!

Posted on Sep-27-2016 by Admin   |   

Marconi-Stille recorder

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If you are older than 50 you will probably remember someone having a reel to reel tape recorder in their home! These rather antiquated and cumbersome machines evolved into much smaller 8 track and then cassette tape recorder players which, in themselves, were eventually taken over by CD/DVD disc players and now SD devices.

The behemoth shown above, is the Marconi-Stille recorder being installed at the BBC in 1935. At the time the BBC required a fast run-up time, a direct motor drive, quieter running and high speed rewind to replace their aging sound recording equipment. Marconi was responsible for the mechanical design of the system and the BBC Research Department for the electronics.

Modern Wonder Magazine, in a September 1937 article wrote "One of the wonderful machines in use by the BBC is the Marconi-Stille magnetic recorder-reproducer. This instrument enables broadcast speeches and music to be "stored" on a long steel ribbon by magnetism so that they may be re-broadcast at any time.....The machine comprises two large drums on which special steel tape is wound by means of an electric motor. Between the drums, electro-magnets are arranged, and the tape passes between the pole-pieces of these magnets. The impulses in the coils of the electro-magnets cause the tape to be magnetized in larger and smaller amounts, and when the tape has been treated, it forms a highly accurate record of speech and music."

A superb and very technical article can be seen here

An Epic Gun!

Posted on Sep-16-2016 by Admin   |   

girl shooting a Webley

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This interesting photograph is simply captioned "Plymouth, England, March 1939, A girl shooting a Webley revolver under the instruction of British sailors." I can only assume the intention of the event was to demonstrate the lighter recoil of the latest Webley Mk IV .38/200 revolver, which used a smaller calibre bullet and a lower powder charge, so that even this young Miss could fire it!

The Webley Revolver, also known as the Webley Top-Break or Self-Extracting Revolver was, in various marks, the standard issue service pistol for the armed forces of the United Kingdom, the British Empire and the Commonwealth, including Canada, from 1887 until 1963. Originally firing the large .455 cartridge., Webley service revolvers are among the most powerful top-break revolvers ever produced and are prized collectors items today. Although the .455 calibre Webley is no longer in military service, the .38/200 Webley Mk IV variant is still in use as a police sidearm in a number of countries!

A Car Fit for a Royal!

Posted on Sep-05-2016 by Admin   |   

Rolls Royce Phantom 11 1930

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The locale shown in this photograph, provides an exotic backdrop for a Rolls Royce Phantom II motorcar. Spotted outside the Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi, India circa 1930, it was probably owned by one of the Indian Royal Maharaja's of that era!

Rolls-Royce Limited was the renowned British car-manufacturer founded by Charles Stewart Rolls and Sir Frederick Henry Royce on 15 March 1906 as the result of a partnership formed in 1904. They became the originators of the luxurious Rolls Royce motorcar and later the aero-engine manufacturing company, which supplied the equally famous Rolls Royce Merlin, used in the Spitfire, Hurricane, Mosquito, Lancaster and other WW2 British planes.

In addition to the company's reputation for superior engineering quality, which has led to its epithet as the "best car in the world", Rolls-Royce Limited was known for manufacturing the high-powered "R" engines responsible for many land and air speed records, as well as successful performances in automobile racing!

Whatta Cuppa!

Posted on Aug-24-2016 by Admin   |   

Melrose Tea Van

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The delightful vintage photo above, is of a huge Albion Motors delivery van owned by Melrose Tea in 1939! When Andrew Melrose (1789-1855) founded Melrose's Tea Company on the Canongait in Edinburgh, Scotland, few could have foreseen the successful worldwide tea trading company that would emerge over the following years. Melrose had operated a grocery store and was a tea dealer in Edinburgh during the early 1800s.

The British tea trade with China was still through the gift of the East India Company, but the monopoly grew ever less popular and by the time it terminated, Melrose was importing tea via Jardine, Matheson & Co. How profitable was this business at the time? In 1816, he had weekly sales of approximately £475 or about £39,000 a week in 2016 currency!

When the Tea Clipper ‘Isabella' docked in Leith in 1834, it unloaded for Melrose, the first legal tea shipment to arrive in Scotland from a private company. This was a historic moment which marked a change in the British trade forever. The trade boomed, sometimes reaching a thousand cases of tea per month for Melrose’s company. Melrose Tea is still available today, though owned by the Typhoo brand.

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!

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