Vintage Images of Days Past

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  • flights of fancy
  • exotic ladies
  • exotic travel
  • ancient civilizations
  • mundane work places
  • leisure locations
  • wartime woes
  • crazy ideas
  • seafaring adventures
  • beauty at rest
  • slow bicyclists
  • fast cars
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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 Niagara River Bridge 1855going 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.

Click on the image to get a magnified view of this photo of the Niagara River suspension bridge built in 1855 to connect the Canadian and US railways.

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!

Getting Knocked Up!

Posted on Feb-15-2017 by Admin   |   

Knocker Upper

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There once was time, before alarm clocks were affordable or even available, when many workers were woken up in the wee hours by the sound of a tap at their bedroom window. They had just been roused from sleep by a professional Knocker Up (or Knocker Upper)! On the street outside, could be seen a figure wielding a long bamboo stick walking to their next customer's house.

The knocker up was a common sight in Britain up until the 1950's (even as late as the 1970s in some areas), particularly in the northern mill towns, where people worked shifts, or in London where dockers kept unusual hours, their livelihoods dictated by the changing tides.

The knocker-up used a truncheon or short, heavy stick to knock on the clients' doors or a long and light stick, or even pea shooters, to reach windows on higher floors. In return, the knocker-up would be paid a few pence a week.

The Delivery Van is Here!

Posted on Jan-31-2017 by Admin   |   

Sealtest Milk Van

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Today, many seniors (like me) will remember the arrival of the dairy van every day or two, wherebye bottles of milk, butter, ice cream, eggs and even bread were delivered to your door or driveway. In this delightful photo from the 1960's, girls are lined up, cash in hand, to purchase dairy goods from the Sealtest milkman, while junior is scrambling aboard to see what other goodies are available! A great article about those times can be found here.

Edward E. Rieck (born in 1864, the son of German immigrants to the United States), was the man who created a dairy empire that dominated Western Pennsylvania for more than fifty years and became a founding stake in one of the world’s first nationwide dairy companies. Incorporated in 1923 as National Dairy Products, it is now known as Kraft Foods Inc. and is still one of the world’s biggest food companies.

One of National Dairy’s first and most famous brands Sealtest, was created in 1935 to serve as a nationwide standard of laboratory tested quality for dairy products. In Canada, the Sealtest brand name arrived in 1961 when Dominion Dairies Limited came under the control of National Dairy Products.

Is There Anything To Eat Mum?

Posted on Jan-17-2017 by Admin   |   

Fodd ration in 1951 Britain

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Most people today have heard of the severe hardships that ordinary civilians underwent during the Second World War. But what is not well known or remembered is that rationing went on, at least for some items, for years after the war ended. When the polsters Gallup, in 1947, asked the British public what would be their no-expense-spared fantasy meal it came back as:

Sherry, tomato soup, sole, roast chicken with roast potatoes, peas and sprouts, trifle and cream, cheese and biscuits and coffee.

It was a large meal and a lot of food but that’s not particularly surprising after all the deprivation and food shortages in Britain during and after the war. To our tastes, the menu might seem a little unimaginative and plain however, two years after the war, a meal like that for most people was only remotely possible in some kind of dream!

In fact, food in the immediate post-war years was often more strictly controlled than during the actual war itself! For instance, bread was rationed only for the first time, during the years of 1946 to 1948 and indeed potatoes briefly during 1947. Tea was still rationed until 1952 and then the only in 1953 did sugar and eggs became freely available, as did finally cheese and meats in 1954, a full nine years after the war ended. Oddly though, cigarettes were never rationed in Britain!


Posted on Dec-28-2016 by Admin   |   

Nude Christmas Girl


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Vintage Selfie!

Posted on Dec-11-2016 by Admin   |   

Hermann Krone 1858

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The above vintage photograph is of Hermann Krone entitled Self portrait with photography equipment, 1858! Hermann Krone (14 September 1827 – 17 September 1916) was a photographer from Saxony, Germany, who was born in Breslau. Krone's father was a lithographer and he began an apprenticeship with him and produced his first calotype and daguerreotype photographs in 1843. He married Clementine Blochmann and had four children.

He went on to open a studio in Leipzig in 1851 and one in Dresden in 1852 specializing in landscape photographs of Saxony and Switzerland. In 1855 he started working with collodion dry plates and in 1869 he established a publishing house and in 1872 completed a photo book with views of 142 cities in the Kingdom of Saxony. He went on a journey to the Auckland Islands in 1874 to observe the passage of Venus in front of the sun and returned home via Australia and India. Krone published a compilation of his poetry in four volumes between 1899 and 1902 and also published The Standard Photographic Methods Retaining their Practical Value Forever and established a museum of photography.

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