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
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Welcome to SCImages

 

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!

Dior dress model 1957

Click on the image to get a magnified view of this photograph of a model in dress designed by Christian Dior, photographed by Mark Shaw in Paris in 1957!

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.

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.

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.

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