Vintage Photographs

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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.

Hot Tub

Click on the image to get a magnified view of this hilarious modern day photo of a real hot tub!



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.

Now That's Camping!

Posted on Oct-09-2016 by Admin   |   

Family on holiday in a railway camp coach, 1956

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The serene scene above is entitled, "Family at Cheddar station sitting in deckchairs beside a camping coach, 1956." Camping coaches were former railway carriages offered by many railway companies in the United Kingdom, that families or groups of friends could hire and stay in for their holiday. They had been converted to contain a bedroom and bathroom, kitchen and living room. and were situated on camp sites at scenic railway stations around Britain and at coastal resorts or in the countryside.

The coaches were old passenger vehicles no longer suitable for use in trains, which were converted to provide basic sleeping and living space at static locations. The local railway staff looked after the coaches as part of their duties. Many of the coaches would be removed from their stations in the winter and overhauled at the railway's workshops ready to be returned in the spring, being placed on sidings.

The number of camping coaches offered for hire declined from the mid-1960s as other forms of holidays became more popular and, as the condition of the vehicles deteriorated, so the number of staffed stations at which they could be sited were decreased. The last were offered to the public by the London Midland Region of British Railways in 1971!

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!

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