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Fancy Dress Party

Given how popular fancy dress parties were in the 1970s, you’d think they would turn up more often. Perhaps people are wisely getting rid of those pics before disposing of their snapshots! The awful, tacky get-ups, the stereotypes, the smeared make-up on men, the giddy, gaudy, god-awfulness of it all is so endearing. In the late-hour, full-swing drunkenness of these pics we see true humanity poking through, and it is beautiful.

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A Pocket Full of Presents

A holiday camp in the 1950’s. The children seem to be playing a game – Ring-a-Ring-a-Rosies perhaps? – except this time its a pocket full of presents. Or rather a big fat sack! The children are quite formally dressed for the setting, as was the custom of the day. Father Xmas, too, is in his full outfit, with beard, boots and everything in between. No barefoot, shirtless wannabe in a cheap hat at this camp!

I thought I’d pick something for Xmas so went into my catalog and found this one. It was fuzzy, blue and faded but, as I love the energy in it, I decided to give it a go. I turned out rather well after about 30 minutes of fiddling.

Before and after. Click for big.

 

Posted by on December 24, 2012 in Children, Christmas, Games

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Playing at Highway Robbers

The second image of a childhood game, lovingly captured by the parents. I’m guessing a little but I think they’re playing at Highway Robbers as opposed to say, pirates. Is it always the younger brother that gets tied up?

It was a challenge to get the coloring just right as everything was a variation of brown. In the end making the brown richer was the answer, and I only brought back cooler tones where there were true grays.

Before and after. Click for big.

 

Posted by on November 7, 2012 in Africa, Children, Games

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Playing at Scottish Soldiers

I have some great images showing the wonders of childhood, in the great outdoors. Not many, however, have been photographed from the child’s point of view, sensitively recording their fantasies and games. That’s why I like this one so much. Colonial times were recent in the early 1960’s and this shows the fantasy of Scottish soldiers, played out in the heat and dust of Southern Africa.

Before and after. Click for big.

 

 

Posted by on November 7, 2012 in Africa, Children, Games

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