The Table Mountain cable car pictured in the early 1960s with a lone man inside. These cars could transport about 12 people comfortably. I can just remember them, the open air and greasy smell of the cables. Nowadays the cable car company transports about 800 people per day up and down our famous and wonderful
Not an old slide this time, but a postcard from Air France. I love it and have pinned the original above my desk. Air France issued many such postcards, all gorgeous designs. However, out of the hundreds on Pintrest, EBay and Google I can’t find this one, so perhaps its quite rare! On the reverse
This horse was photographed on a dusty road in Iran, sometime in the early 1970s. Taking a ride in a 2-person horse-drawn buggy is still a slightly touristy thing to do in bigger centers, but given the age of the slide and the seemingly remote location I’d guess this was used by locals. I’d love
One of the most rewarding aspects of collecting is doing research on the images. I really enjoy probing the Internet to see what I can find out from the threads of information contained in the image. As a result, my general knowledge of things odd and unusual from all over the world is growing! aa
Men wait on a harbour quay somewhere in 1963. A radical straightening was needed, then recoloring and sharpening. I find that many seaside and harbor snapshots, with a lot of blue in them, turn quite magenta over time. Recoloring brings them back to life. Before and after. Click for big.
This row of old houses was photographed in Charleston, South Carolina, USA in 1959. A note on the frame reads ‘Tricyclist of 90’, referring to the old man making his way down the road on – yes! – an adult sized tricycle. I also noted the brand new, shiny parking meters, looking like they had
A romantic image. I like the relaxed setting on a grassy bank, no stinky harbor or crowds, just Dad and the boys. I wonder what places this liner voyaged to? Its something to build dreams on and plans … Fresher, deeper colors, just a tad overdone, give this the look of an old postcard. The
Travel snapshots invariably include modes of transport, though mainly from the outside. I like this bus interior with its red seats. Friendly old buses – they haven’t changed much. I repaired 2 corners after straightening and cropping, and got rid of the magenta tone. The final step was to cartoon it which emphasizes the lovely