Category: Old cars

Best of June

Some wonderful images emerged during June as I continued to open boxes of old slides in my collection, in fact some of the strongest images came to light this month so that I had to raise the bar as to which made it into this post! Here are the picks from June in strict order Read More

Best of May

I continued to open boxes of old slides as they came, and May took me on a journey to Asia, the Far East, USA, and Canada. In the images most liked on Instagram are busy streets, beautiful palaces and people going about their lives in diverse cultures on opposite sides of the world. I’ve also Read More

Best of April

Some stunning images emerged during April. I unpacked several boxes of unseen slides, and also returned to collections I had liked and put aside years ago. The mix of favorites in this post reflects both the beauty of the images and a level of curiosity about South Africa shown on Instagram. The order below reflects Read More

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Best of March

Hi there, here are the top Instagram picks of March 2018. This was the first month in which I really got posting on a daily basis and this selection reflects the images that people responded to most enthusiastically. The response was not always what I had expected so I’ve learned a lot about what appeals Read More

Racing Cars and Crowds

This collection of racing event photos was a great find. It had been kept in a musty garage and had developed a thick white mold which, when cleaned off, revealed a small treasure of images from 1962 South Africa. The names on some of the cars are those of international racing drivers so my guess Read More

Vintage Photo in a Vintage Photo

I wish I knew more about vintage clothing to be able to guess the age of the old portrait in this 1960s snapshot. Of course the irony is that the snapshot itself is now vintage. From a note on the frame, we know that the man is someone’s ‘Grand pa’ while the knees belong to Read More

Argentinean Road Trips

Argentinean Road Trips

Remember Grasshopper men’s shoes? They were popular in the 1970s and, true to the era, a Grasshopper shoe box arrived the other day filled with a very unusual collection of slides from the 1970s. These were left in South Africa by an Argentinean traveler, never to be retrieved. Among them are several fabulous snapshots of Read More

My car your car 1950s

This charming family photograph shows each person with their vehicle of choice, be it the latest Ford, 3-wheeled tricycle or go-cart. Read More

Chrome reflections

I do know where this was taken, and when – Congo 1963 – but prefer to make up my own story. In this scene – according to my imagination – a person is hunching down next to their 1950’s coupe and further down the bridge a group of zombies is gathering. Yes! Its a stand-off! Read More

Car Breakdown

Belgium or Holland, 1970’s. With a little speculation I can figure out what is happening in this scene. The 3 old people were driving past Der Vliegend Tapijt (The Flying Carpet) restaurant when their blue car broke down. Now it’s up on a jack and someone is fixing it but, oh dear, its going to Read More

London Airport Car Park

Car Park No. 1 at London Airport (now called Heathrow) in May 1959. British bubble cars are pretty cool. I also have a thing for bland urban spaces, between here and nowhere, cement and serene. What a lovely example this one is, and I literally pulled it out of a plastic shopping bag at random. Read More

Car Identity Challenge

Can you identify these old cars? My father is somewhat of a car expert on the 1940’s through 1960’s and he has a good memory. As a young man he kept scrapbooks of all the latest car models. According to him, the blue car is a Ford Consol about 1950’s, and the black car is Read More

Danbury Fair Bus Terminal

Late 1950’s this pic is of the bus terminal at the Danbury Fair in Connecticut. The Fair ran from 1822 when it started out as an agricultural gathering until 1981 when it closed. It was huge with 100 to 200 thousand people attending each year. Transport facilities must have been quite a logistical challenge. The Read More

New York Building Site

Via a hand-written note on the frame we know this is a construction site at Bellevue Hospital, New York. The crane in the background belonged to Cleveland Bridge, the well-known construction company. I love the spots of colour, and the construction workers cut off at the bottom, and of course the wonderful caravan kiosk. If Read More

Freeways of Los Angeles

This image, shot in 1962, is a firm favorite. I plan to print it in the largest possible size. Its proof that the subject can be conveyed just as well, and sometimes better when out of focus, and that composition doesn’t require sharpness. Although I liked the washed blue of the original, I do find Read More

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