Category Archives: People

The dinner party

A long time favorite, this image. Our focus is on the young woman staring back at the camera – obviously annoyed, even angry. Its gratifying to see a genuine, unfiltered, un-hidden, un-bidden emotion on display. With so much posing and smiling for the camera, as we are taught to do, this is refreshing. Its also a lovely composition, and one which snapped into place as soon as I cleaned it up and converted it to black and white.


Before and after




Posted by on September 4, 2014 in Domestic scene, People, Woman

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Unknown man

So many wonderful, unusual photographs have come from this one, small family collection. I’m sure they didn’t intend to be special, but they are. You’ll see them throughout the collection, and here is the Dad, recovered from a very ruined original.



Posted by on October 12, 2013 in Man, People

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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.



Posted by on October 9, 2013 in Children, Old cars, People

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Belgian State Visit

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!
The coat of arms turned out to be British but these are not members of the British royal family. It was a Facebook friend who took a wild guess that this is ‘Fabiola of Belgium’. She turned out to be right. I looked up inbound state visits to the UK dating back to the 1950’s and learned that King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola of Belgium visited the UK from 14 – 17 May 1963. It was their last official visit to Britain. The slide was taken shortly after their arrival by royal train at Victoria station where they were met by Queen Elizabeth and then rode in a carriage procession to Buckingham palace.

Snappy Dresser African Style

Africa has style! This image is from a wildlife tour in Kenya, 1970s. The bus had stopped in a village for refreshments and this stylishly dressed woman caught the eye of a tourist. I love the classic, African combination of colors and the jaunty yet sophisticated details of her outfit.


I cropped and straightened the image to bring the woman into focus, removed a person from the background and warmed up the color. With selective sharpening, details of the print and accessories really popped out.

Before and after


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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Africa, People, Portraits, Village life, Woman

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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 be a long afternoon. A woman passing by has stopped for a little chat. I like the seventies styling of the restaurant window and the juxtaposition of the old-timers against this backdrop.

A large crop was needed to bring the subjects of interest into focus. Rich color, texture and sharpening did the rest of the job.

Before and after. Click for big.



Teacher Protest

My guess is that this is in Belgium or Holland in the 1970s. A rather polite looking teacher’s protest, whether school or university teachers I’m not sure. I haven’t had it translated yet and hope someone will see this and help me out!

A nicely composed shot, quickly snapped. The old slide was quite clean and needed little input from me. I corrected color and tone and sharpened it.

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on February 12, 2013 in City square, Europe, People, Political

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Tea Party in Red, White and Blue

A companionable garden tea party back in the day. Mugs of tea, cigarettes and a good book. The red white and blue painted garden furniture is a great color combination. Not sure about those wooden ‘skis’ the legs are attached to though, I much prefer the way it looks without.

This slide was in good nick. With a bit of tweaking I made it less blue and more sharp.

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Domestic scene, Garden, People, Suburban home

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Queen Zulu and Her Court

Mardi Gras, New Orleans 1959. This caught the eye of a South African traveler back in the day. Queen Zulu?! Its impossible to explain this image in only a few lines so have a look and then read below for the explanation.

Explanation: Understanding this image opens up a complex and layered view of a far-off culture. I admit to only having done about an hour’s research but love the criss-crossing of cultural symbols, meaning and identity in this story. Read on: The Mardi Gras street parade in New Orleans is quite a major happening. Krewes (or clubs) put together themed floats for it. The so-called ‘Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club’ – in existence since 1916 with even older roots – is one of the famous ones. Every year, a King is elected plus a host of other characters (read about them, including the fascinating ‘Zulu Mr. Big Stuff’ here). In 1949, Louis Armstrong was the Zulu King. Now, what we see here is the float for the Zulu Queen. She was actually a side show to the King. If you read about the Club on Wikipedia here, you’ll see that only the names of the Kings are recorded. The Queens were a later addition and were often wives of club members. To this day, club membership is all male, and predominantly African-American. You can read all about the history and current activities of the ‘Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure club’ here on their web site. Read also about New Orleans here and Mardi Gras here. This looks all rather un-PC in 2013 doesn’t it? Well, in the 1960’s the club almost folded during an era of black consciousness, but it hung on and revived and is very active to this day in the carnival and with day-to-day community projects.

Restoring this image involved lightening and brightening. There were deep, dark grey skies on that carnival day back in 1959.

Before and after:

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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in America, Parade, People, Traditional costume

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A Very Long Queue

I’ve always liked this image, taken through a spiral walkway of 3 lines of people, all part of a very long queue, somewhere in 1964. What are they queuing for? It must have been something appealing to young and old, men and women, and Nuns. They all look so well behaved, and relaxed. Love the kid with the black rimmed glasses on the top row.

The original needed brightening and reduced contrast as many of the people are in the shade. The fountains have also come up well in the restored version.

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on January 8, 2013 in Fairs&amusement parks, Fountain, People

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Snoozing on the Decks

Date, place, ship and title of novel unknown … its a simple, chilled and cozy scene. Only one person is wide awake and he is on the very last page of his novel, utterly absorbed to the last nail-biting moments. I love the way the two women’s heads are leaning together. Its not all about getting a tan, rather everybody looks warm and comfortable. Its likely this scene was photographed in the early 1960’s towards the end of the classic passenger boat era. During the 1960’s Boeing released their 747’s and travel by ship became much less popular. It was only in the late 1970’s that cruising by boat re-invented itself purely as a pleasure pursuit.

Straightened, cropped and re-colored.

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on January 3, 2013 in Boats, People

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Dead Sea Swimmers

These swimmers are at the Dead Sea, Israel 1964. A long-time favorite – its such a great composition, I love the way the young girl in her white cap stands out, the pipes, the lolling swimmers on the lake shore. I wonder what it cost to pipe fresh water to this spot? Read about the history of the Dead Sea and environmental concerns.

I rebuilt the sky, restored the color through several layers and filters, and added in some sharpness.

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on December 18, 2012 in Beach scene, Middle East, People, Swimming

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Airport Group

Happy greetings or goodbyes. Airports used to much more open, and as people tended to take pics on arrivals and departures there are lots of examples. Groups posed on the tarmac at airports, or people on the open-air stairs into airplanes are common. Its a pity this has changed as the wonderful backdrop of airport buildings, tarmac and planes, with its industrial look and travel romance is no longer seen.

This was one of the dirtiest slides I’ve ever had to deal with. Dust was stuck to the surface and couldn’t be wiped off. I managed to clean up most of it digitally. Then it needed lightening and selective color improvements.

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on December 15, 2012 in Airport, People

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Delphi Talking Tour

A tour party in Delphi, Greece, 1964. I like how the people are dressed. They’re mainly paying good attention to their guide, with only a few loungers on the side. This looks like the ruins of the Temple of Apollo. The site was trashed by ‘zealous Christians’ in 390 AD in an attempt to destroy ‘Paganism’. However there is still lots to see there and these ruined columns have stood for a century and half.

Important to straighten those columns. Then color corrections and a few more fixes – and I’m right there myself.

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on December 10, 2012 in Europe, Museum, People, Ruins, Sightseeing

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Man with Deck Chairs

A deliciously odd image, the man is fully dressed and out of context. In his suit and long socks, he’s wearing a very serious expression as he makes notes in his little book. Its a bright, sunny spot where one would normally expect to see sunbathers – he should be wearing one of those man-bikinis they all wore back in the day!

This is a stunning example of how color can be rescued from an old, faded original. This is where slide surpasses print. I loved seeing how the stone wall came to life as everything became less washed out.




Posted by on December 2, 2012 in Beach scene, Man, People

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