Category: South Africa

Sunday lunch in the veld

Sunday lunch in the veld

Sunday lunch was always done right – no matter where you were in the 1960s. At least it was in privileged white society in Southern Africa. One can feel a little uncomfortable noting this, however the undeniable beauty of the setting offers an alternative, more aesthetic focus for this image! The pastel colors of the Read More

Hoggs Back Inn

Hoggs Back Inn is a famous hotel in the dreamy, rural haven known as Hoggs Back, Eastern Cape. Its been there for about 100 years and has changed only subtly. This swimming pool and garden are still there, and they still have those yellow garden chairs. That is the charm of it. However, this is Read More

Simonstown Harbour Scene

Simonstown harbor in 1960. I love the flags – half transparent and whipping in the Cape wind. What a funny collection of men on that small fishing boat. This image appeals to my sea- and South Peninsula loving heart! I deepened the sky, bringing back its moodiness, and brightened up the flags. I decided not Read More

Kalk Bay Not So Different

I came across this slide of Kalk Bay taken in 1964. Nearly 50 years later, not much has changed in this view from Boyes Drive. After some scrutiny I can point out that the big palm trees we see today were not yet planted, there are fewer chimneys now (they must’ve been removed), fewer buildings Read More

Rondavel Veranda Breakfast

I remember staying in Rondavels on family holidays – they were a popular form of accommodation at family style resorts. The round interiors, thatch roofs, and polished cement floors combine in my memory so deliciously. This outdoor family breakfast is a perfect way to start the day. Thank you to Kodachrome, this early sixties slide Read More

Road Trip with Two Identical Combies

Love the plainness of this image. A wide open space, dirt road and two identical combies. They almost blend in to the landscape in that sunburned yellow colour, the same exactly as the grass in the foreground. So much natural grunge, and such ruined color. I improved the color and created a focus around the Read More

Picnic At The Races

A casual approach to catering for the privileged crowd at the races back in the day. Its rather more like a family picnic than the commercial affair you’d expect to find today. A sense of occasion is nonetheless preserved. Our heroine is of course the lady in the flowery pink hat. Her pose speaks volumes. Read More

Military Ceremony?

I’m not really sure what’s going on in this scene but I hope to find out some day. This is one of those pure gems that turns up in an obscure bag of old slides. Rich with detail and redolent of times gone by. Purple and magenta tones drive me crazy … about 12 layers Read More

Joburg Streets by Night

This takes me back to exciting South African radio programs like Squad Cars. In Joburg by night, the 1970’s ‘Skelms’ were up to no good. Speeding down the boulevard, in their black getaway cars with the chrome reflecting the patriotic Christmas lights  above. This was a particularly forgiving specimen. The night scene shaped up beautifully. Read More

Spotty Dog Roadhouse

No vintage collection is complete without Spotty Dog, the roadhouse. He once stood on Main Road Retreat, in Cape Town and this image, from October 1957, was taken almost half way through his iconic life. Built in 1938, it was only when a truck messed up his face in 1977 that he had to be Read More

A City Square Somewhere

A classic, well laid out city square, located I suspect, somewhere in South Africa. An interesting detail is the flower wreaths below the monument. Had an important date recently passed? After some improvements to the original image, I recolored and smoothed it. Original:   Read More

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