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 demolished. A smaller replica still exists outside the present day PennyPinchers, in the same location.
Spotty was of course a great subject for a photography student and the home-made glass mount of this slide meticulously records details of the lens and settings used. There’s a fair amount of noise, but I left that in place. Those power lines had to go though.
Before and after – click for big.
Spotty appears all over the Internet as he was photographed millions of times. Here’s a recent and interesting blog post about him from an architectural point of view.