Bygone Cape Town

i have long been an avid follower of Etienne du Plessis‘ flickr stream, where he shares many vintage photographs including old shots of Cape Town. please click on the images to be taken to the original & for more information.

- Posing at the Sea Point pool, 1960

- Clifton, 1967

- The Little Blue Train, Mouille Point, 1961

- Sea Point ,1963

- The Gardens, 1978

- Wednesday morning on the Parade, 1974

- Pleasure boats, Muizenberg circa 1960

- Muizenberg beach, 1953

- Fish Hoek, 1958

- Ready for the office, circa 1960

- Wedding in District Six, 1960

- Silverstream Buttress, 1975

- District Six, 1960

- Simonstown, 1969

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35 Responses to Bygone Cape Town

  1. jo Tuesday 13 September, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    Wow, these photos are truly amazing! It’s fabulous seeing old photos of familiar places. I love it!

  2. Chelsea Tuesday 13 September, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Love these! I am new to your blog and am thoroughly enjoying it. xo

  3. Emma Tuesday 13 September, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Love these old pics! Always love those old photos of the city – and to see which things have changed so much, and which things have hardly changed at all!

  4. Edelweissnyc Tuesday 13 September, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Looks like a wonderful place to live!

  5. Betül Tuesday 13 September, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    I LOVE these pictures!

  6. julie macneil Tuesday 13 September, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    so beautiful, each and every one!!!! thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Pam Tuesday 13 September, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    I am obsessed with Cape Town and old photos, so this is absolute perfection. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Sarah Tuesday 13 September, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    love these! the beaches actually look quite similar to today, hey?

  9. anyjazz Tuesday 13 September, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    Excellent photographs. Some look professional.

  10. Elaine Brummer-Hill Tuesday 13 September, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    Thank you for the memories…brought a tear to my eye remembering the indredible holidays in the Cape, where both my parents were born and raised. I live in Utah, USA now but still long for those beautiful beaches ;D

  11. Tess Wednesday 14 September, 2011 at 1:05 am #

    Do you know historypin.com? People go one there and put up their photos of places from pre-1990s against the current place… it’s a bit hard to explain until you see it. It’s absolutely grand, I’m sure there are many swell old photos of Capetown on there! :)

  12. DJS Wednesday 14 September, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    It’s hard not to get seduced by the style & nostalgia of these images but anyone familiar with the history of South Africa must be aware of how one dimensional they are. They’re like PR shots from a National Party retrospective exhibition entitled “Apartheid: Look How Happy Everyone Is.”

    • Kelly Wednesday 14 September, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

      I completely agree. These images are all retro sun-bleached gorgeousness, but there’s something very eerie about their homogeneity (especially the first few).

    • Dennis Thursday 15 September, 2011 at 8:49 am #

      a “National Party retrospective exhibition” definitely wouldn’t have had images of District Six!

      PS: surely not everyone (black or white) was completely miserable during Apartheid?

      • Nix Friday 16 September, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

        Not everything South Africa should be viewed through the tainted glasses of apartheid. Similarly dated photos of the USA or UK would most likely display exactly the same monochrome. Taking pictures of many of the same spots now, would probably yield exactly the same result, albeit of a different pigment. For that matter, photos taken today in many coutries around the globe will depict the exact same

        • Amanda Friday 16 September, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

          I think everything from that era in South Africa does need to be viewed through those glasses. Just as similar images from the US during Jim Crow must be seen for what it is. Of course things are still not integrated today almost anywhere in the world, but that doesn’t change that S. Africa during apartheid was one of the most egregious examples.

  13. kimberly Wednesday 14 September, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    aw! these are amazing! thank you so much for sharing his flickr account, this will be my new obsession, thank you!! Kim, xo

  14. Mallix Wednesday 14 September, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Why on earth didn’t you link HiltonT?!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hilton-t/

    • Miss Moss Wednesday 14 September, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

      i didn’t know about him! i do now…

  15. Philippa Wednesday 14 September, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    Utterly divine!

  16. casey Wednesday 14 September, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    love that bus!

    awesome share.

  17. Asiye Wednesday 14 September, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    those are really amazing! thanks for sharing

  18. mel Thursday 15 September, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    wow! amazing photographs

  19. Beauty Thursday 15 September, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    These are beautiful and informational pictures

  20. florence Thursday 15 September, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    i want to go to there!

  21. madilla Thursday 15 September, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    Its always so reassuring to notice how women body’s where more shapely back then. After giving birth sometimes its just so hard to squeeze in time to work out and get my muscles back. Oh why do I want to look like Gwyneth?!

  22. Rachel Lucie Thursday 15 September, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    Love these photos, they are so of the time. You could date them just by looking at them, thanks for sharing :)

  23. hila Friday 16 September, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    you’re slowly seducing me with summer images, it may just work :) here’s to actually enjoying summer this year!

  24. Sweet Harvest Moon Friday 16 September, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    Beautiful pictures! The perfect summer holiday!

  25. Joy Monday 19 September, 2011 at 1:47 am #

    This was wonderful to look through.

  26. Gaby Monday 19 September, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    Clifton. Nothing’s changed. :)

  27. Carol B Monday 19 September, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    well done for collecting these – so evocative of the time and the places, most of which have now changed beyond recognition. Did we really look like that?

  28. HiltonT Wednesday 18 April, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    the uppermost picture in this collection is from a set by
    Liberty LittleBasil on flickr, which can be seen in full here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/libertylittlebasil/sets/72157600612119176/

  29. Mark Tuesday 20 November, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    I love these old photos please send more if you have

  30. Professor Nicholas Basson Thursday 10 July, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    This is absolutely amazing ! What bliss, perusing these photos. I could fortunately identify with this period being a 75 year old. Wish I could see some photos of the 40′s
    Great stuff !
    Nic

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