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holding out for a hero

more vintage posts soon, i promise.

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swapatorium

i love theeeeeeeeeese!

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all summer long

beach, funfairs, barbeques, drinks, friends, bicycles & adventures… pics from tastevick

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henri cartier-bresson

been browsing through the henri cartier-bresson interactive exhibition at moma, certainly one of the best photojournalists ever to have lived. he’s famous for his photos from his native france, but i really enjoyed the series taken in the USA between 1930-60ish. the first photo is from the McCann-Erickson advertising agency on Madison Avenue, New York in 1959. it looks exactly like the sterling cooper office! you knew i was going to mention mad men, huh? i’m so predictable.

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albert’s eye

when will i stop with the vintage photos? never! * evil cackle* this superb collection is by albert tanquero

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times of our lives

nice collection of oldies by aroid

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royals

i watched the young victoria again this weekend and started googling myself into a bit of a royal frenzy, reading about her history as well as all her successors. i particularly liked looking at pics of the very dapper king george vi (aka prince albert, queen elizabeth the second’s father)

… and his very fashionable queen in her twenties flapper dresses. what a feisty lady she was.

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nick dewolf photo archive

i’ve been meaning to tackle this topic for a while, as the nick dewolf photo archive is the largest collection of vintage photos i’ve ever seen (so far closing in on almost 40,000 photos) – so i’m finding it pretty difficult trying to pick my favs to show you! the story behind the archive is presented by steve lundeen, who is nick de wolf’s son-in-law:

as a photographer, nick was ever ready and ever present, leaving behind many thousands of pre-digital images, dating well back into the 1950′s. he carried a camera with him at all times, usually a family of cameras. if you knew nick, you got used to this…eventually, he’d be pointing his camera at you. i am working to post nick’s images in their original sets as they are scanned and processed, somewhere in the order of 20-50 images a day. for those wondering “how much longer can this possibly go on?”, i can only answer, “the mountain is high, the journey is long.”

what an absolutely great story, it makes you realise that you simply have to carry your camera with you all the time – imagine the pictures you’d be able to show your kids one day. also this guy was shooting film, which is a thousand times more admin than our handy digital cameras… here are some of my favourites (i love the hippies)

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