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Southern Weekend

just a group of pals having what looks like a great weekend… photographed by Lisa Larsen in 1951 for Life.

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Strand

i don’t know whether to high five or punch nic grobler (of bicycle portraits, who i posted about here) for introducing me to the gahetNA National Archives. high five because it’s AWESOME, of course, or punch because i lost hours of my life browsing its magnificence.

i decided to start off with a simple keyword – strand meaning beach in dutch (having afrikaans on my side helps in this case, but google translate should get you on the right track) in order to get some vintage summer psyching going on.

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The Hustad Residence

The Hustad Residence in Wayzata, Minnesota. Designed by Donald E. Hustad and photographed by Gordon Parks for LIFE magazine in 1958.

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Super Duper Bomba

when i’m feeling low all it takes is a quick browse of superbomba’s legendary collection to perk the spirits.

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Passanti

this is a new set of then & now photos from one of my favourite vintage photo collectors Giuseppe Savini. he says,

This is a series of photos I took in Bologna. I thought it was a good idea … then they told me that similar work had already been done … and then I gave up everything. - translated from Italian

it’s true – i have seen these done before, but not with the focus on the people in the photos. i think it’s far more interesting than just seeing the place itself – especially when you view past people in context with present day people.

let’s not forget all the effort Giuseppe must have gone to to track down these spots. so awesome!

all photographs by Giuseppe Savini

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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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Vintage Summer Snapshots

i’m really trying to psyche myself up for summer. if you follow my ramblings on twitter (or, of course, if you know me personally) you’ll know that i am not the hugest fan of this particular season. it’s the heat, you see. i think i might literally be allergic to heat. i can’t sit in the sun without going a lovely shade of blotchy red. i can’t even sit in a hot room without getting intensely uncomfortable. and the thing about living in south africa is that our summers are HOT. hot hot hot.

other than all that i really enjoy summer, of course. who doesn’t like long beautiful days, outdoor barbeques, walking on the beach, drinking ice cold beers in the sun, eating ice cream really quickly before it melts…

so in an effort to get the summer psyching going i did that guest post on hila’s blog as a jumping off point, then i started making a mood board dedicated to summer on pinterest (laugh at me if you will, but addiction is a serious matter) and now i am sharing some vintage summer snapshots – in colour. what better way to capture the season?

- courtesy of superbomba

- courtesy of bill greene

- courtesy of what makes the pie shops tick?

- courtesy of the snapatorium

- courtesy of phillip capper

- courtesy of etienne du plessis

- courtesy of superbomba

- courtesy of what makes the pie shops tick?

- courtesy of willy wilson

- courtesy of aroid

- courtesy of midwestern femme

- courtesy of lynne’s lens

- courtesy of anna allen

to all of you entering autumn soon – i really do envy you.

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Bathing caps with faces

why not!

speaking of bathing, it’s pretty scary that summer is around the corner. i have noticed the northern bloggers freaking out over their impending autumn and winter months – i would happily trade places with you! we have hardly had any rain, and it hasn’t been cold enough for my liking. it’s mid august and i am already wearing short sleeves and sandals. sigh.

all images from the life magazine archives photographed by ralph crane

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