old photos

Ife family, Watford

This is a series of family photos taken by a Mr.E.A. Ife, mostly in the 1920s. They lived in Cassio Road, Watford, and Mr. Ife ran the ‘Post Office Savings Club Photographic Society’ from there.

a simply amazing set of photos from the collection of Mike / Abaraphobia

all photographs are from the collection of Mike / Abaraphobia

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Found, but not lost.

this past week has been pretty weird – my car was broken into, some of my favourite things were stolen and i’ve been wrestling with an irritating head cold that has overstayed its welcome. but, you know, it’s just a shitty time that will be quickly forgotten and supplanted in my memory by better days and great weeks to come – there’s no point in moping about and feeling sorry for yourself, right?

so i turned to the internet for some cheering up (this usually always works) and after a whole lot of browsing my eyes began to glaze over and i was just about to give up when i discovered the found photo collection of anyjazz65 - made up of over 4000 vintage photos which he has helpfully sorted over at his blog the lost gallery.

all photographs from the collection of anyjazz65

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Familia

hila has been sharing some great old family photos lately, so i couldn’t resist dipping into my own collection. some background info: i have three older brothers. i’ll refer to them as brothers no. 1, 2 & 3 – because it’s easier that way.

mom as a tyke:

dad as a teen:

mom & dad on their wedding day:

dad & brother no.1:

dad, brothers no. 1 & 2 and gussie the bouvier:

brother no.2 & gussie

brother no.1 feeding brother no.3:

mom & brother no.3:

brother no.3 feeding gussie his first birthday cake

parents looking suave:

dad & brother no. 3 on holiday:

me as a baby with creepy doll:

train cake & ship in a bottle – basically the best birthday ever for brother no.3:

protesting against white tights:

brother no.3 and i  - note the budgie on his head:

at school, eating cake and drinking fanta.

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More Moxette

there have been many great additions to Moxette’s vintage photos since the last time i shared her wonderful collection

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Biblioteca de Arte

The Art Library of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation shares an extensive collection of vintage photos from Portugal

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The Italians

Giuseppe Savini’s flickr bio says, “I search and I buy old photos … I can not stop” (roughly google translated from Italian). his collection of vintage photos is pretty remarkable… so please don’t ever stop, Giuseppe.

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Cowgirls Redux

you may remember this post i did on vintage cowgirls. well, i occasionally delve into the LIFE archives in search of more cowgirl related paraphernalia (if for no other reason than to amuse myself) and i’ve recently found some total gems.

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In which I gush about Anjelica

the first time i saw Anjelica Huston in a film was when she played Morticia in Addams Family. i was probably around 9 or 10 years old and just fell completely in love with her. she was the first woman in whom i recognised what sex appeal was – in a cool, understated, knowing way that wasn’t garish. which i suppose is a pretty significant moment for a kid on the cusp of learning about all that stuff and would become my benchmark of what sex appeal should be. some say she has a femme fatale quality about her but personally i think the term gentlewoman applies perfectly to Anjelica (that might be the influence of all those Wes Anderson characters talking). a gentlewoman femme fatale… perhaps.

another film that she was in that i loved as a kid (and still do) was The Witches. i am of course a massive Roald Dahl fan, and so had read & loved the book as a youngster… i kind of wanted the grand high witch to win in the end just because she was so cool in her portrayal.

my image sources here are pretty shit, i do apologise. most of these pics were saved to my computer anyway (…) – some of them are from youthquakers (specifically the old vogue shoots) and a few are from this great article.

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