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

Kodachrome…

You give us those nice bright colors, you give us the greens of summers / Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, oh yeah! / I got a Nikon camera , I love to take a photograph / So Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away

makes me smile EVERY time. i thought of that song immediately when looking through aroid’s kodachrome photos, not just because they are actually kodachrome – but certainly the feeling they evoke. i really am such a sucker for old family photographs, and these babies are a serious treat. if you have some time to spare (MAKE some time, dammit) – have a gander through his incredible collection of vintage photographs (which i have blogged about before over here)

he even has home movies for heaven’s sake.

all belong to aroid.

worth a thousand words

jordan smith aka what makes the pie shops tick? collects found vintage photographs & ephemera that i can browse for ages and ages (and have done). his collection is amazingly extensive and gives you a glimpse into the lives of ordinary americans in the fifties and sixties.

boy castaways

The author and dramatist J. M. Barrie created this adventure story in 1901 for the Llewelyn Davies family. Barrie befriended the Llewelyn Davies family in the 1890s and his famous character Peter Pan was inspired by the children. Barrie published only two copies of the story – one copy, given to the boys’ parents, was misplaced on a train in 1901. The only other remaining copy is held at the Beinecke Library. An inscription by Barrie reads: “There was one other copy of this book only and it was lost in a railway train in 1901.”

cape town & suburbs

family friends found this book in a vintage market in geneva, switzerland – of all places. now it has returned to sunny south african shores. i think it was printed in the fourties / fifties (no date unfortunately), though the postcards inside are all probably from the turn of the century. i love the cover. more at my flickr

shorpy

shorpy is one of those sites i should have discovered years ago, but instead only found in the past month via this via that via this via some other site i forget. anyway i’m glad i did because these vintage images are quality. and when i say quality, i mean HIGH quality.

Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. Most were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into jpegs.

some of my favourites:

http://i.imgur.com/dDNuH.jpg

romy schneider

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romy schneider was a german actress, born 23 september (my birthday!) 1938. died in paris at the age of 43. sort of daria werbowy-ish, but less alien.