vintage photos

Japanese Love Story

as many of you know i love browsing through the life image archives. usually i have no real goal – just sniffing around, digging until i find something great to share with you. since it’s Valentine’s Day i thought this collection of photographs called Japanese Love Story by John Dominis was fitting. i don’t know what the photographs were taken for or if there is an actual love story behind any of them… perhaps just let your imagination fill in the blanks.

I sit at home
In our room
By our bed
Gazing at your pillow.

- Kakinomoto no Hitomaro

all images courtesy of the life image archives

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Crafty Dogma

Crafty Dogma has an awesomely quirky and vast collection of vintage photos & postcards for your perusal.

all photographs courtesy of Crafty Dogma

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Picasso

inspired by this post by lauren about francoise gilot i decided to do some vintage picasso hunting – and of course the life archives delivered. picasso lived in the town of vallauris on the french riviera for 7 years where he created ceramics at the madoura workshop (amongst other things of course – the man was nothing if not prolific). francoise is pictured in this series of photographs taken in 1949 by gjon mili, though she eventually left picasso after a myriad of infidelities.

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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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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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