Friday, October 17, 2014
I'm not about to scroll back through 1,000 + posts to confirm, but I'm almost certain I've used this title before. Photos of attractive couples....not exactly uncommon. Anyway, I'm guessing somewhere in the forties or fifties. Back when men were well thought of if they bought their wife a fur coat. Now, it's maybe yes, maybe condemnation and red paint thrown on the mink.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
This one, dated "Oct. 25, 1917," is a rich little picture. Let's see, a cop, a street cart, a Valvoline Oil sign, Delco Batteries, tires for sale, a Bell Telephone enameled sign, streetcar tracks, and a palm tree in the background. And what is a half sole tire?
Monday, October 13, 2014
This one is labeled "Palisades," and since I purchased it here, in Los Angeles, I'm guessing Pacific Palisades in Santa Monica. Things are a lot different today. Now, The Palisades, is a very upscale, wealthy, neighborhood. Except for live-in staff, there aren't many people with an income less than the mid six figures living there. Too, camping at the beach has become a good way to get arrested.
I get why camping at the beach is a bad idea. There are too many people in L.A. to allow tents, camp fires, and long term parking along Pacific Coast Highway. Still, wouldn't it be great to drive to the beach, pitch a tent, and just hang out by the beach for a few days.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014
There has to be some meaning to this pose. The dresses and hair bows don't look like everyday wear to my not particularly well informed eye. Maybe it's the prize petunias they're trying to highlight, or some weird, town celebration.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Take a look at The National Geographic, Sunset or Arizona Highways, from the fifties, and you'll see this pose. Usually, it's a nice couple, looking at someone in native dress or a tour guide, with the attraction in the background. Of course, those photos were usually in the super saturated Kodak color films of the day. I'd be surprised if the person who took this photo wasn't a regular reader of at least one of those magazines.
Written on the back, "Earl & Opal Allred at Calico, Calif. 1956." I did a quick search for Earl and Opal and found an Earl W. and Opal E., living in Los Angeles, and latter in California City. But when Ancestry.Com asked for my credit card number...well, that ended things right then and there.
Calico is a ghost town north of Barstow, California. It's a county park, and a bit more preserved today. California City is a semi-failed development in the California desert. The idea was to put hundreds of thousands of people in the Mojave, but those plans fell through when L.A. was reluctant to allow a tap in to the Owens Valley Aqueduct.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
If a professional photographer had taken this picture, it would have been considered a mistake. A pro would have put the sun behind his subjects. No shadow, and no squinting. Collectors of old snapshots, however, don't see a picture like this as a mistake but as a great find. That shadow, cutting into the image, is a mystery that draws the eye. Perhaps professional photographers could learn something from all the amateurs out there who don't worry about the position of the sun.