Apr 8 2012: Nineteen Colour Photographs and Illustrations from The Astronaut Book (Panther Books, 1969)

Following yesterday’s gallery of hand-coloured photographs from Panther’s 1969 publication The Astronauts’ Book, here are a selection of nineteen of the book’s colour photographs, ranging from shots taken on a space walk to images of astronauts being fitted in space suits (one curious fact I discovered awhile back is that the suits eventually used were … Continue reading

Apr 3 2012: Accessories including Sleeping Bags, Swimwear, Slacks and Anoraks from the Bukta Campedia Catalogue (1960)

Following yesterday’s gallery of tents, mainly named after British birds and designed in a kind of unconscious anticipation of minimalist systems art of the kind circulated by Sol LeWitt, these images draw on the rest of the goods on offers in the 1960 Bukta Campedia catalogue of camping wares. The contrast in style is intriguing, … Continue reading

Mar 27 2012: Fourteen Colour Illustrations and Photographs From Girl Annual Number Nine (1961)

The final gallery in this series culled from the pages of Girl Annual draws together an array of colour illustrations from the 1961 annual, including the annual’s first-ever photographic cover image, as seen above, and a series of frames from the comic strips Belle of the Ballet and Susan of St Bride’s. Accompanied by a … Continue reading

Mar 26 2012: Fifty-One Monochrome Illustrations From Girl Annual Number Nine (1961)

As can be seen below, the differences between the illustrations featured in Girl Annual in 1958 and those of three years later, in 1961, are fairly minimal, considering the social changes that were happening during the same period. True, the girl above is now on holiday in Amalfi rather than Cornwall, but the same escapades … Continue reading

Mar 25 2012: Forty-Three Monochrome Illustrations From Girl Annual Number Six (1958)

If yesterday’s images by Edward Mortelmans from the 1958 edition of Girl Annual seemed to draw inspiration from the paintings of Laura Knight, the forty-three sampled monochrome illustrations seen here have no such unifying element beyond being largely executed in line and wash, and seeming largely unchanged in format from the kind of images that … Continue reading

Mar 24 2012: Four Colour Illustrations Showing Circus Life By Edward Mortelmans (Girl Annual, 1958)

For the first of four galleries of images culled from two different editions of Girl Annual – dating from 1958 and 1961 respectively – it seemed appropriate to single out this particular sequence of colour illustrations looking at circus life for their intrinsic interest. There’s something in Edward Mortelmans’ paintigs that reminds me of similar fine … Continue reading

Mar 15 2012: Thirty Colour Photographs Of Brazil, Grenada, Martinique and Uruguay from National Geographic (1948)

After yesterday’s views of the British Isles from the perspective of post-war America, here’s a further selection of images from a few 1948 issues of National Geographic magazine, this time showing people and scenes from Brazil, Uruguay, Martinique and Grenada (the latter, of course, famously invaded by the US in 1983, though at the time of … Continue reading

Mar 9 2012: Possible Portrait of Francoise Sagan from Studio A Sandrei (Sainte-Maxime, Undated)

Another portrait of a woman, singled out here by the possibility that she might be none other than the author of Bonjour Tristesse, Francoise Sagan, seen in some cafe or bar of the 1950s or 60s. The girl at the centre of the image certainly closely resembles Sagan, and the photograph itself had been kept … Continue reading

Mar 7 2012: Five Portraits Featuring an Unknown Dark-Haired Woman (c.1970s)

Ahead of a planned gallery of portraits to mark International Womens’ Day, I noticed that this particular lady turned up in several of the photographs I’d set aside to scan, creating her own sub-group of pictures within the larger group of female photographs: the odd thing is that I don’t recall these arriving together, or … Continue reading

Mar 4 2012: Group Portrait by J.F.M Photographic, King Street, Nottingham (1970s)

When I was younger, the idea that the past happened in monochrome – whether the greys of black and white film and photography, the sepia of Victorian street scenes and portraits, or the blues, greens and reddish tints that dominated silent film footage – was hard to shake. Somehow, the Second World War looked wrong … Continue reading