Let's put our fancy modern cameras aside for a moment and dig back into our existing collection of photos!

In this contest, we want to see OLD photos, and by old, we mean, from a previous Millenium! I.e. before the year 2000. Taking a new photo and making it look old is not allowed in this contest.

Pre-digital by friiskiwi
— Pre-digital by friiskiwi —

Even though digital cameras were already in use during that time (Kodak released the first digital camera as early as 1975), they weren't as mainstream as they are today. This means that photos can also be photos that were taken with classic analog cameras. If you use one of these, take a picture or scan the photo, so you can upload it to the contest.

Obviously, some people weren't even born back then. If you fall into this category, see if you can find some old photos from family or friends. Just make sure you ask their permission to use them.

Vintage style, B&W, and color photos are all allowed. Colorized B&W photos are allowed as well. Photos are not limited to portraits.

Photos can date back however far you want and preferably have an interesting backstory. Tell others when the photo was taken, what the occasion was, who or what is in the photo, and why the photo is important to you.

When voting on a photo, take into account the technological limits that were prevalent during the time the photo was taken. Judge by that, and the backstory of the photo.

Good luck!

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Zizounai avatarLevel 15Gold awardTogether award
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July 1917 created by Zizounai

On the left side Claire, my dear maternal grand-mother (1906-2001), Mathilde her mom I never met in the middle (1878-1949), her sister Eliane on the right side (1911-2004). In the frame, my great grand-father François who was prisoner in a German labour camp (1874-1963).

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Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

Seldom do you see a smile on those photos, and certainly not a broad smile.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Marleen :

Yes indeed. Now it is the opposite, you have to smile on a posed photo, else it seems awkward.

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

Congrats on 1st and 3rd.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Skyangel :

Thank you Angel 😊

Vibeke avatarLevel 11
Vibeke

Congratulations on 1st and 3rd place. Lovely old photos.

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Zizounai replied to Vibeke :

Thank you Vibeke. Congrats to you too for the beautiful photo of your handsome loving dad. It was not an easy contest to vote for, all these photos carried so many emotions...

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

When images like this get posted I find myself getting completely lost in them. I study them closely, from the shoes to the dress, to the demeanour of the subjects and I imagine their lives how different to lives nowadays. Thank you for this rather "historical" family portrait.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

Thanks Olga. They had so different lives indeed.

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1960, My dad and youngest sister. created by Vibeke

I took this photo in 1960 of my dad and youngest sister. I inherited my love of photography from my dad. Sadly he is no longer with us, but my sister and I are close despite living in different parts of the world. This is from a scanned 6x6cm negative.

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Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

Just a beautiful picture of a happy proud father.

Vibeke avatarLevel 11
Vibeke replied to Marleen :

Thank you

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

Congratulations on 2nd Vibeke

Vibeke avatarLevel 11
Vibeke replied to Skyangel :

Thank you Skyangel.

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

A beautiful shot.
He looks like a very caring kind person.
Your sister was an adorable child.
I love the old camera.

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 11
Wayne-Cheah replied to Skyangel :

Old cameras seem to have more "soul"

Perhaps as they needed 100% manual input from a human operator, some of the operator's "soul" went into the images via the intentive fingers and hands?

Like how a sword maker's "soul" got inbued in the swords?

Vibeke avatarLevel 11
Vibeke replied to Wayne-Cheah :

So much went into each photo in those days especially a lot more thought as every shot cost money.

Vibeke avatarLevel 11
Vibeke replied to Skyangel :

Thank you Skyangel, I can of course only agree with you.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17Heart award
Olga.L

I love the crispness of this image, the subjects are sharp and the background slightly blurred....now a lot of thinking went into making this image which speaks to us. It has an emotive quality showing us that the child is more important than looking to the photographer with a grin! Lovely, simply lovely.

Vibeke avatarLevel 11
Vibeke replied to Olga.L :

Thank you Olga, I love how well you critic photographs, that is a real skill.

Vibeke avatarLevel 11
Vibeke replied to Olga.L :

Thank you Olga, I love how well you critic photographs, that is a real skill.

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IEatRawEggs replied to Vibeke :

Agreed, she has outstanding writing skills

Expressing your thoughts about a photo doesn't always come easy for most people

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Vibeke :

Thank you for that, appreciated.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15Bronze award
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My mom and her sister, 1942 created by Zizounai

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Vibeke avatarLevel 11
Vibeke

Lovely, are you the older or younger?

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Zizounai replied to Vibeke :

Thanks Vibeke! it is not me but my auntie on the L/side, Janine, and my mom on the R/side, Nicole. They are both still alive and kicking 😊

Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

What a sweetheart and such a happy look.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Just a beautifully done professional photograph of an era from long ago. Is this Europe? Love the softness and sepia. Thank you.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

Yes Olga, it was in France.

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Me created by Zizounai

The photo was taken in 1960 or 1961. I was at my grand parents in North of France. The strange device on the right side is not a super boomer system, but a gas heater.

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IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

so cute, with those little sandals!

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Zizounai replied to IEatRawEggs :

Thanks Eggs 😊

Vibeke avatarLevel 11
Vibeke

What a sweet photo, such a treasure to have.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Vibeke :

Thanks Vibeke.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

You look like you were painted by one of the masters! I love the softness of the image, the shy pose of a child and so many other telltale items that tell us of a time long ago. I hope you have enlarged this and it is hanging somewhere in your home. Lovely.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

Thank you Olga 😊

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

You were a most adorable child. I am guessing you must have been about three years old in this photo?
The gas heater is interesting too. I have never seen one like that in my whole life.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Skyangel :

Thanks Skyangel. I was 2. Even here we don't see such gas heaters anymore.

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Wayne-Cheah replied to Skyangel :

I bet you would not have imagined this image would appear on the "Small Screen" in many places far far away. :)

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel replied to Wayne-Cheah :

You win the bet. I have seen many things on my computer screen that I would never have imagined in my wildest dreams. Just when I think I must have seen it all, something else turns up that I have never seen.

Vibeke avatarLevel 11
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Italy 1961 created by Vibeke

Taken by me on a holiday in Italy in 1961. 6x6cm transparency. My first real overseas holiday. We left drove Copenhagen to Hamburg where the car went on a train overnight to Munich, while we had a sleeper on the train. Then drove to Lage Garda where we stayed at a small Pension, the food was wonderful. I have loved Italy ever since.

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retired avatarLevel 9
retired

Strange that the sign on the upper right doesn't seem to read in Italian.

Vibeke avatarLevel 11
Vibeke replied to retired :

It was definitely Italy, Advertising can be strange.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to retired :

good eyes ! I missed that.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Loved your story of traveling to Italy. I too love the Italians and feel enormous pain for their COVID death count....(ooops sorry). The serenity that you captured here is felt in my heart, she is mending socks, something my mom did and she taught me how to mend socks (you put a lighbulb into the sock). A great image to get lost in and I see you composed and cropped it well. This was the time we were taught to get it right in camera...when film cost a good penny. Lovely, thank you.

Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen replied to Olga.L :

It is such a beautiful memory: women quietly mending socks that they had previously knitted on the steps

Vibeke avatarLevel 11
Vibeke replied to Olga.L :

Thank you, Olga, I too remember mending socks with a lightbulb. Getting it right in the camera was even more important with transparencies, no 2nd chance there.

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 10
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Mom created by MyMindsEye

Professional portrait taken sometime in the mid-late 30s. H/S Graduation? Likely a plate camera was used as would have been the photographers tool of choice from that era. Colorization (tinting) was popular for portraiture during this time, though not always accurate. (Her eyes were blue). Mom passed in 2013 @ 96 and is thought of everyday.

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Vibeke avatarLevel 11
Vibeke

What a lovely photo, she was a beautiful woman, imagine making it to 96, you were lucky.

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 10
MyMindsEye replied to Vibeke :

Yes. We were blessed.
Thank you

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

She was a beautiful woman. Maybe the eyes were blue originally but ended up looking green because old photos tend to go yellow over time. You could probably take away the yellowish tint if you wanted to restore it digitally. If you need help with it, check out the tutorial...

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 10
MyMindsEye replied to Skyangel :

Thank you for your comments.
Resto techniques have little effect on this photo. This photo has not had the uv exposure one would expect as it had always been stored in the venerable memories drawer for as long as I can remember. It looks today as it did when I was a child. Reduction of yellow by increasing the blue resulted in bluing of the clothing but eyes were grey at best.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

A beautiful classic photo and I like the way it has been colorized...it is warm and helps her warm personality shine through. She is thought of every day and she remains alive for you in your heart.

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 10
MyMindsEye replied to Olga.L :

Thank you for the kind words.

Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

Nice picture, I also have one of my mother.

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 10
MyMindsEye replied to Marleen :

Thank you.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
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My dad created by Zizounai

Photo from around 1943, for his solemn communion. He was all his life a confirmed atheist though!

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Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

Very beautiful boy and groomed to perfection.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

A smart man...all his life! This is a wonderful image of a classically soft portrait. Is your father still with you?

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

No. He died in 2013.

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 10
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Me @ 5 created by MyMindsEye

Taken by my brother who at the time was a staff Photographer for a government agency. He learned his craft in high school, had a darkroom in our garage and did all of his own processing. The camera, I believe, may have been a Graflex Speed Graphic 4x5 Press Camera or similar. Being I was a terror, this may have been a "Mug Shot" ;-)

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Too sweet to be a terror. Nice "mug" shot from long ago.

MyMindsEye avatarLevel 10
MyMindsEye replied to Olga.L :

Thanks
But I think the age difference made me public enemy #1. LOL

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai

Such a cute little boy. I could not help cleaning his cute mug a bit 😊
(hope you don't mind)
https://imgur.com/a/Y5nwwZg

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MyMindsEye replied to Zizounai :

Hey!
This little brat cleans up pretty good! ;D
Thanks.

Vibeke avatarLevel 11
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Tuesday Picnic - Spring 1961 created by Vibeke

Finding photos for this contest is difficult, I have so many and looking through old photos brings back so many memories. Some good some sad, especially the ones of people who are no longer here. This photo made me smile, a lovely spring day when I should have been in school and the boys in the photo should have been at work. I was not going to tell anyone, but then I ran into a good friend of my mother's and even more stupid, I processed the film and prints in school. Don't think I got into too much trouble. The photo was taken on my Rollicord. I wonder where they all are now.

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Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

A memory of wagging school with mates sounds like a fun memory. This is beautifully crisp and clean for an old photo. Did you do some restoration work on it?
Do you still have your Rollicord?

Vibeke avatarLevel 11
Vibeke replied to Skyangel :

Thank you, I still have the Rolli, but it' doesn't work anymore. It used 120film, so nice large negatives, this was done from a negative I scanned a few years ago, so I would definitely have done some editing on it.

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Wayne-Cheah replied to Skyangel :

There is something "eternal" about images taken with high quality antique equipment like the Rollicord.

Where they all are now? Their "immortality" is captured and "frozen" in a mere fraction of a second. This is the true wonder of photography which to me is the greatest invention of humankind.

Imagine if God had a video camera, (perhaps He had), we would be seeing images of Adam & Eve frolicking in the Garden of Eden, and settle once and for all what "fruit" Eve took from the Tree?

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel replied to Wayne-Cheah :

Photography is indeed one of the best inventions of mankind. Talking about immortality, I think the only way we become immortal is through pictures and the memories and legacies we leave behind. We are only "immortal" as long as we are remembered. As for the "fruit" of the "tree", I find it amusing when people argue about what kind of fruit was on a metaphorical imaginary tree. Doesn't the myth simply convey that wisdom is gained by partaking from knowlege?

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Does this kind of camaraderie exist today I wonder. The first thing that struck me is that they are talking to each other and do not have those mobile phones. What an innocent time this depicts. The photo is really crisp and clear forever to be cherished....as if it happened just yesterday.

Vibeke avatarLevel 11
Vibeke replied to Olga.L :

A very good question, I guess these days at least one would have been on the phone. Thanks for your kind comments.

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1931: 90 years 😯 created by Merlin

The BABY we see is my wife's aunt. Irma STILL lives, at 90y, and she is doing very well πŸ₯° The photo of the family was taken in May 10, 1931. I carefully placed the old photo on an outdoor chair before taking the photo of the photo myself πŸ“·

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retired avatarLevel 9
retired

You retracted the retouched version pretty quickly, you just should've asked for permission to use it.

Merlin avatarLevel 15
Merlin replied to retired :

I love you too, retired 🀒. Il was only a (retracted) human mistake of (pretty quicly) a few little minutes πŸ‘Ώ

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to retired :

Were you the maker of this chop Retired???

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

The photo has withstood the test of time very well considering its age. It would be great to restore it.

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Merlin replied to Skyangel :

Thx for your reply! πŸ˜‰
I preferred to submit the original photo, which - IMHO - speaks more to his venerable age 😌
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Of course, angel ;-), I create myself a restoration of my "photo-of-1931photo" - for my wife and her family -, but a mutual friend, Zizounaï (S. 😎) created an great restoration for a contest on the deceased 'PhotoshopNation' and gave me today her friendly permission to post HER 'nicely done' job (a big THANK YOU to her 😘):
https://imgur.com/a/jwpyQZK

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel replied to Merlin :

Great.

Merlin avatarLevel 15
Merlin replied to Skyangel :

πŸ₯°

Olga.L avatarLevel 17Gold award
Olga.L

I love the flavour of this image....the stains, the filmy feel to it and yet the subjects are sharp. This image speaks volumes of a time when birth control was not practiced....imagine having 8 children! Where was this....Europe? Lovely entry that is full of story.

Merlin avatarLevel 15
Merlin replied to Olga.L :

Thank you very much for your kind reply, Olga! 😘
Well seen, Olga!!!: the photo was taken in EUROPE, Belgium, Wallonia although everyone you see is (was) Flemish! It was the Flemish who owned the largest farms in Wallonia (and who HAD to learn French...).
And if I had to put another title of the photo, it would be: WISDOM! 😐 (watch how obedient the children are!)
πŸ˜‰

Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

The families were much larger at the time, which is why those family photos are very special. Wonderful memory

Merlin avatarLevel 15
Merlin replied to Marleen :

Thank you very much for your reply, Marleen! 😘
Yes, it's the whole family of a very large farm (hundreds of square kilometers of land to cultivate sugar beets, hundreds of animals (cows, goats, chickens, etc.).
There weren't a lot of smiles, because at that time, you couldn't move at all while taking the photo for whole seconds.
All the children survived, there were one doctor, one pharmacist, a lot of teachers...
And also a farmer πŸ˜„
But today, among all the people in the photo, only Aunt IRMA still lives (but is still a strong woman at 90y!)
πŸ˜‰

retired avatarLevel 9
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Hawaiian couple created by retired

Photo taken in the late 1940's in Hawaii, colorized and enhanced by me.

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MyMindsEye avatarLevel 10
MyMindsEye

Nice work! Almost 3D!

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

I love your colorization of the photo, especially what you did to the clouds and ocean. The detail in the shirt colors must have taken you hours. Are they relatives of yours or friends of family?

retired avatarLevel 9
retired replied to Skyangel :

No, not relatives, I colorized picture for someone.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

A very nostalgic image of happy times in faraway places. I like the colorization you did here, impactful.

Marleen avatarLevel 12
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The vanity has remained a little longer created by Marleen

I was 4 years old and my mother had made a beautiful light blue dress for me. proud as a peacock I presented them for the photo.

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Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai

Hi Marleen, cute little girl, I couldn't help retouching this photo (as I feel time goes slowly when the Photoshop contest is over 😊).
https://imgur.com/a/3MrHQjq

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

You were a doll. I love the curly hair and I love the dress. The way mothers made clothes for their children back in the old days was very special. They dressed the kids up beautifully with exclusive unique garments. It is very rare to find mothers sewing clothes for kids these days because it seems cheaper to buy them from the large chain stores.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

What a special time this was and a dress made by mom! That was a time when milk came in bottles, when people said hello to each other on the street, and families were struggling post war but there was an innocence then and happiness and your photo depicts that well. You are one sweetie and I bet you still are to this day!

denlig avatarLevel 8
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Mom and me created by denlig

The first photo of me ...

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Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

The pride shines in your eyes.

Vibeke avatarLevel 11
Vibeke

Such a happy Photo.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Your mom shines brilliantly....you are looking mighty pissed off. What a wonderful memory to have forever tucked away in your photo album. I smiled back at your mom...😁....you were a large baby, must have given mom a rough time although she is thrilled with you.

denlig avatarLevel 8
denlig replied to Olga.L :

Not so large : only 7.7 lbs (3.5 kg) ! :^)

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to denlig :

Only ! ha ha ha ha

iquraishi avatarLevel 9
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Nameless picture created by iquraishi

My uncles took this picture back in 1988 or 1989. I was too young to understand I was modeling :P

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iquraishi avatarLevel 9
iquraishi

Thanks for all the lovely comments guys, it left me wondering if you all are really talking about me :P

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai

Hi Iquraishi, I have cleaned your photo a little bit, hope you don't mind (I love doing this)
https://imgur.com/a/lev59MA

iquraishi avatarLevel 9
iquraishi replied to Zizounai :

Whatever makes you happy my friend. :)
I don't mind it at all, you did a really good work.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to iquraishi :

Thanks! If you're happy I'm happy 😍

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I really like that little "impish" look in your eyes, the swagger, the confidence that comes from the image. AND to top it off you are very very "smushable" (it's my own term). I bet you were spoiled to pieces, no?

iquraishi avatarLevel 9
iquraishi replied to Olga.L :

haha Olga, you are so sweet! Thank you.

Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

That grown-up attitude. Wonderful how you radiate self-confidence.

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

Were you really a child model? If not, I bet your uncles did not realize a cute little boy like that could have made a fortune modelling childrens clothes. You are adorable.

iquraishi avatarLevel 9
iquraishi replied to Skyangel :

Unfortunately no, neither did I. Perhaps, I can try for my daughter but only if I know how to do it.

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel replied to iquraishi :

You just need to find a child modelling agency in your area and ask them.

iquraishi avatarLevel 9
iquraishi replied to Skyangel :

thanks, I'll find out :)

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Me, 2nd from Left -- 1962 created by Wayne-Cheah

This image was taken by a fellow adventurer with my Brownie Box which was my very first camera. Sadly I lost it in the intervening decades. In this camping trip somewhere in S.E. Asia we were harassed by a family of elephants. If only the smartphone was around then.

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Lovely memory in soft sepia tones. I bet you have a hearty respect for elephants today!

Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen replied to Olga.L :

A typical sixties photo. It was special, at that time, to camp in Southeast Asia. It is a pity that there are no images of the elephants.

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Wayne-Cheah replied to Olga.L :

Yes, seeing elephants in the Zoo is quite different from seeing them in the wild, especially with no Hollywood movie directors around.

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Having a Rest created by photonut

This is a photo of my dad who sadly passed away 19 years ago,this was taken in 1975 when we went to a beach in essex in the uk with my parents,he was tking a nap when i took this,think if i am correct was taken on an instamatic i had at the time. Its good to look back although it does make you fill sad sometimes. One regret i have had is not being as close to my dad as i should have done and asking him about his time in ww2,at the time to busy growing up and going out,its only when you get older do you look back and regret things you did not do,will go of now as i am welling up writing this.

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Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai

Hi Photonut, I almost shed a tear reading what you wrote. Very moving memory. I have tried to renovate this photo for you, here it is:
https://imgur.com/a/bZkCvUM

Vibeke avatarLevel 11
Vibeke

Photos can bring back so many memories, even photos of happy times can make you feel sad for what is no more.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Yes, at least you have something that he left behind for you....his love. He was most likely a hard-working man having served in WW2, caring for you. Here he is having a rest and enjoying the breezes. Whenever I asked my mom and dad about WW2 I often got tears and memories. It was a time when the world "went insane" (as my dad used to say). Lovely shot, lovely memory

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Olga.L :

thanks olga if only we had a time machine

Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

I also remember very well how the fathers slept in the lounger on the beach, while the children played in the sand.
You don't have to feel guilty, he was sure you loved him

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Marleen :

thankyou Marleen

photonut avatarLevel 10
photonut replied to Marleen :

thankyou Marleen

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 11
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I am tired created by Wayne-Cheah

This scanned image was taken with a Leica M3 on B&W film some decades ago. He was a village blacksmith in a small town somewhere in S. E. Asia. A life-time of blacksmithing shows in every sinew of his body.

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Vibeke avatarLevel 11
Vibeke

Love this one, Leica M3, now that was a great camera.

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 11
Wayne-Cheah replied to Vibeke :

Thanks.

Yes, the M3 is now a collectors' item. Mine is in cold storage. For the young people who have not handled a Leica M Series with Leica's superb manual lenses are missing a lot. The fully mechanical shutter curtain is so soft you could hardly hear it firing.

In a way, ironically, it was Leica's quality that gave the Japanese cameras a head start.

The story goes that during the freezing cold winters of the Korean war, all the Western journalists were using mostly Leica cameras which, because of their high quality and thus tight, close-fitting mechanical tolerances "froze up" and the shutter failed to fire. Whereas the Japanese journalists were using mostly Nikon which because of the loose mechanical fittings kept firing away no matter how cold it got. The Western journalists had no choice but to down-grade to using Japanese cameras which to their surprise performed unexpectedly well. From then on Japanese cameras got a wider Western following when the journalists brought the inferior Nikon home.

Also, Japanese watches got a head start as a result of another war, the Vietnam war. But that's another story for another time.

Vibeke avatarLevel 11
Vibeke replied to Wayne-Cheah :

I'm old enough to remember when 'Japanese' was considered cheap and low quality.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I bet you dollars to buttons that if you went back to this village today the scene would remain the same save for the person who would be replaced by another similar sinewy hard working man. Love the high contrast which I find very suitable for the topic.

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 11
Wayne-Cheah replied to Olga.L :

With the Covid-19 raging everywhere, there is a ban on inter-State travel. So, wouldn't be able to tell whether you won the bet or not. :)

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Wayne-Cheah :

Is this in India? If so, my heart aches for you....the world is watching in disbelief.

Wayne-Cheah avatarLevel 11
Wayne-Cheah replied to Olga.L :

No, not India, but in Malaysia where the Covid-19 situation is also getting progressively worse. There is a "Perfect Storm" in India at the moment. Like all storms, things have to get worse before getting better.

retired avatarLevel 9
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Ain't he Adorable? created by retired

Me, it's 1949, and I'm 2 years old. Born on the island of Cres just off the coast of northern Croatia. My mother would put sugar in water to hold the banana curl on top of my head. That outfit made me itch a lot.

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Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

Definitely a cutie. ☺️

Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen replied to Skyangel :

I also remember the sugar water, also to stiffen clothes and crochet. Sticky stuff and no longer pleasant in the rain.
It's a great photo, especially because of that costume

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

You bet "smushable" is the term I would use! Oh, I remember having itch as hell outfits from those good old days. Memories.

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Tied the knot created by Skyangel

27 July 1976. Our wedding day. We had changed into our "going away" outfits which I personally sewed. Still together after all these years. 5 more years till our 50th wedding anniversary.

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Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

Beautiful who "in joys and sorrows, in good and bad days"

Vibeke avatarLevel 11
Vibeke

Congratulations

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Skyangel replied to Vibeke :

Thank you Vibeke.

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Olga.L

Creative then and still creative now. I like the textured effect on this image. Did you add that recently?

50 years.....congratulations, that IS something to crow about in this day and age.

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Skyangel replied to Olga.L :

Thank you Olga. The texture was part of the original photo. Not something I added later. It was the type of paper it was printed on.

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My Ilona! created by filantrop

1978 RΓ‘ckeve (Hungary)

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Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

And is your Ilona still in your life or is it a vague childhood memory?

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filantrop replied to Marleen :

Yes we have been together for over forty years.
http://w3.hdsnet.hu/petike/illli.jpg

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Zizounai

Well Filantrop, you're into Photoshop as well, so you might have done it yourself... I tried to clean your beautiful Ilona for you (didn't know it was you). Hope you don't mind 😊
https://imgur.com/a/ugYtpxj

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filantrop replied to Zizounai :

Thank you.

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Olga.L

She is beautiful, and I bet she still is....Love the spontaneous natural-looking pose, as you caught her off guard. I also like the soft classical feel to this old photo.

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filantrop replied to Olga.L :

Thank you.
Smena 8 SL .
ORWO 100 din B&W
+ 43 year http://w3.hdsnet.hu/petike/%2B43.jpg

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Olga.L replied to filantrop :

OMG she still is a classic beauty with 43 years of life put on her! Tell her I said so!

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The camel and me created by Marleen

I think 1959. Every year the school photographer came. Then we "were allowed" on a real camel. I don't know where they got it from and how it got to the playground, but hey was quite an event. Notice for a moment how obediently and quietly everyone is standing in line.

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IEatRawEggs

Now that's something you don't see every day

A camel visiting a school

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Marleen replied to IEatRawEggs :

I have no idea how that beast got there, but at least it was a very special day.

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Skyangel

What fun that must have been. Definitely an unforgettable experience.

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Marleen replied to Skyangel :

I think I was very proud then, it was quite a climb to get there.

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Vibeke

What an amazing memory, I wish I had props like that when I was a school photographer.

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Marleen replied to Vibeke :

I don't remember whether we liked it or were scared. In any case, it was unforgettable.

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Olga.L

How great it is to have this memory tucked away in your photo album and yes those little children behind the camel are very well behaved as are you. Nice gentle sepia tone adds warmth.

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Marleen replied to Olga.L :

I still have a lot of old photos, including class photos. Very strange, but I still remember almost all the names (1965)

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Olga.L replied to Marleen :

As you age, you will remember less and less......trust me on that! 😒

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Great White created by kyricom

My grandfather moved to Longboat Key off the west coast of Florida in the 1930s, hacked out the Mangroves with a machete (with others), and built a small resort. There's still a town on the island there named after him. This is a photo from the late 30s of a Great White shark caught right from the shore by one of my grandfather's workers. Great Whites are extremely rare there now, but back then there was a lot of very large sea life.

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Olga.L

I get quite affected when I see animals that are captured or killed and this image had that effect on me....but it is what used to be....great whites are becoming extinct slowly? Thank you for the post...images are supposed to touch our souls and your post did ...

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kyricom replied to Olga.L :

I agree with you 100% about our exploitation of animals. But, this was about 90 years ago. They didn't think about that kind of stuff back then. 100 years from now we will be judged for the out of date and stupid things we do, too.

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My Ilona 2 created by filantrop

1961

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Olga.L

What pride she shows in her beautiful (most likely homemade) dress. I love that brown stain on the dress and can't figure out if it is there due to some munchies that dropped on her dress and stained it or if it was father time? The frills around her collar match the background, the patterns sing a happy tune and the smile on the child further enhances the joyfulness.

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Zizounai

Ilona again, she looks like Alice in Wonderland...
https://imgur.com/a/nHTAedq

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filantrop replied to Zizounai :

Thank you.

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Smile for the camera. created by grasshopper1

Brother and new wife. Korea 1958. Interesting Note. Her grandfather was the last Korean Samurai. Her family defected from north Korea about 1 1/2 years before this pic.

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I'm reading Miyamoto Musashi's book 5 Rings. ....speaking of samurai. Lovely shot full of history and shows that love knows no colour!

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grasshopper1 replied to Olga.L :

That's so true about love. Thank you Olga:)

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grasshopper1 replied to Olga.L :

That is very interesting that your reading that book. I am actually a swordsman myself, wing chun butterfly swords and tai chi jian single sword,..... are you?

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Olga.L replied to grasshopper1 :

No, but I am married to a Samurai. (which means nothing much nowadays).

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grasshopper1 replied to Olga.L :

So he knows the way of the sword and death before dishonor...thanks for sharing.

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Olga.L replied to grasshopper1 :

Hope he doesn't commit harakiri .....seppuku....πŸ˜†

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Zizounai

Hi Grasshopper, I found time quite long and had a great pleasure cleaning up your beautiful photo, hope it makes you happy 😊
https://imgur.com/a/mDUJVJz

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grasshopper1 replied to Zizounai :

That was very kind of you. Thank you so much. It does make me very happy :)

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Marleen

n 1958 in North Korea is already very special and even getting married there and having a photo preserved, probably went through a whole history.

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grasshopper1 replied to Marleen :

Thank you. He was stationed there in the Iir Force. He use to take all kinds of stuff from the PX and bring it to the orphanage,where she and her mother volunteered to take care of the kids, after their escape from the North. She fell in love with him because he cared. Cool and long history of stuff.

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Marleen replied to grasshopper1 :

A beautiful story.

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Wupatki Nat. Monument, Arizona USA 1981 created by MyMindsEye

On Vacation 1981 Learning to use my new Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR 50mmf1.2 lens. Thousands of photos to follow over the next 10-15 years w/ modest improvements. Much less to think about these days w/ new tech cameras. Site Info: The many settlement sites scattered throughout the monument were built by the Ancient Pueblo People, more specifically the Cohonina, Kayenta Anasazi, and Sinagua. Wupatki was first inhabited around 500 AD. Wupatki, which means "Tall House" in the Hopi language, is a multistory Sinagua pueblo dwelling comprising over 100 rooms and a community room and the northernmost ballcourt ever discovered in North America, creating the largest building site for nearly 50 miles. Nearby secondary structures have also been uncovered, including two kiva-like structures.[6] A major population influx began soon after the eruption of Sunset Crater in the 11th century (between 1040 and 1100), which blanketed the area with volcanic ash, improving agricultural productivity and the soil's ability to retain water. By 1182, approximately 85 to 100 people lived at Wupatki Pueblo, but by 1225, the site was permanently abandoned.

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Oh how wonderful it is to explore these kinds of old dwellings. I often find myself touching the walls with silent reverence imagining how lives used to be lived here. Thank you for this post. We missed this when we went through Arizona but we did happen across the Hopi and the t-shirts they were selling that read "Don't Worry....Be Hopi"....no I didn't buy one! Thank you for this post.

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MyMindsEye replied to Olga.L :

Thanks Olga.
Glad to spark fond memories.
We actually toured by motorhome all the Southwest (AKA 4 corners) over a three week period that year. Amazing experience.
Cheers!

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retired

I was there two years ago, interesting place, and history.

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MyMindsEye replied to retired :

Indeed. The whole region has a mystical vibe that stays with you.

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MyMindsEye replied to retired :

Indeed. The whole region has a mystical vibe that stays with you.

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Giddy Up created by grasshopper1

Me and buckshot. Circa 1960 Philadelphia...land of the cowboys....lol.

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Olga.L

Ahhh yes that horse and photographer. A gorgeous time piece in sepia with a cutie pie of a cowboy!

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Me, having no idea what I am supposed to be created by Staaan

This was taken in the early 80s with a Polaroid

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Zizounai

Hi Staaan, you were really so cute! I have cleaned up your photo a bit as well, here it is 😘
https://imgur.com/a/nwgNXbp

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Marleen

What a nice boy you were !
Apparently you were a cowboy with only a saddle. I can see the disappointment on your face because the horse was missing.

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Here comes the cavalry created by muscarmen

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Wish you would have said something about this photo other than the cavalry is coming/going. Nice old nostalgic image.

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Marleen

Magnificent! I love parades with beautiful costumes.

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Christmas decoration created by muscarmen

I cherish this photo because it was taken the first Christmas after I got married (1988). We still have the baby Jesus and angel statues!

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

It is like us humans to attach memories to objects and that is perhaps the reason many cannot get rid of 'stuff'..... Has baby Jesus been replaced by a newer more expensive model?

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muscarmen replied to Olga.L :

Yes we have a newer statue of baby Jesus but last Christmas we put up this older statue. Maybe it was a case of nostalgia brought about with this Covid crisis?

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Olga.L replied to muscarmen :

Longing for better days.....a collective longing for all of us.

Marleen avatarLevel 12
Marleen

I still cast the statues in white plaster from 1980. They are displayed almost every year, some with a glued head on them, but they will remain as long as I live. I don't think anyone wants to inherit them.

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Funeral carriage created by muscarmen

Taken on one of my first holidays in Italy.

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

There was a time when a funeral would pass on the street and out of respect all people on the street would stop whatever they were doing and bow their heads....those were the times when the world was more "us" instead of "me me me and me". Thank you....what a keeper of an image, it's history.

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Marleen replied to Olga.L :

I have not experienced this, but I have the respect for a funeral procession. Now they still dare to honk if it goes too slow.

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Prehistoric remains created by muscarmen

I took this photo in the early 1980s. Today it looks very different.

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I bet the person in the photo also looks very different! Greece?....Cyprus? Where is this?

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muscarmen replied to Olga.L :

This is Malta ... so your guess was not that far away since they are all in the Mediterranean sea.

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Marleen

The colors of a polaroid camera?

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Favourite pet created by muscarmen

I loved this cat a lot and was devastated when it was run over by a car. At that time I only had a very basic camera as the photo shows.

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Olga.L

The magic of photography bring alive moments long gone!

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