Sunday, 24 January 2010

Here for your perusal I have some fun postcards: I got them when I was about 18ish from a junk shop in Manchester in my kitschy neurotic magpie phase. I'm glad I scanned them as the originals are pretty trashed now from being carted all over the place. Some of them are named actresses and some don't have names.

One of the things I love about old photos is that they make time seem almost irrelevent, or at least, they make the passage of time seem very strange. I like to imagine how these people would look in modern dress, or vice- versa.

The times portrayed look totally different, but this is largely due to the capabilities of the cameras- not how everything looked. To us, the Victorian world is in sepia, or WW2 was in b/w, or the 1940s was Technicolor. Even if we know, rationally, that this isn't so.

I saw a few episodes of a series about the world wars in colour a year or so ago with rare colour footage from the time- it made a very definite impact. Just the fact it was in colour made it seem more disturbing and 'real'.

One odd fact for you: apparently, people used to dream in black and white more when b/w television was in vogue. Now they have colour tv, they dream in colour. It's really quite disturbing that television had such an impact.

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Carol said...

My great uncle was a priest. He passed on in his 80's. My aunt was cleaning out his place and found all kinds of postcards and pictures of (presumably) parishoners etc. She actually sent them, after sorting through for family photos, to a museum of some kind. There were some VERY old pics in that lot. Very interesting to help her sort through

Josie said...

That sounds fascinating...looking at so many old pictures. Especially when they are of ordianry people- those kinds are my favourite, but harder to find.

A few came into a bookshop where I work of lots of Edwardian people on the beach, all strangers.