I was originally collecting BW photos, and there was a bit of a nostalgia factor to it, among other things. I have recently came across these square color photos that were apparently very popular in the sixties and early seventies.
They retained their color relatively well. The edge of the photos are more peach colored than white, but color photographs are notorious about their archival issues.
The Bride Was Silent
Sometimes I pick them just for sheer kookiness.
Old Man, Big Hat
Like, why is the old guy wearing a giant paper top hat? With greeting cards glued to it? And what is the religious connection? It's a mystery.
Grandma, Papers, Bombs
Other times I'm drawn in by the elements that firmly anchor them in a period. Here grandma is reading the paper, the headlines of which remind of the Vietnam war era. The one about the NASA strike doesn't mean much to me, but there is another one about LBJ, and can read fragment of the third: "...Carrier Planes Bomb Haiphong Depot."
Girl with Submarine
From there it is a short jump to the girl in red on the submarine.
I spent close to five hours going through trays and trays of unsorted photos at the paper fair. I picked up a bunch of interesting stuff, including what I believe to be a picture of Paul Newman on the set of his 1972 movie, The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean. Nifty, eh?
There were many other photos too, I need to scan them in still.
I met with three nice ladies, artists and fellow collectors. We chatted about photography and our obsession of collecting these pictures. It was a good day.
obsession |əbˈse sh ən| noun the state of being obsessed with someone or something : she cared for him with a devotion bordering on obsession. • an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person's mind : he was in the grip of an obsession he was powerless to resist.