2 weeks ago
Sep 21, 2008
Square America: People Being People
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.
Sometimes I pick them just for sheer kookiness.
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.
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."
From there it is a short jump to the girl in red on the submarine.