Old photos and afternoon tea.

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On the banks of the Murray River, Albury NSW (No date).  From State Records NSW Collection.

I really love old photos… and thanks to the internet, I can still experience the joy of wading through some while sipping some tea (shush, I’m not a nanna!), despite Indonesia’s fantastical lack of museums and libraries (not to mention my lack of motivation in the wet season to leave my room…).

I love the feelings of nostalgia they bring back… even if it’s nostalgia for a time or place that I never really experienced.  So strange.  But I love it.  I especially love looking at what things are still the same, and what has changed… especially the style.  In the picture above, which is taken just a few blocks from my family home, I can identify the bend in the river and I love the swimsuits…

So I’ve been looking at some pics on Flickr… from government collections, and I also found a whole set from my hometown of Albury, mostly by the late Jack Dallinger, whose family still own a photography store on the main street.  It’s amazing how many of the buildings still look the same.  I found some old photos of Indonesia as well, here and here.  The pictures really go to show that while some things change, others stay the same…

Sydney Harbour Bridge under construction, 1930. From State Records NSW Collection.

2 Responses to " Old photos and afternoon tea. "

  1. Heather says:

    The top Albury photo is so reminiscent of Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte – I wonder if that was in the photographer’s mind when he was framing the shot?

    I also like the Life magazine archive in Google Images – as well as photos from all the back issues of magazine they have old engravings and etchings, plus even some cute handmade valentines from the Victorian era – (http://images.google.com/hosted/life/f?q=valentine+card+source:life&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dvalentine%2Bcard%2Bsource:life%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG&imgurl=999d2555c04eab4c)

  2. Ashlee says:

    I love those too… 🙂 Especially all the really old pictures of Indonesia they have. It makes me think about what an adventure it would have been to come here 50,60 years ago. Wow. Culture wouldn’t have been neatly packaged for foreign tourists… and the wildlife photography as well, they didn’t have the super long zoom lenses or light equipment that we have now. Such an amazing collection.

    This one is pretty amazing: http://tinyurl.com/yd7gdyv