mother, daughter and doll | mid 1920ies

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Vintage unlabeled contact print probably from the mid 1920ies showing a young mother with her daughter who proudly presents her dressed celluloid doll.

Fashion enthusiasts! Mind mother’s fashy Art Déco stockings and her timeless coat. Take a look at the girl’s polished rubber boots. Isn’t that cool stuff for these odd days?

Bright White | Birkigter Garten | May, 1925


This happens to be another master photography from the mid 1920ies [1]. Mind the perfectly balanced contrasts and symmetry and the stunning focus. The young mother seems to be shining as she steps out of the shadows of Birkigter Garden which is supposed to be (or to have been) located in Western Bohemia. The two neat girls were certainly fascinated by the photographer and his equipment.

[1]…Photo post card, labeled “ALFRED KRAUS, BODENBACH”, image developed on “FOTO BAYER”, dated 1925/05

Seducive Fifties

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Three negative slides [1] showing a brunette young woman outdoors, at the beach and in white underwear and stockings. What brilliant black and white reminders of stylish and seducive times.

[1]…Two slides of PERUTZ measuring 60 x 60 mm ad one of unknown production measuring 24 x 36 mm, all three of them scanned and inverted.

Four muddy water queens | Austria | 1920

Albumen print, Austria, ~1920

Weird albumen photo postcard dating back to the years after the great war. This site should be located next to some river branch or small lake in Austria. I must confess that I do not have any clue what this scene is all about, but somehow I like its composition.

Feline Street Scene | Austro-Hungarian Empire | ~1918

Austro-Hungarian Empire | Brno, ~ 1918

Unlabeled silver gelatine photo postcard from Brno, CZ, former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Nice image dealing with working fashion items of these days. The advertisements are about sauerkraut/pickled cabbage and Sidol Sirax (a metal polishing powder).

Honesty | Austria | ~1937

LEONAR contact print, about 1937

LEONAR contact print from the late 1930ies, Austria. Kind of interesting portrait. This woman seems to be concerned about daily life. If you know a bit about the political circumstances Austria was going through these days (Dollfuss–>Schuschnigg–>Hitler) you might have a clue about two things:

  1. this is honesty. no make up, no neat fashion, no wealth, no time where you don’t know that to do. Photos like this tell stories.
  2. our post modern selfie portraits are just sad and meaningless POSING. Waste of time and Megabytes, my friends around the globe. Fuck that.

Kind regards from the old world.

chubby studio nude | ~1965

Ferrania diapositive, ~ 1965

Undated FERRANIA diapositive showing a late 1960ies nude woman. As I do not possess a proper projector, I just scanned the image and tried to brighten it up.