Paul Rule photography archive continued

I am slightly infatuated with Kodachrome tones, saturated skies, cateye glasses, and the feeling of mid-century Americana that absolutely saturates and charms in Paul Rule’s photographic archive (Flickr set HERE, all photographs sourced to there).

I don’t know any of these people, and a large majority of the photographs haven’t been labeled very specifically. It’s this sort of anonymity that makes it possible to love these vintage slides even more. You can easily imagine pulling out the dusty Kodak Carousel projector and sitting there, hearing the satisfying click, seeing another image from the past come to life in front of you.

While I merely click ahead on my laptop, and while these people are strangers, I still feel wonderfully transported on their adventures grand and minute. I hope you feel even a whisp of the whimsy I do!

“Diner People”

“Paris Street Vintage Slide”

“Russian Metro Vintage Slide” (P.S. How did these people make it into Moscow in the late 50’s?)

“Grand Imperial Hotel”

“Frying Pan Wallpaper”

“Does This Hat Make My Head Look Big”

“Blue Skirt, Black Dog, Red Bug”


Paul Rule Archive: Continued

My fascination with this archive of a globe trotting, fashionable family has led to me regularly going through and finding more and more of their old slides fantastic.

This time I focused on style. Although I only uploaded three photographs, there are dozens more where style, though subtle, peeks through and makes me feel inspired. Click the link through each photograph to look at it and delve into the wonders of vintage photography!

Mystery Vintage Postcards (can anybody decipher?)

Lugano has a tiny shop where vecchie cartoline are sold (antique post cards). For about 1 CHF (Swiss franc), I bought about 25 of them when I first moved. I sent them off to various friends and families, but kept a few with beautiful images and lovely script- before fountain pens became a thing of the past!

These postcards are from 1938 and…I don’t know when, perhaps a decade or two before? If anybody can speak pre-WWII German or Swiss-German, and you want to spend some quality time deciphering these, well- go ahead! Let me know if you do!


Vintage Toblerone Ads: Das ist gut, ja?

Toblerone ad, 1904

1957 ad

1974 ad

There is nothing better than opening up the oddly triangular shaped, yellow cardboard boxes that contain Toblerone chocolate. I myself have been in a long term relationship with Toblerone chocolate for over a decade now, with no end in sight.

This post comes during a particularly rough patch of Toblerone craving. Bear with me, readers; my food cravings may more than once make cameos on the blog.

Images courtesy of the Toblerone Facebook page. 

Slide Collection

While browsing Flickr, I stumbled upon a guy named Paul Rule. He is in the process of scanning over 30,000 slides to make a kind of Americana (and sometimes international) collection of photographs taken in the 1960’s and 1970’s. I’ve just spend over an hour going through them…so fascinating!

It’s rather unfortunate that the locations of a lot of the slides isn’t noted.

Poppies and white wood siding- what more could one want?

Old abandoned school house.

I love this Americana decay kind of feel one gets with the slides.

These are at gardens in British Columbia, I think?

What is really cool is the slide collection has a lot of interiors and typical post-war ranch/suburbia houses, so you really get a feel for what it was like in decades past.

One of my favorites.

The slides also feature cities like San Juan, Paris, London, etc…at first I thought that this was Paris, but I’m thinking more Spain-ish the more I look at it…

I love the layering and scale of this one…you can see all the additions over the centuries for these castles. I think this is a French castle, or possibly British…but it is pretty obvious that some parts are older than others. Way back then you would only build what you could afford. The Tower of London started in the 1100’s and was added on to until the 18th or 19th century, I believe?

Here’s the link to the Flickr page: