Saturday, January 26, 2013

Back Page - Street Scenes

Street Scenes.

I looked for any found-photograph that had a street or storefront in it.

The probable reasons for these photographs was to capture a moment on a city street. Sometimes people might be involved and sometimes not.

In most cases it was not about "who", it was about "where".

Street Scene at Number 27

Street Scene
Apartment Building
Group outside a California store

Street Scene 03
Bank of 1000 islands
Somewhere in the past
Street Scene 04

Street Scene 05
Filling station
Filling station
Toys and Dolls

Six story building with people
Liberty Temple
Hardware store
city street negative

Drink Coca Cola
Venice cropped Kodak Velox paper
A "street" in Venice!

Street scene 01
Hotel Restaurant

Street Scene 02

Chickasha Oklahoma
Venice set Kodak  Velox paper

Open all night
On the reverse: Glendale, Arizona
Anyone recognize the location? The Event?
Venice Kodak Velox
A "street" in Venice ...

Bastogn musee enhanced
The Outlet

Savoy Ball Room
This is my favorite.

Can't get enough?

Watch this space!

More are sure to turn up.

The most popular photographs most popular, Family Group,
An album of the most requested photographs in the Lost Gallery.

Area 51 and a Half Area 51 and a Half
You are probably not authorized to see these.

Don't take my picture! Oh! You DID didn't you! completely unaware of the photographer
This is a collection of photographs that disappear on the way home from the photo processing shop.

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THE KIDS Lesson one.
It is always a mystery how a photograph of any of these precious children could end up lost or abandoned. Here are a few. You will probably say "Ooh..." at least once.

Dee and the Business School Dee and the Business School
The beautiful Dee. A curious story; What do you see?

Neiffel and Helvetica Typehigh

"What are they doing?"


  1. Wow - you found a lot of shop front pics for this theme! There is some interesting architecture in these pics, but it is the people going about their daily business which fascinates me :-) Jo

  2. All kinds of interesting architecture on display here. I recognize that "street" in Venice. I think it looks the same, no matter what the year.

  3. imagepast: Thanks for your visit! Yes, it usually comes down to the people caught candidly in the picture that makes them interesting.

  4. Wendy: Thanks for your visit. Yes, I doubt that area has changed much over the past century.

  5. Great photos! Loved your favourite too! Posting a letter was an Event!

  6. Thanks Eugenia 'O'Neal! Yes, mailing a letter was an event for these small boys. They were very suspicious of the man with the big camera too.

    The gem of the photograph though is the Savoy Ballroom across the street. From this small front entrance, it led to the ten-thousand square-foot second floor that held as many as 4, 000 happy dancers. It’s the place the big band classic “Stompin’ at the Savoy” was named after.

    It was destroyed in 1958.

  7. Another magnificent collection. A veritable shopping mall of shopfronts.

  8. A great collection and I can see why you chose your favourite,

  9. Thanks Alan Burnett. I turned up more than I thought I had.

  10. Thanks Bob Scotney. There is a lot going on in that picture. The reverse indicates that it was New York, 1935 but I have not been able to confirm that.

  11. So many images, where does one start. I like that image of the Toys and Dolls store - although on the face of it a very calm, peaceful shot, with the early automobile parked by the curb, there is so much to see, from the curtains pulled aside in the upstairs windows, the postcards in the display window, Dr Bixby's name plate, the car's driver coming down the steps and presumably about to drive off somewhere, the tram tracks ... it never ends.

    And I haven't really looked at any of the others in detail - that will have to wait for another day, when there aren't so many Sepia Saturday contributers to visit. An incredible collection, as usual, thank you.

  12. I noticed a Cash Store. The one someone else posted is the first time I had heard of a Cash Store.

  13. Thanks Brett Payne. Yes there are several street scenes. It just happens to be a category that I look for in found photographs. You have a sharp eye to spot the man on the stairs in the Toy Store shot; most people miss him. That one is from a large found negative of really good quality, so all those details are possible.

  14. Thanks Postcardy. I am not certain that “Cash Store” meant the same thing back then as it would today. A search for than online today turns up quick-loan establishments. Back in the horse and buggy days I think it meant a general merchandise store operating on a “cash-only, no-credit” basis.

  15. Thanks for your visit Lovely Blot.

  16. What a group of great photos! Your last photo is probably my most favorite too, one reason is the boy on the left how he's looking at the photographer! What a great photo!

  17. Thanks Karen S. That young man looks very suspicious. Perhaps it is the first camera he has ever seen. I still have not been able to confirm the information on the reverse which says simply: “New York, 1935”

  18. Wow. Wonder what they display in the Nut Museum.

  19. Thanks Barbara and Nancy. I wonder if the lady knew where she was asked to pose.

  20. Wow! This is a great collection. Thank you for sharing them all with us.

    Kathy M.

  21. I would love a gondola ride on that street in Venice. Your fave photo - I like it very much too. Those kids are adorable!

  22. Thanks Hazel Ceej. I wouldn't mind a lazy afternoon floating on a canal in Venice either.

    The mailbox photograph has so much going on in it. Some photographers really have the knack.



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