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They just look like shots from a contemporary film set in the 40s, hard to believe they're real, wow
because then it seems unreal. I suspect these pictures contain actors from present day pretending to be people from the 1940's.
Stevie G, on the left.
but i'm not sure why
and are from a time and place which is both so tantalisingly near that it just about remains in living memory, but simultaneously seems impossibly alien and unimaginable?
or it could be that there are weird looking people from all time periods including this one, but the only people you'd see from now dressed in olden times clothes are reasonably photogenic models/actors plus people were unfamiliar with cameras then plus everything looks a bit freaky cos of your subconscious assumption that the past was in black and white being exploded.
I look a bit jaw-y and jaundice like this when I lose weight and go in the sun and get a bob and use a hipster camera.
look at some of the links at the bottom. Colour photos of Russia in the 1900s!
the colours are just SO vivid and its so disconcertingly how recent it all looks; but how otherworldly and like things in novels that you know are true but can't quite believe.
several of these pictures are on the covers of Penguin editions of Steinbeck and Carson McCullers novels...
Number 23 is on my cover of the Grapes of Wrath.
I always inextricably link that novel to this era. It's a defining era and a defining novel. I miss the Joads; I wish he wrote a sequel.
but surely anything after say 1940 isn't really Depression era.
Anyone know why? Same result in Firefox and Chrome.
It's quite overpowering, actually. It makes history come alive (and shit) and, quite possibly for the first time ever, I realise that people really did live back then and it's not just all words in a book. The photograph of the dam being constructed looks like it was taken yesterday.
Also, there needs to be more photographs like this. The 1900s Russia in colour photos are incredible too.
They are incredible.
And humbling, really.
can. not. stop.
instant desktop wallpaper.
Alt view (with comments/notes):
Backstory (w/ link to current streetview):
Discussion (pointing out the posters of Mussolini & Hitler in the shop window & w/ link to old map of location & obituary of the shop owner):
Photo 13 looks like the lads have taken pills. So wierd.