Saturday, December 22, 2012

Family Photos, 1940-'s?

Here are two very old color slide scans, possibly dating to the late 1930's or early 1940's!

This first picture has a great Norman Rockwell quality to it, and I love the vintage quality that is so vivid; a boy and his mom pose for this dramatically-lit photo; dad must have been an ardent camera enthusiast; color photos were still rather unusual (and probably expensive) back then. The boy holds a copy of a 1937 "Walt Disney Annual", which is awesome.

If you would like your own copy in excellent condition, you can buy one for a cool $1500 bucks here!

Now it's bedtime, but first we need to say our prayers. The kid looks like Little Nemo in his pajamas (complete with "trap door"). The bedroom is so great, with the hammered-copper lamp (with printed shade), dark wood everywhere, black and oxblood tiles, and nautical-themed wallpaper that is perfect for a boy's room.

Just for fun, here's a classic Little Nemo strip by Winsor McKay, from 1905.

I hope you have enjoyed today's blast to the past!


Nanook said...


Some very swell pics, here. In honor of them, I think I'll wear my knee-high socks to work tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

A picture of his little brother with his tongue stuck to a freezing flag pole would finish this great set! Thanks Major!

Bill in Denver

Irene said...

I can not tell you how much I love these photos Major. My parents were both born in 1910 and so around this time they were in their late 20's early 30's. My Dad loved to take photos and he posed my Mother, his parents and himself sitting in their living room reading a book or Life magazine. They are not slides or in color but knowing him if he could have afforded it, he would have shot in color.

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, I double-dog dare you!!

Bill, these definitely gave me a "Christmas Story" vibe!

Irene, I have pictures of my great-grandmother reading newspapers (which were HUGE back then) and LIFE magazines in various rooms. Must have been something everybody did!

SundayNight said...

Those photos are great. To me they have a rather British look to them. These are like the photo examples that they used to show in those “take better picture” magazines and pamphlets. Extra classic with the Disney book!

Nancy said...

So nice. The beautiful simplicity of life then has been lost...wish we could get some of it back.

I love those big LIFE and LOOK magazines. :-)