Thursday, 7 April 2011

Sepia Saturday 60: vintage photography booklets

I'm keeping on theme this week for my Sepia Saturday post and sharing some images relating to photography. Below are a handful of Focal Photo Guide booklets I picked up a few months ago. Not sure of the age but would guess early 1960's. The black and white covers with the red borders remind me of books I had as a child, which I'm guessing I must have inherited, where colour was used sparingly.






More vintage magazines on my web site

21 comments:

  1. Very evocative of their era, indeed!

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  2. I'm struggling with this week's theme. I was expecting you to post some more old Picturegoers; this is even better

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  3. The colour scheme is very striking & effective!

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  4. I love the covers. I imagine the covers are the best part of the booklets.

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  5. i love the cover about using miniature cameras. So graphic. Lovely.
    Nancy
    http://ladiesofthegrove.blogspot.com/

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  6. Do you think 60s? I would think 50s or maybe even 40s........

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  7. There has been already a love of photography and the want to improve the Technic.

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  8. I am intrigued that others have followed the "camera" theme this week too, rather than the more obvious "star" theme. Thanks for sharing these evocative magazine covers - most appropriate.

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  9. These are great front covers - maybe the magazines should go back to this simple but effective style of cover.

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  10. I vote for 1955-59. My dad, who is a amateur photographer and camera collector/hoarder, probably still had the originals until I cleaned the attic last year. Splendid techno ephemera.

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  11. These are fun! I love the last one.

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  12. especially love Children Indoors photo and the Miniature!

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  13. These have great style, and they're from an era when it really took a lot of skill to take a great photo.

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  14. They so liked using those colors a lot back then! The little girl's expression (in the first photo) is my favorite of them all! Amazing how far we've gone since those days!

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  15. These are COOL! I wish I had them. I'll keep my eyes open. Thanks for sharing them with us today.

    Happy Sepia Saturday,

    Kathy M.

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  16. The lady in the First Photo Steps looks like she is really (really!) enjoying herself :-) Jo

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  17. Those old Focal Guides are a fantastic resource. My father was a professional photographer and I have lots of these wonderful books.

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  18. I think I had some of those that I got from my grandfather. I was born in 68, and probably got them around 76 when I was into taking pictures for about a minute. :-)

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  19. The darkroom gadgets issue sounds very interesting. My dad would have loved it, I'm sure.

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  20. Definitely 1950s or early 1960s as I can remember own several in the series including the one on darkroom gadgets. The very images brought memories flooding back.

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  21. I'm still amazed that there's no copyright date on these things. (I KNOW you're familiar enough with books and magazines to know where to look, haha!) A quick internet search -- which mostly brings up eBay listings -- mentions 1950s, except for one reference to 1948.

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