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   Undertoad  Sunday Mar 29 11:40 AM

March 29, 2015: Britain 1928 in color

Today Mashable features a set of colour photographs of Britain 1928.

Back in the day, IotD was one of the first places to highlight the Prokudin-Gorskii color photographs that appeared, of Russia from 1907-1915. So these shots are not as historically striking, appearing in color... but still interesting.

They used the Autochrome process here; we are not used to seeing much in color until after Kodachrome came about in 1935.





And the most British of the shots, pageantry of Britannia and her four knights. There are still four today.



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Gravdigr  Sunday Mar 29 02:40 PM

I like.



fargon  Sunday Mar 29 04:22 PM

^WHS^



Carruthers  Sunday Mar 29 04:58 PM

Just looking at the bus driver and his conductor set me thinking about what those two lived through and what was to come.

The older man might well have served in WW1 and his colleague would certainly have lived through it.

The Wall Street Crash and Great Depression were only a year away and the world would be embroiled in another war in little more than a decade.

I don't know if people were stronger in the first half of the 20th Century than now, but I'm thankful that I wasn't born in it.



sexobon  Sunday Mar 29 06:16 PM

Second knight in on the left looks antsy.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Mar 29 08:26 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Carruthers View Post
I don't know if people were stronger in the first half of the 20th Century than now, but I'm thankful that I wasn't born in it.
Life was more rigorous in some ways, but less stressful in others. There was limited media reporting some what happened, rather than speculating on what might happen somewhere, sometime, someway. People could devote their time to solvable problems like beer, sex and bicycle tires.
Wars, good times, bad times, all came and went, but it's only half as bad if you don't spend half your life speculating about what's coming.


Carruthers  Monday Mar 30 05:02 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Life was more rigorous in some ways, but less stressful in others. There was limited media reporting some what happened, rather than speculating on what might happen somewhere, sometime, someway. People could devote their time to solvable problems like beer, sex and bicycle tires.
Wars, good times, bad times, all came and went, but it's only half as bad if you don't spend half your life speculating about what's coming.
My father was three years old in 1928, and his father would have been about the same age as the older man in the photo.
I always regret not talking to my grandparents more about their lives through two World Wars and the Great Depression.
Unfortunately, at the age of fifteen or so, you tend not to have any grasp of anything that went before your arrival on this Earth.
It's easier now to put these things in context of course, but somewhat late.


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