Photos can age over time – becoming dull, faded or strongly tinted. But these old photos from our open archives are different. Post our photo scanning and restoration processes, the colors in these pictures are vibrant and fresh. So, they don’t look like old photos at first glance. But they contain plenty of other elements that point to their vintage. In fact, those who want to play photo sleuth can zoom in on details (car models, for example) to try and figure out when they were taken.
The images capture everyday moments that are steeped in the mystique of the past. We may not know the people in them but we feel a connection to their lives and stories. And we feel drawn to use all the clues in the frame – people, clothing, backdrop, cars – to try and fill in these stories for ourselves.
Step back into the past for a few minutes and enjoy the ride!
A gleaming sedan can’t stay parked on a dirt driveway when quiet suburban roads beckon.
Unknown location, undated (but possibly 1950s)
There’s no bad time to ham it up for the camera even if the grown-ups are dressed for more serious business.
A special family gathering calls for an elegant setting, including taper candles, fine china and pretty floral wallpaper.
A fun card game is a timeless way for two generations to bond.
Unknown location, undated
Striking examples of 1940s fashion – skirts, dresses and trendy glasses (even for the little person in the buggy).
Location unknown, 1942