photographer- lost in time and space.

....this site is an educational resource for students of today and tomorrow.

(research, teaching, library archiving and scholarship)

No images on this site may be used for any commercial purpose and are presented and protected under the 'fair use' definitions of copyright laws. All images remain the property of their creators and whenever possible these creators should be credited.

REPEAT- Commercial use is forbidden unless you obtain permission of the original creators. Re-posts should only be for educational/ historical purposes.

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... it's always a little weird to put the 'before' and 'after' side by side. It's what I call the 'Sistine chapel' effect

(When Michelangelo's paintings on the ceiling of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel were restored, the world was shocked by the difference. After removing centuries of dirt, grime and yellowed varnish the colors were vivid and more pastel and the overall effect was much lighter and less somber than we had grown accustomed to.)

Digital technology makes possible the 'restoration' of printed and photographed examples of popular culture and history that otherwise are destined to decay into oblivion . The original paper and inks of magazines, books etc. cannot be restored. 'Collectors', many of whom have streams on Flickr, are bound and obligated to show their pieces in 'original' unretouched form.

Digital restoration is a tricky business. The need is to 'remove' the effects of wear and tear and fading without losing site of the original style, look and intentions of color and detail. There are not many people who have the skill, the time and the dedication to do this- and do it for the love of it without compensation.

Another interesting example of what we think the past looked like and what it really was, is the phenomenon of our thinking of old photos as being faded and brownish in color. Of course that is a result of their aging and the instability of silver- chemical based photography. The past was just as vivid and detailed as the present.

I am always learning- and my goal remains to show these pieces of history as close to the way they looked when they were not yet 'history'- but a part of living contemporary culture.

I believe, from my own experience, this provides a dynamic insight and a further chance to 'stand in the shoes' of those who have gone before.

Finally- the surest from of preservation is reproduction and dissemination. Computers and the Internet make this possible. What was once a few examples, hidden away and decaying can now be reborn a million times over and seen worldwide. Restored and preserved for generations to come!

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    Hunter1698 says:

    "This entire photostream is the most incredible treasure trove.

    It's like Mr. Vaughan takes a trip with his personal time machine into old drugstores, book shops, and grabs magazines, pulp fiction, etc. from the early to mid 20th century and brings it back for all to enjoy.

    I'm 61 and don't remember some of the incredible detail that's presented here"

    July 12th, 2015

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    T-Bar Bear says:

    "So glad x-ray delta one came back from the flickr pause many of us took. Amazing stuff Sir! I love it all!"

    December 18th, 2014

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    Yaroslav Gerzhedovich says:

    "You have a wonderful stream with a surprising variety - war and propaganda posters, sci-fi and advertising, movie screencaps, comics pages and many many more. Here is a great sense of the past behind these images. And, of course, these American 50's "dream come true" cars, I like them all very much.

    Thank you for sharing your collection with us."

    September 21st, 2014

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    worldsfair39 says:

    "Quite the impressive collection of material regarding all things printed! A most valuable resource of 20th century commercial artwork! Simply great!

    Keep up the great work x-ray!"

    April 16th, 2014

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    JFGryphon says:

    "An impressive assemblage of images. You are a collector with a good eye for telling details. Long may these images endure."

    November 17th, 2013

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    Mercury 7 says:

    "Hi - I am new to these photo-sharing sites - maybe 2 or 3 weeks - and i can already tell that yours is the class act of the bunch. Comparing it to others, the question arises: why would one post images on a sharing site, and then disable downloading? If the images are your own artwork or photography, I get that... but sourced ads and photos? Now, when i am in the galleries and I see one of those names, I scoot right past with a vague distaste for that person. Your images are obviously culled with care, and nicely filtered and prepped (I do photoshop and have scanned many items from books and magazines, and have seen and mitigated the miore associated with offset and multi-plate printing). And you most always have a size or three larger than the so-called "1024" size, where most users top out.
    My apologies for being so long-winded, but you need to know that your efforts are appreciated by some of us out here on a deeper level than the standard "Wow, Neat-O" of the majority of users...
    I have never before considered a 'blog' but now there are ideas floating around in my head.. Thanks for being such an inspiration and please keep it up.
    Gratefully, James Propst (Mercury 7)"

    April 15th, 2013

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    Balticson says:

    "I have to be careful where I am when I access the images from x-ray delta one & the flow of comments they generate - if I do so at public library computer terminals, people wonder why that person over there is laughing so much.."

    January 18th, 2013

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    Walter P Q says:

    "Mr. Vaughan:
    Thank you for this unmatched, superb graphic material. I’m an art director and love all the spectrum – from Syd Mead to old Revell boxes, from Gemini Program to Kubrick; I’m also a big fan of American classic ad illustration . It has been a meditative pleasure to circulate through those virtual shelves full of interesting and amusing graphic material.
    In other hand… about your collection that came from old “Macho magazines” - You, The Fenriswolf, Hello Chicago, Hydra Five, Barry Fackler, Steven_M61, Michael Paul Smith, Skipgoforth, Sir Basil Birchbottom, Era 51, Axeman 3d, The unrequitedTV, DEM’s book shelves…
    …all of you are better than Monty Python.
    I haven’t laughed like this in many years. Mort Kunstler and all the pulp culture will never be the same after you and your friends. I’ll always think – “What those guys will say about this? “
    Thank you for turning that mountain of stupidity and bad taste into a renewed pleasure. You must be in TV, as a debate group of pulp or contemporary art.
    Thank you!
    Walter Plitt Quintin"

    November 28th, 2012

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    TheUnrequitedTV says:

    "...His collection is amazing, his restorations impeccable, his admiration for Rockwell admirable ( be careful what you say there! ), but his bottomless well of patience in regards to the ne'er do well's that flock to and opinionate on his stream that is his most sterling quality. Think of the owner of the corner garage, surrounded by the neighborhood know-it-all's...that's James..."

    October 23rd, 2012

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    EmBeesWeb says:

    "He posts a lot of pics. It's fun to look at many of them. They often make me laugh and sometimes I learn something."

    September 4th, 2012

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    ॐSpace Jungleॐ says:

    "You have one of the most intriguing collections on Flickr. I've been following your photo stream for a while and have never been disappointed. Thanks for the great stuff, looking forward to seeing more!"

    March 4th, 2012

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    archelon013 says:

    "An absolutely wonderful collection. I'm not sure what's better: The images that James posts or the brilliant commentary that they generate. So, it's a good thing that they don't make us choose."

    October 19th, 2011

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    November 18th, 2011

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    abstracted shop says:

    "One of my favorite photostreams on Flickr. This collection is truly educational, interesting and fun to peruse. Thank you!"

    December 27th, 2011

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    nattosan2000 says:

    "Back in the late 50's and early 60's I looked for these magazines all the time. My parents thought I I had a sex problem or worse. . .I enjoyed the art on the covers. That is when I began to collect the covers and file them away under different topics. They were a great source of information and ideas while at college. In the early 70's they were lost in a fire and water damage from thr water used to extingush the fire. While living in Monterey CA from 1976 to 2002 I again began to collect different magazines in many of the book store. Thanks for your collection. They do come in handy for a source of information and interest."

    October 7th, 2011

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    Mint2008 says:

    "Thank you for all these nice pics. Your collection is really great and retro SF pics still make me dreaming as if I was a child."

    April 6th, 2011

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    siamesepuppy says:

    "You are such a flickr badass in my eyes. Thanks for all of the work you put into your stream. It really is appreciated."

    November 6th, 2010

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    Jimmy Tyler says:

    "I, as do many others appreciate the time and effort that X-ray Delta one has put into his photostream. A slice of Americana. This site is a great time capsule. Very progresive and optomistic. The ad's from the past looked toward the future. The ad's of today looked towards the past.This is exemplified in this photostream.Thanks"

    August 6th, 2010

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    John in Boston says:

    "James just GETS IT. His scans are top-notch in quality, easy access, and his range of images and appreciation for cool stuff is tremendous."

    July 18th, 2010

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    SOLID STATE says:

    "wow x-ray what a truly amazing collection,since stumbling onto it i have spent hours marveling, in fact i now check for new posts everyday.your sets come from a time when men dared to dream and ads and art had a real richness that is sorely missing these days,although i was born in 76' i have always had an interest in yesteryear especially the 50's and atomic/cold war material. funny now that we are living in the era that a lot of your old sci-fi art and ad's depict i find myself thinking more and more it really was better in the good ole days.keep up the good work. s.s"

    June 21st, 2010

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    alexytv says:

    "Thank you for all these images. When I was a kid I was living in Rome (Italy) and I remember my mother bringing home all US magazines and Searrs catalogues on which me and my brother were dreaming. We were cutting off the magazines all our desires and from time to time my father who was a pilot was bringing home from the US one of our dreams.
    Thank you for making me feel like a kid.

    May 26th, 2010

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    buyalex says:

    "Thanks for the awesome collection. I love creating 1950s-1960s inspired designs and happen to have some projects that require such designs so researching some inspiration has been easy through your flickr."

    February 27th, 2010

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    Charlie Oliva says:

    "Esta galería es impresionante. Me paso largo tiempo cada día disfrutandola. Yo residí en EE.UU. desde el año 1958 hasta finales de los 60 y la nostalgia me embarga. Enhorabuena por esta idea de publicar todo este material. Gracias, muchísimas gracias."

    February 24th, 2010

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    Michael Paul Smith says:

    " I find myself visiting x-ray delta one every day.
    It's a blast from the past, a daily nostalgic boost, a sigh for the future that never happened and a rush of OMG! I remember that!, all rolled into one.
    It's a little slice of heaven, right here on Flickr."

    January 20th, 2010

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    skipgoforth says:

    "As a "Mid-Century Person"(,which sounds better than the previous: "Old Guy"),I want to thankJim for posting all these wonderful memories of the times I have lived in.

    I can see Jim has put forth a lot of effort and thought and energy into his wonderful photo stream, and believe me,many people love what he has done.

    Keep up the good work Jim....I'm lovin' it!"

    January 4th, 2010

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    eye.view says:

    "As the actress Simone Signoret once wrote, "Nostalgia Ain't What It Used To Be."
    But x-ray delta brings alive, with tongue firmly in cheek, an era which is fun to re-visit. An age in which anything was possible, women were impossibly glamourous, everything was clean and streamlined - and good design ruled."

    December 27th, 2009

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    Adventures of the Blackgang says:

    "From Maritime Monday on gCaptain:

    BOYS AND THEIR TOYS: Cold War Kitsch is all the rage on X-Ray Delta One’s CRAZY ABOUT THE COLD WAR flickr set See Also: Retro Tech, we love PROPAGANDA, Motorola Future, YESTERYEAR- pre WW2, and many others. It’s a celebration of We Like Ike Chic that approaches Bacchanalian proportions. A veritable baby-boomer nostalgia cream dream. Oh, he has a blog, too."

    December 28th, 2009

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    Thoth, God of Knowledge says:

    "If you're looking for the best of the best on flickr look no further! X-ray Delta One always has something new and interesting to boggle at. Subscribe to his photostream feed with your RSS reader of choice and prepare to never be bored.

    For graphic designers, pop historians, artistic folks and anyone who likes interesting bits and bobs he has assembled 1,215 wonderful works (as of this writing), all available watermark-less and as large as he can get them! Retrofuturism, popluxe, all stripes of Americana, Rockwell, World War propaganda, cult film posters - all there for the discerning eye!

    The one thing to wonder about is how he crams so much awesome stuff into so little time: his account was made July 2009 - that's over 8 high quality and gorgeous images a day!

    Thoth, Guardian of Knowledge, heartily approves."

    November 28th, 2009

James Vaughan
July 2009
Kent, Ohio, USA
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