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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THOUGHTS ON 'DIGITAL RESTORATION'.
... 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!
- Vintage Magazines 33,992 photos, 2,852 members
- 1970's Pop Culture 2,199 photos, 317 members
- 1970's 16,751 photos, 1,049 members
- Cold War Jets and Bunkers 2,441 photos, 118 members
- The Second World War 2,455 photos, 170 members
- Women’s Work 707 photos, 89 members
- "Women At Work" 1,818 photos, 185 members
- The Twentieth Century and Contemporary House 16,069 photos, 1,931 members
- The Cinema Film Poster 1,526 photos, 106 members
- Cold War Air Power 2,906 photos, 55 members
- New Deal Post Office Murals 2,685 photos, 121 members
- WPA 1,133 photos, 232 members
- The FABULOUS FIFTIES - 1950s - Moderate Filter 6,456 photos, 774 members
- Mid-Century Illustrations 507 photos, 63 members
- Classic Movie 6,747 photos, 155 members
- The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (That Never Came) 664 photos, 12 members
- All Classic movies (B movies and the rest from 1960's 70's and 845 photos, 270 members
- HOLLYWOOD SPOTLIGHT 18+ (moderate safety filter) 9,791 photos, 459 members
- Mid-Century Modern: The Architecture 744 photos, 47 members
- Mid-Century Modern: The Advertisements 719 photos, 86 members
- Gee, That Food Looks Terrible! [VINTAGE] 2,950 photos, 486 members
- vintage paperback 34,764 photos, 824 members
- 1960s 12,822 photos, 1,165 members
- Vintage Jet Set 713 photos, 313 members
- Pulp Fiction 12,334 photos, 1,286 members
- Older Automobile Magazine Ads 7,756 photos, 429 members
- Espionage & Action Art Gallery 8,278 photos, 364 members
- Nostalgic Airline Ads (1950's - 1980's) 625 photos, 109 members
- Mid-century Space Illustration 744 photos, 170 members
- Atomic Living 9,731 photos, 468 members
- Science, Technology, History 27,637 photos, 979 members
- Cold War Aircraft 21,143 photos, 498 members
- WW2 26,075 photos, 1,178 members
- Ads Through the Ages 32,526 photos, 601 members
- Fabulous Fifties Heaven (1950-59) 23,370 photos, 965 members
- My Favorite Ads - Vintage Only 22,959 photos, 564 members
- retro america 14,078 photos, 426 members
- How Post-Modern Of You! 514 photos, 172 members
- vintage fashion photography and illustration 3,718 photos, 451 members
- Airship 2,969 photos, 461 members
- The Art of Science 5,008 photos, 618 members
- 1960's 15,824 photos, 943 members
- Cutaways-It's What's Inside That Counts! 1,385 photos, 298 members
- Illustration 499,924 photos, 33,001 members
- World War 1 and World War 2 Posters 701 photos, 95 members
- Movie posters 8,310 photos, 454 members
- *atomic age* 7,515 photos, 908 members
- OUTERSPACE 2,514 photos, 327 members
- MODERNISM 32,931 photos, 2,348 members
- Mid-Century Modern 20,161 photos, 1,573 members
"An impressive assemblage of images. You are a collector with a good eye for telling details. Long may these images endure."
17th November, 2013
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)"
15th April, 2013
"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.."
18th January, 2013
Walter P Q says:
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.
Walter Plitt Quintin"
28th November, 2012
"...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..."
23rd October, 2012
EmBee's Web 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."
4th September, 2012
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!"
4th March, 2012
"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."
19th October, 2011
"GRANDISSIMO!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUU!!!"
18th November, 2011
"One of my favorite photostreams on Flickr. This collection is truly educational, interesting and fun to peruse. Thank you!"
27th December, 2011
"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."
7th October, 2011
"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."
6th April, 2011
"You are such a flickr badass in my eyes. Thanks for all of the work you put into your stream. It really is appreciated."
6th November, 2010
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"
6th August, 2010
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."
18th July, 2010
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"
21st June, 2010
"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.
26th May, 2010
"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."
27th February, 2010
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."
24th February, 2010
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."
20th January, 2010
"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!"
4th January, 2010
"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."
27th December, 2009
"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.
28th December, 2009
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."
28th November, 2009
- James Vaughan
- July 2009
- Kent, Ohio, USA
- I am:
- James Vaughan Photo