Veteran’s Day

The WWI Meuse-Argonne American Cemetary in France. A remote and solitary monument to the human cost of war. Photographed by Clay Doyle in 2006.

Amsterdam. 1981.

Eric found a carousel of holiday slides from 1981 at Goodwill. It is always fascinating to see what changes and what stays the same. Often it is only the clothing that would give away the date of the photo.


Arriving at Centraal Station.


Always a familiar sight


Ravensbrück Memorial, Museumplein.


Despite traversing the Museumplein surely hundreds of times I’m embarrassed to say I never noticed this monument.


A Willy Blees sculpture.


Fishing? I know there are fish in the canals, but…


Timeless

Le Poinçonneur Des Lilas

In the late 1950s film jukeboxes were all the rage in France. These jukeboxes, called Scopitones, were supposedly made from surplus WWII airplane parts and played 16mm film reels. The Scopitones made it across the pond in 1964 and made their U.S. debut in the late lamented Ambassador Hotel.

This early French Scopitone from 1958 takes us to the Porte des Lilas Metro Station in 1958 and Serge Gainsbourg acts as the poinçonneur or ticket puncher.

It’s lots of fun and even shows the first and second class cars that are no longer in service. —Eric See

Seven view of Bucharest, Romania.

Night View


Bucharest, Romania is an ancient city that combines a rich history, communist era urban renewal, and 21st century capitalism. It is a city of many faces and most definitely a city in transition.

Old Church


Centuries of religious architecture are embedded within the 20th century city.

Apartment Block


However much of the city was rebuilt with rather stark communist era apartment blocks.

Coke Bottle

With the arrival of capitalism an overlay of sometimes exuberant advertising adorns the city.

People's Palace

Parliament Palace (formerly known as the People’s Palace) is the world’s second largest building and dominates the Bucharest landscape. Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu demolished a large sector of the old city for this 1980s era modernist-rococo mash-up, it’s grounds, and sprawling parking lots.

Arcade

Bucharest’s surviving 19th century buildings are getting a make-over as hip cafes and shops move into the neighborhood.

Taxi

With limited public transit and an explosion of traffic, taxi drivers get around with a little help from their friends—the Saints.

 

Posing in Pisa. 2007.

In 2007, Michael Logan captured this view of a tourist photographing her friends “holding up” the leaning tower — always a ubiquitous sight on Pisa’s Campo dei Miracoli.

Do you have a photograph like this? Post a link in the comments.

Pisa Pose - 2007

Vintage Slides: Posing in Pisa. 1954.

This slide certainly falls in the “some things never change” category! Our heroine seems to be doing a pretty good job of “holding up” the tower in an era before instant digital photography.


Stay tuned for a 21st century look at the same pose.

Five views of the Villa Savoye. Poissy, France.


After the walk up the hill from the train station you approach the villa, now surrounded by many other houses.
After the walk up the hill from the train station you approach the villa, now surrounded by many other houses.

Reflections as you are about to enter the house.  The entrance is on the backside of the house.
Reflections as you are about to enter the house. The entrance is on the backside of the villa.

Up on the roof!
Up on the roof!

The tile tub had a place to recline next to the tub.  It was striking.
The tile tub had a place to recline next to the tub. The tub was open to the master bedroom.

The roof garden.
The roof garden.

Vintage Slides: The Haring Eaters. Marken, Noord Holland. 1956.

In our continuing series of vintage slides here’s a charming slide from Holland. We believe these slides came from an officer in the American Military stationed in Germany in the 50s.

Here’s a typical picture of tourists devouring the raw “nieuwe” haring. Most Dutch people eat it with a knife and fork.

The photographer wrote that this slide was taken in Marken, an historic and touristic village just north of Amsterdam.

 

Marken