Friday, February 16, 2018

History Preserved, Like A Moth In An Encyclopaedia

The great thing about messing about with old photos is the sense of discovery; the ability to find a nugget of history sparkling in the sands of the commonplace. This is a tiny print which must date back to the 1940s and shows half a dozen young men who look like they are ready for a night out. Before hitting the town they gather in the back yard for a photograph to be taken. These days it would  flash around the world on Facebook or Instagram and then be forgotten forever. However,  seventy years ago history was pressed and preserved like a moth in an encyclopaedia. Just looking at it, you can almost imagine yourself there, ready to hit the dance halls, ready to face the future.

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