I was going to write a second post about a recent trip to darkest Essex, but my blogging has been curtailed by several crises during the last few days, so please treat this hastily-written post as an intermission.
The following photos were all found tucked away in books that had ended up in my office, after they'd failed to sell in charity shops. As usual, none of them had any writing on the back to indicate where or when they were taken.
The first is a very striking, hand-tinted portrait, that was found inside a copy of "Queer People" by Basil Thomson:
The next two were part of a set from Hong Kong. I particularly like the Chinese mermaid:
In the next image, look carefully and you might see a ghostly face at the window. This photo was found inside a copy of "A Girl for Sale" by Mabel Barnes-Grundy :
The next image is worth clicking to enlarge. These eight men are something of an enigma and I would love to know what their connection is. Also, what is under the tarpaulin?
I love the following photograph, with it's weird perspective and compressed depth of field. I was enthusing about the modernist influences to my wife, but she looked at me as if I was mad: "Surely it's just a picture of a car crash that someone took from a window."
I'm not convinced.
The cars in trouble theme continues here, in what looks like late-1980s London. Although the subject of the photo is some people struggling to push a broken-down car, they have been relegated to the rear distance and the focus is on the two men's amusement.
Finally, from serious to coquettish, in four easy stages:
Can you guess the year? I'd say it was 1984.