Friday, October 29, 2010

Vintage Photos of Amsterdam

You get this kind of tourist photo album from all over the world from the 1880s onwards. This one probably dates back as far as the 1890s and, clearly, contains scenes of Amsterdam, 12 of them in fact on albumen print photos which have been mounted onto board, 'concertina' style, within red cloth-covered covers. Amsterdam isn't the most collectible of places - it's not Sri Lanka, Hong Kong or even North Africa, all of which have masses of collectors prepared to pay good money for vintage photos - however, what I like about these photos is that, although they clearly show the 'scenes' that one would expect, they also show the people, ordinary people, going about their ordinary business in an unposed way, and this is unusual.

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