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Vintage photo inspiration from the UK National Archives

First off, thank you for all the congratulations yesterday, it makes me extra excited to get on with the planning!

Here’s some more vintage photo inspiration – this time from the UK National Archives flickr page. It’s quite a small collection, but some great stuff, and it gives you the story behind the photo too, which is nice!

vintage photos, 1940s, 1950s, National Archives
MI5 staff member pictured on beach, 1944. This ordinary looking snapshot was taken and planted as part of a complex WWII intelligence plan known as Operation Mincemeat. The intention was that this photograph would make other documents secreted with it seem more authentic.


Teenagers in London’s Carnaby Street, 1969

vintage photos, 1970s, National Archives
“Beauty with Brains”, Yorkshire Miners’ Coal Queen 1973 waves to the camera at a Coal Board gala, 1973


Land Girl with Pig, World War One

vintage photos, world war one, National Archives
Yvonne Mitchell in her dressing room at the Theatre Royal, Bath, 1949

vintage photos, 1940s, 1950s, National Archives
Children’s Overseas Reception Board (CORB) group bound for New Zealand, 1940. At the outbreak of World War Two, thousands of British children were sent to the Dominions (Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) before attacks on shipping prematurely ended the scheme.

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  • Sara Lynn 25 March 2010, 2:42 am

    omg the pig one is my fave!! They all are amazing though!!

  • ilovemyhouse 25 March 2010, 8:52 am

    Great pictures. My favourite is the MI5 picture,i'm intrigued by the story behind it!x