6 Sep 2010

Hard At Work

Prisoners on treadmills
London & North Western Railway engineers

I'm really into photographs of old workers at the moment, in a variety of noble industries like fishermen, railway engineers, miners, farmers, oil riggers, soldiers and even prison workers. It's hard not to be influenced by such images if you're even remotely into menswear. This and the fact that I was down a mine last week! Seriously though, you can really see where the workwear influences come from, which are always seen in some form on the catwalk to the high street and everything in between.

18 comments:

  1. These are great. I love the stoic expressions that always seem to show up in old photographs.

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  2. ps. in the first picture, that guy in the middle of the back row looks like Rasputin!

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  3. What fantastic pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Great photos, they're some pretty cool dudes!

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  5. Ah the tube strike is tomorrow and that's when i enroll, I wish it had already passed. Waking up another 3 hours earlier is not great!

    And these images are cool, especially the second one. I like how many old photographs are always posey and the sort of occasion attached to taking a photograph.

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  6. Great photos Mat, yeah I think if we got in mates to do these jobs now they would die of shock. Men where men back than, and I love the photo of the man in suits and bowler hats. These jobs are still very dangerous too, I was watching about the oil riggings and these guys don't stop. These picture's remind me of the film 'There will be blood' if you have not seen it, watch it. It's a modern classic.
    Great post, I love these pictures and you are so right regards to the catwalk, well it is all about inspiration and reinvention. Hope your well hun :)

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  7. I like these photos, they remind me a bit of seeing photos of my granddad and his friends in their RAF overalls. Much smarter than your average modern mechanic.

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  8. I like these photos, old photos are the shiz.

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  9. These are great. I was only thinking the other day about scanning in a load of old family photos for a blog post as well!

    Some real smart railway engineers there.

    Hollie

    lipstick and balloons

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  10. Anonymous03:36

    Pretty cool blog you've got here. Thanx for it. I like such themes and everything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read more soon.

    Julia Benedict
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  11. Anonymous11:33

    Very Interesting!
    Thank You!

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  12. I always find looking at old photographs of just ordinary people fascinating. And they never smile!

    It's great to think that railway engineers wore suits and bowler hats to work. My great grandfather was a railway engineer in Brighton, so it's great to imagine him wearing exactly that!

    S
    http://notjustmedical.wordpress.com

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  13. Love old photographs mat, i could look through them for hours.

    Judging by their expressions obv no-one as shouted 'cheeeese'...

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  14. i like the 4th picture of the people wearing hats, i wonder if i can grab their hats! haha :D

    CLIFF from http://cropcripcrop.blogspot.com/

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  17. so awesome! I love seeing all the old photographs as well. My boyfriend is a graphic designer (http://www.guysombrero.com) and he uses a lot of old photos in his design, as there are many out there that don't have copyright anymore so they are free for use. You can find them on flickr! COOOL!

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  18. all those original images give me a chill... so little years so much difference...

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