old-postcard

This was for a magazine photoshoot I recently did but all that clutter is mine (ft. vintage postcards, old letters from my penpal, copies of the New York Times, a Nat Geo map and Nat Geo magazine packets (DSLR))

A postcard of the coastal city, Oostende. The picture was taken on the 19th of August, 1907. In the early 20th century Oostende was a tourist attraction for mostly the upper class. Today not much of the original architecture shown in this photo remains, sadly.

Old postcard from 1932 showing Gruenagraph Pictures Studios Airport in Pasadena, California, complete with its modest control tower and totally unnecessary studio blimp.

Much like small towns, motion picture studios of the era often had their own fire departments, police departments, airports, zoos and professional sports franchises (such as the Paramount Pictures’ Baseball Club, members of which were nicknamed the “Famous Players,” and later, the “Mounties”).

The inset oval shows the airport’s tower control officer Alejandro Kallari, a free-floating shrunken head originally harvested by the Shuar, an indigenous people of Peru living at the headwaters of the Marañón River.

Though Alejandro Kallari had been blinded and killed by the unforgiving head-shrinking process, along with having his skull and brains removed and replaced by berries, he did not let that stop him from achieving his dreams, catching a tramp steamer to San Pedro, California, where he studied air traffic control systems at one of the many shrunken head resettlement camps in the beach area.