Friday, December 05, 2008

Surf Fridays!

Aloha and Happy Surf Fridays!

I hope you are all doing great. I've had a touch of writer's slump so I thought it would be nice to simply feature photos today - but not just any photos...

You may already know that the entire Life magazine archive was posted online a few weeks ago, hosted by Google. It dates back to the 1860s but it mostly covers the 20th century with never-before-seen images of any historic topic you can think of.

If you have the time and inclination, the surfing shots of the 1960s are pure eye candy. Please enjoy a few here, and I wish you all a beautiful weekend.

update: Only 1/3 of the Life images are available now. It will take two more years before all of the images are online. So...there will be a lot more surf images to look forward to!

P.S. There is a fun interview all lined up for next Wednesday and most of you already know this interesting person...so see you next week. xo

Beach bum Jim Elliott waiting for a friend
to put his surfboard into the water for him
1950 - San Onofre, CA
Photographer: Loomis Dean

Beach bum Jim Elliott tossing his crutches aside
as he prepares to go out on his surfboard
1950 - San Onofre, CA
Photographer: Loomis Dean


Youths heading to the beach to surf
1961 - US
Photographer: Allen Grant


A surfrider surfing
1961 - CA, US
Photographer: Allen Grant


Surfboard rider racing into the water with board
in relay race at International Surf Festival
1965 - Manhattan Beach, CA
Photographer: Ralph Crane


Editor of Surfer Magazine John Severson on surf board
with wife and two daughters
1966 - San Clemente, CA
Photographer: Bill Ray


John Severson talking with enthusiasts of the sport
1966 - San Clemente, CA
Photographer: Bill Ray


John Severson is rammed by a board as he attempts to take a picture
1966 - CA
Photographer: Bill Ray


John Severson talking with art editor Leo Bestgen about layout
1966 - San Clemente, CA
Photographer: Bill Ray

8 comments:

dolcechic said...

Great pictures my friend! :)

Thank you for your good vibes, I'm pretty calm today (surprisingly.) Just hope I'm this way manana!!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

Mrs.French said...

I need to check the archive out...can't believe I haven't yet..these are awesome and just what I would have imagined you would pick out! xo t

resintint said...

Great photos.
And thanks for the hot tip on
the archives!
-francisco

LINDSAY said...

I love vintage photos! These are awesome Jamie.

*Do yourself a favor and make those cupcakes :)

pushingtide said...

Amazing find Mrs. Luv!

"Beach bum Jim Elliott..." yeah, some bum, he is just sitting around eating doritoes and watching the tube. yep, he's a bum.

Beach Bum said...

I stumbled on your pineapple place via the scoop on your interview with Patchie that the folks at 70% mentioned. Great blog dude so I'm obliged to list you under Beach Bum's best bloggers over at my place. Will have to use that shot of the bloke on crutches - absolutely priceless. Have a great 2009 and Cheers from Cornwall, UK. BB

Anonymous said...

I grew up with Leo Bestgen in Costa Mesa in the late 50's and wonder if he is still around. My name is Bob Briscoe and my email is bobandpat2@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Leo Bestgen passed away back in 2002 of a heart attack. For many years up to that point he'd been a very popular illustrator for Road & Track Magazine. And, he was a great guy too!