Street Photographers-South Africa.

Cape Town.

This is a photo of a negative which I got from my father. The negative is thick and quite big so it is difficult to scan. I took the photo (Nikon D70) on my My Light-Box and adjusted it in Adobe Photoshop.  It was taken at the Grand Parade, Cape Town. Circa 1939. From left to right is my father (Dad age 7) Petrus Johannes Smit (2.1.1932-24.12.2014), My Paternal Grandfather Jan Harmse Nieuwoudt Smit. (20.9.1894-1.10.1970), my Grandmother Pieteriza Cilliers Van Ellewee (7.10.01- 7.7.1992) and my aunt (Dad‘s sister) Christina Philippina Magrietha Smit (5.7.1936-21.6.1939) I have scrap-booked this photo see “Moment in time

Caledonian Market S.A. Aka Cape Town’s Caledonian Market
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The backdrop looks very similar to the first photo.

Caledonian Market S.A. Aka Cape Town’s Caledonian Market (1940)

This is a photo of a negative which I got from my father. The negative is thick and quite big, so it is difficult to scan. I took a photo (Nikon D70) of the negative on my My Light-Box and adjusted it in Adobe Photoshop.  It was taken at the Grand Parade, Cape Town. Circa 1939. It looks as if it was taken on the same day as the first photo. The backdrop looks the same as in the photo in Caledonian Market S.A. Aka Cape Town’s Caledonian Market

Great Aunt Alida.

“The Grand Parade is the main public square in Cape Town, South Africa. The square is surrounded by the Cape Town City Hall, the Castle of Good Hope, and the Cape Town railway station. The square is generally used as a market place and parking area.” Wikipedia

“Up until the early 1980s, the Grand Parade was described as “the pulsating heart of Cape Town,” a resemblance of London’s Petticoat Lane or Hyde Park corner, where raucous commercial activity would come to assert the space’s character as a long-standing and essential feature of city life. Customers had the luxury of being able to buy anything from flowers and fruit to cold drinks and even property in Belville, all at one flea market. At that time, many of those running stalls were third generation parade fruit-sellers.”- Urbanafrica.netMy husband’s grandfather Philip John George Meyer
(14.12.1900 – 24.6.1976)
In a Salvation Army uniform.
He’s daughter and he used to collect money for the Salvation Army.
Photo: Movie Snaps, Cape Town, South Africa Circa 1950

Photo: Movie Snaps, Cape Town, South Africa. Circa 1950My husband’s grandfather Philip John George Meyer (14.12.1900 – 24.6.1976)
and he’s daughter. Collecting money for St. John.  
Photo: Movie Snaps, Cape Town, South Africa. Circa 1950

Movie Snaps in Darling street, Cape Town, South Africa.
Photo from Etienne du Plessis.

Movie Snaps, Parade Corner, Darling Street, Cape Town.

Movie Snaps on Facebook.

A walk in time

“Movie Snaps, a well-known photography studio that operated for decades on the Grand Parade, along with a smaller branch at Muizenberg beach.”- Snapshots of different times, same place

A walk in time

“The ‘Movie Snaps’ studio that began in a building on the edge of the Grand Parade at the start of the second World War, provides the photographic backdrop of Jewish families in South Africa on the one hand, and on the other, the further annihilation and fragmentation of lives legislated through apartheid in 1948. Positioned opposite the Cape Town General Post Office, photographers snapped thousands of Cape Town residents going about their daily lives, continuing this practice for over forty years.” – Movie Snaps, Cape Town Remembers Differently

A walk in time

“Once they crossed the photographer’s chalk line, they were convinced to take a ticket in the hope that they would purchase the image a few days later from the kiosk. These snapshots show women resplendent in tulle dresses or wearing flared bell-bottoms, sailors boasted their crisp white uniforms while Muslim children celebrated Christmas with their Christian friends. The pictures illustrate moments of ordinary living in extraordinary times. They offer a counterpoint to the now familiar narrative of apartheid’s series of carefully composed images of burning tires, mass protests and violence and urge a consideration of the afterlives of apartheid.”- Movie Snaps, Cape Town Remembers Differently

My great-uncle Van Ellewee and he’s daughter. 
Possibly taken by Movie Snaps in Darlingstreet Cape Town, South Africa 
Circa 1945

Movie Snaps PROMO


My My Mother in Law and My Father in Law
Photo: Film Tests, 68 Joubert Street, Johannesburg, South Africa, Circa 1951.

My mother in law and friend Circa 1950
Johannesburg, South Africa

My husbands aunts.
Circa 1960. Possibly Johannesburg, South Africa.
Wearing  The “New Look” dresses.

My mother, myself and my dad.
March 1962. Johannesburg, South Africa.
The New Movie Snaps. 9 Moseley buildings, Rissik street, Johannesburg, South Africa.


Beach photographs

Pictures of Durban in the 50s, 60s and 70s
Durban High School
Class Of 1964

Durban Beachfront with Scotty’s yellow booth on the right.

Durban 60's

1960s to 1970 Beachfront-Addington
Durban Happenings.
Durban in the 60's
Durban in the 60’s
The Little Top.
Durban Happenings.
Durban the 60's

Pictures of Durban in the 50s, 60s and 70s
Durban High School
Class Of 1964


My Sister in law.
Happy Days Studio, Durban, South Africa.

A walk in time

“A photographer, Scotty, always dressed in a khaki pith helmet wandered around outside the Lido taking ad hoc photographs and giving folk a numbered card to pick up their photos the next day. His circular kiosk, always plastered outside with his shots of beachgoers was on the promenade on the hotel/ road side of the lido and Scotty had a wide variety of painted boards with heads cut out of them to enable people to pose as, for example, a muscular weightlifter, Superman or a busty female in a polka dot bikini. ” –  Facts about Durban


My great-aunt Maria and my Grandmother Hilda Blackie .
Photo: “Happy day tours” Margate
Circa 1967

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  1. Ek onthou die Grand Parade en veral die blommerverkopers daar en in Adderleystraat met hulle kostelike sêgoed. Ek het ook ‘n paar van die fotos wat geneem is deur die straatfotograwe – verbasende goeie kwaliteit. Ek het nou lekker gelees hier en ou herinneringe opgediep, dankie Linda.

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    • Lekker, ek is bly ♥
      Daardie dae se swart en wit fotos was goed, dit is jammer die 70-80 jare ongelukkig nie ;-(
      Ek onthou ongelukkig nie veel van Kaapstad se middestad nie, ons was maar ‘n paar keer in Kaapstad. Ons het meer Durban toe gegaan. Dit was vir my nogal lekker om terug te dink aan daardie dae, die reuk van Coppertone, die kaalvoet Indiërs wat “cold cokes and ice” verkoop het, ens.

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      • Kaapatad middestad, veral Adderleystraat en die kompanjiestuine, was regtig magic. Daar was natuurlik met verloop van tyd veranderinge, maar wanneer ek daar kom, kry ek nog steeds daardie lekker hol kol op die maag. Ek het Durban eers leer ken in die vroeë 70’s en glo my, toe was dit ‘n ander wêreld as nou.

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        • Ek kyk nou op die internet na die kompanjiestuine, dit is pragtig, maar ons was nooit daar nie 😉
          Hee- hee, die eerste keer wat my Pa ons Kaapstad toe geneem het, kon hy nie by Tafelberg uitkom nie, hy vra toe vir een van die locals, jy kan jou die res van die storie voorstel 😉
          Ons het die laaste keer Durban in 2004 gesien ;-(

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