Sunday, February 19, 2012

In Presence of the King

Doctoring official photographs to erase disgraced leaders was a common practice during the years of the Soviet Union. Well before, some resourceful Livornese of the early 1900 managed to be even more creative than that.Vintage postcard, Le acque della salute, LivornoIn this old postcard the Count of Turin is visiting the renowned spa of Livorno “Acque della Salute” (Waters of Health). I don't know if the King himself was in town then, but he surely wasn't in this photo.Vintage fake postcard, Le acque della salute, LivornoSomebody fixed this in the second photo, crudely pasting another image of His Majesty in the middle of the existing group. Both versions of the postcard were circulated.
(Digitized from the collection of Antonio Cantelli)

Search labels: spa - postcard
External links: Count of Turin - Vittorio Emanuele III (Wikipedia)

17 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

This is wonderful VP. No need of Photoshop.

Robert Geiss said...

That is interesting indeed.

Please have a safe step ahead and a good Sunday too.

Theanne said...

And just think what they could have done with today's editing software! Interesting why is was important that some think the King was there!

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Sometimes photoshoppers don't do much better... lol!

Julie said...

He is short that King, isn't he? Or was that doctored, too?

Randy said...

These are amazing!

VP said...

Julie - He was 1,60 m (5 ft. 3 in.), quite short even for Italy at the time.

Dina said...

Hard to believe that they would doctor the photo like this, and sell it.

cieldequimper said...

Nothing new under the sun.

Steffe said...

Ha ha. And that was long before photoshop.

joo said...

One upon a time, long, long before the photoshop:)

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting post!
LOL for all comments about photoshop, I just agree! :)
Hugs and a nice week
Léia

JM said...

This is just great! Who said photoshop is a creation of the digital era? :-)

Traveling Hawk said...

Interesting post, showing that manipulation is not an invention of our times:)

Lois Evensen said...

Wonderful! I love the comparisons. :)) It is similar to the high school girl who cuts her old boyfriend out of pictures and pastes in the picture of someone she would prefer - such as a movie star. ;)

Kaori said...

That's an interesting tradition :D

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh that's too funny VP!! Could do a much better job now haha!