Vintage Sambo's Restaurant Photos
By James Grahame
Tim Putz writes, "From 1960 to 1970, I photographed the first 100 Sambo's in the country. Today, only the first is still in operation here in Santa Barbara. At one time there were about 1200 locations from coast to coast."
These beautiful images make me long for a time machine so I can slip into the past for a short stack of pancakes with friendly people who wouldn't dream of wearing sweat pants in public.
Not only are these photographs a window into a soon-to-be-forgotten past, they also demonstrate the longevity of film. The images were shot on Kodak Vericolor Type L film with a 4 x 5 view camera and 90 mm wide angle lens. As a result, these 40 to 50 year-old photos look like they could have been captured yesterday.
My only complaint is that the images on Tim's site are too small to fully appreciate -- even the largest shots are a mere 350 pixels wide and there's a lot of detail hidden in each negative. This is a collection that could easily go viral and generate millions of page views with decently sized images, and I'm sure Tim would sell a surprising number of prints in the process.