My mind wandered back in time when I first saw these Kodachrome photographs taken by Charles Cushman in the 1940s. Oh what I wouldn't give for one summer in the mid twentieth century, with adorable swimsuits for my costume, pretty knit blankets for lounging on the rocky Chicago lakeshore, hope in knowing that the war is over and that Fall is still off in the distance somewhere. Indiana University's archives host an impressive collection of Cushman's amateur work spanning a few decades in the twentieth century. Here are some of my favorites.
In addition to the carefree style of the ladies in this series, I was particularly smitten with the era's film of choice: Kodachrome. Too bad they don't produce Kodachrome film any more, because these gorgeous colors are enough to cause me to venture into the territory of film photography. In the meantime, I would really love to experiment with digital photography and see what kind of Kodachrome looks I can conjure up with some Photoshop magic.