Colour postcards show how Malta looked in the 1960s

These pictures show what Malta looked like in the 1960s.

The collection of photographs has been restored and released in a new book.

The postcards of Malta were produced by photographer John Hinde, a key figure in the development of the colour photograph as a postcard.

Shot with large format cameras, the project was an extraordinary undertaking.

Sometimes the photographs could take a whole day to get right.

He used vibrant, highly saturated colours to depict a beautiful image produced to the highest standards.

 

Mellieha Bay

 

Marsalforn, Gozo

 

Xlendi Bay, Gozo

 

Fort St Angelo

 

St Paul’s Bay

 

The Azure Window, Gozo

 

Spinola Bay, St Julian’s

 

Fond Ghadir, Sliema

 

Maltese street vendor

 

St Paul’s Bay

 

Ghar Lapsi

In 1956, Hinde started his own business, John Hinde Ltd in Ireland and over the following 16 years travelled across Britain, Ireland, Australia, Cyprus and Canada taking photos to act as postcards.

When the company was sold in 1972, it was the world’s most successful postcard company with annual sales of over 50 million postcards.

Now, over two decades after his passing in 1997, Hinde’s restored original transparencies have been printed in a book for the first time.

Let’s take a look at some of the images from around the world:

 

Piccadilly Circus, London

 

Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland

 

Pentewan Sands, Cornwall

 

Dublin Airport, Ireland

 

The Promenade, Havre des Pas, Jersey

 

The Inner Harbour, Ramsgate

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