08 April 2009

Vintage Photos

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I love stumbling across archives of vintage photographs. I always want to know the story of each and every person. Doesn't this look like a fun group of girls? I'm especially smitten with the girl in the front row, second from the right. I just love everything about her - from her messy finger waves to her v-neck sweater to her little floral corsage and the pleats in her skirt and her patterned stockings. I'm convinced that she and I would be fast friends had I been enrolled at the Holton-Arms school circa 1927.

I've been wasting way too much time going through the photo archives over at Shorpy. The wonderful thing about this archive is the photos have been scanned in from original negatives so they're all super high quality. You can enlarge them and see all sorts of detail you wouldn't normally be able to view. Some of my favorites are the old pageant photos from the teens and twenties with all the bathing beauties lined up on the beach in their finest wool swimwear (here, here and here). Can you imagine?!

26 comments:

Meaghan Kelly said...

my friend sent me the link to Shorpy a few months back and I too have spent countless hours on the site just browsing old images! it's incredible how clear they are!
thanks for posting this its wonderful!

ryder said...

thanks so much for this link.I have pictures of my great grandmother in pageant photos and I love looking at them. I have some framed in my apartment.

Poke Salad Annie said...

thanks indeed! i looove vintage photo archives! wasn't even aware of this one, so thank you heaps!

Sacaton June said...

ahh i wasted maaaany hours one day clicking through the photos on Shorpy. The pageant photos were the best!! While wool swimwear is ridiculous, ha, there were some insanely beautiful bathing suits if I remember correctly. There was one of a girl with long curls who looked just like a mermaid from the deep!

districtofchic said...

Holy crap that's Holton Arms??? That's hysterical!

kad the mad said...

she does stand out! it's hard to tell, but maybe it's because her hair is lighter then the others and her shoes, too and those patternd tights give her something naughty as well as the carelessly done hair, i can imagine it beeing hard for her to stand still for that picture! i know what you mean about wanting to know their stories,why they have a certain expression, what brought them there...

Karen said...

I had not looked at Shorpy for months, but spent some time browsing on it yesterday, and saw that picture! Very cool.

Rebecca said...

The girl you mentioned is my favorite as well! I absolutely love her hair. All of their outfits are amazing.

anja louise said...

I was immediately drawn to the same girl, especially because of her amazing stockings!

ZombieLace said...

I would love to hang out with this group of girls, mostly to get in good enough with them to raid their closets :~) I love it when you post the neat old pictures you find, looking at antique photographs is one of my favorite hobbies!

vintagegurl92 said...

I love how they use to wear heels with the suits! Those pictures are great quality!

muchlove said...

This is a great vintage portrait. I love seeing how they're dressed and groomed.
I love that girl's patterned stockings too! She's very pretty.

kater said...

Ahh, this is so fantastic! I love that same girl--she seems one of those who has a particularly whimsical sense, because of the patterned stockings and whatnot. I was so struck by the quality of this photo also! For a moment I was convinced it was a contemporary picture taken to look old!

WendyB said...

Oh, yes, she's the sex-ay troublemaker.

jayne said...

i love when you post these, how can all of these women be so fashionable?

beckylou said...

She's a real beauty too, and I love her shoes!

Shay said...

gosh, that's a lovely pic. These girls look so interesting and mysterious...

Mrs Gorman said...

I love it!

You can spot the sporty one, the brainy one, the pretty one, the naughty one...

Juliet said...

My eyes caught the same girl first. As history lover I love stories behind people in the past.

juliet xxx

trendkat said...

That girl in the very front row, second in on the right, as gorgeous features. She has true natural beauty. Its almost refreshing because all of our photos are mostly altered these days.

Thanks for the great post!

Kisses!

Kat-

Priscilla said...

I just got done checking out the Shorpy site. It is amazing...the photos are stunning. Thanks again!!

Tea Lady said...

The girl on the bottom row, second from the right also has the best tights! Love them with her cute shoes! She reminds me of Jane from Pride & Prejudice (the newish one with Keira Knightley).

jesse said...

She does look very ethereal and sweet. Of course my eye went to the top row, big white color, dark sharp haircut!

Rosanna said...

what a great site!! thanks for sharing :P i love old school photos too

Sunset said...

The same girl caught my eye! Fingerwaves seem to be the hairstyle that looks awesome both neat and messy.

Spandexpony said...

Before I even read on I loved that same girl too! Neat as a pin! I'm going to have to show this photo to my chick at the salon.