18 June 2009

Summer Life

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all photos from Life Magazine's Picnic Story: photographer Leonard Mccombe

I found these images while searching through the Life Magazine archives. As posed and sort of phony as they look, I still love the idea of having a summer picnic on the rocks by a waterfall wearing cute gingham outfits and pretty dresses. I've really been looking forward to the return of Madmen and this family reminds me so much of the Drapers. Of course, if this was the Drapers that would be scotch in dear old dad's thermos and the picnic basket would be full of cigarettes.

27 comments:

In Bug's Drawers said...

LOL, they are very posed but they idea is cute. I think Sunday is the longest day of summer, maybe it will be the perfect chance for you to get out and have that picnic.

~ Bug

Emily Blackapple said...

You're spot on! When I saw the posture, hair, everything of the "Mom" model - I thought only of Betty Draper.

And the gingham blouse is so sweet, even if it's all hilariously posed!

AlicePleasance said...

...and they would throw their garbage all around the place too...!

Amazing pics, I guess I'd love to steal the whole wardrobe of this lady!

Lisa said...

Such sweet pictures! It looks like such an old-fashioned all-American cookout!

R. said...

Oh so lovely and fun! The setting actually reminds me a lot of this little waterfall within hiking distance of my house. There is already a picnic planned there for this summer, and I will have to remember these pictures for inspiration.

Kelley Anne said...

that dress and those pairs of high waist shorts are to die for! Oh, it makes me want to go camping...and I'm not the out-doorsy type really:)

jayne said...

i instantly thought of the Drapers too when I saw these haha! it reminds me of Don pitching the kodak slide projector with photos of betty & the kids

Hippie Frou Frou said...

A picnic like this is a dream! Both of their gingham is awesome, rock on Life!


jess s///

anja louise said...

Ha, totally! This is like instant Mad Men... it reminds me of the episode where Betty is doing the modeling but it's just a scam! What a beautiful spot, wish I could picnic there.

Casey said...

These are fantastic--thank you so much for posting them! :) Definitely seeing the Madmen correlations here... ;)

Meaghan Kelly said...

aw you come up with the most B-E-A-UTIFUL summer inspiration posts!
this one is my favourite so far!

EB Finds said...

I love pictures like these that bring me back to my idyllic childhood!

Every Little Counts said...

i especially love the grilling scene... adorable picnic outfit!

Chicken Dinner Candybar said...

i LOVE these photos! i'm ignoring the fact that it's so phony because gosh, it looks like a great time!

svenskaussie said...

You're so right, they ARE the Drapers !!!! They're just missing wee Sally.

Join the Gossip said...

Totally agree with you. The thought of the scenes are more moving than the actual pics. I still like the pictures though hehe =)

Rachel said...

Wait...am I on crack or does this look exactly like the Newmans? It's not them, is it?

The Greedy Seagull said...

I don't want to have a family unless we can be as cute as them! Look at those wonderful sand high waist shorts- I would wear those every day if I could get my hands on a pair.

Juliet said...

I love how women used to look so polished all the time.

juliet xxx

Darla: Retro Ways said...

These are spectacular photos I adore her hair! ♥

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glam.spoon said...

I want to live in Life Magazine...

Dotti said...

Absolutely the Drapers!
Thanks for posting,
Dotti

Julia said...

Kind of funny.. I want him to be my husband and her to be my best girlfriend.

You always find the best stuff!

Love from Germany, Julia

Quixsa said...

hahahaha- love the comment about if the family was the Drapers from Mad Men.
I love Life's pictures from the 1960's- so deliciously cheesy.

Aya Smith said...

These photos couldn't be any more inspiring!!!

Bri said...

You can live in that life now too! I don't usually do this but it just fits this photo series so well. Check this out:

http://thecraftbegins.com/wordpress/?p=1147

That's the hubby, taken in AZ last weekend. :)