Monday, 8 October 2012

Moments in Time

Vintage finds can be the most personal things.  For example the 1950s wedding dress we found some time ago- I always wonder who wore it and what they felt, the emotions attached to that day (and therefore I imagine that dress) must be intense and so personal.  But more personal than a dress is the photos that sometimes come our way.  It is so sad to see these photos being thrown away of tossed into a box of rubbish.   We came by a lot of vintage clothing for the shop which had these photos below included with it- unbeknownst to us at the time.  I have no idea what to do with them but can't bring myself to put them in the bin so I thought I'd share some of the beautiful styles, fashion and hairstyles in some of them here.  If anyone has any suggestions on what to do with them next I would much appreciate it.

The images range from the late Victorian period to the war torn 1940s, and they show fashions as they were really worn by real people.  Something that always surprises and fascinates me is how frequently the fashions of the past makes the wearer look so much older than they truly were- this is particularly the case with some of these images where the maturer styles belie the teenage years of the wearer.

One of the beautiful things about old photos is imagining what the lives of these individuals were like, what they were thinking about when the photo was taken and what was really important to them.  The below pictures are far less formal than the previous poses and manage to convey so much more of what they may have felt at the time (although even in the pictures above you can still see some of their personality peeping through their eyes and half smiling faces in spite of the formality of the poses).

As I said, I have no idea what I can do with these photos (suggestions would be most welcome), but I am loathe to throw them away, I shall most probably bring them along to the next stall if anyone is interested.  I hope that in some small way by sharing them here on the blog they have been given the chance be enjoyed again and that they may still have the ability to make people want to stop and look as perhaps they once did.


  1. You could scan some and make them into interesting greetings cards!

  2. What an incredible, unexpected find. I've always, always been drawn to vintage photos (my grandma says one of the first things I did once I was a toddler was to start pouring through her old family albums for hours on end, asking her all sorts of questions about the photos in them, even though I was just two years old at the time), which is why they figure often on my blog. If you have the space, I encourage you to hold on to these "found relatives", as vintage photos are two historically priceless, IMO, to end up in the bin. If you ever need a new home for them, just let me know, I can certainly give them one for you.

    ♥ Jessica


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