Vintage Miscellany – July 26, 2015

I had a chat recently with another blogger and friend about photos.  We had both noticed that it is easier to find good photos from the 1940s than it is to find them from the 1960s and later.  Part of it has to be that photos from this later era have not yet fallen into the realm of the estate clearance, but time will remedy that.  So the reason I rarely show a photo from the 60s and 70s is simply because I don’t have many of them in my collection.

I do love this one from the late 60s of a young woman and her grandparents.  Grandma seems to be hiding, but not Grandpa!

My first camera was a little Instamatic that took square photos like this one.  Amazing how much this looks like an Instagram photo, only I didn’t need a filter to get that vintage effect.  The fading happens as a result of the type of processing used at the time.  It’s a big problem, and if you have photos from the 1960s through the 80s, you might have noticed what I’m referring to.

And now for the news…

*    In 1899 Berlin writer  Paul Von Schnonthan surveyed women as to why they had taken up bicycle riding.  My favorite response: “One must be nineteen and have a good figure if one wants to ride a bicycle.”

*  And more about women riding bikes from an open-minded minister in Cleveland, Ohio in 1897.

* Bicycles seem to be on a lot of minds this month.  The New York Times explores how the bicycle craze of the 1890s was an important step on the road to modern America.

*   The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has an interesting Tumblr blog, as you can see by this entry on a textile sample book from the mid nineteenth century.

*   Elio Fiorucci died last week.  For a short time his New York store was the place to shop and party.

*   “I think when you’re paying $15,000 for a dress you’re entitled to a pair of sleeves.” Iris Apfel. Amen!

*   Here’s a fascinating story about a note found in the folds of a kilt made for a WWI Scottish soldier.

*   Can Italy revive their silk industry?  

*   Take a peek inside the couture ateliers of Europe.

*  And finally, here is an interesting article about fake handbags on Canal Street in New York. 



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14 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – July 26, 2015

  1. Ultrawoman

    She looks like she walked out of a Star Trek TOS episode!


  2. I have also noted how much easier it is to find old photos than newer ones–your theory must be right. I wonder if the older women purposefully put herself behind the younger one so we couldn’t see much of her! And thanks for that wonderful glimpse of old textiles.


  3. Where are photos from the 60’s and 70’s? In our family, photos from the 60’s through the 80’s are on slides, a process that was cheaper than using film and paying for prints. The idea at that time was to select the best slides to make into prints, but that rarely happened, so like many families, we have some missing decades. Recently my sister started scanning some the many slides to share with us online. It’s been interesting and bitter-sweet to see our family again for the first time since they were taken decades ago.


  4. The link to WWD didn’t work — said I had to be a subscriber. Darn.


  5. I just started biking in my commute and it’s really becoming a challenge with my usual fashion style, as I got a men’s bike and don’t feel comfortable wearing skirts on it yet. So interesting to see those photos of Victorian women on bikes with huge skirts!


  6. Jo

    I love the sunglasses of the woman in the bathing suit. The shape matches the white ring in her bathing suit. What a coincidence that you’ve linked to these cycling articles. I was just reading an article in The Guardian about Groningen in the Netherland being set up as a pro-cycling city, which led to watching videos on that subject. I was thinking that everyone must make more practical clothing choices because of cycling everywhere.


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