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.
* 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.