Girls with Cars

Now, normally I just go hunting for pictures of fabulously dressed women when rifling through old photos, but photos of cars stand out to me as well, for reasons described in Boys and Their Cars. So today, I bring you photos of girls with cars.

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Clowning Around
Real Fashionable Ladies Vol. 1
Bathing Beauties
Boys and Their Cars
Friendship
Trouser Wearing Gals
Real Fashionable Ladies Vol. 2
Real Fashionable Men Vol. 1
Animal Friends

Animal Friends

When sifting through vintage photos I don’t actively seek images of people and their pets, but every so often I come across a few gems that I feel I just have to pick up or they show up in an album that I happen to buy. So today I share with you people from the past and their animal friends…

This one of a girl and two pigs I thought was really interesting. It’s the same girl as the one of that includes two calves just above, so I assume she lived on a ranch. I was really drawn to her swell casual look, but I just adore the hand-written caption on the back of the pig photo…

If you can’t make it out, it reads “The little sow is my Suzie and the other one as our Xmas dinner – (that’s me in the middle in case you didn’t know)” What a sense of humor!

The top photo is my favorite. It’s beautifully composed, with a wonderful setting, and has aged to get just the right sepia tone to it. Also, she’s riding a horse in shorts! Let’s talk about how bad-ass this girl must have been.

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Clowning Around
Real Fashionable Ladies Vol. 1
Bathing Beauties
Boys and Their Cars
Friendship
Trouser Wearing Gals
Real Fashionable Ladies Vol. 2
Real Fashionable Men Vol. 1

Ring Those Christmas Bells

December has arrived! And with it, the anticipation of Christmas.  Today I finally wrapped up decorating and am eager to put presents under the tree, that is after I get myself Christmas shopping!

Last year a Christmas dream came true when we bought a pink aluminum Christmas tree, and I was so thrilled to put it up again this year.  It’s one of four aluminum trees we put up in our wee little apartment. Though two are little one footers, which don’t take up too much room.

And, yes, that is a little astronaut angel! How perfect, right? She came with my very first aluminum tree that I bought when I was still in high school.  Our two main tress are decorated purely in space themed ornaments, ones featuring planets, stars and there are even a few with atom like designs on them!  The other two trees are decorated with small, contemporary glass balls of red and green for the gold tree, and turquoise for the silver one.

Do you have your Christmas decorating done yet?

Anchors Away!

Recently I had the pleasure of working yet again with eShakti, the cute, customizable, and affordable on-line collection that takes the perfect hints from the past… This time I was to select something from their Fall/Winter Collection.  After mulling over their collection, I decided the red, white, and blue portion of my wardrobe needed to be expanded and selected their Anchor Print Dress.

One thing I hear a lot about with vintage is that “people were so small back then!” among other complaints, especially from the hard-to-fit gals, whether those who are very petite or plus-size, and I think eShakti fits the bill for those who love the lines of vintage, but have difficulty in finding garments that fit properly.  For standard sizes, eShakti fits size 0 to size 6X, but they also offer custom sizes as well (offering measurement options beyond the standard sizes, in both size directions, large and small).  I opted for the custom size, which I greatly encourage, unless you are a perfect standard size! Custom sizing costs only an additional $7.50, which is a bargain.  Custom sizing offers a very good range of measurements, including arm circumference (a problem I run into on occasion), and will aid those who feel they fall into the hard-to-fit category.  This dress fit me perfectly (I added the belt to bring white into the outfit), so their custom sizing is spot on!

eShakti’s products feel well made, and of decent weight fabric, this dress was made of a medium weight mini-corduroy.  Though I’m not sure what the collar piece is made of, it feels like a polyester of some sort, akin to some of the dresses from the 60s, although polyester is not listed on the fabric content.  The bodice is lined, adding decent structure to the bodice, however the skirt is not lined.  And I’m also really impressed with the amount of stitching! Much of the garment is properly top-stitched, and the inside seams are surged.  The dress also features pockets! Real, wonderfully deep pockets. Which I am always glad for, especially in the days of cell phones.  The pockets are so deep that my iPhone 5 still has a great deal of room above it, and will not fall out when I move about.

The page for each garment offers details of fabric (including if there is stretch), as well as construction, including closures, which is very important to me, as I have a wretched fear of side zippers.  Details also mention the care of the garment, important for those wishing to avoid dry-cleaning.  I really wish all clothing companies that offer on-line shopping were as detailed in their garment descriptions as eShakti.  The one thing that is not disclosed on their garment pages is where the garment was made (which is India), however this is discussed on their About page.  And is very refreshing.  In light of the tragedy in Bangladesh, concerns over labor conditions have arisen, and eShakti felt the need to tackle this issue, stating that India has very strict labor laws, and that the wages payed by eShakti are above the minimum wage of India, and furthermore that those who make eShakti’s clothing are often the main bread winners for their families.

Overall, I am very please with my sailing inspired dress! And I’m looking forward to accessorizing it in a variety of ways in the future!

Outfit
Dress: Anchor Print courtesy of eShakti
Coat: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Belt: Nordstorm
Stockings: What Katie Did
Snood: Bettie Page Clothing, Portland, Oregon
Purse: Gift from a neighbor in my building actually!
Gloves: Expo
Bangles: Various
Earrings & Brooch: Don’t recall…

I hope you all (in America anyhow) have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow!

Real Fashionable Men Vol. 1

In my last vintage photo post I highlighted more fashionable ladies, and while most of the time I look for well dressed gals from days gone by for inspiration, every once in awhile I come across a photo of a gentleman I just can’t pass up. I think it’s time we highlight some of these dapper gents…

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Clowning Around
Real Fashionable Ladies Vol. 1
Bathing Beauties
Boys and Their Cars
Friendship
Trouser Wearing Gals
Real Fashionable Ladies Vol. 2
Animal Friends

Real Fashionable Ladies Vol. 2

I began sharing my vintage photograph collection by showcasing photographs of well dressed women, which is one of the main things I look for when going through old photographs.  I love the true looking glass into the past that these photographs provide. Today I share with you even more fashionable ladies from my vintage photograph collection.

Any guesses as to why this lady is fashionable?  This is actually the only photograph I’ve come across with a woman wearing a Mexican tourist jacket!

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Clowning Around
Real Fashionable Ladies Vol. 1
Bathing Beauties
Boys and Their Cars
Friendship
Trouser Wearing Gals
Real Fashionable Men Vol. 1
Animal Friends

Trouser Wearing Gals

So many of us hear about how World War II changed women’s fashion, most notably with reading it becoming socially acceptable for women to wear pants.  While I love me a lovely frock, I am always fond of a good pair of trousers.  And it seems there were quite a few other gals who loved ‘em too.

This last one is my favorite.  Five pants wearing gals all together.  The back reads “Here you are all well + happy and my wishes for you to be always happy. Tom L Sotrion [I think, it's rather difficult to read] Bandon Oregon”.  I wish the back would have given us a better clue as to what these ladies were doing.

Other Vintage Photograph Posts
Clowning Around
Real Fashionable Ladies Vol. 1
Bathing Beauties
Boys and Their Cars
Friendship
Real Fashionable Ladies Vol. 2
Real Fashionable Men Vol. 1
Animal Friends