Clowning Around

You can’t hardly go into an antique mall without seeing vintage photographs.  And there is something about us that can’t help but look through them.  We stare at images of people and places at dinners and graduations and we have no idea who these people are, but every now and then for some reason we end up buying one or two and, at least for me, they just go into a box.  But recently, thanks to your positive responses on Facebook, I’ve decided to start sharing some of my “Instant Relatives” with you!  Today I selected some of the more humorous ones from my collection…

What is truly wonderful about vintage photographs is that they are of real people wearing real clothes.  It isn’t a movie star who has a custom made dress designed my a costume designer.  These clothes actually existed and were available for purchase, or were made by someone from a pattern that you may be able to get your hands on today.  They offer great inspiration for our everyday outfits and hairstyles.

How about you? Do you find yourself buying old photographs? Why?

Other Vintage Photograph Posts
Real Fashionable Ladies Vol. 1
Bathing Beauties
Boys and Their Cars
Trouser Wearing Gals
Real Fashionable Ladies Vol. 2
Real Fashionable Men Vol. 1
Animal Friends

11 thoughts on “Clowning Around

  1. I haven’t bought old photographs…but I do love looking at them! They are great for outfit inspiration. I went through the oldest yearbook my high school had available, 1955, just to check out the fashions.

  2. Love the vintage photos! I was blessed to be given a box of old family photos and tin types so no need to buy any “instant relatives.” Ever since sifting through them I am dying for my Great Aunt Marion’s pants – better get to the sewing machine. 🙂

  3. I put my favorites in pretty frames and hang them on my wall of “Benevolent Muses” in my craft room. I find them inspiring to my craft/hat projects!

  4. I have mixed feelings about finding baskets full of old photographs at antique stores.

    On the one hand, they are fabulous and wonderful, and I just love trying to guess the year of the photograph by the clothing and hairstyles worn. On the other, it makes me heartsick to think that someone gave them away – but it is so much better than ending up in the trash if someone who appreciates them give them a new home!

    Thank you for sharing your new “instant relatives” and rescuing these beauties!

  5. I think it’s fascinating to imagine the stories behind them. Perhaps it’s because I’m a writer and have an overactive imagination, but I like to think about who they are and the context of the photo. I looooove looking through the boxes of old photos at my grandma’s house too! 🙂

  6. One of my friends found an old photo of a woman who looks eerily like me…he bought it for me and she sits on place of honor in my office. We named her Aunt Edna. I love trying to figure out the backstory of old photos.

  7. Beautifully said, dear Janey. After a lifetime of looking at vintage photos online, in books, and at other peoples’ houses, I was thrilled to unearth a lot at a yard sale last year (spanning the late Victorian era up to about the end of the 50s) – the first I’d ever come across in all the time I’ve been yard saling – and finally be able to add some “found relatives” to my house, too.

    These snaps are oodles of fun, TYFS – I’m so looking forward to future posts about more of your vintage photo collection.

    ♥ Jessica

  8. I love that you posted the funny ones- most of the old photographs I see around are super serious because film was so rare that people felt they couldn’t muck around.

  9. Such fabulous and fun photos Janey, thanks for sharing more from your collection. I couldn’t agree more about photographs like these being such great inspiration.

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