Monday, February 28, 2011

Historical Beauty

There's something captivating about vintage photos, isn't there?

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Frozen moments of people just like us, with quirks and friends and hopes and dreams, but who lived in a different period of history. Sure, these images don't have all the edits and fancy angles like the photos that photographers catch today, but photos from the past have such a rich, historical beauty. They tell such mysterious stories that we will never know fully, and can only wonder about.

I see a lot of vintage photos, but this one is by far one of my favorites. I found it at the Etsy store Clancy's Classics, and can't stop staring at it.

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It's an image from a school in Chicago from "Bring a Doll to School Day". Isn't it marvelous?

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I wonder what it was like to go to school back then? And I wonder what became of all these girls?

Are you like me? Are you drawn to vintage photographs too?

32 comments:

Anna of IHOD said...

I am always enthralled by old photos and wonder what it would be like to live in this era!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

love these pictures!! and those precious little girls with dolls - so lovely. i especially love vintage photos of my grandparents. it's fun to see them looking young and glamorous.

Merylu said...

How beautiful these photos are! I really like looking at old photos... as you said, they can tell their own stories, and this is a great thing.
Thank you for sharing!
:)
Mary

Annah said...

Beautiful pictures. And the ones below are making me hungry!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

The little girls all look so serious . . . even tho they are holding their dolls. Great photo.

Fondly,
Glenda

Nuha said...

I love vintage photos too :) I have a picture of my mom and her brothers from when they were toddlers sitting on my console. I love the memories they carry :) And because I'm always curious...do you design the illustrations at the beginning of every post?

Colores said...

Such adorable pictures... did you see the lovely clothes? and how about their hair... incredible how we have changed, I mean our style and accuracy for dressing!kisses

Christina- floresdelsol said...

yes!! I am drawn to vintage photographs too. this one is so intriguing. I love the bows and the idea of bring your doll to school day.

Dancing Branflake said...

These are so sweet!

Nicole said...

Aww, this is precious! I go to an all-girls college, but we don't have anything like "bring your doll to school day." hahaha. I love vintage, antique-ish looks on new photographs, but i've never quite explored actual photographs that were snapped years ago!

Mekkan said...

Vintage pictures are so dear to me. It's a strong message of existence in the world. They tell us one and only history and an undeniable fact that people in a picture had lived their lives, that would have never been known later without it.

Nicole Egerer said...

Definitely!! I LOVE the old photos of my family and extended family back a few generations and hearing the stories about their lives. Even the photos of my Mom back when she was little (in the 60's) are great because of how different the world was back then, and also to see how very much the same it is.

Thanks for sharing!

Kind Regards,
Nicole

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

I could easily spend a whole day shuffling through vintage photographs, especially when you find them at a flea market. I'm so quick to lose myself imagining who these people were and what happened to them.

simply objekts said...

i love old photographs! almost as much as i love old books :)
have a wonderful day!

Almalu's Place said...

absolutely adorable!!!now all I want to do is go to my granny's house and look for her old pics!

Kendra said...

I am obsessed with looking at vintage photos because I my imagination just goes crazy thinking about the lives behind the photos! Your blog is beautiful, btw. I'm following!

xo
Kendra

 PIECE OF CAKE. PEACE OF MIND.

k. davis said...

yesss but, I take it to a whole other level, and LOVE cemeteries... I like to see how long people live!

Melisande said...

i love vintage photographs, especially wedding photos. this school photo is super intense- the girls all look so serious, kids these days look so silly and carefree (the way they should be!)times have changed.

the chirpy bird said...

Oh my gosh this is amazing! I wish I had some copies of this for my house! We had a day like this at my school years ago! Amazing
xx tash

LR said...

Yes, completely drawn to vintage photographs and I love to think of the stories behind them, too! Especially vintage wedding photos...to think of the love stories and families that started because of that day. Thanks for sharing these pics!

PorkStar said...

I personally love them, especially when there is a written story behind them...

Nice post.

Jess said...

LOVE old photos like this! I have a bunch in my hallway of my great grandma and grandparents being silly. It's refreshing to see that no matter the time period people still had personality!

K said...

Old photos are amazing...though half the time everyone looks angry.

Laura said...

Oh Dionne,there's nothing else to say..you've got a magic touch! Few words, some lovely pics and I'm travelling back to a past, romantic era! You're such talented,lady!
Laura@RicevereconStile

Looking Glass said...

It's amazing isn't it? I always wonder what it would be like to have lived in another time period...

Loving all their little bows :-)

~ Clare x

orchid said...

Oh,sure♡ I also wish that these adorable girls have had a lovely lives like thess pics. It made me reopen my album and remided me of my father's hobby of taking pictures like these (haha,more than 50yeays ago) He used closet as a darkroom.
And their dolls must have been their precious ones ♡♡♡

very married said...

VERY much so! I incorporated vintage photos (of people I don't even know) into my wedding because i find them so intriguing!

elissa, ebb & flow said...

i'm with you. i love old photographs. when i was in italy i wanted to buy tons of them from a market but somehow my already bursting luggage convinced me otherwise.

Kelly said...

I love that no one smiles! It makes it all seem so serious!

Tender Branson said...

We have an old picture of my aunt roller skating. It is pretty awesome.

Heather Taylor said...

Those photos remind me of when I was in grade school and we could bring in toys to school too. I wonder if one day my photos from that time will be considered vintage collectibles too?

Shortening said...

I too adore vintage photos! There is definitely something mysterious and unknowing about the photos. How many pictures did the photographer take? What were they saying to their subjects to get them to pose correctly? Did they tell their subjects to say cheese? Did they crack a corny joke to get them to smile? Did they aggravate their subjects which caused everyone to have a mean mug on the photo? LOL!

I love vintage photos and I find myself staring at them as well.