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March 28, 2010 at 9:56 pm
these both look like modern-day ads. that's sort of mind-blowing.
Lloyd & The Tubsters
March 28, 2010 at 9:57 pm
I love seeing these old photos! That first one is particularly interesting- why are they all holding books?-Lloyd
the topless executive
March 28, 2010 at 9:58 pm
I love the books they hold in the first one. Do you agree that these guys must be very proud to be learned considering the times they grew up in?
March 28, 2010 at 9:59 pm
March 28, 2010 at 10:03 pm
I really love it when men wear hats. A largely bygone trend.
March 28, 2010 at 10:06 pm
these are so wonderfully evocative and masculine. love it.
March 28, 2010 at 10:11 pm
The coolest(and if the books indicate anything in first photo, the most well-read) dudes in the 'hood.*
*Although the second photo seems to have been taken on a boat of some desription.
March 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm
I can't comment on the text as there isn't any, but if I've seen a real style inspiration photo in any of the pictures you've posted, this first one is it. You see the men before you see the clothes, but they're not disparate.
March 28, 2010 at 10:36 pm
Where's the story? I'm really loving this contest. The photos are great and I really enjoy hearing the background on them. Thank you!
March 28, 2010 at 10:49 pm
Those are some classy looking brothas! Love it.
March 28, 2010 at 10:52 pm
March 28, 2010 at 10:54 pm
i love this contest. keep the photos coming! the are all amazing!
March 28, 2010 at 11:00 pm
The top photo begs for a story. Just begs for it. Didn't it come with one? Something to do with school, from the stacks of books?
The Clever Pup
March 29, 2010 at 12:01 am
The top picture makes reading look dangerous. How old is that picture?
March 29, 2010 at 12:17 am
oh i love these! amazing shots. well done.
March 29, 2010 at 12:39 am
Nice! Love the coats. ^_^ v
March 29, 2010 at 12:44 am
Love the black and white – no pun intended! Both pics are brilliant!
March 29, 2010 at 12:46 am
The first photo is beautiful! xo
March 29, 2010 at 12:53 am
I adore all of the photos that have been submitted! Thank you for sharing them!Take care,Alicia
March 29, 2010 at 12:54 am
As my daughter would say (try and hear the shriek): "gaaaaah". These images are all so fantastic. What a great idea. Enjoying them all so much! Thanks.
March 29, 2010 at 1:34 am
The photos remind me of Dolce & Gabbana ads, where there is an intriguing storyline that goes beyond what is happening in the photos. Thank you for sharing.
March 29, 2010 at 1:45 am
those men in trech! très chic!
March 29, 2010 at 2:31 am
These photos are amazing!
March 29, 2010 at 2:45 am
The hats, jackets, & expressions are timeless.
March 29, 2010 at 2:53 am
Vintage photos always feel so great.
March 29, 2010 at 2:59 am
Love the attitude that exhudes from both of the pictures!I've never enjoyed a blog entry more than the ones for the vintage photo contest. True inspiration!
March 29, 2010 at 3:03 am
I love how all of the guys in the first photo are wearing hats, each one distinctly different.
March 29, 2010 at 3:15 am
hey scott – you could be those back guys!!
March 29, 2010 at 3:25 am
The trenches here are simply divine.It really was another age of glamour
Thank you for sharing and for always posting up those who keep that age of elegance alive today!
March 29, 2010 at 3:50 am
The first one is WAY TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL!
March 29, 2010 at 4:06 am
March 29, 2010 at 4:14 am
i think the top one of these should win!! it is absolutely fantastic, in everyway
March 29, 2010 at 4:32 am
it's fascinating to feel how these people lived back then, and to have it saved as photo is absolutely priceless…
T H E F A T T A C K
March 29, 2010 at 4:38 am
I love Zazous!
March 29, 2010 at 5:02 am
WOW the first one is amazing, I'd love to know the story behind it. I'm really enjoying seeing all of these incredible vintage photos, the contest idea was brilliant.
proletarian Great Gatsby
March 29, 2010 at 5:33 am
Many thanks to all the people who are sharing their past,their memory,their life with us. Those are all beautiful pictures made with love. It's beautiful but it is also painful to see that time is gone.They were all so young…"que reste t'il de nos amours, que reste t'il de ces beaux jours…une chanson vieille chanson de ma jeunesse…"
I wouldn't ban those jeans!!!!
March 29, 2010 at 5:48 am
These group shots are simply divine. The poses, the composition, the ''look'' of the men in both photographs…beautiful. Thank you for posting these.
March 29, 2010 at 5:49 am
Les gangsters de l'epoque…trés belles photos
March 29, 2010 at 6:02 am
They sure had an attitude!
March 29, 2010 at 6:51 am
I love the wide brim of the hat on the left in the upper picture, and the high-waisted belts on the left in the lower.
March 29, 2010 at 7:05 am
just discovered your blog! i really like the way they´re posing for the camera in the top pic :)xxxa. from munich
March 29, 2010 at 7:22 am
Is there a wonderful story to accompany this wonderful duo of pictures?
March 29, 2010 at 8:18 am
These are wonderful photos! I think they would make a wonderful book…. This is a wonderful idea, as there must be a tresure trove of vintage style in everyone's families! It also makes one wonder, 50 years from now what will we be remembered as being stylish for? A Max Mara coat or the new Chloe Camel ones come to mind… belted coats are one of the best inventions ever! But perhaps they are a timeless classic, not so much a sign of the times so to speak?
I wish to submit a photo but am currently unable to do so until tomorrow i.e on the 30th March? Would it still count in the competition? Thank you.
March 29, 2010 at 8:31 am
It also reminded me of this great photographer called Malick Sidibe from Mali, who captured the spirit, style and fashion of a post-colonial Africa wonderfully in his photos http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2010/feb/27/malick-sidibe-mali-photographs-interview
Thought it might be of interest!
March 29, 2010 at 9:13 am
I really like the first one! Each one has a different personal expression…I really like it!
March 29, 2010 at 9:23 am
These two pictures are SOOO AMAZING!!!!!!! LOVE THEM !!!!!!!! *Skie-.-*
March 29, 2010 at 9:31 am
I love the hats. Can't say how strongly I feel about a need for a men's hat renaissance! They look so cool and instantly makes any outwear look complete.
March 29, 2010 at 9:44 am
i LOVE looking at all of the photos from your vintage photo contest. thank you so much for doing this. people have really sent in some gems. would you mind adding a "vintage" label to your categories menu so it'd be easy to look back at all of these (and the original ones you found at the flee market) in the future? i know it would be extra work for you and you're already an extremely busy man, but just think about it please:)
March 29, 2010 at 11:45 am
When I see the bottom photo I cannot help but think of it as a Rembrandt: A group of men interrupted as they go about their business. The stances, gazes, and background throw me into their time and place. I wonder where their boat is going? I can smell the salty sea air and feel the slick deck underfoot.
This is a great contest, Sart!
March 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm
They don't need a story! :) Just look at the way the men in the second picture are standing… better than a Lanvin campaign!
March 29, 2010 at 12:24 pm
I'm dying to know the story behind the top pic, what a wonderful photo!!
March 29, 2010 at 1:55 pm
To echo at least one other comment, the photos of grandfathers and other gentlemen are wonderful, and part of what makes them so is the hats. And, of course, the fact that they took the trouble. And no, a baseball cap doesn't count, unless you are actually playing ball.
March 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm
i think this contest was a brilliant idea!! meaning to send in my family's pics from india too… but no scanner :-(
March 29, 2010 at 4:03 pm
I just love both of these images so much, I wish I had something deeper to say. They are so elegant.
March 29, 2010 at 4:40 pm
The top photo blows my mind – it's so strange and wonderful. And it could have been made yesterday or 75 years ago – it's so modern and unusual. I love it!
March 29, 2010 at 6:04 pm
Love both photos. Shows that subtle movements make the most impact.
March 29, 2010 at 9:51 pm
Very sharp looking guys. So elegant. Love these.
March 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm
the second photo could easily fit the Burberry campaign…. insert Emma Watson and plaid everywhere and you got heritage…. where's my photoshop….
March 29, 2010 at 11:29 pm
Sorry for the quickie pictorial post and not leaving a bit of background. The gentleman slouching in the chair while "his boys" surround him – that's my grandfather, James. He was just so handsome and always the sweetest to me. He lived in Cincinnati, Ohio and became the first African-American police chief in the state! He was a great man and the best grandfather ever. And, as you can see, a smooth and stylish gentleman.
March 29, 2010 at 11:40 pm
Part deux – I wanted to clarify since so many inquired – yes, my grandfather and friends came straight from high school that day and took this photo. I love how masculine and elegant they look. He was my idol. And he always smelled heavenly!
March 30, 2010 at 9:00 am
The bottom photo could be a modern day fashion image. Classic!!
I really like how the gents belt their coats, it looks fantastic!!
March 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm
My proud daughter sent the top photo. My dad (James) was every bit as great as she said. That photo was probably taken around 1928 or so, about the time he met my mother. They later married and had four children, seven grands, and great-grands. I am actively researching his families history, because he lost both his parents at a young age. He was, however, able to raise his brother, go to school, and even put himself through college.
March 30, 2010 at 7:29 pm
The top picture looks like Morris Day and the Time, and the bottom photo looks like the Rat Pack. And both are awesome.
March 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm
I am loving these vintage photos! I have some to share. Where do I send them?
April 2, 2010 at 6:34 am
wow! these are all so inspiring! They look like on set movie stills!