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March 26, 2010 at 6:35 pm
What an inspirational woman!x
March 26, 2010 at 6:37 pm
This image is beautiful. If I had a grandmother like your´s, she would be my hero to :)
Is that a gun? :) Tough girl.
March 26, 2010 at 6:41 pm
beautiful! I love old photos!
wow. bad. ass.
March 26, 2010 at 6:43 pm
That is so bad-ass cool. I'm entering my Grandad. :) I'll email tomorrow. (To add to the 800!) If this is anything to go by, I love this contest!
March 26, 2010 at 6:44 pm
I have never commented on a post before, but after seeing this photograph I felt utterly compelled to! This is so infinitely chic and beautiful, truly stylish. A glorious shot. I do hope you win, because in your Grandma I think I may have just found my new style icon.
March 26, 2010 at 6:53 pm
I honestly don't think it will get any better.
The woman who wrote this – and the grandmother are amazing. She explains it so wel…
It is all in the attitude. This is something you have. Not something you can learn.
This should be one of the winners.
Too bad the cigarette was not lit. The smoke would have been extra cool.
March 26, 2010 at 7:00 pm
That's an awesome photo, your grandma looks very cool!!
March 26, 2010 at 7:07 pm
amazing, made my day x
March 26, 2010 at 7:11 pm
That is FANTASTIC!
March 26, 2010 at 7:12 pm
fabulous and just fantastic! what a woman! you are so lucky, having such a heritage! We know now! looking forward for another images of your brave and stylish ancestors.
March 26, 2010 at 7:16 pm
DAZZLING….COULD BE FROM ANY FASIHION SHOOT TODAY…..THE PROPS..OVER THE TOP..ESPECIALLY BECAUSE YOU KNOW NONE OF IT WAS INTENTIONAL….BUT THE 'STARTLED' LOOK CARNIVAL CAT LOOKING OVER HER FABULOUSNESS' SHOULDER…WELL THAT'S JUST "THE CAT'S MEOOOOOOWWW!
I LOVE HOW THE GRAND DAUGTER IN HER LOVELY CAPTION DOES NOT EVEN MENTION THE OBVIOUS…THE GUN..POINTED AT PAPA.
DEAR SCOTT AND GARANCE, ONCE AGAIN, YOU'VE DONE IT…I FEEL A WHOLE NEW GENRE/FAB BIZ DEVELOPING FOR YOU OUT OF THIS BRILLIANT/HEARTFELT IDEA!
LOOK FOR US TOO…ANITA AND ANNABELLA CIRCA 1954…MY SISTER AND I HAVE HAD SUCH FUN ACROSS THE MILES PUTTING OUR ENTRY TOGETHER AND GABBING ABOUT THESE AMAZING FIRST 2 ENTRIES AND THEIR STORIES. OUR DAD, H'ART, 84 WHO TOOK OUR ENTRY PHOTO W/ HIS BROWNIE IS GRAVELY ILL NOW, AND THIS CONTEST IS ONE OF THE FEW 'HAPPY' THINGS GOING ON FOR US NOW. BLESS YOU AND GARANCE AND ALL ENTRANTS, FOR THESE WONDERFUL TENDER MERCIES!! ANNABELLA AND ANITA
March 26, 2010 at 7:21 pm
Congratulations, your Grandmother is the coolest Grandma I have ever seen. I always thought mine was, but you win! What a character and how stunning. I love this image, it is amazing!
March 26, 2010 at 7:25 pm
Que abuela mas moderna!!!Me encanta, se la ve fuerte y decidida.un saludo
March 26, 2010 at 7:31 pm
Um. While I love the photograph and the idea behind it, I have to tell you that those ARE NOT men's jeans. Jeans were wore by women from the war onward, as EXTREME casual wear for around the home or for outdoor wear. The zipper for women's jeans was located in the pocket on the hip, while for men is has always been in the front…for obvious functionality purposes. The jeans she is wearing have a straight seam up the front, no fly, no zipper = women's jeans.
March 26, 2010 at 7:33 pm
March 26, 2010 at 7:40 pm
This is my first comment on a photograph as well… Fabulous photo… Fabulous idea for a context. Thanks!
March 26, 2010 at 7:41 pm
I have never commented before either, but the photo of this amazing woman should win the contest. so sexy and tough and amazing. wearing jeans? with a gun, a cigerette and a glass of milk? what could be more amazing?
March 26, 2010 at 7:44 pm
She definitely looks like a woman to be reckoned with! Great photo.
March 26, 2010 at 8:11 pm
I think I will never be as awesome as this photo is.
March 26, 2010 at 8:12 pm
Great photo! She is so pretty. I love how she pointed out the milk glass to prove she isn't as bad as she looks. She has great style! xo
March 26, 2010 at 8:18 pm
This post is beautiful.
March 26, 2010 at 8:19 pm
She's looks mad boss
March 26, 2010 at 8:32 pm
i love this competition idea – hope to enter too!!Hey what about a book with all the cool vintage images, i adore vintage pictures!!!
WOW!! So free & idependent, and very refreshing!
No wonder you are so cool…..smiles.
The Wanderers' Daughter
She's awesome. What an ancestor!
March 26, 2010 at 9:02 pm
This should win…what a beautiful picture! Such a dynamic to it, it really captures the imagination!
March 26, 2010 at 9:11 pm
What a beautiful, expressive photo. I can just imagine the countless stories that can be told with it.
March 26, 2010 at 9:13 pm
This image is amazing!!!!!
March 26, 2010 at 9:14 pm
and what about the gun??? I want to hear it…
March 26, 2010 at 9:15 pm
i love this.
March 26, 2010 at 9:17 pm
wow!… good genes
March 26, 2010 at 9:24 pm
The idea of milk and a cigarette is a little gross and a little awesome
March 26, 2010 at 9:25 pm
absolutely epic post and woman.
March 26, 2010 at 9:28 pm
what an amazing photo of an incredible woman! i love her style and how it reflects her attitude. but i'm not sure if i should be heartened or saddened that such images of strong women seem to be universally lauded while your earlier post of strong men wearing skirts drew a significant amount of knee-jerk disgust. seems that men could benefit from some liberation themselves.
March 26, 2010 at 9:30 pm
I love this picture….truly a classy woman!
March 26, 2010 at 9:31 pm
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March 26, 2010 at 9:43 pm
Like a scene out of Breathless by Godard.
March 26, 2010 at 9:55 pm
Amazing! What style an incredible style.
March 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm
she look so beautiful and it's a fantastic picture!! i always love black&white photo from my parents or grandparents that r great inspiration sample!
March 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm
that is amazing- I love the viscera of cigarettes and milk.
March 26, 2010 at 10:29 pm
Super cool. This is perfection. Evokes a whole story with an amazing character…. My favorite part i think is the strong hand and wrist holding the gun. Um, why does she have a gun? The scarf, the down-turned pout… with lipstick. What kind of belt is that? Look at that china dog! And the clock! And the legs, akimbo… that's why she's wearing jeans… so she can sit like this. She is super strong, i love her.
March 26, 2010 at 10:34 pm
Wow. She reminds me of Natalie Portman. Movie star beauty for sure! 800 entries? That's awesome. I love your blog because it reminds me of Dorothea Lang… except with higher fashion and happier people. I should go find some of my Japanese American internment camp photos.
That is beautiful note. What a special lady she is.
March 26, 2010 at 10:36 pm
That is a fetching photo! Caught my eye instantly.
March 26, 2010 at 10:40 pm
She definitely had Attitude. I thought it was a current well art directed well posed retro shot. She'd fit right in today and put lots of people to shame.
March 26, 2010 at 10:44 pm
Isn't it ironic that whilst admiring her gutsy expression of feminine power and liberty, which she makes through her choice of clothes and pose, you continuously picture women in cripplingly high heels and miniskirts?
March 26, 2010 at 11:16 pm
well, what the hell is she pointing a gun at your grandfather for?
anyway. her style is pretty fantastic.
March 26, 2010 at 11:51 pm
Oh my god! This one is just brilliant!
March 27, 2010 at 12:27 am
dude… your grandmother is hot.
March 27, 2010 at 12:47 am
amazing!! this could be a Tarantino image! congrats. You inspired me to take a look at my grandma´s pics!
March 27, 2010 at 1:21 am
What a fantastic photo, I love it!
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March 27, 2010 at 1:32 am
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March 27, 2010 at 1:42 am
The cat statue is quite amazed at Charlene also.
March 27, 2010 at 4:46 am
I wonder if she remembers the moment this photo was taken…
March 27, 2010 at 5:17 am
This image is incredible. I like her and respect her free spirits.
March 27, 2010 at 5:29 am
This woman is adorable! I love her! It's great why she did in those times!
March 27, 2010 at 5:42 am
fabulous photo and an amazing woman! i would have loved to have a grandma like her. inspirational.
March 27, 2010 at 6:18 am
Well, that's great. Perfect vintage photo style.
March 27, 2010 at 6:27 am
I like the style too. seems it would really worth for. ;-)
March 27, 2010 at 6:41 am
wow!!I'm so curious to see her now!
March 27, 2010 at 6:42 am
She looks very tough and beautiful.This shor really reminds my of Bonnie and Cylde.A Roadtrip and a gun.
March 27, 2010 at 9:56 am
wow Charlene.. loving the set and I love that she's had her milk. this woman knows what she is doing and look so beautiful at doing it. congratulations.
March 27, 2010 at 10:34 am
She is incredible. Thank you for sharing these entries with us.
March 27, 2010 at 10:37 am
wow. she totally looks like she's living in a movie. bonnie and clyde is also what comes to mind for me.
March 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm
I love this one! that's something in her that reminds me of Audrey Hepburn, maybe it's something about natural grace
March 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm
What a classic!
March 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm
She's fantastic!! Femininity, sass, moxie, strength, subtlety… all in one photo.
March 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm
i absolutely love this!!!
March 27, 2010 at 1:49 pm
What a great picture, and what a neat lady…an inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing! :-)
March 27, 2010 at 2:03 pm
Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl
March 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm
Wow, just wow. What a photo! This could be some fashion editorial. Modern day fashion editorial. Wow!
March 27, 2010 at 7:47 pm
thank you for these pictures, finally I get some inspiration from real people.
March 27, 2010 at 10:02 pm
The gun is a huge turn-off for me, it dominates from what is otherwise a stylish photo and hip gal. But guns (especially when used as props to signify "cool") just turn my stomach.
March 27, 2010 at 10:42 pm
honestly don't think she's pointing the gun at him,look at the relative size-distance cue in the reflection, and the angle of the barrel and the top of the mirror… no one who has much sense would do that even unloaded. Of course, she could say for sure.
This is weird, but I knew a blind girl in Tucson who had severe brain damage who looked so much like her… she was tough as nails, too. Same attitude. thanks for sharing this.
March 27, 2010 at 11:51 pm
Amazing photo… I just hope no one got hurt.
I think this is my favorite so far. She is gorgeous, and I just love the feel of the photo.
March 28, 2010 at 9:10 am
There´s nothing like vintage, wish I could have born 50 years before!:)
March 28, 2010 at 10:10 am
I have looked over the other photos and found them all interesting. However, this one takes the prize. She is beautiful, untouchable, and has the "Don't mess with Texas" attitude down. Every time I look at the photograph something new jumps out at me. Great time capsule into the 1950's.
March 28, 2010 at 11:26 am
I love the strength of this woman, you can feel it right through the photo!!
March 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm
Hi, this is Jamie- the proud Granddaughter of the woman in this photograph-
I can't tell you how thrilled this makes me to see this image on your site and read through all the comments! I tell you, my family in Texas is hootin & hollerin about this! I called my Grandma last night after I emailed her the link to her photo on your site (yes my Grandma emails!) and got a little more information on the image. She remembers the photo being taken and her sister-in-law had one made identically which doesn't exist anymore. She says they were just "poor old kids" that took a road trip to Nashville and went to the Grand Ole Opry which back then cost 50 cents a person and all she remembers was "some old drunk threw up on my shoe." The heater in their car didn't work and it was snowing but my Grandma declared with a sigh, "Those were the days, when I was young…. then somehow I got old." She says she was about 19 in this photograph and married to my Papa who was home on military leave, which explains where the gun came from. I asked her if there was anything else she remembered about that night and she said yes, she wishes she would have had on her fringe jacket.
March 28, 2010 at 5:55 pm
hands down. the best.
March 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm
Someone mentioned Audrey Hepburn as a comparison to this tough and graceful lady – I agree, what natural beauty!
March 28, 2010 at 7:23 pm
Luv the picture of Charlene, I'm prejudice I was her neighbor for a few years us old gals just e-mail and talk occasionnaly and She is a wonderful woman the matriarch of the family, this photo should definately win. Good for you Jamie, Margaret G.
March 29, 2010 at 10:36 am
Amazing style and photo.
March 29, 2010 at 10:41 am
This is an amazing image. What a beautiful and bad-ass grandma!
March 29, 2010 at 10:47 am
Loving this picture and all the contrasts – attitude and grace, softness and a cigarette, mens jeans on a woman – that represent what fashion and style are all about. Well done.
March 29, 2010 at 10:54 am
Wow, wow, I mean seriously WOW.
March 29, 2010 at 11:02 am
Most amazing shot up so far! Love it!
March 29, 2010 at 11:18 am
Love this shot!
March 29, 2010 at 12:45 pm
What a wonderful memory to capture. Great photo!
March 29, 2010 at 1:37 pm
This is fantastic…LOVE it!
March 29, 2010 at 2:25 pm
this is hands down the best picture !!! i cant get over the milk glass!! just brilliant!!!
March 29, 2010 at 4:22 pm
Brings back memories of Bonnie and Clyde hidden out in a motel room, getting ready to rob another bank!
March 29, 2010 at 6:02 pm
Jamie you know I adore this photo of your grandma!!!! What a great story too!!!!!!!!!
March 29, 2010 at 6:40 pm
Love love love this! The perfect embodiment of a stylish 'broad'. Love the cuffed jeans! It's too funny to see that back in style right now!
March 29, 2010 at 9:19 pm
So far this is my absolute favorite. The way she's sitting, the gun, the cigarette, the pants, everything! I love that the granddaughter pointed out the class of milk. It's such a small detail, and I can just picture her saying, "I wasn't that tough… see, I was drinking a glass of milk!" Despite the milk, this woman is clearly a force to be reckoned with.
What a great contest!
March 29, 2010 at 9:58 pm
Pure Americana. Totally cool & I never say that!
March 30, 2010 at 10:26 am
I guess hotties become grandmas, too! This really makes you think about previous generations and how they had just as good a time as the rest of us. We tend to see history alternately through old fashioned and newfangled lenses, but young people in any era are still young people.
March 30, 2010 at 12:11 pm
Hands Down Best Shot, I Love it what a great to the past.
March 30, 2010 at 5:21 pm
love this one! great contest!
An Affair With Fashion
March 30, 2010 at 9:39 pm
Wow! What an amazing piece of family history to hold and a stunning photo! Love the well articulated words too.
March 31, 2010 at 9:25 am
March 31, 2010 at 10:11 am
haha! I love the milk comment! she sounds like an amazing character, beautiful.
March 31, 2010 at 6:08 pm
This photo is hands-down fantastic. I think it deserves to win because of the attitude, the style, and the well-preserved moment. I'd love to have a print of this.
Edith Elin G.R.
April 7, 2010 at 11:32 pm
This photo makes feel Poweful and feminie at the same time that's so Freakin awesome <3
April 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm
At first glance, I thought this was Barbara Stanwyck. I'll bet she got that a lot.
April 10, 2010 at 10:10 pm
wallet, cigarettes, and a tall glass of milk!
April 12, 2010 at 3:12 am
She is amazing. I love her. Best photo ever.
April 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm
Yes, I think the Becks should win! This one is a super lady and I love and care about her and all those connected to her! Awesome picture!
Dusty Rose Vintage
April 23, 2010 at 9:00 am
Wow, this picture is amazing in so many ways. It could easily be a staged modern fashion mag shot. I REALLY wish I had a picture of my grandmother like this!!! I'm off to look at the other vintage pics! xo
how do i send pic that are vintage?
August 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm
please how do i send vintage pictures to this site?
February 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm
Have you watched the Clockwork Orange? They also drank milk in glasses like that one.
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April 24, 2018 at 12:09 pm
I don´t know who you are but this is seriously my favorite vintage anon picture EVER. I saw it in 2010 and I still remembered she was called granma beck (thats how I found it again in 2018). She´s so cool.