Sunday, May 23, 2010

Brother & Sister, Vintage Photos

Attached is a photograph of my grandmother Claire, and her brother Jack. I never met my grandmother, and so know her only through family stories and photographs. It seems to me that she looks gorgeous (and effortlessly glamorous) in every photograph, but this is one of my favorites.

Don’t you love the white shoes?!

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  1. Anonymous

    May 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I like these vintage pictures

  2. Tobi

    May 23, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Wow such an epic moment captured in still motion! This is such classic picture, one to treasure forever!

  3. ilovefashion

    May 23, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    That jacket looks fabulous! Love this photo :D

  4. Lisa Petrarca

    May 23, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Very fashionable duo!

  5. Branka

    May 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    This lady is so elegant, i love everything about this photo!

  6. TussahSilk

    May 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I love the way she is wearing the hat.

  7. Isle Dance

    May 23, 2010 at 2:50 pm



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  9. Daniel

    May 23, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    yes, the shoes are great (from what we can see), this is a kind of shape which is not done anymore – but should be seen more often.

  10. maddy526

    May 23, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Stylish family. Fantastic.

  11. vintage-cove

    May 23, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I love Jack's three piece suit. Not so sure about the white shoes. But I imagine they were very trendy at the time.
    Claire looks very stylish too. I love the length of her coat and the dip of her hat.

  12. Carla~ă‚«ăƒ«ăƒ©~

    May 23, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    for some reason i love old pictures they always tell a story

  13. Sara

    May 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Stunning! :)


  14. Anonymous

    May 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I love the fur things around her arms! It makes the picture more interesting, I think. They are an odd touch, which I like!

    A photograph to treasure!

  15. princess glee

    May 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Niiice, look at the tilt on her hat. It peeves me when someone wears a hat straight atop their head. A hat deserves a bit of swagger with just a little (or a lot) of tilt.

  16. Jasmin

    May 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I think it's funny that nowadays we start to dress like these again :)

  17. amy

    May 23, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Just fabulous. I never met my grandmother, either, but have so many wonderful old photos of her. I love to imagine what she was like, and hear stories about her from my grandpa and father.

  18. dan

    May 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    one of my favourites so far.

  19. Vero

    May 23, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    you are so happy that you have such photos.
    fashion is in your blood )

  20. deike

    May 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm


  21. Erin Clare

    May 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Furry Water Wings!

    (snark aside, love it)

  22. Le Taulier

    May 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    already time to look afirm!

  23. Christine Scott

    May 23, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    White shoes, white gloves, what a fabulous contrast. This is beautifully styled. Lots going on, the fur, brooches, layering, only a touch of pattern. Getting dressed for work now and I am inspired. It is winter here so I can don my favourite coat and gloves…

  24. Susan

    May 23, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    They look wonderful, timeless. Thank you for showing the vintage shots of real people…it's so refreshing.

  25. Chloe Daley

    May 23, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    So chic. I love the fur and the floppy hat.

  26. Sarah Dee

    May 23, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I love this photo so much! She is so elegant.


  27. Jeannine 520

    May 23, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Lovely. I think both of them are equally elegant. Great pic.

  28. katiecrackernuts

    May 23, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Look at the tilt of that hat, the well-proportioned layers and drape of collars. An eye for it, she had. They both clearly did.

  29. Anonymous

    May 23, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    This is my favorite of the vintage ones. She truly is fashionable and stylish, that hat and those little puffs of fur at the sleeve. Of all the outfits, this is one I'd have liked to own.

  30. L

    May 23, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    yes! these photos are amazing!

  31. The Totally Vain Lorraine

    May 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I love their style. I love the vintage photos you post.

  32. Le Petit

    May 23, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    My favorite is the hat, so perfectly floppy and with just the right tilt.

  33. supercalifragilisticespiallidocious

    May 23, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    oh my gosh the long coat is just AMAZING .

  34. Seema

    May 23, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    this is truly glamour at its core. gorgeous photo :)

  35. Seema

    May 23, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    this is truly glamour at its core. gorgeous photo :)

  36. Polkadot

    May 24, 2010 at 1:01 am

    ooo, how effortlessly graceful! who else wants to stroll around a park wearing a hat and a pair of gloves now!?!?!

    also, might be my over active imagination, but the way her feet are positioned i'm wondering if she's hesitant about leaning against that log? Nobody likes duck poop on their coat….

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    May 24, 2010 at 1:20 am

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  38. Sarah

    May 24, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Beauty and fashion are from all times ! Great picture. I love your blog.

  39. Eilish

    May 24, 2010 at 3:27 am

    I love her long coat. such a stunning picture :)


    May 24, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Great Pic! I love the white shoes.

    Thanks for sharing

  41. Tribute

    May 24, 2010 at 4:52 am

    I love your grandmothers coat, looks like a lightweight double cloth to me,(no lining required).

  42. Mariette

    May 24, 2010 at 5:37 am

    Am I the only one who thinks she looks excactly like Andie MacDowell? A much better styled one though…

  43. proletarian Great Gatsby

    May 24, 2010 at 6:47 am

    A star is born…of class and style.

  44. La pépite modeuse

    May 24, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Beautiful ! I enjoy your blog !

  45. Jess V

    May 24, 2010 at 8:05 am

    So effortlessly elegant.

  46. Miss Molly

    May 24, 2010 at 8:48 am

    i love vintage photo's – this is really a beaut!

  47. inclassy

    May 24, 2010 at 9:29 am

    she is SO elegant and beautiful!!!
    love this picture!

  48. ther pérez

    May 24, 2010 at 10:21 am

    nice picture, darling!

  49. NiNuT$A

    May 24, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    i wish i were able to scan my granparets photoalbums and send them to you. this vintage photo styles are great. cute coat. :*;]

  50. Claire

    May 24, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    That is too funny: I'm Claire and my brother's Jack!

  51. ++==++

    May 24, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Jack sort of reminds me of Humphrey Bogart, who was also a fine dresser.

  52. Celine

    May 24, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    How completely awesome that you posted a photo of a brother and sister called Jack and Claire on the day of the Lost series finale!! Two of the main characters who later find out they're siblings are called that way. Ahem, reading into it too much.
    Anyway, I really like her ultra long coat and the polkadot she has underneath. I also like they both have hats, more people should wear hats nowadays. They look cool!

  53. Anonymous

    May 25, 2010 at 1:55 am

    is anybody making shoes like Claire's these days? they're lovely.

  54. Anonymous

    May 25, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Love love love the white gloves and shoes tying brother and sister together. Grandma Claire is gorgeous and looks absolutely impeccable and James is also extremely elegant. Fantastic picture- I really love this one!

  55. nainai

    May 25, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    yes. we do love the white shoes!
    Can not believe that you can always see the things others won't normally notice. but when you actually point out it, i always feel like yeah, why dont i notice that?
    love your wee comments!

  56. Anonymous

    May 25, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Dear Janet,

    What a treasure, this photo.

    This kind of elegance is gone from the world. And the elegance is just the outer form of what was.
    All that's left is a kind of longing?

  57. yariten

    May 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Couples like this upstage almost everything we see out on the streets nowadays. I wonder if they decided to match his shoes with her gloves?

  58. Marie

    May 28, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    This is the kind of image that makes you ache with nostaligia, and invites Vera Lynn to come bursting into your mind.

    In one of the closets in my mother's house are my grandmother's coats, perfectly preserved against the ravages of time. This photograph has inspired me as how to work them into my own wardrobe.

    So thank you. This is so beautiful.

  59. célia silva

    May 30, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    wowowow. your grandmother was verryyyy beautifull, and stylish =)

  60. Anonymous

    June 2, 2010 at 1:51 am

    The male looks a lot like Brad Pitt.

  61. Lyn Rosenthal

    June 4, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I ADORE vintage pictures. The fashions back then were truly their own. Your grandmother looks like a very beautiful and well-pieced-together woman…

  62. Anonymous

    June 8, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I take inspiration from the elegant ladies from these periods. I think the focus on fashion today is about being edgy and a little out there, but I think the simple, refined, ladylike elegance is just exquisite and an unbeatable look. I'm sure many will disagree though.

  63. Kim

    June 9, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I want all of us to dress and look this glamorous every day like they did back then!
    Love your blog! So classy!

  64. wofgtg

    June 15, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Such a great couple.
    Pleas do not remove.

  65. zincink

    June 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    My grandmother is 88 and I love to hear the fashion stories and outrage over her being the first to wear "slacks". I have all the photos as well. It sure does take a long time to scan though..

    Your Grandmother looks great with the polka dots. Serene photograph, very nice.

  66. Teresa @ good-grace

    July 5, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Oh, I love this image — the contrast of her white gloves and her brothers white shoes. And his 3 pc suit…. her hat … his hat, removed for the photo as any gentleman might do in that era. Lovely. Thank you for sharing.

  67. Sunny Side-Up

    February 25, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Classic look.

    I wish women still dressed so gallantly and modestly today.

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  69. Ted

    October 17, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Her shoes are Gorgeous — Why dont they make that style anymore ?
    Stewart Weitzman should do it !!


    June 29, 2017 at 11:32 am

    The gloves make that lady look like very elegant. It’s a pity that now we wear the gloves just to warm the hands

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