Love the name of the place as much as your grandma look. They say that pictures worth thousands word and vintage pictures seems are incredible for that. Thx for sharing this pic with us ;-)) http://www.luludelondres.co.uk
Wowza, sassy is right! Great photo. The pose, the crooked smile, the two-tone shoes, the haltered crop top, the man pants. She does indeed look like a sharp woman who speaks her mind. The sign behind them is great too (Giant Killers??)
This is the sort of shot you'd think was done posed, by a professional photographer trying to make a point. It's all the more fantastic because it isn't: this is real! Congratulations on having the sassiest Grandma on the Sart. :-)
That Lois looks like a real pistol! The other woman is a terrific character, too. I wonder what the man is thinking? I'm not sure he's noticing…though behind the shades it's hard to know. It was also quite a difficult time for everyone. Great photograph (as were the ones of Alexa's grandparents…I can never help but think…oh man, no matter how bad people thought things were going to be, it was so much worse than they could have imagined.)
OMG! I LOVE this photo. Something about the contrast between the sassy chica, military dude, and the miss lady at the other end make this such an interesting photo. I also, LOVE what miss sassy is wearing.
What a woman! I wish I had half the beauty and confidence that she exudes in this photo! Not to mention those shoes! I think I might have to buy a pair of saddle shoes for the fall! Thanks for sharing, Sart!
I think this is one of the best photos of this contest, it's really great. The way Lois poses is very cool, she seems like you can't surprise her, like she knows it all. Tough woman with great clothes!
This is a great photograph. Whites really pop these women off the page. The composition, contrast, background, women's eye contact with camera, and the soldier somewhere else… far-away look, nearly blending into the wall. Fabulous contrasts in presence, (and absence-of, which is just as telling.) Clearly, Lois owns this shot!
These old pictures are really inspiring me. All these women are beautiful because their spunk shows through their clothes and their faces and their posture. Even the woman on the right, much more demure, looks like she owns herself, by the look in her eye. So beautiful!
Sart, Lois and whoever's grandmother she is….this is THE winner for me. just amazing. the style, the nonchalance, the composition, the clothes, the background, the expressions! even the nuance of light….all are excellent. this is a photo befitting of the sartorialist blog.
I love the fact that fashion goes through cycles, everything those two glamourous ladies are wearing is back in now. Brogues, underwear as outterwear, socks and sandals. AMAZING! And that man with his aviators is bit of a looker..
I love this photo! I'm also a Washingtonian and I can say that your Grandma was anything but typical of a woman from Yakima in her generation. Looking at her photo makes me wish I'd met her and that maybe we'd sat on the front porch with some beer and smokes telling stories.
This picture is fantastic in SO many ways! I absolutely adore the contrast of the somewhat feminine body language of the soldier (crossed legs, hands in lap, looking off in the distance) to Lois, who sits with a strong, open and masculine position, staring the camera right through the lens… and to top it off- the smirk! what a shot! x
One of the most remarkable things about this photograph is that the man she is sitting next to seems to be of Asian descent. As well as looking so stylish, she seems utterly at ease, one leg up, a cigarette in hand, her lips a half-snarl, next to the uniformed Asian man. To put it into context, in 1940s in Washington, California, and all along the West Coast, Asians and Asian Americans were NOT a welcome part of the greater society: the war heralded an ever-narrowing of civil liberties for Asian Americans, culminating in curfews and the dislocation of Japanese and Japanese Americans into Internment Camps. The Chinese fared no better; the Chinese Exclusion Act was not repealed until the early 1940s.
To me, she appears to be a cultural iconoclast, not just a sartorial one. What a woman!
It's seeing pics like this that makes you think there were no colours in the old days. I can't imagine how this would've looked like in colour… And I saw this pic at just the perfect moment, had Benny Goodman's Sing Sing Sing playing in the background. I can picture your grandma getting all groovey to that tune, caring bout nothin else than having a blast! She looks
Such an awesome photo. Makes me really wish I knew Grandma Lois. She's just so damn cool! And I love the two girls' expressions, especially while the guy in the middle just looks so dazed. Looks like they're planning something, haha. xD
My Mom grew up in yakima. She had 8 brothers and sisters about this age, so I bet they know these folks or did. She was a few years behind this photo but it just shows the era – love the attitudes as well.
the pictures of your grandmother are amazing. They make me nastolgic and anxious at the same time. Simple beauty and everything else a woman should be captured in what was a probably a basic shot enjoying the moment. Please keep them coming.
Oh my goodness I had a grandma Lois, not quite in Yakima but nearby in Wenatchee! And yes I have similar photos with her and men in uniform (most notably future grandpa but also her schoolmates who were preparing to go off to war). This has inspired me to dig some up!
screw typical historical pictures. these homemade shots really give a better impression of the times. they're old, yet touched with such an unstaged sincerity that makes the emotions they convey timeless.
I just found out this was posted… This is the photograph of my grandma. Thank you all for such lovely comments.
Grandma was pretty much awesome. Back then Papa was a bomber in the service, shot down, and held as a POW in a German camp in WWII. Even though no one knew what happened to him, she 'just knew' he was alive and would come back to her. He was, and he came home to the love of his life. They have an amazing love story any life story.
Grandma was incredibly stylish and sassy her whole life. She loved style and wasn't afraid of trends. She never cared what people thought of her. If she loved it she wore it, or said it, or did it… she was crazy cool.
This woman has officially made Yakima cool..at that time. But Yakima now is very much not so. Just a small agricultural town in Washington state where the youth flee to Seattle with a dream of hipster-dom.
This photograph delights me to no end. These two women look like they're about to eat this clueless captain for lunch. The image flies in the face of the 1950s convention of Good Girls and Bad Boys. Clearly the tables are turned here. Fabulous.
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