Sunday, May 16, 2010

Great-Grandma with Che?, Vintage Photo


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  1. I'm a mean street kid.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:50 am

    wow. that is just amazing. actually che guevara? i would really like to know the story behind this photo

  2. TeeAndCake

    May 16, 2010 at 7:51 am

    .. woooooooooooow !!!!!! :)

  3. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 7:52 am


  4. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 8:02 am

    I'm cuban. I went to school with Aleida, Che Guevara's older daughter. This is not him. He was really tall. This guy looks like him. That's all.

  5. Mogens G. Andersen

    May 16, 2010 at 8:03 am

    I like this.

  6. misslikey

    May 16, 2010 at 8:04 am

    wow yes this is amazing

  7. Erin

    May 16, 2010 at 8:06 am

    I can't believe that THIS photo is the one without a back story. I am dying to know the context!!

  8. beba

    May 16, 2010 at 8:08 am

    I want to know the story too!

    Peace and love!

  9. Eliza Leopoldo

    May 16, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Lovely momeries!


  10. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 8:09 am

    This is the worst photo you've ever posted. why, on a blog about style, Would you post images of, and tacitly approve of, a murderous pig? You should have more respect for the victims of those monsters. Shame on you.

  11. Celia

    May 16, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Lol… funny photo!
    This must be any carnival pic. They're not Fidel Castro or Che Guevara at all!
    Che Guevara was a very big man and handsome, not as the one in the pic (my apollogies for that, lol…)
    ANd also the two ladies don't look like cuban ladies, at least they were turists in Cuba, but in that case I don't think Castro and Guevara would even think about a pic with them… lol…
    Well, it's a great funny photo as I said! lol

  12. ieishah

    May 16, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Whoa. Your great grandma?? By far the most stylish thing you've ever posted. Thank you!

  13. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Che was a murderer and it's a real shame hollywood and the far left has idolized him as some sort of hero. Murderers are Murderers period.

  14. Laguna Beach Trad

    May 16, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Interesting photo. I have some photographs of my grandparents socialising with friendly Nazi officials (friends of the family), in early 1940s Germany. The Nazis were much more stylish than the Communists pigs, I can tell you.

  15. clayton

    May 16, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Could be wrong, but the pic appears to be posted with a bit of tongue-in-cheek, hence the "?" in the title. The facial expressions are great though, as I'm not sure any of them quite knows what to think about the others.

    • Randy

      October 9, 2017 at 8:49 am


  16. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I really dont think that is Che. The height is wrong, the facial features totally off, the eyebrows…and the list continues. Just the uniform and the hat are similar.

  17. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 11:01 am

    He is not Che Guevara!

  18. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Funny pic but that is not the Che for sure!

  19. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 11:20 am

    which major politician is not a murderer?

  20. ronald

    May 16, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Viva La Revolucion!!!!
    She needs to wear something Khaki!!!!

  21. Faux Naif

    May 16, 2010 at 11:26 am

    oh wow, this is fantastic. even if it isn't che, it's a damn good photo.

  22. Cubanita

    May 16, 2010 at 11:32 am

    That is definitely not Ernesto Guevara, but it is a funny photo nevertheless. Everyone's faces are so expressive– you could write a short story just lookign at it. Also, the mural behind them with the live plant in front of it is AMAZING.

  23. BelleBordel

    May 16, 2010 at 11:35 am

    1: Che Guevara was no murderer. Have you read his biography? Don't be ignorant and research before you make any comments.

    2: This is NOT Che Guevara. I love your blog but please check your facts and photo.

    3: Love your great grandma's style. Very beautiful.

  24. Noah Shaw

    May 16, 2010 at 11:54 am

    that is crazy amazing

  25. Nathalie (hungrytiger)

    May 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

    That's not Che Guevera. He was joking. That's why he titled this post with a question mark. I think Scott is going to have to give an explanation in the next few posts. Anyway, Viva la Revolucion!

  26. Erika

    May 16, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I agree – not Che. Interesting photo. The ladies are well-dressed but not especially fashion-forward, so ?

    Note: every radical revolutionary is a murderer. If Che hadn't been communist, he wouldn't be so vilified (or worshiped, for that matter.)

  27. Manu

    May 16, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Great picture! At first glance I thought the lady in the left looked like Queen Elizabeth II, hahaha, so bizarre! He's not Che, he wasn't a murderer, and a lot of people speak without knowing. Anyways, a nice pic.

  28. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    The woman on the left appears to be wearing what we would call a "fiesta dress" heavily embellished with rick rack and trim, we don't see the bottom of the skirt where it would be the most decorated.

    This type of outfit, when found as vintage, is very sought after. They used to be easy to find maybe 25 years ago, notsomuch any more.

  29. someone

    May 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    wow. haha!

  30. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    A very funny photo. This is definitely a joke. The two men are dressed like Fidel and Che, true HEROES for a big part of our world.

  31. guillermo

    May 16, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Fidel and Che in the same room? Quick!! pass me my gun!!

  32. HAL

    May 16, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    This is so cool, can't get enough of these old photos you've been posting.

  33. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    THIS IS SO GRINGO!! a little more history please!

  34. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    ese no es el che guevara….

  35. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Not Che, move nothing to see here.

  36. nicholas passarelli

    May 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Why should Scott feel ashamed of posting a third-party photo of a radical icon? Presenting a photograph of someone who may or may not be Che Guevera (hence the question mark in the title) does not necessarily reflect the photographer's, or the blogger's, own ideals. It seems that many commenters need a disclaimer before every photo, explaining that Scott does not necessarily condone the actions of anyone he has ever photographed, ever.

    All debate aside, this is a wonderful and entertaining photo and captures the idea behind the vintage photo contest quite well. Why read into it any more than that?

  37. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    why is it that you are against Che Guevara? This is a fashion blog and usually there are post of great brands that kill animals for furs and many of them are being accused for terrible workers conditions…

    So please, be coherent for once and get some information about the corporations you vote for when you buy clothes.

  38. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    That is not Guevara and he shouldn't be praised in any way or form.
    His parents were ashamed of him and I as an argentinian, am ashamed of him.
    Moving on.

  39. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Well, obviously the guy is not Che, but the lady on the right is a lot like Margaret Thatcher

  40. Fabiana Pigna

    May 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    For those saying el Ch

  41. archer

    May 16, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    "read his biography to discover he's not a murderer" hahahaha that's hilarious!

  42. Lee Oliveira

    May 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    the mirror on the background!! WOW..
    great pic! X

  43. Simo

    May 16, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    N'importe quoi!!!!!!!!!

  44. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    That's not Che, but the woman on the right might well be Ethel Mertz!

  45. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    wow, some of you people just….

    first of all, that's NOT che. so you can stop berating scott about his "promoting and idealizing a murderous pig". that's why he put a question mark there.

    secondly, the fact that so many of you don't even recognize that that's NOT him, shows you know little about che guevara other than the fact that he's a "big bad meanie."

    thirdly, "murderers are murderers" apply equally to george washington, abraham lincohn and JFK. i guarantee you more people died under their policies than che's.

    fourthly, this is a blog about style and these cats (whoever they are) have it. why politicize this and why hate on scott for posting it?

  46. Immigration Lawyers Melbourne

    May 16, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    haha, look at that guy chewing a cigarette, so funny

  47. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Those were the days, when you could hold a cigarette or light up a cigar on film without a debate ensuing. Well, not about smoking anyway.


  48. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Yo soy argentina, ese no es el Che !!!! por favor !!

  49. Tom Tuttle from Tacoma

    May 17, 2010 at 2:17 am

    i chuckled at the title. was quite surprised at the comments posted…

  50. Tiberia

    May 17, 2010 at 2:28 am

    It's the Cheech and Chong version of Fidel and Che. Untwist all y'allz knickers already.

  51. AnastasiaC

    May 17, 2010 at 4:18 am

    the thing that i first noticed is the wallpaper on the background wall..interesting.
    id love to know whats going on – was this some sort of party/theatre show?

  52. sandra fink

    May 17, 2010 at 4:49 am

    Nice pic. The guy is not the Che but he looks a bit like Cantinflas, the mexican comediant.


    May 17, 2010 at 5:43 am

    incredible picture

  54. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 7:53 am

    that definitely is NOT Che…

  55. love boat captain

    May 17, 2010 at 8:12 am

    To all of you who are quick to judge: apparently the question mark did not clue you in, but I'm pretty sure Scott is well aware that that is not Che. I'm starting to think that he was right when he said subtle humor does not seem to work online. Lighten up.

  56. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Sacrilegio! Ese no es el Che Guevara…nuestro querido comandante Che Guevara. Un saludo desde Argentina. Aguante el Che y la Revoluci

  57. The Clever Pup

    May 17, 2010 at 11:06 am

    For heaven's sakes – Chill! This isn't Che. That's why Scott used the "?" in his title.

  58. Emily

    May 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Hahaha! Love this post and the fact that the anti-Che types are always slavering to get a dig in!

  59. Kevin

    May 17, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Che is appropriate on this blog because he is, whether you agree with his politics an icon, a popular icon and therefore he does figure into fashion.

    On his politics, again, whether you agree with them or not, you should read up on the U.S. involvement with Cuba and Batista, Cuban history and the American Mafia before you throw "murderous pig" squarely and singly on Che.

  60. Captain Kahuna

    May 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    That's not Che the butcher. That's a wanna be midget.

  61. AnonymousJK

    May 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Where is the story for this photo? Surely one was submitted. This is not in my estimation Che, but what do I know? Either way, gr8 photo!

  62. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    re Kahuna -haha… love it! the butcher!! To the idiot who said "Che was not a murderer" , you are such a complete idiot. Get you facts straight! Speak to Cubans who lived under the communist regime and get the facts! Not only was he a cowardly murderer , he was also a failed mercenary (angola) , bigot and a racist!

  63. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    What's important about this photo is the sender's great grandmother and her style.

    This image is special to whomever sent it in. It could be nice to have any discussion on politics offline and reserve this venue for sartorial commentary.

    …at least out of respect for the families who send in photos of their loved ones.


  64. Ricardo

    May 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    This guy is not the real Che Guevara.
    And I don't get why you great-Grandmother would want to pose with an impersonator of a terrorist who killed innocent civilians. I am Argentine, like Che, and know the real story and to this day cannot understand the fascination of some people this murderer. First photo in your blog that I find in very poor taste.

  65. Anonymous

    May 18, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Hey Ricardo, just because you're Argentine doesn't mean you know the "truth" about Che. I'm Canadian, that doesn't mean I know everything there is to know about Wayne Gretzy and Pierre Trudeau. Your opinion is your opinion; it is not a fact. Furthermore, if you know this is not Che, then how is this photo "in poor taste?" Scott can't even post photos of people who LOOK LIKE someone you don't approve of?? That's censorship to the extreme.

  66. Anonymous

    May 18, 2010 at 10:09 am

    this is definitely not che guevara … the ladies are wonderful

  67. La Feem

    May 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Wow, it's unbelievable folks don't understand that of course it's not Che hence the "Che" but a fun look back at how this culture styled themselves in general at this time!!! Very Che esq. and regardless of his politics his look has been very influential in fashion like it or not. To all you out there that don't get it relax a bit and see this photo for what it is, history, culture, style……

  68. Anonymous

    May 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Apparently no one on this blog has walked in Time Square and taken a picture with a fake (fill in the blank: Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Nixon, etc.) Or been to an amusement park and taken a ?vintage? picture.

    This is clearly a novelty picture. One would hope that the readers of such an interesting and global blog as Scott?s would see this picture through a broader, more-enlightened world context.

    As a novelty, this picture is about the LADIES.

    While the real leaders/villians/terroists/freedom fighters in our history are serious and have real gifts and real flaws, these "actors" are just decoration in the picture.

    The fake Fidel & Che could be Mussolini & Hitler, or Chairman Mao & Pol Pott, Napoleon, Lenin, or even a fake Osama bin Laden as a backdrop. This picture is nothing more than a silly, light-hearted look back at the style of the time.

    Get a life.

  69. Anonymous

    May 18, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    blah blah blah, wow. "I get so touchy with "non-fashion" posts, who cares really?"

  70. Agustina

    May 18, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Like many have already said, this man is not the real Che. Anyway, we don't have to forget the meaning of this blog and understand that the point of the photo was the woman and sharing it with us, either if it was the real Che or not and the political meaning that this person represents. Like Ricardo i am too from Argentina, i've read a lot too and don't think like him, anyway here is not the place to discuss politicals opinions if you want to talk seriously. Never forget the respect, the tolerance and if you are so against the violence first transmit it to your writting.

  71. vino415

    May 19, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Actually Che has a higher exterior nose line, this is an actor or a stager (which is a reference to a political impersonater then), but awesome either way – this is my first post. I have been following this posting for months and think that it has changed my fashion life since then! I used to dress well and living in SF and a business owner, here its so casual I forgot what its like to dress up. Thank you Satorialist for bringing me back to style.

  72. Rams

    May 19, 2010 at 6:28 am

    I love the photo! They really look like young Castro and Che. Would have fooled me.. And the wibe with the two American looking old ladies is just perfect..

  73. Anonymous

    May 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Saw this post a while back, just got a chance to read the comments.

    WOW… re: 'murderous pig'….Its simply amazing that after all these years, the average age of a person who could read this blog could still have such a fierce reaction to the mention of Ernesto Guevara.

    And yeah I am a history buff…I doubt this was him…he was indeed known for his height and 'presence' …not just a cigar, or Fidel-like beard.

    To summarize I think this photo is great….albeit mislabeled.

  74. Doncella

    May 19, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    what a bizarre/historic/intriguing story behind this photo, do tell !

  75. Conrado Pintos

    May 22, 2010 at 9:39 am

    jajaja …I think he looks more like Mariano Moreno "Cantinflas" impersonating Che… incredible look he's throwing to the lady on the right! NICE PIC!!!

  76. Kit

    May 24, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Che and Fidel?
    Cheech and Chong.

  77. Carlijn

    May 24, 2010 at 4:31 am

    I really like this picture! I like the wallpaper. I am wondering where it is taken? Is it in a restaurant or cafe? I can't tell by the view through the open door behind them.

    However, I love the way the lady on the right is dressed. The black dress (I suppose), the hair is done beautiful and I love the earrings!! The facial expression from the lady on the left is great. Love her smile in combination with the sunglasses.
    And then the look that man is trowing on the woman on the right.. Stunning picture!

  78. Vladimir

    May 24, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Conrado, I saw your comment and sincerely I thinked the same Cantifla and Tint

  79. Anonymous

    May 26, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    it's obviously a joke!

  80. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Easily not Ch

  81. Anonymous

    June 8, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Obviously, this picture is a joke. Two tourists taking a picture with two impersonators. (Both Castro and Guevara were taller and much more attractive)

    Cuban exiles are extremely annoying when they start screaming their politics. Stop assuming you're "enlightening" those of us who admire Che, or "teaching us" about anything.

    Did Castro and Guevara kill people? –Uh, ya. They were revolutionaries. That's what happens in wars. It's natural for one to be sad/angry if one has lost a family member in a conflict. We understand you.

    However, that's the nature of conflict. People who like Che generally like his ideals and dislike the government(s) he fought against. In the American Civil War, Abe Lincoln's army killed a whole bunch of Confederate soldiers. A lot of Southerners are still mad and call it the "War of Northern Agression", but a lot of us don't worry about it, since we think the North and Abe Lincoln were right.

  82. Zbarsky

    July 3, 2010 at 5:10 am

    this. is. beauty in a photo.

  83. maffie

    August 3, 2010 at 12:04 am

    maybe they are funny people whom you pay for a tourist funny photo

  84. Sunny Side-Up

    February 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    That guys side-way glance is priceless.

    God bless!

  85. Alabao

    May 7, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Che Guevarra was a murderer. The biggest irony is that because of his good looks and the dream for change that swept the west in the 60′s – people whom he would have sent to Cuban labour camps – adopted and idolized his image. Read his biography? Would you ask me to read Mein Kampf, as well? Do you know he was the Commander in charge of the Cabana military outpost in Havana? That place was a Castro’s killing field in 1959-1961.

  86. Gilbert

    September 25, 2012 at 1:22 am

    He is Raul Castro, brother of Fidel Castro.

  87. MerCury

    July 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Che Guevara piece of crap homophobe and war criminal, hate him to bits!

  88. communistos

    March 15, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Ah che guevara the scum bag homophobe

  89. Olga

    December 13, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    it is not real. it should be a photo of a play about them. i am a cuban, and I was a closed friend of Che’s daughter Hilda. They should be actor representing them.

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