Sunday, April 11, 2010

Luna Park, Vintage Photo Contest

My Grandmother Nola (aged 19) 1931 on the eve of her engagement, at Luna Park Melbourne, Australia.
She lived to 97 and I never saw her wear pants ever!

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  1. Daniel

    April 11, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Wow! A really cool photo!
    Love how the couple is dressed.
    Let's grow up later

  2. emilee

    April 11, 2010 at 9:29 am

    If that's you're grandfather, you look just alike! I thought he was you for a second. Awesome picture. It's magical.

  3. Dian Prad

    April 11, 2010 at 9:30 am

    gorgeous grandma
    she's wearing lace dress, wasn't she?
    really nice picture, classic :)

    Forever and Ever By Dian Prad

  4. The Boy From Newcastle

    April 11, 2010 at 9:30 am

    i love looking at photos of deceased grandparents and seeing how happy they were…she seems so cosy on that moon. i cannot wait to move down to melbourne in december and take photos at luna park.

    http://boyfromnewy.blogspot.com/

  5. costume jewellery uk

    April 11, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Wow, so cool to have a photo like that of her.

  6. michael

    April 11, 2010 at 9:41 am

    That's a great picture.

  7. Comme Coco

    April 11, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Awwww!!!!! TOO sweet!

  8. NYC Fashionista

    April 11, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Adorable! Love the jacket the guy is wearing.

  9. Millicent

    April 11, 2010 at 10:05 am

    awesome background! do you accept vintage photos from outsiders?

  10. Izzen

    April 11, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Haha, adorable. Really sweet photo.

    http://izzenxoxo.blogspot.com

  11. C

    April 11, 2010 at 10:15 am

    She's gorgeous! Her outfit actually looks very modern, I'd love that long coat!

  12. coco

    April 11, 2010 at 10:21 am

    omg. this picture is so lovely and the background is just amazing! love it!

  13. Kirsten James Ferguson

    April 11, 2010 at 10:45 am

    you've inspired me. my personal fashion icons

    http://thriftwithoutlookinglikeit.blogspot.com/

  14. Kirsten James Ferguson

    April 11, 2010 at 10:46 am

    you've inspired me. check out my personal fashion icons

    http://thriftwithoutlookinglikeit.blogspot.com/

  15. Silvana

    April 11, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Scott, I was so sure that was you. Looks so much alike. My Mum lived to be 92 and I also never saw her wear trousers.

  16. Lillian

    April 11, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I adore these old photos…inspires me to post some on my blog.

  17. Pia

    April 11, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Love the name Nola. Did you know it's the short form of Fionnula which is Gaelic/Irish and means "white shoulder" . So Scott FYI you have some Gaelic roots….Fab photo…

  18. Matheus

    April 11, 2010 at 11:16 am

    If that's your grandpa Scott, I gotta say that he's just like you pal.

    seriously…

    I know that because I've just bought "The Satorialist"… the book…

  19. lumikha

    April 11, 2010 at 11:35 am

    i have a confession to make…everytime i see an update on your blog, i secretly wish it's a vintage photo update…THANK YOU for sharing (everyone) and you for posting! i wish i could see them all. :)

  20. bonard alfin

    April 11, 2010 at 11:54 am

    wow, thats awesome…
    love it very much…nice share

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  21. FASHION SNAG

    April 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Love this photo. They are such a cute couple. I like how she has her hair done and the dress and jacket she is wearing. x

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  22. SabinePsynopsis

    April 11, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    There is so much charme and quality to these old pictures.

  23. cerezasYtigres

    April 11, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Precious. She's so full of life and hope. And her coat is beautiful, love that oversized collar look of it falling over her shoulders. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  24. Nedda Ebo

    April 11, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    What an adorable photo!
    Mustart x

  25. Christelle

    April 11, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Beautiful picture! It reminds me my grandmother! :)

  26. Anonymous

    April 11, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    They just don't make 'em like this anymore. I wish they did…

  27. Lemon for breakfast

    April 11, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Really nice pic! :)

  28. elena g.

    April 11, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    i love vintage pictures.. this is awesome..
    love your blog!

    http://hautecoutureestmort.blogspot.com

  29. Anonymous

    April 11, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    You look like your grandfather!

  30. Jack Daniel

    April 11, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I've never, NEVER seen my own mother wear pants.

    I love this picture. I wish I could go back into time for a few days and take a 100 terabytes of pictures.

  31. Lauren

    April 11, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I love the way her hands and legs are posed. I love his jacket, hair, and 'stache. I love them. I hope those lovebirds lived happily ever after together.

  32. Kat

    April 11, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    that's truly one of the most wonderful pictures i've seen in a long while! it's magical.

  33. Initials.CC

    April 11, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    j'adore les vieilles photos !!

    Des bisous de CELINE&CHARLOTTE

  34. Pretty Mommy

    April 11, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    My favorite so far :)

  35. Karena

    April 11, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Wonderful image and memory of them…

    I have an interview with artist Robert Anders up on my site that is fascinating!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

  36. Poivre Monkey

    April 11, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    so cute ! with the stars and the moon. lovely couple.

    http://bulbizar.blogspot.com/

  37. Yáskara

    April 11, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I can´t imagine make through the winter without pants! she was sure brave! :) lovely pic!

  38. Zepequeña

    April 11, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    So elegant!!!

    Zepequeña.

  39. ourbittle

    April 11, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I absolutely love the cheesiness of their backdrop, not to mention their styles! I want a blazer like his to sport around, and her little lace number too! I am completely obsessed with the vintage photo contest. It's genius!

    http://ourbittle.blogspot.com/

  40. The Photodiarist

    April 11, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Gorgeous. Love this contest . . .

  41. kagitsune

    April 11, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    It's too funny that I revisited your blog looking for pictures of striped club jackets, and there's one here on the first page!

    I would love to see these come back in style. When done right, they're perfect example of quirky elegance. :D

    -kagi

  42. NastaziaQ

    April 11, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    This photo worth a lot!Thank you for posting it:-)It put a smile on my face:-)

    Love NastaziaQ

  43. Anonymous

    April 11, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Beautiful people, beautiful generation. My grandmother lived to be 91 and I never saw her in pants. I recently unearthed some old photos of camping in California, circa 1960. Grandma was in pants, next to tent. Very sweet to see.

  44. Anonymous

    April 11, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    People seem to have a lot of crossed wires going on here: It's not Scott's grandfather, it's a photo competition, people send in their photos, get it?
    And it doesn't look anything like Scott, as far as I can tell.
    How precious! I would also like to know if this is 'your' grandfather, whoever sent this in….

  45. anna

    April 11, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    i'm from melbourne! sucha cool photo :)
    http://dulcetoutcry.blogspot.com

  46. natrebuck

    April 11, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    This is such a sweet vintage photo

    http://exquisitusfashion.blogspot.com/

  47. Anonymous

    April 11, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    My favourite vintage photo so far. I just love everything about it.

  48. Ina

    April 11, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Great. Somehow, it reminds me of the smashing pumpkins.

  49. Lisa Petrarca

    April 11, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I love the feel of such a sweet and simpler time.

  50. greybreaks

    April 11, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    gorgeous.

  51. Duke E.

    April 11, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    What a beautiful photo!!

  52. katkas

    April 11, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    such a sweet photo
    i LOVE it

    http://pieinmypants.blogspot.com/

  53. Shannon

    April 12, 2010 at 12:47 am

    I love you to the moon and back.

    Darling!! xx's!
    http://inspiredshannon.blogspot.com/

  54. Carolina

    April 12, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Saludos from Colombia!
    Bonita foto!!

  55. Silvana

    April 12, 2010 at 1:55 am

    I am so confused..I feel Scott looks like this gentleman,but the guy's comment above makes me think I am way off. Scott, please set the record straight ……..Are they your grandparents? They look super anyway, but still think you look so much alike!!!

  56. Diane

    April 12, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Wow, great story!!

  57. Kate

    April 12, 2010 at 3:38 am

    I didn't know Luna Park was that old! I love the photo

    http://leinamorata.blogspot.com

  58. MELISSA Z.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:40 am

    Best vintage photo ever! Congrats!

    http://www.abitoffashion.com

  59. Sara Bentley

    April 12, 2010 at 3:51 am

    This is so beautiful made even more so by the backstory that goes with it… a picture is worth a thousand words!

    http://www.sarabbentley.blogspot.com

  60. THESTREETFASHION5XPRO

    April 12, 2010 at 4:27 am

    lovely contest

  61. gih

    April 12, 2010 at 5:03 am

    oh my! when it was taken? in fariness, they are photogenic.

  62. Sara Hilmars

    April 12, 2010 at 5:03 am

    beautiful shot! xx

  63. Maria Ana

    April 12, 2010 at 5:16 am

    I love their serene expression:)

  64. agnes

    April 12, 2010 at 5:28 am

    luna park is in Sydney..but yes they are the epitome of the era

  65. Stephanie Radion

    April 12, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Thank-you so much for posting this. I have a similar photo of my grandmother taken at a similar time in her life. I'd completely forgotten about it, but your photo reminded me & brought back so many lovely memories of pouring over the family albumns as a child.

  66. Torinostyle

    April 12, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Paper moon, just like the movie!
    So romantic…

  67. Anonymous

    April 12, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Say, its only a paper moon
    Sailing over a cardboard sea
    But it wouldn't be make-believe
    If you believed in me

    Yes, it's only a canvas sky
    Hanging over a muslin tree
    But it wouldn't be make-believe
    If you believed in me…

    Thanks for the beauty!! Giovanna

  68. Oh, I heart this photo. I just adore vintage, and I love that it was taken at such an important and beautiful moment in her life – captured forever and now being celebrated here. You Granny Nola sounds like she had real style :)

  69. Álvaro

    April 12, 2010 at 9:11 am

    love the moon,

    it´s kind of " Méliès" film

    :)

  70. Christine

    April 12, 2010 at 9:16 am

    That is such a precious image and a very handsome couple. I like the comment especially about never seeing your Grandmother wearing trousers. Only tonight I bagged up my last two pair of denims which have been gathering dust balls and will never ever wear a pair of jeans again. For me, they lapsed into the no-wear zone a few years back. Definitely an age thing for me, and I cringe when I see women about my age or over wearing them. Not sure why it bothers me but it does. It will (almost) be frocks only from here on in my wardrobe.

  71. Signe

    April 12, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Couldn't your next book be of vintage photos? (sorry if someone has already suggested this, I am online at Sidewalk Express only, and don't have time to read all the comments(

  72. Anonymous

    April 12, 2010 at 9:58 am

    No that I think about it, I don't think my father's mother wore pants either. Real men wore hats outdoors and hatless in doors. Those seemed to be very civilized times.She lived to be 90 before she died. My grandfather did not last long after that. They were a pair.

  73. Little Lovables

    April 12, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Lovely, what a sweet photo! I love the moon prop. it was recreated for a 20's inspired wedding recently here.

    http://littlelovables.blogspot.com/2009/09/love-paper-moon.html

    so glad to see the moon in it's tru vintage form though!

  74. Marc

    April 12, 2010 at 10:49 am

    looks like it came right out of the "tonight tonight" music video from the smashing pumpkins years ago…

    …very cool image

  75. Davidikus

    April 12, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    How very sweet! this reminds me of a Woody Allen movie about a jazz guitarist in awe of Django Reinhardt, & his mute girlfriend. The sequence on the moon crescent was hilarious & very moving too!

    Thanks for sharing.

    http://davidikus.blogspot.com/

  76. Claire M.

    April 12, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    What a sweet picture! There's something about it that has so much atmosphere you can almost imagine what it was like to be there….

    It reminds my of that film 'Paper Moon'…

  77. fatima k

    April 12, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Is that a school blazer on the gentleman?

  78. Adam

    April 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Seriously. Just because it's an old picture does not meen that it's stylish. I mean, sure, you may like this pic but for me it's not stylish in any way.

    People tend to romantacise old picture and claim them to be really stylish, and in some way they really are not.

  79. Ari

    April 12, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Handsome fella, nicely dressed. Thought this was you for a minute. You're the spittin' image!

  80. Cocò

    April 12, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I really love vintage pictures, In my home, I've found many of my family's pictures since 1870 to 1950, and ive appreciated very much those period pieces… If u want u can see somebody some on my blog, that exactly celebrate, the style of another age. Thank u so much and see u soon!
    http://www.daddysneatness.blogspot.com

  81. Emma

    April 12, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Who would have thought that once Luna Park was so magical and romantic… This is such a gorgeous photo. Thank you for sharing it.

  82. The Pilgrim

    April 13, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Such a lovely picture, romantic but… so real at the same time! It's as if they are quite literally staring into the future ahead of them. How easily we forget when we see our elders that one day they were young and in love!

  83. msd

    April 13, 2010 at 3:01 am

    For those who haven't been on the site for a while… Scott ran a vintage photo contest recently. These are photos sent in by his readers (usually old family photos).

    Agnes – The original Luna Park was at Coney Island in Brooklyn. It closed down in the 1940s but spawned many other Luna Parks all over the world… Australia has two; Melbourne (since 1912) and Sydney (on-and-off since 1935). There used to be two others in Queensland and SA but they closed down.

  84. Freddie G

    April 13, 2010 at 8:33 am

    The jacket the man in the photo is wearing is a vintage Melbourne Grammar School blazer, i just finished there last year, Wish we still wore them instead of boring navy blue.

  85. jordan

    April 13, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Wow. We just stumbled upon that park on a layover in Melbourne from LA the other day! Photo to come.

  86. Mapiurka

    April 13, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    what a lovely photo!

  87. Anonymous

    April 14, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Fatima k: Looks like a Bishop's Mitre on the man's left-breast pocket. Was he still at school??? Perhaps he was a house master. Trying to identify the school.

  88. Anonymous

    April 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    When living in Oz, I'd go to Luna Park to alleviate being homesick… this pic made me smile. Thank you. PS- Now living in Croatia, please visit!

  89. Jacqui

    April 14, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    This is fantastic, I always love paper moon photos. And Melbourne is such a lovely city, I miss living there. Luna Park is great, I love St. Kilda.

  90. Jane

    April 15, 2010 at 1:58 am

    This loving couple were getting engaged, in their late teens, in the middle of the Great Depression, which hit Australia very hard. Unemployment in 1921 was over 20%. It's lovely and amazing to see such hopefulness in them in the face of that. Perhaps it also explains why a grown man was wearing a school blazer.

  91. Shalini

    April 15, 2010 at 11:19 am

    So this is what Smashing Pumpkins based their "Tonight, Tonight" video off of :)

  92. Anonymous

    April 16, 2010 at 3:22 am

    My dad is in a photo with the exact backdrop – Lunsa park in melbourne . I adore it , Glad you do as well

  93. Kelsie Lynn

    April 16, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    That is where I'm from! I just love this Melies style backdrop.

    And never wore pants? I love that.

  94. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 7:17 am

    I'm a Melburniam, living in the UK, following an American blog, which shows a picture of somewhere my parents used to take me – although not quite that long ago. How lovely to see Luna Park again.

  95. Jon Goode

    July 20, 2010 at 5:10 am

    Wow. I can't believe I stumbled upon this blog. The picture is of my grandparents. I am so pleased to see so many nice comments. Thanks for really making my day! Thanks Tani if you see this I assume it must be you who loaded the pic up.

  96. katherine

    August 16, 2010 at 2:00 am

    beautiful
    i was privileged to visit Luna Park before it closed.
    What a magical place to be engaged/spend your engagement night

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