Sunday, April 18, 2010

Milano (?) , Vintage Photo Contest


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    April 18, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Wow, this photo is great. Love the setting and how statuesque he seems. x

  2. Yamila

    April 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Amazing Photo!!!

    I love the Vintage Photos, love it.

  3. jku

    April 18, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Great photo! And that's definitely Milano. If you have never been on top of the Duomo, you must do it the next time you are there. It's a beautiful view and an amazing point-of-view to see the architecture.


  4. abataba

    April 18, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Really beautiful picture!

  5. Karena

    April 18, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Oooh, this is the man for me!!

    I have a new post and interview up I think you will enjoy!

    Art by Karena

  6. The Photodiarist

    April 18, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    This photo is incredible!

  7. Francesca

    April 18, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    that picture is out of this world. the suit is tailored perfectly

    F <– Texas gal bloggin fashion from NYC!


    April 18, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Completely swoon-worthy. The slightly misty quality of the background provides a wonderfully otherworldly effect that makes one think that time travel might just be possible.

  9. lostwigs

    April 18, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    not to forget that the main part of the photo is the dome. the silhouette of the old gray stones bring meaning to the man's pose.

  10. Gary MAEL

    April 18, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    That is elegance.

  11. Sunshinemom

    April 18, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Reminds me of Gregory Peck for some reason. It is not only the style he exudes but also the way he has been picturised that makes him loom large.

  12. Moscow Girl

    April 18, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I've never been to Milano, but the cathedral looks very similiar to the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona.

  13. Bird of Light

    April 18, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    The man pictured here steals my breath, and the commentary brings tears to my eyes!

  14. chiggafied

    April 18, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Absolutely amazing.

  15. Anonymous

    April 18, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    I just fell in love. My, oh my.

  16. Vincent Emond

    April 18, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    This the best one yet!

  17. taleah

    April 18, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    This picture is breathtaking. Everything from the pose, to the clothes, to the background just captures my attention. Possibly the best thing is you know in this time period this is a "true" photograph. No digital changes. Just true style, and true life.

  18. Anonymous

    April 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    I concur with the Moscow Girl; this looks like La Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona. But I've not been to Milan, either.

  19. Anonymous

    April 18, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I also believe it kinda looks like the Sagrada Familia. Awsome picture.

  20. Anonymous

    April 18, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I thought it looked like Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia, too, until I compared photos of it and Milan's catedral. It is Milan's cathedral.

  21. ShoeTalk

    April 18, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    This is just a sexy photo! Love vintage images as they bring us back in time but also remind us how things stay the same.

  22. Ceci Woodard

    April 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    absolutely marvelous. wonderful wonderful photo.

  23. TheFashionAddict

    April 18, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    i love vintage photos :)

  24. i.c. blogspot

    April 18, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    This photo is remarkable! Truly elegant and rich in visual texture. The softness of the Gothic Cathedral which is elaborate in sculptural detail and the pure nature of this gentleman in the forefront is spectacular!

    This image has already been saved onto my blog sourced pictures!

    Thank you for posting and sharing!

  25. dolceedamara

    April 18, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    What an outfit!
    What a guy!:D

  26. Anonymous

    April 18, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    This might be my favorite photo yet. This man evokes a side of masculinity that is too rare these days. He reminds me of my grandfather, born in 1913, and a handful of other men of this generation whom I have known and who have set the bar very high. There is no pretense, frivolity, or self-awareness here, but rather a silent strength.

  27. agnes

    April 18, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Hubba Hubba …whose your Daaddy..thats what I'm talkin bout…pass the smelling salts…falling into a swoon

  28. ginjin3

    April 18, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    a wholly amazing composition.

    • the man
    • the expression
    • the outfit
    • the architecture
    • the timing
    • the lighting

    definitely superb!

  29. Cammila

    April 19, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I agree, there is something a tad Gregory Peck-ish about him. What a hunk!

    I studied abroad in Milan for a semester and I'm not sure that is il Duomo di Milano. The cathedral in Milan forms more of a pyramid leading up to the golden maiden. Also, there appear to be stairs leading up to this cathedral. Not so in Milan.

  30. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 12:39 am

    ooo!!! like italian "mad men". i loovvee!!!!

  31. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Beyond the style of the gentleman(which is excellent), this photo is just magnificent. It's so atmospheric and evocative, and I really believe it works so well chiefly because it isn't a colour photo. All around a treasure!

  32. CiciBianca

    April 19, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Elegant and romantic – an amazing photo.

  33. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Wow, you should also be a writer. True romance when you are writing: choice of words – amazing.

    Of course not to mention the photograph, but I thought this is also worthy of mention.

    Have a lovely day and Thank you for sending this in.

  34. Jenn

    April 19, 2010 at 1:29 am

    me like!!!

  35. Karen

    April 19, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Romantic! I love that everyone is well dressed even the background people. I love your site! –Karen digital camera review

  36. Jenn

    April 19, 2010 at 2:19 am

    This is such a wonderful photo!

  37. Sne

    April 19, 2010 at 2:20 am

    Truly Imposing!

  38. msh group

    April 19, 2010 at 2:30 am


  39. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 3:24 am

    This is definitely the Duomo di Milano! Currently living in Milan, I've been there myself.
    Beautiful picture…

  40. Capucine

    April 19, 2010 at 3:30 am

    It is definitely in Milan, on the top of the CAthedral. BTW, amazing view on Milan and its house tops, if you haven't already, make it one of the first on your to-do list next time you are in Milan.

    And I love this vintage photo context, thast was such a good idea. But good luck, to choose one! They are all so good and inspiring…

    And this gentleman: quelle allure! what a style and elegance. And I love the fact that he emits some feeling of swagger too!

  41. lepetitmerstyle

    April 19, 2010 at 4:09 am

    Amazing Photo!!!

  42. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 4:17 am

    definitely barcelona not milan

  43. Sara Bentley

    April 19, 2010 at 4:17 am

    This is a gorgeous photo, both poignant and strong. Literally, a peak at — what sadly is — a bygone era.
    Thanks to Leonardo and Allessandro for sharing!

  44. Louise

    April 19, 2010 at 4:39 am

    that looks like the Church of the Holy family in Barcelona? And wow! what an outfit…

  45. Mr.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:40 am

    man, i've never read so much romanticised *crap* about my country's past.

    that's just wishful thinking, in the age the guy's talking about (just after the war, before the 60's) Italy was a POOR place. Our first president received a COAT as a present for his election!

    people were still coping with the aftermath of WWII and small towns of Southern Italy DIDN'T looked like majestic Hollywood sets, unless he's talking about war movie sets.

    oh, yeah, and that "back in the good ole days everybody aimed to the dignity and respect for oneself and others, from the doctor to the shoemaker"…
    please, please… people were just out of a CIVIL war, still carrying grudges and vendettas…


  46. Closet full of hopes and dreams

    April 19, 2010 at 4:52 am

    I love all these vintage photos! What a grand idea to share them with all of us! Thank you for being a source of inspiration! I found some unexpected vintage myself yesterday. Visit my blog to see what Barbie dressed up in about fifty years ago. She had some lovely dresses that girl!

  47. Alexej

    April 19, 2010 at 5:51 am

    First thing that came to my mind:Epic.
    He is the definitive man.The look on his face is great,his expression breathtaking.Great photo!

  48. San

    April 19, 2010 at 5:56 am

    What a wonderful picture. It looks like it was taken for a Fashion Mag of the old days. Whatta man!

    This vintage photo contest is the best thing ever. Just love those pictures

  49. kristy

    April 19, 2010 at 6:22 am

    this is amazing!!!! he's on the roof of the duomo!!!! wow, i love this.

  50. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Is not Barcelona!!!!!!

  51. Architetto

    April 19, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Definitely Milan – you can get up on the roof. This photo was taken looking back toward the tower over the transept (which you don't see from the piazza). The statues behind him on his right are on top of the elongated finials of the buttresses. Those you can see well from streetlevel on both long sides of the Duomo (Santa Maria Nascente).

  52. beths

    April 19, 2010 at 7:23 am

    what a mighty man–and coat. And backdrop.

  53. Davidikus

    April 19, 2010 at 7:55 am

    The Duomo is one of the strangest & greatest monuments I know. It is a clear mash-up of different styles. It has its own style. No other building is like that. This, and the low vantage point, make a great picture!

  54. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Bonn ?

  55. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 10:26 am

    What is it about Italian men and overcoats? They can tailor–and wear them–like absolutely no one else. As your photos keep proving.

  56. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Stylish and timeless. Why is he bareheaded (so is the gentleman behind him)? I thought all men wore hats around this time.

  57. Elena

    April 19, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I'm from Milan, and I've been to the Duomo roof probably dozens of times… This is definitely the Duomo of Milano, sorry everyone.

  58. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 11:55 am

    He certainly has it, doesn't he!

  59. Rita

    April 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    it is definetly milano. you should take a look at the Duomo, if you haven't yet. it's the most beautiful building I've ever seen.

    great attitude of that gentleman.

  60. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    what a man!

  61. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Definitely the Duomo rooftop in Milano; just returned from there two weeks ago and stood in that same spot.

  62. sherie'

    April 19, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    omg, rocknrolla!

  63. smallsweethome (federica)

    April 19, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    yes yes this is Milan.
    I'm from Cremona, near Milan. In this photo are represented the Duomo, famuos cathedral in centre city.
    sorry for my english)

  64. lumikha

    April 19, 2010 at 1:40 pm


  65. joyce

    April 19, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    This is in Barcelona in front of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Cathedral

  66. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Did I miss something? There are a couple of references to a description or writing (like the comment above about so-called "romanticised 'crap'") that I don't see on my screen. I'm curious to see what got such a strong reaction.

    (For what it's worth, I don't think the real problems of Italy at that time diminish or negate the admiration we have of the style and social niceties that co-existed at the time anymore than anymore than admiration of the style, music, and movies of the 30s is negated by the co-existence of the Great Depression and Jim Crow laws in the South.)

    For those still wondering if it's Milan or not, just go too and search for "duomo milan roof" and you'll see it's Milan. Great picture! I'll comment on it picture later.

  67. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    nice pics!

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  68. kar

    April 19, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Daddy Longlegs. He's gotta be what, 6' 4" at least to judge by the others in the picture?

    Always said that I like tall men. I like having something worth the climb.

  69. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    This is definitely the Duomo! I love the stance of the man, very self-confident!

  70. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    it's not easy to be spotted from the pic , and I'm from milan , but it seems to be the Duomo

  71. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    NOT Sagrada Familia at all. Consider the date this picture might have been taken. Sagrada Familia still isn't finished and the architecture is completely different.

    The man's stance is really what shines here.

  72. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    grande sospiro…….

  73. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    That's style!

  74. Natalie Ruth

    April 19, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    this actually looks like the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to me. he is very dashing!

  75. look book

    April 19, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    this picture is particularly breathtaking… looks like Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia. I love the look of fog and his cool demeanor.

  76. garret

    April 19, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    It's definitely the Duomo Milano. You can climb to the roof and be surrounded by what seems an infinite number of spires.
    The photo is so evocative of post war Italy. I imagine him to be the tall,dark,handsome stranger many American tourists had fleeting infatuations with.

  77. Julie

    April 20, 2010 at 1:51 am

    this gentleman is fantastic…he is self-assured,stylish and very

  78. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 5:30 am

    the swagger is out of this world!

  79. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 6:55 am

    isn't it Barcelona rahter than Milano?

  80. FashionandorStuff

    April 20, 2010 at 7:36 am

    This looks like one of your excellent shots just a little bit grainy. Nice to know there was an equivalent sartorialist roaming the streets of Milan all those years ago

  81. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 7:42 am


  82. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Great Blog! Great new and old photos! Great man´s taste and attitude! and Great Milano Duomo roof top!
    Thanks for it all!

  83. M Jagger

    April 20, 2010 at 9:50 am

    No way the bcakground is from Gaudi's Sagrada Familia. It is Milan's Duomo rooftop

  84. Roberta

    April 20, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Breathtaking. This gentleman looks like the man of my dreams.
    That's definitely the Duomo in Milan. Those are not stairs, it is just how the Duomo looks like when you are on the top. What we see in the background is the facade seen from behind. Maybe this pic can help you:

    Anyway great great picture. One of my favorite from the vintage contest.

  85. Banushka

    April 20, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Aaaaah!Was the roof accesible?? I was there two weeks ago and been into the Duomo but didn't know that I could go up to the rooftop.What a shame!Next time definitely!
    Photo: just bold and beautiful!

  86. Johanna

    April 20, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I acctually think it's taking in Barcelona near la sagrada de familia ;) BTW love this blog!<3

  87. Mr.

    April 20, 2010 at 10:41 am

    For the anonymous wondering if he's missing something, yes, there was an interview with the picture submitter that now seems to be gone.

    While i absolutely agree about the fact that the problems of some parts of italy don't diminish the admiration of some of the products of the era i really think that saying that "small towns of southern Italy looked like majestic Hollywood sets" is simply too much. Up until the mid 70's southern Italy looked like a war-torn country. Some places still do!

  88. CiteLibre

    April 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    This is Barcelona, no? Le Sagrada Familia in progress – as it has been for ages and is to this day? Maybe I'm wrong.

  89. Izzen

    April 20, 2010 at 1:47 pm

  90. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Trust me on this one!!!!!!!

  91. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Do they make 'em like that anymore? If so, I'd like one please!

  92. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    it can only be milano! it's the rooftop of the duomo!!!

  93. mozartem-nacieralem-uszy

    April 20, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    What a handsome man !

  94. allen

    April 20, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    That is the one!

  95. Littlest Owl

    April 20, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    I need that car in Back To The Future to meet this dapper gent in person.

  96. Lovro

    April 21, 2010 at 7:30 am


  97. kham

    April 21, 2010 at 8:35 am

    What a wonderful photo. It captures that timeless elegance that is fortunately sporadically evident Milano to this day.
    Also- I'm currently studying in Milano and was just up on the Duomo roof less than a week ago. Unless the other churches are exact copies- This is the Duomo of Milano.

  98. Yoli

    April 21, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Can I time travel? I think I am in love.

  99. Marit_ Oslo

    April 21, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Oh wow…how wonderfully welldressed…The amazing thing is that Milanese gentlemen still look like this….

  100. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 11:42 am

    This is 100% Milano and NOT Barcelona. It's on top of the Doumo!

  101. Ann @ makethebestofthings

    April 21, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Just gorgeous! The clothes alone would make any of the handsome men in my life even that much more scrumptious. Wonderful vintage pic!

  102. Ji.

    April 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Sorry Guys but it is MILANO, THE DUOMO !!
    I have been there in march and i still remember this place VERY WELL.
    Not Sagrada. Sorry for spanish readers!

  103. SwanDiamondRose

    April 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    i thought it was sagrada familia too.

    but my god. this photo. him. amazing.

  104. Gretchen Kelly

    April 22, 2010 at 10:27 am

    ….now, that is a beautiful photo!

  105. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    it looks like he's gonna kick my ass!!

  106. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Best vintage picture I've seen!!! got to be the winner!!

  107. Seven Dollar Pants

    April 23, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Why can't all men look like this?

  108. Anonymous

    April 24, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Is this not Sagrada Familia by Gaudi, clearly meaning Barcelona and not Milan!

  109. thebeautyphilosopher

    April 24, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Sublimely elegant.

  110. Allan Castle

    April 24, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I think we will be seeing a lot more work that is "vintage". Most of the best photography was before 1970.
    It was more real, raw and emotional.
    Much of the new digital work
    does not have the "heart" of the
    older images.

    It's influenced my work. Allan Castle

  111. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    There is a lot of Ayn Rand in this photo, the egoist and on top of the world. Makes me cringe.

  112. Miuko

    April 26, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Please, throw away that question mark!

    It's absolutely Milano! Duomo, at the top of the roof.

    I'm MIlanese and I know what I say!
    And I saw the sagrada familia and it doesn't match in anyway!

    Although, great pic, lovely man absolutely perfect suite.

  113. Nikos

    April 26, 2010 at 11:41 am

    More of a stereotype than a real person. A standard of male beauty and style. Wow!

  114. Anonymous

    April 26, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    funny. someone else had the same pic idea. except it's not nearly as good without the man.

  115. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    it is for sure the Duomo in Milan seen not from the square but from top (where visitors are allowed to go).I lived in Milan for years so I am pretty sure…
    the man looks totally Italian as well :) it reminds me of some pictures of my grandfather in the '50s. it's just awesome!

  116. Anonymous

    May 26, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I live in Milan and this is the Duomo at the top. 100%. no doubt about it.

  117. Anonymous

    July 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Oh how lovely! It's on the roof of the Cathedral in Milan!

  118. deckert

    November 21, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Your home is valueble for me. Thanks!…

  119. Andrew

    November 14, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    When speaking English, the name of the city is Milan. Not Milano.

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