Monday, March 29, 2010

The Fellas, Vintage Photo Contest

The man to the second right is my great uncle Bernard – the one holding an old-fashioned megaphone. Our family photo album is full of photographs of him with his friends horsing around. He was evidently a popular and outgoing man in his youth. We estimate this picture was taken in the 1930s, before he joined the Air Force and fought in World War 2. He travelled widely and even on holiday his signature style was present: a striped polo shirt and blazer with pocket square, and baggy trousers tucked into socks. I especially love that Bernard and his friend are wearing mary-jane sandals since it is a typically feminine style, but looking at this photo I can imagine them coming back as a menswear trend.
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  1. AMiBLy

    March 29, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I love the swagger of the second picture!

  2. grooming Guru

    March 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    How cool are the guys in the first pic?!!!

  3. Elizabeth

    March 29, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    One of the things I love about the first picture, besides that they all look SO suave, in their streetwear, on bicycles, is the almost-solid row of gleaming headlamps. Sigh.

  4. Dancing Branflake

    March 29, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    The second picture of the hotel owner looks like James Franco. Great looking man!

  5. Nedda Ebo

    March 29, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I love the way they all look in a group. Like a team with a strong bond. Makes them look more confident. x

  6. Anonymous

    March 29, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Those are not pants tucked into socks, those are knickers.

  7. Anonymous

    March 29, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Wonderful, wonderful photographs! Thank you for sharing.

  8. stacey kelly

    March 29, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    i love all of these pictures, boys must have been so well dressed back in the day.

    -stacey kelly

  9. Adrienne

    March 29, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Lets bring the wide brimmed side cocked fedora back!!!

  10. Ore.R

    March 29, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I love such vintage photos
    They capture such memories


  11. Jenny Kozlow

    March 29, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    so many men in baggy trousers, are we going to see this trend again?

  12. Anonymous

    March 29, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    any idea of the polo shirt color ? Dark blue with white stripes ?
    What about the jacket color ?


    March 29, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I´m loving this vintage pics!
    My blog is inspired in urs, but im Sao Paulo:

  14. Rash magazine

    March 29, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    i love men in zoot suites that 1940's preppish cool.I wish the catwalks would infuse a bit more of that style..i did however see some i think two seasons back mens shows Louis Vuitton.

  15. Shannen Natasha

    March 29, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    These are awesome…so dapper, so charming.

  16. Susan

    March 29, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    What lovely photos – and an amazing historical record of men's fashions. Love the culottes in the first shot – and the man in the centre of the last photo's elegantly tipped hat: what a dandy!


    March 29, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    The second photo with all the bikes is priceless. xo

  18. Lisa

    March 29, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Fabulous..great trio of photos!

  19. Bex

    March 29, 2010 at 8:53 pm

  20. NAB

    March 29, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    beautiful. there's nothing quite like old photographs. i love how stylish everyone was–even for just run of the mill activities. makes me want to rethink my go-to jeans… :)

  21. SaraKateSwan

    March 29, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    These images are just so wonderful. Fingers crossed that mine make an appearance :)!!!!

  22. kathrynnova

    March 29, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I've noticed that many working men and women of the past had such style and grace – no matter if they were in Paris or Des Moines, Buenos Aires or Toledo (OH) – perhaps grace is something that can be taught? And maybe it is not taught as much now as in the past?

    The photo contest is brilliant and I am having so much fun gazing upon these stylish people from the past.

    Thank you so much for sharing this all with us!!!

  23. minor keys

    March 29, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    truly beautiful post. how lucky you are to have such well-preserved memories.

  24. Style Gazing

    March 29, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    I'm loving all the vintage photos! Keep it coming!

  25. WMD

    March 29, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    The friendship of the first and third picture really shines through. You can tell how comfortable everyone is with one another. Case and point for style being about how comfortable you are in your clothes.

  26. Dawne

    March 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    I adore the first photo. I would love to spend an afternoon with this gang. What fun!

  27. lintmag

    March 29, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Love the guys with t-strap shoes – they look like they're having so much fun!

  28. Vinda Sonata

    March 29, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    those are awesome and inspiring! i love vintage pictures! your uncle and grandpa are both handsome!

    fashion atelier.

  29. SequinedSky

    March 29, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    I love these photos. It seems like people dressed with such care in those days…so inspiring.

  30. Yoli

    March 30, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Now that is true style and class! Thank you for sharing with us.

  31. Belle de Ville

    March 30, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Your vintage photos are one of the best things I've seen yet in any fashion blog. Please keep posting these incredible pictures.

  32. chung-chiao

    March 30, 2010 at 12:11 am

    I'like black and white old photos;it's a souvenir of good time….

  33. Anonymous

    March 30, 2010 at 12:17 am

    This is such a great idea Mr. Schuman. I do hope that the designers will bring the 1930's back into style. Everyone looked good back then didn't they?

  34. Brian Sasaki

    March 30, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Bernard and his friend are contest winning material. The baggy tucked in trousers and sandals. this series is really touching, and a welcome break from the standard sartorialist program.

    Subtle and

  35. Anonymous

    March 30, 2010 at 2:50 am

    The riding bikes photo is so great ! Sunny side

  36. Forex Trading System

    March 30, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Only One word to characterize such a great post “WOW” that was a very interesting read

  37. Me.

    March 30, 2010 at 3:22 am

    AAAAW I just, love it.

    a kiss from Venezuela :)

  38. Anna

    March 30, 2010 at 5:36 am

    So are all these photos from the last weeks showing Scott´s relatives or have they been sent to him by his readers?

    Sinci there's no signature to the text I thought it was all written by Scott, but is it possible for just one man to have such a treasure of photographs and stylish relatives?

    Please explain to me!

  39. me in wonderland

    March 30, 2010 at 6:19 am

    hey, i love the vintage photos!
    i love how fashions these days are being more influenced by past vintage fashions. I have a masquerade sweet sixteen party coming up and it makes it so much easier for me to find a gorgeous dress that is in fashion but still has the vintage feel and essence. Vogue is my holy grail and fashion is my life, follow me on my blog please :) spread the word :)

  40. The Red Velvet Shoe

    March 30, 2010 at 7:04 am

    With all these fabulous photo entries, how will you ever choose? Perhaps another book in the making? You have my permission! :)


  41. Roxy Te Owens

    March 30, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Wow! Thanks for the throwback post. I'm so glad you shared as these pictures and the style of these men are timeless!

  42. Diane

    March 30, 2010 at 8:19 am

    I appreciatte this contest so much, I love reading the stories behind the pictures!

    thanks for showing them to us!


  43. Anonymous

    March 30, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Hate the vintage photos, please stop it! otherwise its a very nice blog

  44. A Foreign Collective

    March 30, 2010 at 9:41 am

    The Hotel Portugal photo of the men on bikes is my personal favorite from this set. The men all leak with such confidence that this photo is rendered timeless. Simply Amazing

  45. osha training

    March 30, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I dont believe people were aware of fashion those days!!!

    OSHA Training

  46. Bombchell

    March 30, 2010 at 10:21 am

    wow so cool! the 2nd one looks like an ad.

  47. Anonymous

    March 30, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Amazing images, but my comment goes to "He was a working man BUT had such grace"!?.

    How about: "He was a working man AND had such grace"!!!!

    Class and grace do not depend on how much money someone has…

  48. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    March 30, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Wow, I really like the first two pictures, what cool fellas :)

  49. Shirley Goff

    March 30, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Re the pants tucked into socks in "The Fellas", would those be called plus eights (longer than plus fours)?

  50. "Guppy" Honaker

    March 30, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    How I miss the men's (and women's) styles of bygone eras. There was a certain elegance to them – there is very little elegance to modern styles ("chique slob" seems to the the style du jour).

    - David

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    Holistic Health Info.

  51. Anonymous

    March 30, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I like the bad-a** bicycle club photo!

    Back when men were men I tells ya!

  52. Li Ma

    March 30, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    wow, I like the second picture a lot

  53. Anonymous

    March 30, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    the thing is, people dressed better in the past. they cared about what they put on and what someone wore not only showed a respect of oneself but of everyone around them, everyone those who would experience them visually. these men look dapper.

  54. Anonymous

    March 31, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Those "baggy trousers" are not knickers, they are "plus fours"

  55. christie

    March 31, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    mary janes.. i mean wow.

  56. shona

    April 2, 2010 at 6:31 am

    these are all just so beautiful! and i absolutley love the idea of men in mary janes!

  57. enterrement vie de célibataire

    April 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I like vintage picture because people were elegant and stylish.

  58. «.:.:.:| The Outsider |:.:.:.»

    April 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    i love the 2nd photo, not only because of its aesthetic and fashion value, but also because (i presume) the owner of the hotel was portuguese; and as a portuguese man its very interesting to me the lives that my country men led and lead all around the world. there is a certain colonialism about this photo – not literally, because Venezuela was not a colony, and moreover not portuguese, but "sartorially", and therefore culturally, if you will. its very charming.

    finally, id just like to say that my grandfather, who turns 80 this year, has dressed everyday for the entirety of his adult life, and still does, in a three piece suit and, in the winter, camel over coat. he is a great stylistic and emotional presence in my life, and that portuguese man to the right reminds me of him.

  59. News trading

    August 20, 2010 at 10:38 am

    What a lovely company we've got there. Classics.

  60. Nadders23

    March 2, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Great photos! Love the biking one especially! I was looking up Vintage photos from Venezuela and this appeared on the image list! Love it! xoxo

  61. dcinDC

    July 16, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Style before it got commercial. I doubt these guys went clothes shopping thinking – Ralph, Giorgio, Hugo…? These were simply the clothes that were available. This is just how you dressed. Oh, for those times to return… or at least the demise of cargo shorts and flip-flops. Other than at a special event, could you even find a group of guys looking this good together today? Doubt it!

  62. Borinos

    June 21, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Nice sandals! We are trying…from Mallorca

  63. John

    June 11, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    How can i get a high res copy of the picture of the men on the bikes? Like SUPER high res?

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