Wednesday, April 14, 2010

All in the Family, Vintage Photo Contest

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I have always loved this picture of my mother and father (Ann and Herman) enjoying a night out at Grossinger’s Resort in the Catskill Mountains in New York. (It was the inspiration for Kellerman’s Mt. Resort in Dirty Dancing). This was taken sometime in the early 1950′s. My father, who is now 90 years old, told me this was some kind of mystery themed event. What I love so much about this photo, besides that it always makes me laugh, is that it shows what a cute couple they were and that they loved having a fun time together. They were happily married for 65 years and were madly in love.

Growing up poor in Philadelphia did not stop my mother from expressing herself through fashion. She had such a wonderful and carefree style – she loved wearing bright colors and patterns, and never left the house without looking perfectly put together. In this picture I love her plaid skirt and how it matches my dads plaid jacket. Also her lace up shoes are just fabulous.

My daughter Hannah Dilworth was on your site in September ’09 (attached is the photo you took of her) and she always says that her Bubby is one of her biggest fashion inspirations, and someone who influenced her towards a career in fashion.


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  1. Izzen

    April 14, 2010 at 7:26 pm

  2. jamieofalltrades

    April 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Looks a bit like Carey Mulligan.

  3. Cecylia

    April 14, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Black and red never looked so good!

  4. dodz

    April 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    wooooo i like the beard, great, cool

  5. Anonymous

    April 14, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I adore this outfit. Very clean and minimalist.

  6. Sonja Blackham

    April 14, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I value fashion no matter the cost. I like that you mentioned that about your parents. Sometimes I feel as though the names in fashion drown out true innovative style.

  7. Style Scanner

    April 14, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    That is so sweet, Hannah is striking a very similer pose to her Grandmother!

  8. Elaine

    April 14, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    This photo captures the night at Grossinger's – it is hilarious, and yes, Bubby's granddaughter is also a charmer.

  9. Daniel

    April 14, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I think that photo is very much reflected in her style. And her style is amazing!
    Let's grow up later

  10. Danielle

    April 14, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    that's a story worth shedding a hear tear for.

  11. HilaryInspired

    April 14, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Lovely story and I really do love the matching plaid in the older photograph. :) Makes me smile. It's fun to see a style lineage like this.

  12. MarchMusings

    April 14, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I had the same thought as jamieofalltrades-she reminds me of Carey Mulligan. Has good taste too.

  13. Giulia

    April 14, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Wonderful, funny, touching.

  14. Carole

    April 14, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    what a lovely story.

  15. Emily

    April 14, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    wow! i guess good style really is genetic :)


  16. the F word

    April 14, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    love love love this look its so simple and done soo well the dress the bag the shoes the blazer so beautiful and so minimalist just done a post about minimalist look. love it all!!

    Roman @

  17. Ashley

    April 14, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I have to agree with jamieofalltrades, she looks sorta Carey Mulligan-ish. I like the simplicity of her style – the red and black combination. So chic!

  18. Dina

    April 14, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    you can see how style runs in the family for sure

  19. Jean

    April 14, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Perfect combination. I love the the whole package. Thanks for sharing. By the way, I would like to invite you to join and have your say about anything on this new Fashion Forum.You can even win the cash prize for the most number of referrals. See you there! Thanks.

  20. Anonymous

    April 14, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    this might be my favorite post since i started following your blog. bravo.

  21. wolf

    April 14, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    that girl is so beautiful! and your parents look absolutely adorable. What a sweet post.

  22. M

    April 14, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    this is a very sweet post, very very sweet. nice work.

    amateur couture

  23. The Concrete Commentator

    April 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    What a superb photograph.. this is so refreshing. The colors are ugh…to die for. Lovely hand bag too!

  24. The Iconic

    April 14, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    What a wonderful post. So enjoyable to read!

  25. Alison

    April 14, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    This is such a sentimental post. Thank you for putting it up. Sometimes I look at old photos of my family and feel a real sense of joy at seeing how tailored and well dressed my relatives were. My mother took such great pride in her appearance, it's rubbed off on me, even though my 'style' is very different from hers. It's something I enjoy!
    Hannah looks lovely, so neat and well put together!


    April 14, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Love the first photo because it looks like a couple truly in love and having fun. Love the second photo because of her smile, hair, shoes, and the red dress!

  27. Anonymous

    April 14, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Thank you for sharing. Your parents are so enjoying themselves. A real pleasure. A real cute couple.

  28. Cate

    April 15, 2010 at 12:36 am

    so nice to see how the fashion sense has run through the generations! :D

  29. The Photodiarist

    April 15, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Awesome! Love this post.

  30. Middleseason

    April 15, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Thank you very much for this post.

  31. Hugo Hase

    April 15, 2010 at 3:11 am

    She looks really cute and has got great style!

    Combining red like that with all black is very tasteful and effective – I like it a lot.

  32. John

    April 15, 2010 at 4:33 am

    I find this his look very inspiring!

  33. Alizée G.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:59 am

    tellement provoquante la photo vintage ! j'adore, la main sur la haute cuisse, et cette moustache, mais des que tu nous certifie que ce sont tes parents,donc deux jeunes mariĂ©s c'est spectacuylaire, tout comme les sandaleset la rpbe de cette jeune fille, j'aime beaucoup…
    Bisous, bisous, Alizée G.

  34. phashioney

    April 15, 2010 at 6:39 am

    i love the vintage photo contest. what a nice idea. and the photos are gorgeous!

  35. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 6:52 am

    A moving post, so sweet and tender.


    April 15, 2010 at 7:01 am

    fabulous colors

  37. Rock'n Roll Ballerina

    April 15, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Love the colors and she looks so lovely.

  38. Joanna Roman

    April 15, 2010 at 7:18 am


  39. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 7:48 am

    to this day possibly the best shot, look, person ….i remember when u first published it.
    she looks so genuine and wonderful. seeing her grand parents on previous shot makes it even more interesting. a sticking, sincere looking girl

  40. givency86

    April 15, 2010 at 9:32 am

    fashion runs in the family! super cute!

  41. john benjamin pritchett

    April 15, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Simple and cute. What makes it pop are use use of the the surrounding background colors. Very nice!

  42. impotenta

    April 15, 2010 at 9:53 am

    good pics…:)also great colors.

  43. Mery

    April 15, 2010 at 10:00 am

    This is the first post in the nostalgia series that actually made me think about the my childhood memories. In what ways has it made an impact seeing my mother carefully do her hair and put on make-up before going to work every morning.

    Family members and early memories have great influence over anyone's initial viewpoint on personal style and fashion. Girls and boys often feel closer to their grandmothers and -fathers.
    And as can be seen, much of the choices in style has had more to do with aesthetics and personal priorities to look good, instead of availability of material resources.

    If I had any say in the outcome of this contest, I would give the grand prize to author of this post.

  44. all-in-the-silhouette

    April 15, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    My favorite post of all I've seen here. Love the connections, the writing and the role that fashion has played in this beautiful family.

  45. Lisa Petrarca

    April 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    This picture definitely makes you value the magic of photography…taking you to an exact place & time to live & relive a moment.

    Thanks for sharing!

  46. Stephanie

    April 15, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    What a great vintage photo. Besides the great style of the couple – the obvious love and connection between the 2 is so touching. Humor and love = so inspiring!

  47. rasananda

    April 15, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    The picture of all in the value the magic of photography.

  48. Little Lovables

    April 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    what a wonderful photo! and everyone seems to think nowadays that mustache masks are so new

  49. mae

    April 15, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    oh my goooood she has just about the most perfect hair EVER.

  50. Prutha

    April 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    very sweet story… love the thats the generations r checking ouy ur blog at the same time…

    u should be very proud!!

  51. Gambs

    April 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Lindos! E muito estilosos!

  52. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 4:27 pm


  53. anthony

    April 15, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    This is smashing.

  54. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I just found this whole article and video about Hannah and her style. She talks about her grandmother in it too. So great!

  55. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I love the pleats in the red dress coupled with the glad style sandals. The black of the blazer is not harsh with this red either. I love bare legs with dresses, it means summer to me.

  56. michael edwards

    April 15, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I going to swear I saw this girl walking around SoHo this afternoon.

  57. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Wow this is so great…every photo has a great story…you are all so LUCKY that your parents shared it with you….

  58. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 10:36 pm


  59. Anonymous

    April 16, 2010 at 2:32 am

    The colour!

  60. TorontoVerve.:

    April 16, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Such a pretty dress and capture….

  61. Poivre Monkey

    April 16, 2010 at 11:56 am

  62. Anonymous

    April 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    This is by far the best and most fun vintage photo I have seen yet. The grandparents show such a sense of style as well as a sense of humor.
    And Hannah could not be more chic and stunning. She has such a sense of calm.

  63. yesnoyes

    April 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    This post warms my heart ;)

  64. Family Fun

    April 17, 2010 at 4:42 am

    Nice photograph…


    April 17, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Pretty in Red.Molly Ringwald eat your heart out!

  66. Thomas

    April 19, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    The old pic is wonderful & the girl in red is stunning. The girl obviously inherited her grandparents beauty. Her pic makes me think style could be hereditary too.

  67. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I must be the only one who hates those kind of sandals. I just don't think they're flattering – even on the super leggy.

    Her haircut and face a so cute. And who doesn't love a red dress (esp. against a blue wall!)

  68. lindayoga

    August 6, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Lovely story, and such a sweet look young lady.

  69. popstore

    October 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm


  70. Thom

    August 5, 2012 at 3:24 am

    GREAT. What a slice of a different era!

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