Saturday, April 24, 2010

Rosie, Vintage Photo Contest

Recently I ask my grandmother to send me some old pictures of herself and our family, as my girlfriend and I started decorated the apartment. This is one of those photos. She was 14, a freshman in high school and apparently on Belle Isle in Michigan. She looks beautiful. Also, she said at that time, 1949, she made her own clothes, which is pretty neat.


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  1. Pronto. Calcei

    April 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Very nice shot.

  2. Pavitra

    April 24, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    What spunk :)

  3. Some Style...

    April 24, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    wow, fabulous! it's such a timeless photo! could also have been taken nowadays! just amazing!

  4. Diana Mieczan

    April 24, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    That is one great photo….Great idea to decorate your apartment with old pictures!
    Your grandma must be so proud!

  5. MarchMusings

    April 24, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Nothing like a black and white photo to bring back that era.Lovely

  6. The Baker

    April 24, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I love it!
    If only I looked so cool when I was fourteen (and made my own clothes).

  7. カルラ

    April 24, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    wow so cool, i love your website. I'm trying to make it like yours!

  8. 6-3-2

    April 24, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Belle Isle is specifically a large island in the Detroit river with landscaping by Frederick Law Olmstead. It has been a long time inner city get away for Detroiters.


    April 24, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Awesome! I love this photo and her expression seems also defiant. It is cool she was making her own clothes as well. x

  10. Fabiola "Fab"

    April 24, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    how cool is that!!! I love this photo!! she's gorgeous!!

  11. Anonymous

    April 24, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    a follow up to this idea that would be great would be to show remarkable men and women such as these…(wow rosie you go girl) and then show them now or as they were in their elder years….

    these photo's help to remind us all that we did not invent cool. and to help put perspective on aging.

  12. beruno

    April 24, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    love it! :)

  13. ms. less is always more

    April 24, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Love those bangs!

  14. mina

    April 24, 2010 at 7:44 pm


  15. Izzen

    April 24, 2010 at 8:01 pm

  16. Kate Rose

    April 24, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    what the?!? fourteen?!?!?!? She looks so mature for a fourteen year old…people just keep looking younger and younger these days…

  17. daphneosena

    April 24, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    It's so amazing to see our elders as young people. She's got flair! very stylish,

  18. Yoli

    April 24, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I love when you show us vintage pictures. Very touching. She was indeed beautiful and style runs in the family.

  19. Secret Leaves

    April 24, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    She IS beautiful and has a great sense of style. And I agree with one of the other comments that this photo is timeless…it could be now. Love this kind of thing–thanks for sharing it.


  20. fashion clothing

    April 24, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Beautiful lady. It is a pity that the art of making your own clothes at home has been lost. I think it has killed a lot of the fashion creativity within us.

  21. Anonymous

    April 24, 2010 at 10:50 pm


  22. Sarah

    April 25, 2010 at 12:16 am

    I love her attitude! I, too, wish I had could have had that kind of confidence at 14. It makes me happy to see Belle Isle represented here! It's a beautiful place – definitely one of Detroit's gems. This picture was taken during Detroit's heyday, and it's amazing to think about what it must have been like back then. Detroit is still an amazing city, but it has changed, and parts of Belle Isle feel forgotten.

  23. Golden Girl Olive

    April 25, 2010 at 12:21 am

    A waif that made her own clothes. How ahead of the times for the 1950's!


  24. Milt-fresh_best-dressed

    April 25, 2010 at 12:26 am


  25. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 12:48 am


  26. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 1:30 am

    This pciture is awesome, grandma is a total bad ass! She looks a bit defiant and timelessly beautiful. The fact that she made the clothes makes it even better!

  27. diana

    April 25, 2010 at 1:32 am

    simply beautiful!
    i love looking at my mothers and grandmothers old pictures! <3

  28. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Hi Scott,
    I think you are going a bit too much "vintage" lately. I do not only refer to this pic, I refer to a lot of your latest posts… "old"-looking interiors…
    Its horrible. This affection for a fake-looking past. American Sentimentalism.
    Get over it! Please!

  29. MEO

    April 25, 2010 at 5:03 am

    I love this story .. great vintage photos .. I wrote on my blog ..BRAVO BRAVO!!!

  30. Neve

    April 25, 2010 at 5:37 am

  31. laurel.bis

    April 25, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Buena instant

  32. Poivre Monkey

    April 25, 2010 at 7:30 am

  33. O Bernas

    April 25, 2010 at 8:59 am

    gorgeous, your grandmother !
    give her a big kiss from Portugal..

  34. Diane

    April 25, 2010 at 9:09 am

    She was so bold for that era!

  35. Nancy

    April 25, 2010 at 9:21 am

    beautiful! I love vintage photos!

  36. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 9:46 am

    firstly this looks like the girl from Alice In Wonderland, small frame and a beautiful porcelain face. I also wonder whether she hand stitched her clothing, or had a large old fashioned mechanical sewing machine. i love sewing, however if i had grasped it at 14 i would be proud, and probably out taking inspiring photos of people wearing my stuff like this lovely picture, its hard to be motivated when in year 12…too many things to do.

  37. Alana

    April 25, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Love that this awesome shot of a girl who clearly had quite a bit of style was taken in Detroit. Being a teenager from Detroit I love shots like these, taken when the city was in its heyday. I love my city and hope that images like this one can offer a little help in changing the reputation it has gained in recent years.

    Aside from all of that, your grandmother is fabulous, I love the expression on her face!

  38. men's t-shirts

    April 25, 2010 at 12:52 pm


  39. Caylie

    April 25, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Georgeous shot. Love old photos!


  40. jackie

    April 25, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I think that we also forget that many people in the earlier part of the 20th century, and earlier, of course, made their own clothes. People, mostly women, had more developed "home-ec" skills. Many had very developed skills which are often lost in our disposable culture or becomes expensive college curriculum and not part of the quotidian experience, handed down from parents and grandparents.
    I miss looking at vintage/junk stores when you could actually find clothing that was "handmade"(which is such a cheeky term these days since most things were DIY for the majority). We've got short sight too, not just in thinking we've "invented" cool but also in more universal daily creativity, i.e. cooking, sewing, gardening, puttering in the garage/over the workbench. Our mothers though, might consider this a bad fit of nostalgia.

  41. Francie

    April 25, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    What a face! She is so modern looking, so sassy!

  42. fresh oil

    April 25, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    in the past 100 years the sexiest women have been from the style, dress, and I also have a foto of my mother in a dress…she is drop dead gorgeous and it's taken on Belle Isle too @1949 (she's with my dad, who is super cool w his bowtie!)

  43. Suai

    April 25, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    love it. i think i'll take a few shots on belle isle this summer too!

  44. taryn smith

    April 26, 2010 at 3:37 am

    This photo is fantastic!

    ~taryn xx

  45. Izzen

    April 26, 2010 at 6:35 am

  46. Anna Marie

    April 26, 2010 at 10:54 am

    i love how the angle of this shot really amps up the glamour.

  47. Joanna

    April 26, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Beautiful photo, I really love it ( the signature – awesome!). My grandmas and greatgrandmas also made their clothes themselves, but when they were older. It was more because of that there wasn't much in the shops during comunism (I'm from Eastern Europe) but still, it's important to be creative.

  48. Joan

    April 26, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    oh my god! your grandmother is such a doll!

    Hello Dasein!

  49. openscarf

    April 26, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Rosie is a gorgeous girl and this is a luscious photo. Is this Sart's grandmother or the grandmother of who won the contest…? Sorry I don't log in everyday. I love seeing pictures of older people when they were young, it helps puts things in place for me. Rosie had a good photographer too.

  50. Anonymous

    April 26, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    she is absolutely beautiful.

  51. rolamoly

    April 26, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Yup that is me,61 years ago, it was taken with a very cheap camera and I cannot remember how the shot was taken, I think I was in the boat and somebody was in the water . It was a great time and yes I am proud of Mike Correy for thinking of his Grandmother, Thanks Mike and Carrie


  52. Anonymous

    April 26, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    she looks like she has some 'tude!

  53. kelly

    April 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    It is a great photo. She looked great at 14 years old and still looks fantastic today. Way to go MOM !!!

  54. Anonymous

    April 27, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Far the best picture,of the bunch , It is of my oppion… That she looks just as beautyfull @ 75yr.s old [email protected] yr.s old,,,Just a wouderfull humin being! (I KNOW SHE IS WITH ME 24/7) :-),AS I HAVE A TATOO OF HER ON MY ARM…Best of luck…'ll Allways be #1 with me ! ! ! I LOVE YOU :-)

  55. Steve

    April 27, 2010 at 2:51 am

    Brings home the thought that beautiful young women exist in all times. Makes me think of the women in my family who came before. Great photo.

  56. Anonymous

    April 27, 2010 at 7:11 am

    I'm proud to say I was the photographer. We were canoeing that day. We all got soaked that day. She turned and I took the pic. Good times.
    Jo Ann

  57. Denna

    April 27, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Timeless, simply timeless! Very nice and very sassy!

  58. Anonymous

    April 27, 2010 at 8:28 am

    SHE LOOKS GOOD! My mother was a Rosie too!!

  59. Pookies

    April 27, 2010 at 12:22 pm


  60. Marvin

    April 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Rosie has the classic look of the late 1940's early 1950's. She is slim and alluring in a subtle and wonderful way. It's just a great picture.

  61. Candy

    April 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    La, la, la, LOVE this pic! A real beauty!

  62. Robert

    April 27, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    A classic photo of a truly beautiful person. Rosie, you put the "Belle"
    (1. a beautiful girl or woman
    2. the most attractive or admired girl or woman at a place, function, etc)
    In Belle Isle.

  63. Li-Li

    April 27, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    I love this ! Canoeing on Belle Isle in 1949… amazing. Of course she's a Detroit girl! The attitude is still here, come see for yourself sometime. xoxo

  64. Libby

    April 28, 2010 at 10:00 am

    !!!!!!! I love belle isle! and she is gorgeous, of course. Detroit is beautiful.

  65. Janis

    April 28, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I know Rosie and she is just as gorgeous and spunky today as she was in 1949. You should also post a current picture, her timeless beauty will be appreciated.

  66. Erin

    April 28, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    I know your grandma well, she is a beautiful woman, it would be cool to have her then and now and with your aunt's they all look great!
    Good luck on your contest!

  67. M

    May 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    I love this! My grandmother also has some amazing pictures taken on Belle Isle. What's really a shame is how the island has deteriorated in recent years ( with no thanks to Kwame Kilpatrick who chose to put the available funds into preserving and old baseball stadium instead of what was the oldest still running aquarium in the nation ). In any case, Belle Isle is still a beautiful place with a lot of history for not only the inhabitants of Detroit, but people all over the country.

  68. Lijia

    September 8, 2010 at 9:12 am


  69. Jazzbuff630

    December 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    She looks like she was her own person even then.

  70. eva

    August 20, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Amazing. I LOVE her top…and she most likely sewed that!

  71. samantha

    November 13, 2011 at 7:08 am

    such an inspiring & effortless photo !

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  73. TJ

    March 8, 2012 at 10:42 am

    This is a great photo. You should see if she still has some of the clothes that she made. I found some my grandmother had from when she was younger and absolutely love them.

  74. TJ Evans

    March 8, 2012 at 10:48 am

    This is a great photo. You should see if she still has some of the clothes that she made. I found some my grandmother had from when she was younger and absolutely love them.

  75. SF

    February 10, 2018 at 12:55 am

    Love the confident “sitting on top of the world” attitude. And at that time, Detroit was exactly that.

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