Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Friends, Vintage Photo Contest

Please find attached a photo of my grandfather and a friend from 1939. My grandfather, Sidney Foulkes, is in the dark polo neck on the left.
He sent this image to my grandmother just after they had begun courting and they had to wait till the end of the war till they were married
Here you can find my grandfather and some friends. He was born in 1908 ! in Valencia, Spain and later come to live in Barcelona.

He was from a country family but he always had a special sense to dress. I remember he looking himself at the mirror always before get out of home to have a walking with my brother and me. We think that these pictures are from around 1930 or before, because after that the things changed a lot in Spain because the civil war, etc..

This image comes from a collection of old photographs that belonged to my great-grandmother. It was taken sometime in the 1920s in a small country town in Australia. The subjects were family friends, most likely farmers or labourers with very little money. I particularly enjoy the individuality in the way they wear their hats.


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  1. Andrea

    March 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Style really is in the genes!!!

    Beautiful pictures.

  2. Holly

    March 28, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I love these old photographs, they make me feel incredibly nostalgic
    Holly x

  3. Leigh

    March 28, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I am in love with vintage photos, I was lucky to inherit a large box of vintage photos from around the world via 50's and everyone of them I cherish beyond words.. I have restored most of them as well. These have such personality. Love them! Love history!

  4. stylespotterfashionblogger

    March 28, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    owwww! These photos are great! The top men are very dashing! What a looker on the left! I absolutely love the hats in the bottom pic! Such style!

  5. Kinga

    March 28, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I like them so much. In the first photo, the man on the right side is similar to the young Leonardo DiCaprio. :]

  6. Beverly Bohan

    March 28, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    More vintage amazingness. I really love these.

  7. Magsli

    March 28, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    These pictures are magnificent. I don't want this contest to end. A regular feature maybe?

  8. Juli

    March 28, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Good Lord, your grandfather was gorgeous!

  9. enrique

    March 28, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    The timelessness of the people's way of dress is something to behold.

  10. ana villanueva

    March 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Me ha sorprendido!

  11. dbbg

    March 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    i love this contestttttt. every picture and story has been incredible. keep them coming!

  12. Anonymous

    March 28, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    This photo contest is brilliant idea.The stories and the photos are pure magic.Thank you so much Scott and all the people sharing!!

  13. Anonymous

    March 28, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I am loving looking at all these vintage photos and the stories behind them.

  14. La Condesa

    March 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    So you have Spanish roots? How great Scott! That must be why you transmitt such a passion for life


    Love from Spain (Madrid)

  15. Misanthropic Pulp

    March 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Adore these vintage photos you've posted in the last days…
    I guess memories are the only thing close to immortality…

  16. Vicki

    March 28, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    All of these photos are wonderful! But I have to say I have a soft spot for the 'Aussie LarrikIns" I knew they were Australian before I read it – the tilt of the hats and the cheeky look in their eyes! I love this photo.

  17. Casey

    March 28, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Isn't it interesting how elegant so many of the photos from the '30s are?
    Just loving this series.


    March 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    i love vintage pictures


    March 28, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I love all these photos. The cuffed trousers are gorgeous. xo

  20. LoliTa

    March 28, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    these are great! i love that the photo itself is worn, you can see all that its been through as well as the story the photo brings

  21. Anonymous

    March 28, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    OMG, such moving beauty in all these pics… It seems there were a lot of serious, great STYLE before FASHION SYSTEM came out!
    Ins't that paradoxical?

  22. the style crusader

    March 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    wow, these photos are beautiful. what amazing stories behind them as well. just finished watching valkyrie and had me thinking about how incredible it is that people who are still alive actually lived through WWII and that monumental experience… having to wait until the end of the war to get married etc. what an incredible time. thanks for sharing these! xx

  23. Livvey

    March 28, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I love the fob watches!

  24. sherene

    March 28, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Wow, the chap on the left in the first photo was absolutely dashing, nay? Really liking the individual styles in these photos…

  25. Anonymous

    March 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Your grandfather in the first photo is one good looking gentleman with great style! I'm sure your grandmother considered herself a lucky lady.

  26. AnastasiaC

    March 28, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    very nolstagic indeed!
    the top image reminds me of your work Scott…such a natural shot!
    his black turtleneck adds so much to his outfit! love it!
    love the 'happy go lucky' aussies on the bottom…
    no photos from the 70's to share???

  27. The (Style) Realist

    March 28, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    there's something about people in vintage photos that seems so intrinsically stylish…

  28. The Photodiarist

    March 28, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Great contest. Such incredible stories in each photograph. I can only hope our photos stand the test of time . . .

  29. Anonymous

    March 28, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    The first photo especially looks like something you could find on the pages of this blog today!

  30. groovergreen

    March 28, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Damn, your ancestors were so good-looking! And what beautiful tailoring … with hand-sewn details, I'm sure.

  31. brittany barney

    March 29, 2010 at 12:20 am

    nothing can beat true vintage!

  32. Theresa

    March 29, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Gorgeous – love the idea, allows us visual insight into the past – and timeless style, hope to see more!!

  33. U-NI-TY

    March 29, 2010 at 4:44 am

    Great pictures!

  34. vehap muja

    March 29, 2010 at 10:56 am

    movies are made from looking at these pictures! great!

  35. katherinemcconnellclothing

    March 29, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I love the three piece suits with the double breasted button down vest.
    Such amazing tailoring.
    Katherine McConnell Clothing

  36. Anonymous

    March 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Grandpa could be a male model in a current GQ edition!

    Those gorgeous features and shining, coiffed hair. The ability to wear a turtleneck/blazer without looking like a turtle, the whole thing.

    I don't blame that woman off to the side for staring.

  37. Seth Dalby

    March 30, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Such a great image. It would be worth restoring.

  38. Gino

    March 31, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Super nice old pictures!

  39. shona

    April 2, 2010 at 6:38 am

    gosh! the men in the top photo are so devilishly handsome!

  40. Camilla

    April 2, 2010 at 10:15 am

    These pictures are really amazing. Your grandfather carries great style. Style certainly runs in your family! It's so interesting to read about your photographies, the history behind them, and I really admire your work. I'm stunned!

    Best wishes, Camilla

  41. the twinset

    April 7, 2010 at 6:26 am

    I love the blokes in the cocked hats! I have to agree, you can tell they are Australian by the twinkle in their eyes!

  42. Anonymous

    April 9, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    wow, the guy on the top pic is something to look at.

  43. Gentleman's Gazette

    May 11, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Great pictures – thanks for sharing! I find it particularly interesting that all men, not just your grandfather are wearing their vests buttoned all the way down. Today often times the vests are cut in a way so the bottom button cannot be fastened anymore…

  44. Eva

    August 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    The top photo actually made me teary eyed because after reading the story and i scrolled back up it meant something totally different than at first glance.
    ps goodlooking men :)

  45. sandie ward

    October 10, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Your Grandfather was quite a “LOOKER”……..

  46. Veronica

    May 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I agree with most of these comments. Your grandfather was beautiful just like the story you mentioned:)

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