Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Grandparents, Vintage Photo

The one enclosed is from my grand-parents. “Biarritz_1936″ They lived normally in Reims, north-east from France.
This photo was taken just before the war in 1936 in Biarritz. They are on their honeymoon. I like this photo a lot because they just feel happy and they look incredibly elegant and stylish even if they are at the sea… it would never happen nowdays ! My grand-father was half english and until his death very elegant, a
real gentlman. I also like the contrast of the perfect hair for my grand-father and the wind blowing through the hair of my grand-mother.

I could not resist sending you a photo of them both in Bandol on the same vacation because I find them so beautiful even though they are just wearing the minimum: a swimsuit. The photo reminds me a little bit of Man Ray photo.
Best regards,



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  1. jen

    May 15, 2010 at 8:50 am

    The photos of your grandparents are beautiful. I really enjoy viewing old photos, even if I don't know the subjects. Such a story in each one, very cool.

  2. Lee Oliveira

    May 15, 2010 at 8:55 am

    They look so happy..
    and their fashion, now i know how u r so stylish…

  3. joshylola

    May 15, 2010 at 8:58 am

    They are very handsome and elegants

  4. natasha

    May 15, 2010 at 9:05 am

    You're grandparents in these photos are beautiful and very elegant and stylish. Gorgeous photographs.

  5. annie

    May 15, 2010 at 9:08 am

    What lovely photos with two beautiful and stylish people!!

  6. Anonymous

    May 15, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Increible, espectaculares fotos!!

  7. totallyvain

    May 15, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Even in black and white they and the scenery in background look so beautiful and sophisticated.

  8. Anonymous

    May 15, 2010 at 9:26 am

    It's amazing how fit they were.

  9. adorngirl

    May 15, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Love this whole vintage series, as it just goes to show, everyone was so young at one stage, and it's always interesting to hear the story that goes with the photograph.

  10. I'm a mean street kid.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:37 am

    they both look so elegant. your grandfather looks charismatic and your grandmother looks so sophisticated.

  11. Maya

    May 15, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I love this old-style photography :) Grandparents are stylin'!

  12. Anonymous

    May 15, 2010 at 10:16 am

    What can I say..increadible. i wish i was there instead of your grandpas..Style, love, hapiness and the sea..

  13. BaronessVonVintage

    May 15, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Oh just perfect!


    May 15, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Wow, loving the last photo with the swimsuits. x

  15. Katnani

    May 15, 2010 at 10:39 am

  16. Masha

    May 15, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Oh, such a beautiful couple.They look good together.
    I like Her swimsuit.

  17. Tara

    May 15, 2010 at 10:54 am

    They both look so stylishly elegant. What a beautiful couple of pictures!

    I love looking at the vintage photos. There's just something about them

  18. Sara

    May 15, 2010 at 10:55 am

  19. Anonymous

    May 15, 2010 at 11:04 am

    These are not the grandparents of The Sartorialist–whenever he posts vintage photos, he uses the text of the person who sent the photo. That being said, these people are incredibly stylish and sexy.

  20. snappy

    May 15, 2010 at 11:28 am

    There is something regal about old black and white photos. And of course, that day in time when everyone dressed up and looked fabulous no matter where they were or where they were going.
    snappy x

  21. HAL

    May 15, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Wow, thanks for sharing .. these are stunning.

  22. kristina /

    May 15, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Simply lovely, Scott!

    xoxo, Pretty Shiny Sparkly

  23. lumikha

    May 15, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    yay you're still doing them….:)

  24. Anonymous

    May 15, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    He reminds me a lot of Jeremy Irons in Granada series of Brideshead Revisited.

  25. Anonymous

    May 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Lovely. Style is beyond fashion or time, it's ageless, and these photos of two beautiful people are the perfect example of it.

  26. Aimes

    May 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Too bad people don't dress this elegantly and stylish anymore. The world would be an even more beautiful place to look at.

  27. Anonymous

    May 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I can't believe the legs on the grandfather in the second picture. They both have these long, elegant limbs which certainly helps. She looks very tanned and relaxed.

  28. Mamie Canem

    May 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Biarritz has not change at all !

  29. Hilaloeya

    May 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Omg your grandmother looked so nice on the rocks. It's just like she is posing for a photoshoot.:P

  30. Wanderlusting

    May 15, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Alexandra's grandparents were lovely.

    I was standing right where they were in 2005… Biarritz hasn't changed TOO much, which is refreshing :)

  31. Jean-Seamus Pessoa

    May 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    This is p u r e style .


  32. Carla~カルラ~

    May 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    very pretty!

  33. Bianca

    May 15, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    i wish everything was still like that…

  34. Liv

    May 15, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    I love the feeling of these photos…simple, relaxed and so stylish!

  35. Rosanna

    May 15, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Your grandparents were very beautiful! So slender and toned. Nowadays some people would suspect them of having an eating disorder :( Oh I forgot, they also look SO stylish!!!

  36. EwaMarlena

    May 15, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I like the photos. They look so peaceful to me.

    Kind Regards

  37. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    May 15, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I love the first photo!

  38. Anonymous

    May 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Simply stunning. Thank you A for sharing and S for setting up the opportunity for people to share. Again, stunning.

  39. Elizabeth

    May 15, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Such lovely photos! Thank you for sharing…

  40. Anonymous

    May 15, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Yes, graceful and elegant are the words for these two.

  41. Anonymous

    May 15, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! They were a stunning couple.

  42. Natasha

    May 15, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    so romantic i love these

  43. julien scavini

    May 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Really happy to see an old pic of Biarritz, my birthplace (not in the 30's ;)

  44. Gunnar

    May 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    What did they do for a living to get those physiques? We are doing something wrong today!


    May 16, 2010 at 1:20 am

    It's hard to think of any other time in all of history that beat the 1930's for elegance of line. Here's hoping it'll come back some day.

  46. ifyouforgetme

    May 16, 2010 at 3:19 am

    What strikes me about old, vintage photos is that people were so much slimmer then. But not anorexic-thin! They were no fast foods and no over-the-counter instant MSG-laden, oily foods so people ate much healthier. Sigh. To have those bodies naturally. :)

  47. Poivre Monkey

    May 16, 2010 at 6:02 am

  48. Caddy

    May 16, 2010 at 10:21 am

    These are lovely. I love her point on the differences in their hair. :)

    I'm really enjoying reading all the stories that come with these posts.

  49. Gaëlle

    May 16, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    These pictures make me think of those from Jacques-Henri Lartigue in the 30's… Beautiful !

  50. AnastasiaC

    May 17, 2010 at 4:18 am

    stunning couple! love the long limbs…very 20's/30's!

  51. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Such beautiful slender bodies, positively yogic!

    Yes: certainly says a lot about changes in diet and mod-cons.

  52. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 6:53 am

    They both look so beautiful because their bodies are so slim and toned. The look very much alike, indeed "a couple".

  53. alexandra

    May 17, 2010 at 8:15 am

    hello Scott, thank you for posting the photo of my grandparents ;-)
    it almost makes them live again !
    and thanks to all for your nice comments.

  54. Bridget

    May 17, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I'm suspicious that the grandmother's "hair" in the first picture is a sculpted hat of some sort. It is far to regular to be wind-blown hair… and having that much wind it seems would have changed aspects of their disposition and other details in the photo.

  55. The Photodiarist

    May 17, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    The second photo is particularly good. The contrasts and composition are excellent.

  56. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    They are very elegant. And very fit. Both of them have astounding legs !

  57. Oli

    May 18, 2010 at 4:13 am

    Breathtakingly wonderful. You can tell how happy they are. Very touching, very real, in one word – beautiful!

  58. Anonymous

    May 18, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Belle plages que celles de Bandol et Sanary-sur-Mer. Mis

  59. Andee Layne

    May 18, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    i love these vintage photos! beautiful! xo

  60. Anonymous

    May 19, 2010 at 6:46 am

    They are so slender, as are many in your vintage pics. I wish that would come back into fashion in my country where 50% are overweight or obese according to the radio this week. (Australia)

  61. rayne

    May 19, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I can almost feel the sun warming her brown shoulders. Stunning.

  62. Pookies

    May 19, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    That is what struck me also was how slender and healthy they look, you just don't see that as often these days. My honeymoon photos I was hiding behind a sarong. (10 lbs), but back then they ate much healthier and hence look much more trim and fit. Ah..the good old days.

    Great elegant photos of them! The good life.

  63. Sandra @ The Cove

    May 21, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Such an elegant and stylish couple. Thank you for sharing these photos.

  64. thebeautyphilosopher

    May 22, 2010 at 6:45 am

    So elegant.

  65. Kasper Ilsfort

    May 25, 2010 at 11:06 am

    brilliant old photos!
    x kasper ilsfort,

  66. Just me and my bon genre!

    May 26, 2010 at 5:34 am

    Lean, keen and sleek! Love your granpa! they sure look like a perfect match :)

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  67. yariten

    May 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Super cool. Isn't it fabulous how his swimming trunks are so high-waisted yet incredibly short? The exact opposite of what is worn today, where everyone shows the top of their arse and no thigh at all.

  68. Leather Jackets

    June 1, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Hey it is really cool pic and the man looks like Mr Bean .. lol

  69. Zbarsky

    July 3, 2010 at 5:12 am

    just stunning!

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  71. Mustafa Dhar

    February 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    wish we all still dressed like this!

  72. elaine trouard

    June 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Incredibly elegant couple. Very fit. Extremely relaxed considering World War II was just around the corner. Perfectly matched couple. Scenery is breathtaking. Right time, right place. Great in black & white.

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