Saturday, February 25, 2012

Vintage Photo

This photo of my mother-in-law and her best friend was taken in the San Bernardino mountains of Southern California, very
near the town of Big Bear in the early 1940s.


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  1. Natasha Fatah

    February 25, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I love these vintage photos! I might just submit some of my grandparents. My parents have tons of great pictures like these:


  2. omowunmi wemi akinsola

    February 25, 2012 at 9:11 am

    The best!!

    need to find my mums!! They should be cold no? but i love their checkered shirts. ironically, wore one yesterday. how weird that i’m wearing something people wore over 50 years ago.
    I saw you at LFW, would have come to talk to you, but I had to rush off to a show:( and you looked busy. next time maybe. still a big fan of the blog. its been what 500 years.


  3. Elena GD

    February 25, 2012 at 9:29 am

    So beautiful! Love vintage photos.

  4. Stephanie

    February 25, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Wow both really beautifull women!!!
    Love these vintage photos…. specially cause you can have a look how they lived and with what the people enjoyed-…..


  5. Serena

    February 25, 2012 at 9:43 am

  6. Bohemian Style

    February 25, 2012 at 10:11 am


  7. The Curious Camera Girl

    February 25, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I love when you post vintage photos! The above photo is fantastic – it looks like these women were very modern and really embracing the outdoor life!

  8. monkeyshines

    February 25, 2012 at 11:18 am

    lovely captures!


  9. Sabina

    February 25, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Love the mix of their glamour puss makeup with the lumberjack shirts. This is the first vintage photo I’ve ever seen with woman dressed like this.

  10. Roseanne

    February 25, 2012 at 11:37 am

    love their plaid shirts and the turban!

  11. Boxer's Adventures

    February 25, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Oh Big Bear! I’m from LA and loved Big Bear as a kid. The girl on the right looks a bit like Rachel McAdams, anyone?
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  12. Miss Smith

    February 25, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Too funny — I knew they were California girls before I scrolled down to the caption — reminded me of pictures of my aunt’s from the same time. Fabulous photo and I really want those khaki’s on the right. ;-)

  13. Miss Red Socks

    February 25, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I love this photo. Their faces are so feminine, all made up with their hair but then something needed to be done and they tought: “I’ll just put on my husbands clothes and do this!” Also, awesome boots!

    • Maria

      April 24, 2016 at 5:15 am

      I am quite sure they are wearing their own clothing. The pants fir perfectly, and women were wearing slacks at this time. Look up Katherine Hepburn if you have any doubts.

  14. VC

    February 25, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Carrying axes and wearing skates!?

  15. Connie

    February 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    My parents lived in LA back in the early 40′s and vacationed near Big Bear and I have pictures of my mother with same type of outfit on. The hair braided and scarved and the same wook or flannel plaid shirts with wide and roomy pants. It was so fun to see these two with their axes!

  16. Becky Bedbug

    February 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    So beautiful! I especially love the turban that the girl on the right is wearing.


  17. Aurélie & Angelo

    February 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Gorgeous vintage photo! A classic!

  18. FashionUm

    February 25, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Vintage photos around this Blog looks like they were taken by you ;)
    Show Your Outfit !

  19. justine

    February 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    i sense some katharine hepburn attitude in these women! love the photo!


    February 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    These women are so beautiful and have the coolest style. I love the hairstyle, the shirts, cuffed pants and the turban.

  21. Johnny

    February 25, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I absolutely adore your vintage photos.

  22. ladyofletters

    February 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Totally awesome. This to me is the epitome of woman style!

  23. Anon

    February 25, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I think the one on the right looks exactly like Peggy from Mad Men.

  24. Samantha

    February 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I love this. It reminds me so much of my Mother, who has lived right around there for forty years. Thank you.

  25. Blog ABRIL Moda

    February 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Lovely picture. :)

  26. Blog Desde el Trópico

    February 25, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I love vintage photos!!


  27. Aga's suitcase

    February 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Great picture!

  28. Mr Kane

    February 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Amazing Vintage fotos! love it!! it has such a happy vibe!

    JK ||

  29. Marcel Da Chump

    February 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Niiiice! Vintage power to the women!

  30. Kacie @ A Collection of Passions

    February 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    They look so fabulous. I can’t get enough of the vintage photos. They are always so charming!


  31. Simbarashe

    February 25, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    This is an brilliant photo of a couple of brilliant looking women. Cheers.

  32. They Call Me J

    February 25, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Simply lovely.

  33. LaBella Luxe

    February 26, 2012 at 12:32 am

    reminds me of my mom’s pictures during the 30′s and 40′s.

  34. Nnena

    February 26, 2012 at 3:15 am

    I love your vintage photo series!

  35. CBC

    February 26, 2012 at 7:34 am

    love the shoes lace up ankle!!! They look like sisters thanks

  36. localceleb

    February 26, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Vintage photos are the very best!

  37. NicheMan

    February 26, 2012 at 9:11 am

    So significative of an era when women were starting to take on the jobs of men with the wide shirts and trousers. I think the fact that they are wearing make-up and pulling this off with some style shows that they are proud of what they are doing:)

  38. eileen

    February 26, 2012 at 10:51 am

    now those are some cool ladies!

  39. Meo

    February 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm


  40. moldiva

    February 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    let me guess your mother in law is the one from the left the tall woman. You look like her.

    • Maria

      April 24, 2016 at 5:19 am

      Why would someone look like their mother in law? People have no genetic relation to their mother in law,at least not unless you break some serious taboos. And it is NOT Scott’s mother in law anyhow.

  41. Jane Alisa

    February 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I adore the braids, such a chic photo.

  42. Xeana

    February 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    We love retro and vintage! In this old photography submitted zeitgeist. Beautiful women!


  43. Dlight

    February 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Waouw, the shirts are still so modern! Cool outfits!

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  44. sampson schultz

    February 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    The picture of your mother in the snow is wonderful. I absolutely love old photos. What a priceless memory in one little black and white square.

  45. jas

    February 27, 2012 at 8:59 am

  46. koolphoto

    February 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Love this kind of photos which transport us to other lands…

  47. Mshandbag

    February 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Is it me or could the woman on the right be a dead ringer for Elizabeth Moss from Mad Men?

  48. Sally

    February 29, 2012 at 9:12 am

    This is so cool it reminds me of all the old photos we have Up North in Wisconsin — we lived nextdoor to a lodge/resort for years (until the caretakers sold it to my uncle), so now the general store is the one we look to for photos of those tall, strong Norwegian women who looked after their ancestors’ place for so many years (the Rismon gals)… What a photo!

  49. antique engagement rings

    March 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Love the vintage look!

  50. Mary Kathryn

    March 6, 2013 at 2:12 am

    I am fairly certain that these shirts, worn so well by these lovely ladies, are the classic Pendleton shirt of the day. I have two of them. One can see them in vintage photos of our families, in movies of the late 30′s and early 40′s, etc. Pendleton made them for men and women and the women’s are definitely styled for us gals, with a more fitted waistline and buttons on the proper side. They are very flattering. My Grandmother wore them, and my Mother (age 76) and I (49) still wear them today.

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