Saturday, January 7, 2012

Vintage Photos

This picture is from 1929 and was taken in Ouezzane, Morocco. The man on the left with the hat is my grandfather, Elie Elhadad, a Sepharadic Jew. He was the first to import American cars to Morocco in the 1950s. I have always known him as an impeccably dressed man who had the same dandy look until his last breath, when I was 7 years old. I love the contrast with his friends, who are wearing traditional Moroccan outfits.


Mathieu E


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  1. Helene

    January 7, 2012 at 10:46 am


  2. Stylosophism

    January 7, 2012 at 10:49 am

    His look would be stylish also today.

  3. Fashion Crazy Ball

    January 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Love this photo!

  4. Charlotte Wilder

    January 7, 2012 at 10:59 am

    This is amazing. What a stunning photograph…they look like my great-grandfather and his brothers, who were Ashkenazi Jews. Really beautiful, brings back memories.

  5. Lauren Helen

    January 7, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but there’s something about this photo that I absolutely love.

  6. Stylefootprints

    January 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Great pic. Love seeing vintage pictures like this.

  7. Gillian Striker

    January 7, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Awesome photo! Great family history, love it.


  8. Kate

    January 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Totally amazing to have not only the picture but the memory…


  9. Rabii ben

    January 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Killer moroccan outfit on my people

  10. Elena

    January 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Amazing photo… love old family photos! Your grandfather looks like a child!

  11. IRENE

    January 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    love this style, so classic but still fashionn

  12. umanbn

    January 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    great photo….I find there is something eerie about it…maybe its the otherworldlyness it has….

  13. Madeline

    January 7, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    He looks very Charlie Chaplin, which, of course, I love.

  14. Lylia

    January 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Love this picture.

  15. Dee

    January 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Very very nice photo….wonderful memory & history!

  16. annie n.

    January 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Love the photo, so timeless and elegant!

  17. cultureshockart

    January 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    …and he’s striking a pose! Nice!

  18. Kittyzita

    January 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    He looks absolutely stylish!

  19. David

    January 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    The guys on the right look pretty incredible too. I love the collar/hood on their overcoats!

  20. Julie

    January 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    so very cool!

  21. Maria

    January 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Nice photo, of the 50ties.

  22. What Is The New Black

    January 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I agree, love the contrast!

  23. Villy K

    January 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I love the difference in both cultures! And the black and white picture is so classy!

  24. Carol

    January 7, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    The two men on the left are fashionable as well. Very Yohji Yamamoto.

  25. Rasmus

    January 7, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I see the look of your grandfather in the streets of London all the time. Looking at his friends, his outfit must have been pretty groundbreaking!!

  26. Me

    January 7, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    The man in the middle is a BEAUTIFUL specimen….wish I had a time machine..

  27. Mica

    January 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Love the vintage photos – always so interesting seeing how “put together” everyone used to look.

    I often wonder what people will think of the current fashions when they become vintage photos!

  28. Cristián Pavez Díaz

    January 7, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing your past!! The picture is amazing, I love the contrast of looks.

    Greetings from Santiago, Chile.
    @cristianpavezd on Twitter.

  29. Malaika

    January 7, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Wow your grand father looks African american or mixed, either way he has style and you,well you’re phenomenal

  30. Wes O.

    January 8, 2012 at 2:28 am

    I just finished serving 2years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. was always a steady go-to when I needed a quick piece of the west.

    Not too long ago you did a section on Atlanta which is where I’m from. Being so far away from home the ‘dirty south’ pictures were a wonderful surprise.

    When I opened the page today and found this image—I cried. Thanks for sharing:)

    The two men on the right are each wearing a djillaba with a gown/long shirt underneath called a gandora.

    שלום / السلام عليكم

  31. justine

    January 8, 2012 at 4:51 am

    yes, great photo, especially the contrast! modern traditional, traditional modern. their shoes are the same though ;-)

  32. House of Spring

    January 8, 2012 at 5:14 am

    Beautiful vintage pic.

  33. The life after

    January 8, 2012 at 6:38 am

    That’s amazing!! I have so many vintage pictures at home!!

    The Life After

  34. glosslipstick

    January 8, 2012 at 6:47 am

  35. Sophie

    January 8, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I love the ’20s and this photo really seems to bring back that era x

  36. Marcel

    January 8, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Guy on the left looks eerily like Basquiat.

  37. Name*

    January 8, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Quelle belle photo! Souvenirs de mon adolescence au Maroc.

  38. Grey Fox

    January 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Lovely shot. I too inherited sartorial tastes from my grandfather who was a very snappy dresser.

    A man searching for style in middle age.

  39. LUCIA

    January 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm


  40. Sunny

    January 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    reminds me of my grandfather who grew up during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan. He’s always in a suit, even when flying.

  41. clara turbay

    January 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    It´s a great picture!

  42. Melissa Emergui

    January 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Beautiful! I can’t wait to show this image to my father who is a Spanish Moroccan Jew. I love seeing pictures from a time when Jews and Muslims lived side by side harmoniously.

  43. proletarian Great Gatsby

    January 9, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Cosmopolitan elegance has no time or geography .Beautiful photo.All three men with perfects outfits .

  44. antique engagement rings

    January 9, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    We love your vintage photos!

  45. Cassandra

    January 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    the details of the Moroccan garbs are delightful! his perfectly cut suit is not too shabby either.

  46. Vif jeans

    January 10, 2012 at 7:52 am

    lovely vintage picture!

  47. Martine

    January 10, 2012 at 8:09 am

    He looks so young! I love this photo!!!! And i love the clothing and the look on his face. he just seems so happy!These photos, and the stories that go with them are just amazingly inspiring. If i was a guy, I would wear a suit like that today! LOVE!

  48. Martine

    January 10, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I love the traditional Morocco outfits of his friends too! But his expression truly sets him apart!

  49. Daniel

    January 10, 2012 at 9:53 am

    My grandfather is a Moroccan Sephardi Jew as well and hes come some snazzy pics laying round the house of him and my grandmother.

  50. art deco engagement rings

    January 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    A wonderful photo.. ….such a different era gone by!

  51. thetravelingheart

    January 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

    You’ve inherited some classy style and ideas! I love the honour you have for your grandfather.

  52. David B

    April 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    That’s my dad in the center! I’d love to get in touch with Mathieu E. to find out if he has more photos from my hometown. Thanks in advance.

  53. Mathieu

    April 10, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Hello David,

    I would be glad to share more pictures of Ouezzane with you, I have old ones and more recent ones.

    How can I contact you?

  54. David Bibas

    May 1, 2012 at 7:38 am

    thanks, Mathieu. apologies for not replying sooner, but i just saw your message. here is my email address: [email protected]
    Lokking forward to hearing back from you.

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