Up until she recently passed, my grandmother Рthe woman with the beautifully crisp collar Рused to tell us stories about studying with Amelia Earhart when she was a student at Purdue.  She kept this photograph in a frame on her dresser Рit was her most truly prized possession.


Now that I find myself working in a position for someone who’s work I greatly admire, I feel I am finally able to understand the real wonder she must have felt during this valuable time.


- Maggie Carson Romano


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  1. Mica

    January 14, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Wow amazing story behind that photo!


  2. Phyllida

    January 14, 2012 at 9:20 am

    That’s such a lovely story, and a very telling photo too!

  3. Elena

    January 14, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Beautiful photos!!

  4. Sarah.M

    January 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Stunning! I feel like I’m sitting at that table. …and Amelia’s belted polka-dot shirt? love.it.

  5. Mallika

    January 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

    This is truly beautiful!

    x Mallika

  6. Leaves you wanting more

    January 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Absolutely lovely! Such a rare photograpgh. Lovely to see them work – in action.. Not lined up.

    Thanks for sharing!!

    With love from

  7. JVG

    January 14, 2012 at 10:18 am

    What a treasure! I agree with LYWM, it’s wonderful to see such lovely women studying and being creative. Thank you for posting this. I really enjoy the blog.

  8. Stylosophism

    January 14, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Such a composition!!


  9. FashionUm

    January 14, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Um…that not only a photo – THAT’S part of history…


  10. DamoiseauWM

    January 14, 2012 at 10:58 am

    So beautiful! I definitely love the shot!


  11. Victoria

    January 14, 2012 at 11:10 am

  12. B.

    January 14, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Great photo, not a lot of people have such special souvenirs from their grandparents


  13. Dave

    January 14, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I just stumbled upon this site. I love the simplicity of it. Really well done. I look forward to more visits from here in Tokyo…

  14. Mike

    January 14, 2012 at 11:28 am

    This is a truly amazing picture!

  15. Elle .

    January 14, 2012 at 11:57 am

    My heart is filling of happiness to view scientific women. I’m a biotechnologist and (fashion)blogger and I love vintage and photography. View this photo make me to tell you how much you are luck to have a “nane” like she. She is beautiful

  16. Erica B.

    January 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    the collar variety first caught my eye, but the story is even better!

  17. Emily

    January 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I love this photo and the story behind it makes it that much more awesome. Thanks for sharing!


  18. NY Bred

    January 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    love these vintage photos! i wish the world was still as glamourous as it looked in black and white…

    check out my new blog: http://www.nybred.wordpress.com

    much appreciated, thanks xoxo!

  19. Kate

    January 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Gorgeous. You are so lucky to have these archives of your family!



  20. Despina A

    January 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    What innocent time period was this…I wanted me to live in those years..everything were so peacefully and romantic..

  21. Miami

    January 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    This is wonderful and I recognized the woman in the polka-dot shirt as someone special!

  22. anonymous

    January 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I loved the photo but when I read the caption, I was really blown away. Studying with Amelia Earhart, wow. I love how women dressed up so much back then, but what a lot of ironing! They don’t look like brainiacs, but I’ll bet they were.

  23. fashionisable

    January 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    amazing pic


  24. Margaret

    January 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Beautiful story

  25. petrichore

    January 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Upon first glance, I thought the woman standing bore a striking resemblance to Amelia E! What a wonderful story and piece of history.

    And can we say “Long live the Peter Pan collar!”

    minima/maxima, a blog about minimalist style

  26. FashionUm

    January 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Vintage photos are lovely photos…
    Never ending beautiful story..
    I think that’s absolutely quintessence of STYLE!

    Just take a Look…!

  27. Prêt à Porter P

    January 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Quite a photograph!

  28. Sharon

    January 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    This photo is beautiful! the woman with the black dress and white collar kind of reminds me of Drew barrymore.

  29. natalia

    January 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    as always
    amazing :)

  30. nicole

    January 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    amazing photo! love the story behind it!


  31. My style on thoughts

    January 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    That picture truly has a great story behind it which makes it really special

  32. Eva

    January 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Beautiful picture and the story behind it makes it even more beautiful!


  33. dragon fruit

    January 14, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    this is absolutely beautiful.


  34. Suzy

    January 14, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Women learning about fauna through microscopic examinations in the 30s? AMAZING!

    In love with it even before reading the story =) and according to the bottom/center of the photo, the way we store histology slides have not changed that much over the years =)

  35. IRENE

    January 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    i have lot of pics like these from my grandma!!
    i love them, they make me think a lot




  36. Jill

    January 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    This is AMAZING. What a photo (and what a collar!).

  37. Annabelle

    January 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Nana looks great, and how fantastic to see women actually doing science back then, even aside from Amelia herself. It’s because of these women and others like them that it’s so (comparatively) easy for modern women to pursue science now.

  38. Marcel Da Chump

    January 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Amazingly beautiful on so many levels…

  39. MAIALA

    January 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Ahhh Schuman. Your photos make my heart skip a beat or two. Love! xx

  40. ursu

    January 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    amazing photos¬°¬°¬°
    kisses from spain¬°¬°

  41. Melissa

    January 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm



  42. Judith A. Ross

    January 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Just an amazing photo. You must be so proud of your beautiful and obviously intelligent and curious Nana!

  43. Eliza

    January 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love this picture so much! It’s amazing how classic all of those styles are. You could see someone walking down the street wearing any one of those outfits and they wouldn’t seem the least bit out of place. Amazing :)

    You can check out my blog at http://vintagerosegirl95.blogspot.com/ and the blog that my sister and I write at http://oneinchapart.wordpress.com/

    We would love to hear what you think of them :)

  44. Ría

    January 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm

  45. Dave

    January 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Great site Scott. I just found this through the Intel video. I love the look and feel of the site. Really well done. I look forward to visiting more from here in Tokyo!

  46. ladyofletters

    January 14, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    So precious! Power women! All beautiful in their concentration.

  47. swingkids

    January 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    so i just blurt it out but this picture just tops ranking my favorites of your vintage ones. wow what a marvelous babe. you can check how they dress 1940s-ish as in of fantastic collars and pristine outfits and great manners and faces like movie stars and motion like supermodels. everything just fits so right into one take. and i adore how a properly taken picture has that layers not that redness but more like a depth, which i doubt highy how we gonna take it exactly with a dc. the picture also has been well framed and lightened as in the amount right above the lamp and square below some roughly reflecting measurement facility. so much to learn and love in it.

  48. Sabina

    January 14, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words. And your nana is gorgeous.


  49. Christine.R

    January 14, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    OMG! shrieks** I LOVE THIS!

  50. theanthrotorian

    January 15, 2012 at 12:15 am

    I love how Amelia’s hair is disheveled, making it look like she just came from an adventure.
    Amazing piece of history!

  51. Laura

    January 15, 2012 at 1:38 am

    This is a truly magical piece. Grandparents have so much to teach us and this is a prime example. Look at the LOVE in this photo! The love of learning, the love of being women, the love of sharing. Amelia looks so much more beautiful than other posed photographs that I have seen of her. And your grandmother is such a precious treasure. Thank you for sharing!

  52. une chatte grise

    January 15, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Thanks for sharing this! Both the photo and story are wonderful. (And I’m always wicked happy to see stereotypes of nerdy/dowdy/stuffy academics challenged and refuted.)

  53. Konsthopp

    January 15, 2012 at 3:23 am

    I get so inspired by vintage photos in the age of digital technology!

  54. martine

    January 15, 2012 at 3:42 am

    I feel better for having seen this. thank you for sharing. What an amazing story.

  55. Belinda

    January 15, 2012 at 3:45 am

    Love it! I used to go to Purdue and I was so proud to know that Amelia also attended. :) Beautiful photo

  56. Christian

    January 15, 2012 at 4:02 am

    This is really an amazing story that also proves that amazing people can inspire you and make you be a better person just like the sartorialist


  57. The life after

    January 15, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Lovely pic!! I like that they have microscopes,,, I use one everyday!

    The Life After

  58. What Is The New Black

    January 15, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Beautiful photo!

  59. Michelle Lee

    January 15, 2012 at 7:36 am

  60. lola

    January 15, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I totally love vintage photos :) xx

  61. Frankie

    January 15, 2012 at 9:15 am

    What I would not give to go back and live in these tranquil times.


  62. fashionablecollections

    January 15, 2012 at 9:20 am

    That’s so awesome. What an incredible picture and I’m sure an even more wonderful experience for your grandmother.


  63. Giada

    January 15, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I miss so much this period that I’ve never lived…..



  64. dominique

    January 15, 2012 at 9:33 am

    It’s been all about collars back then, too. :)
    Lovely story behind, just keep on fighting for your dreams!



  65. Sunny Side

    January 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Wow yesterday i did not recognize her but I found she was so “modern” among these girls. I read her biography, she was so incredible ! There is one pic I love so much, she is stunning ! I will send it to you.

  66. j

    January 15, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    boiler up!

  67. Sarah Colee

    January 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    What a fantastic story behind that photo! I adore vintage collars; they make for perfect inspiration.

  68. Amy

    January 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Aww how lovely! Really like the collars.

  69. Hayley

    January 15, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    This photo is very touching to me because I grew up learning about Amelia Earhart and her accomplishments in aviation. I’m a fellow Kansan (she was from Atchison, KS) The house she grew up in is now a museum dedicated to her career in Atchison and is spectacular. She is a true legend!

    I also love the peter pan collars the women are wearing in this photo!

    Thanks for posting
    x Hayley


  70. Roseanne

    January 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    this is amazing.I wish my grandma had photos to share with us.x

  71. Christine

    January 16, 2012 at 2:20 am

    cool cool cool cool cool! and the collar IS stunning!

  72. cristina

    January 16, 2012 at 5:18 am

    thank you for sharing this. I want to know more about these women. what’s the title of the book about Amelia your gorgeous Nana wrote? is it still in print?

  73. Mr Kane

    January 16, 2012 at 8:05 am


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  74. shannon

    January 16, 2012 at 9:32 am

    One of my favorites so far- thank you so much for sharing!

  75. proletarian Great Gatsby

    January 16, 2012 at 10:26 am


  76. Malin

    January 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    What an amazing photo. Would love to have that on my wall.


  77. izzy

    January 16, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Unusual also for her to be a serious female college student back then, aiming at a career, let alone science! What was her major, and what else did she end up doing? I want to know more!

  78. pcr

    January 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    I found out more about ameila earhart at purdue, for those interested.


  79. stylefootprints

    January 17, 2012 at 8:31 am

    great picture – love the oldies


  80. Kacie @ A Collection of Passions

    January 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    What an incredible story. I love the information along with the photo. It helps add history to this stylish shot.


  81. antique engagement rings

    January 18, 2012 at 6:43 am

    I love your vintage photos!

  82. Maggie

    June 21, 2012 at 10:30 am

    This is truly lovely. So wonderful to find such a genuine photograph of beautiful ladies captured in their moment in time. I would like to use this photograph for a moment as my timeline. I have a small vintage clothing business selling true vintage, I have been told that my present collection is lovely. So if you don’t mind I am asking your permission to use your grandmother’s photograph. It would be an honor to do so. Thank you for sharing. Maggie

    • MCR

      August 22, 2012 at 3:27 am

      Thank you Maggie! Please do!

  83. Nicole

    June 26, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Amazing,I loved!!

  84. MCR

    August 22, 2012 at 3:30 am

    For anyone interested – here is a fascinating article about the potential discovery of Amelia’s plane that is part of an ongoing investigation.


  85. Cynthia

    August 21, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Brains and beauty! Who says a gal can’t have it all.

    Lovely photo and powerful story. Thanks!

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