Friday, May 13, 2011

Vintage Photos

My father is a gentleman, brought up in an era when one dressed for occasion and where clothes were cared for and tended. This photo was taken about 1954 when he was posted to Japan in order to assist with the return of Australian troops from Korea. My mother, not wanting to miss out on the adventure, jumped on a freighter and managed to get herself to Hiru where they found a traditional Japanese house and embraced the experience together. I should add that my parents were extremely tall for their generation, my father at 6’2″ and my mother 5′ 10″ so they would have created a stir within the local community in which they lived so perhaps he felt he could be bold in a foreign land.

- Alison


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  1. RC.

    May 14, 2011 at 10:55 am

    This is absolutely wonderful !

  2. Ashes

    May 14, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Great image!

    The colours are stunning, your father looks very stylish.


  3. Mila

    May 14, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Love it! This idea with vintage photos is great!

  4. Stephanie

    May 14, 2011 at 11:15 am

    What an exquisitely evocative picture!

  5. songbird

    May 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    such a classic photo..that recliner.


  6. oh look, stars!

    May 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Thise slippers/sandals/? that your dad is wearing is pretty cool (:

    • Jerry Griswold

      April 19, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      called getta. traditionally raised for walking in muddy streets.

  7. Reflexos

    May 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I love this kind of photos. I have a lot and one of these days I'll scan then to publish… My granparents, their parents, my parents…

  8. Welcome to my jungle

    May 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Beautiful post. Love the idea!

    - Dani

  9. s

    May 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Love this pic….. Like the 50's


  10. Mertxe Hernàndez

    May 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    He looks very comfortable and relaxed! I would love to be him right now!

  11. Agni

    May 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    It is so great we can see all this people from the Past! Thank you for this possibility and I want more :)

  12. Anonymous

    May 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    looks like a Hopper painting!!

  13. 40 over 20

    May 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    What a nice surprise…the file was taking a while to download and lo and behold THE GETAS appeared! It made me laugh (in a good way). Such a great image! I am glad it is so big so you can really see the details.

  14. Anonymous

    May 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    In addition to having style, your father must have had very strong abs! I wear those simple beautiful wooden Japanese sandals and they put Dr. Scholl's exercise sandals to shame!

    • WoodenWannabe

      September 21, 2014 at 1:53 am

      I seriously doubt that you could put Scholl exercise sandals to shame. I’m sure you’re just using Scholls as a reference point of hyperbole to describe how marginally more culturally correctt Japanese geta are, albeit impractical and uncomfortable.

  15. Ore.R

    May 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Think you inherited his stylish ways!

  16. Dina

    May 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    So gorgeous and timeless. It looks like a composed editorial shot.

  17. jice

    May 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I love everything about this photo: Alison's stylish father, the beautiful way the shot is composed, the architectural details and that lovely faded yet rich vintage color. Bravo!

  18. Rhi

    May 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    The shoes! The highlight here is definitely the shoes! And what a lovely story, good for them!

  19. Aaron

    May 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    This is so good i love the sandals and the trousers :) he looks so relaxed i love this type of photograph

  20. Fer

    May 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    your dad looks so chic, like he was born to wear small japanese geta. Very nice, i have some great fotos of my granma, going to fancy cocktails in the 60s but in my hometown… hope to go and visit soon so i can scan them. keep up these great posts

  21. Anonymous

    May 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I am Japanese but not familiary with tne name of the town"Hiru". Geta(wooden sandals)doesn't suit him much.

  22. J.Ro

    May 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    More proof reading was classier before the Kindle.

  23. Yajaira

    May 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    nice photo

  24. lucresialinton

    May 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Amazing pic-colors & vibe. Love the sandals. Thanks for submitting!

  25. Kristina

    May 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I love his shoes! It really does show that they embraced the Japanese culture.

    Thanks for sharing


  26. FashionFreak/Mihaela

    May 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Really cool!

  27. Anonymous

    May 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    alison your dad is so elegant and those zori sandels such fun thanks

  28. monsacbyme

    May 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    So very elegant gentleman !

  29. Mila

    May 14, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I really like this photo it's so natural but so fabulous.

  30. estela.pereira

    May 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Lovely picture! I love the sandals, great combination:) I love this vintage photo contest! It is amazing to see the pictures and know the stories behind. It is truly magical!

  31. Anonymous

    May 14, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Absolutely LOVE the juxtaposition of the conservative pullover and trousers with the Japanese geta sandals…very refreshing!

  32. Misha Lulu

    May 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    This is a very beautiful picture!

  33. namoi-moi

    May 14, 2011 at 8:55 pm

  34. candleashes

    May 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    This is on of my favorite vintage shots, it takes a second to see his footwear :)

  35. Lauren

    May 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    This is my Grandfather! I hope I've inherited a little bit of his style (I've definitely inherited his height).

  36. LoveE ♥

    May 14, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Such a vintage shot, love it! And that sounds like an amazing experience!

    New giveaway on my blog, check it out! :)

  37. Anonymous

    May 14, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I live in Japan!
    This sandals are Japanese "geta" !

  38. AM

    May 15, 2011 at 1:14 am

    I love the subdued colors in this era of photos. Such a wonderful picture!

  39. Maria

    May 15, 2011 at 2:34 am

    I love this photo so much, its so lovely!
    Have always loved this blog!

  40. Andrei Iacob

    May 15, 2011 at 4:15 am

    love these vintage how fashion and style are eternal

  41. Stylison

    May 15, 2011 at 5:00 am

  42. Miss Top Ten Image

    May 15, 2011 at 5:52 am

    What an amazing experience for that time!!

    Great picture!

  43. balthasar

    May 15, 2011 at 6:01 am



  44. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 6:43 am

    i love the way everything really is cared for in this photo
    and its show so abstructly
    your pictures are amazing
    check mine

  45. Michelle Lee

    May 15, 2011 at 7:08 am

    love this photo :)

  46. Raspberry & Rouge

    May 15, 2011 at 7:20 am

    So cool! I love it! Hope you enjoy Amsterdam! XO Raspberry & Rouge

  47. 十十f十

    May 15, 2011 at 7:22 am

    love the story. with those clogs, her parents would tower even higher.

  48. bijuterii

    May 15, 2011 at 7:38 am

    the vintage photo you have chosen to show is amazing! Colors, atmosphere and the relaxed attitude of the father seem to travel trough time and space …so far far away…

  49. Jessie

    May 15, 2011 at 7:40 am

    such a beautiful photograph!!! thank you for sharing these old yet amazing pieces.

  50. czytaj z ust

    May 15, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Are the sandals comfortable? I'd like to try ;)

  51. dolceedamara

    May 15, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Lovely photo!

  52. My Style Canvas

    May 15, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Love this idea for a photo theme–and this photo. Your dad's very handsome.

  53. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 9:29 am


  54. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 10:27 am

    So cool. I love his Japanese sandals.

  55. Contact

    May 15, 2011 at 10:31 am

    vintage photos really bring back memories

  56. Anna

    May 15, 2011 at 10:51 am

    The idea of vintage photos is absolutely swell. I love your dad's japanese flip-flops! And the palette of colors on this photo is very stylish!

    Great photo!

  57. Danielle

    May 15, 2011 at 11:32 am

  58. Shervin Nassi

    May 15, 2011 at 11:44 am

    This is so sweet and REAL!! loving whats going on here!!!

  59. Elle Lemoine

    May 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I love the sandals, as they hint at a fusion of two cultures.

  60. Bah!Nane!

    May 15, 2011 at 1:02 pm

  61. Flea For Fashion

    May 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    this is a charming picture!

  62. Selina.

    May 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

  63. Eric Meyer

    May 15, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    and he's looking at an ad for what looks like a 1953 Buick Skylark! A fantastic and beautiful car.


  64. muñequita de papel

    May 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Beautiful!! like a superstar!

  65. fashionfauxpas

    May 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Fantastic! Eloquent and whimsical

  66. Anonymous

    May 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    This post warmed my heart – such a wonderful story. Love the Japanese sandals!

  67. geyerwally

    May 15, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I love all that pink: in the book, the car (on the book), the collar, the chair, even on the wall. fabulously captured!

  68. yvette

    May 15, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    love the flip flops!

  69. Sweet Harvest Moon

    May 16, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Love it!

  70. David McCarty

    May 16, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I guess this disproves the idea that one can't wear flip flops and be fashionable. :)

  71. Wang's Factory

    May 16, 2011 at 7:32 am

  72. Bohemian Trends

    May 16, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Besides his sweater I really like the detail of the backgrounds wooden windows.


  73. proletarian Great Gatsby

    May 16, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I love everything on this picture.And i want those shoes.

  74. Anonymous

    May 16, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Ooh I love this photo. Makes you wonder about all they mustve experienced.

  75. Travis McHenry

    May 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Reminds me a lot of the talented Mr. Ripley

  76. Fei

    May 16, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    thank you sharing! that's such a wonderful story and gorgeous photo…love his Japanese sandals

  77. Beyla

    May 17, 2011 at 2:33 am

    This photo is like a Hopper's painting :)

  78. Stern Design

    May 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I really like the design of the chair he is lounging on. Great photo!

  79. elisa

    May 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Such a cool story, these must have been exciting times to live. Loving the jumper and the sandals, it's all about cosmopolitan dressing.

    Elisa –

  80. island4jp

    May 17, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Hirou (an area in Tokyo) perhaps, love the getas.

  81. fsm

    May 18, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Very Bernard Rudofsky :-)

  82. jennifer

    May 18, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    love the shoes!

  83. Monica

    May 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm


  84. JEAN

    May 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    So stylish , I can remember these times !

  85. Tran

    May 31, 2011 at 11:02 am


  86. Katie

    January 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I love this sandals! Very Japanese, and would have made him a lot taller! :D

    Katie =^..^=

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