Saturday, April 17, 2010

With the Boys, Vintage Photo Contest


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  1. Anonymous

    April 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    The winner. Dot.

  2. Tony Post No Bills | Washington DC

    April 17, 2010 at 7:47 pm


  3. The Photodiarist

    April 17, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    These photos are so special. One day, our photos will be regarded in the same way. Interesting, huh?


    April 17, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I think we all wish we had known our grandmas when they were young.

  5. enrique

    April 17, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    They were Annie Hall before Ms. Keaton was Annie Hall. The inspiration must have come from somewhere and here it is!

  6. Szuhuei

    April 17, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    you sound like a cool kid maddy

  7. [email protected]

    April 17, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    I wonder what school had uniforms like that in 1939. Do you know what school they attended? Beautiful.

  8. dodz

    April 17, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    classical photo,
    it looks like a piece of paper

  9. Caroline

    April 17, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I agree with the anonymous commenter above. Winner. So far the best of the vintage photos sent in.

  10. Karin

    April 17, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    She looks fantastic! I love that she was on a city street in johdpurs at that time – how ahead of the curve she was. Her sis looks good too but the johdpur-wearing lady looks incredible. I love the spirit in her eyes…

  11. Karin

    April 17, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Of course, it does say here that she was going for a ride so the johdpurs were not out of line at all – nonetheless, I love how she looks. Super cool.

  12. Anonymous

    April 17, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    This photo brought tears to my eyes. I'm not sure why. Whatever, it's pretty fantastic.

    Aren't we all lucky that camera technology existed when it did to be able to capture such moments? (and who was the photographer in this one?…and how did the photo then end up in your hands Maddy? cuz it seems like a totally spontaneous shot by a random onlooker…)

    What a great project this one is Sart.


  13. ASH!

    April 17, 2010 at 9:28 pm


  14. Marcela A.

    April 17, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    so inspiring!

  15. Kristin

    April 17, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    What beautiful and cool looking girls! I wish I had known them too! I wonder what they talked about while walking down that street on the way to horse back riding.
    Wish I had the chance to know my own grandmothers at that age too….
    Thanks for sharing!

  16. Lord Whimsy

    April 17, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Cute and clean never goes out of style. Such sweet faces!

  17. Kate Rose

    April 17, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Amazing. They look mature, so confident! Masters of style! I am also 17, but I feel like such a child compared to the women in this photo.

  18. Isadora

    April 17, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    definitely my favorite!

  19. lumikha

    April 17, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    the hairs! i wish i got to know my grandmother when she was my age…

  20. Jen

    April 18, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Aren't they school uniforms? Regardless, the way the lady on the left is wearing it, you would never know. I love Melbourne and anyone interested in fashion must go there at least once. It's more about the way people wear the clothes and their attitude than the clothes themselves. Great photo!

  21. the park

    April 18, 2010 at 1:05 am

    This brought tears to my eyes. Beyond the image, I could relate to Maddy's words exactly and the places mentioned.

    My favourite so far – and agree with a couple of the other comments: winner.

  22. Lisa Petrarca

    April 18, 2010 at 1:15 am

    They look so spunky!

  23. Nedda Ebo

    April 18, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Aww. Thats so adorable. x

  24. Bal

    April 18, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Hey, this is a cool blog. As a writer myself, I know it is not easy to write on such topics if you do not have passion. You are doing a very good job and I
    look forward to seeing more.
    I would love to exchange links with you as I am also passionate about writing on such topics.

  25. Mr. Andy

    April 18, 2010 at 3:10 am

    Sartorially, I love this era. Here's further proof why. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Jason laucht

    April 18, 2010 at 4:04 am


  27. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    April 18, 2010 at 5:03 am

    What feminine rebels :)

  28. Anonymous

    April 18, 2010 at 5:44 am

    It brought tears to my eyes too and I can't properly explain it either apart from that they both seem so oblivious to their youth and beauty.

  29. Pearl Westwood

    April 18, 2010 at 5:49 am

    She must have been quite a character!
    P.S check out my Chanel Particuliere giveaway

  30. sexyinthecity

    April 18, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Great photos, so inspiring!


    April 18, 2010 at 6:48 am

    great style

  32. your friendly Fashion Jockey

    April 18, 2010 at 6:59 am

    She seemed to be like a pretty lady….I love the pants she's wearing.

  33. Alice

    April 18, 2010 at 7:08 am

    This picture is somehow romantic yet sad. I really like the coat/trench of the girl on the right, and the very manly clothing of the other girl is amazing.
    Great shot.

  34. Anonymous

    April 18, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Thanks for all the nice comments.
    Gran actually wasn't at school then she was already teaching 65 grade one children!
    Apparently after they look took your photo, street photographers used to give you a ticket with information to view your photo and then buy it if you want. I got it after my family sorted through photos for gran's memorial booklet.
    So glad you liked it,

  35. gih

    April 18, 2010 at 7:51 am

    wow! In that year, there's already a photography? I thought this photography invented in the late 40's.

  36. Kate

    April 18, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I am absolutely LOVING all of these photos…. So fascinating. They are beautiful. Keep them coming!

  37. khdz

    April 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    i bet she had some great stories…
    love her style.

  38. PrincessImp.

    April 18, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    So poignant. I definitely can connect with this.

  39. efad

    April 18, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    My Grandmother would also have been around this age, in Melbourne in the late 30's. I really connect with this image, I think the combination of their amazing styles and the obvious confidence with which they both walk. I would love to buy a copy of this image! There is something very inspirational about it.

  40. Liz S

    April 18, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Oh gee, this brought tears to my eyes also–maybe it's the memory of my family having these same photos taken in Sydney in the early 60s–a lot later, but these businesses were still going then only to be lost in the later 60s as more people could afford their own camera. I remember my Mum always thinking twice before buying one of these photos as they must'Ve been quite expensive. I also remember her being rather put off by these gentlemen who could be a bit "in your face". Nevertheless they were looked up to in a way because having a camera was seen as modern, and at the edge of style in a way. These photographers were themselves always immaculately dressed–I wish there could be a photo or two out there of one of them! I remember as a child feeling an air of mystery and intrigue about them.

    Maddie you have great heart and soul and your grandma and her sister look sooo cool and confident. They are wearing that wonderful country cross city style that was around a lot in the 30s/40s–wholesome, practical, yet stylish–the masculinity of the style comes purely from the colours used and practicality. It had a reViVal here in the late 80s early 90s. I can see Melbourne was the style city even way back then–although I do think Sydney's style has changed for the worse over the decades.

    These old photos are the best in inspiration!

  41. Sophia

    April 18, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    this is beautiful! I love these old pictures. Snapshots of lives that we didn't get to really see… there's a lot of possibility in these even though they're of the past.

  42. msd

    April 19, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Even though this photo was taken right at the start of the WW2, it speaks to me of how much women blossomed during those years and the independence they gained when the menfolk went off to Europe, which is often reflected in the clothes you see women wearing back in the 40s…

    It's fantastic that you appreciate it, too. I didn't pay much attention to my family history until I was in my late 20s and I think I missed out on things with my grandparents because of that.

  43. Prutha

    April 19, 2010 at 1:03 am

    that is such a cool story… especially that this pic is taken of a place that is still there and frequented by her granddaughter…

  44. Lizzie

    April 19, 2010 at 1:12 am

    i love this photo! This clearly shouts classic style!

  45. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 3:18 am

    strong person, great style, amazing photo… definitely the winner so far!!!

  46. Claire M.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Thank you so much for this photo! It really has given me a massive amount of style inspiration!

  47. Sara

    April 19, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    La chica con la guitarra tiene "un algo" que me enamora.

  48. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Hey Maddy, your grandma was a beautiful and classy lady. Maybe by being and looking into yourself, you do know her at 17 in some way? Stephanie

  49. Riima

    April 20, 2010 at 3:05 am

    These pants in India, are called jodhpuri pants and you would see the India's One of the best Fashion designer sporting these pants at most of the occasions. Looks good.

  50. MunchkinMarcus

    April 20, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I'm loving the vintage style this season! I'm sure we could get away with that style today.

    My blog covers fashion and I know this is a lame plug, but I need more followers:

  51. Anonymous

    April 20, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Maddy, I love your photo…I've missed the deadline for the comp. but… yours reminded me that I have a similar photo of my Gran arm in arm with my Dad – he must've been about 20 at the time – they're gorgeous, dressed to impress and walking down Collins Street; must've been around the late 1940's; similar street photographer's deal; it's a real treasure to have the original print with the number and photographer's studio stamped on the back.
    Linda B., Melbourne

  52. Julia

    April 21, 2010 at 1:07 am

    I love your photos and your blog. Beautiful!

  53. Anonymous

    April 21, 2010 at 6:36 am

    i love this one. i'm completely inspired. i'm going to dress like audrey tomorrow.

  54. Christine Scott

    April 21, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Ahh yes for those of us fortunate to have swanned down Swanston Street…before they made it ugly. Gorgeous pic! The girls are beautiful,

  55. SwanDiamondRose

    April 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    amazing amazing from me too. they look so good.

  56. Danica Yee

    April 22, 2010 at 7:26 am

    it's amazing that melbourne has barely changed since then!

  57. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    wow. they are gorgeous. i can feel their spunk and sass emanating out of the photo.

  58. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Joddhies, home, late 30s = the winner!
    This pic is evidence that our famous Australian cultural cringe was quite unnecessary.

  59. Tali

    April 25, 2010 at 7:51 am

    maddy, your grandma was an absolute beauty!
    amazing to see a pic of swanston st at that time.

  60. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    I very much appreciate the comment of MSD above, how history has shaped fashion. No flapper dresses here, women's independence, hurray!

  61. Anonymous

    May 15, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    wow. your grandmother's facial features are beautiful.

  62. Lena

    September 2, 2010 at 11:50 am

    What an incredible cool woman, not only beautiful, stylish but also really courageous, enlisting in the Air Force for World War II. When I look at the picture and think what little I know of her I can't help but think I would love to know more, see more of her, she must have had a lot of cool stories to tell!

  63. Name*

    October 3, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Fantastic! modern elegance for their time!

  64. samantha

    November 13, 2011 at 7:06 am

    these two could have easily been , coco’s inspiration for menswear-inspired fashions..

  65. Name*

    January 10, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Amazing!!!!!! I love this!!!!!!!!!!!! They would turn heads if they walked down the street today.

  66. vetements fashion

    February 13, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Beautiful blog and great photos!!!

  67. fashion mode 2012

    February 16, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I love this outfit!

  68. Souri - Melbourne Blog

    June 10, 2013 at 5:04 am

    This is a really special shot. . As I live in Melbourne I should try to go to Swanston Street and do some shots there … :-)

  69. J

    December 28, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Maddie, you will be able to get a copy of Audrey’s WW2 Service Record from the National Archives,, I think.
    Will probably include a photo !

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