Saturday, August 4, 2012

Vintage Photo… The 1932 Olympics


My mother, her cousin, and best friend at the 1932 Olympics. Taken by my father, Edward MontaƱo.


- Monty MontaƱo





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  1. Martha

    August 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I miss the old days when people dressed up to be in public.
    Where there was no such thing as glamour…it was just simply how they dressed…with pride.

    • Hannah

      August 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      I totally agree with you. The style back then was impeccable. I like how people dressed up even only when they were around the house.

      • Simone Fraser

        September 13, 2014 at 7:32 am

        I’m so glad for the above two comments. Perhaps we should ‘be the change we want to see’!
        A good-looking and stylish family, this.

    • emma

      August 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      It is not to late to start dressing with pride :) Maybe it becomes fashionable again to dress up pretty even at home

      • Eat.Style.Play

        August 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm

        I agree, i see a few women here and there dressing with pride and it inspires me.

    • Jessica

      August 5, 2012 at 4:29 am

      I saw a woman in the supermarket today in her pyjamas.
      It was 11am.
      The Lovelorn

  2. Eva

    August 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Such a great photo, love the Olympics!

  3. Laura

    August 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Great photo! I really like the look of the woman on the right!

  4. Elaine

    August 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Love the ladies hats!

  5. Christina Novak

    August 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Handsome men in three piece suits – Yes, please

  6. Sophie Mhabille

    August 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Very interesting vintage picture

  7. Marta

    August 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Beautiful picture, girl in the right looks really nice!

  8. Johnny

    August 4, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Amazing! Loving everything about this picture

  9. Becky Bedbug

    August 4, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I adore vintage photos, especially when they are topical. The headwear is incredible.


  10. Sevan

    August 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I love black and white photos as well as b/w movies from the 30′ to the 50′s. My husband and I watch as many american “films noirs” as we possibly can and we love the artistry of the photography with all the lights and shadows that adds to the feeling of the photo/movie.
    About this photo : I’m envious of the easiness with which people dressed everyday without forgetting their hats and gloves. All these accessories gave an elegance to the gesture (men removing their hats, women their gloves, etc…) I should have lived in that era !

  11. Sofia

    August 4, 2012 at 7:32 pm

  12. CBC

    August 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    1932 in LA… perfect time for the pic

  13. Opposite Lipstick

    August 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm

  14. talitah

    August 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    So beautiful pic!


  15. TiranaAduka

    August 5, 2012 at 12:22 am

  16. Stills

    August 5, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Amazing photo! They are all so elegant! Ladies are beautiful!

  17. kwame

    August 5, 2012 at 12:42 am

    everything about this picture is awesome, i really love the way people dressed back then and i love vintage pics!

  18. kwame

    August 5, 2012 at 12:43 am

    i love everything about this picture

  19. Lindsey

    August 5, 2012 at 12:54 am

    These women look so elegant and love the hats. Very classy photo

  20. Patricia

    August 5, 2012 at 12:56 am


  21. Kate

    August 5, 2012 at 2:11 am

    What an incredible photo to have…


  22. Serdane

    August 5, 2012 at 3:08 am

    What a touching picture. So nice !

  23. Thom

    August 5, 2012 at 3:23 am

    How great! If only they were still like that. NYC for olympics!

  24. Freya - Fashionable People

    August 5, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Such elegant and sophisticated dressing in the 30′s – amazing photo!

  25. Natalie

    August 5, 2012 at 7:47 am


    Love the fact the Olympics is here in London!

  26. ETC...

    August 5, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Love old photos! People dress so much better back then…


  27. Angel Adams

    August 5, 2012 at 11:48 am

    wow…i love old pictures.. :)

  28. ttea

    August 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    The Olympics have certainly changed. I doubt that you would have seen people with their national colours painted on them, walking around topless at the 1932 Olympics. Similarly, I don’t think you’re likely to see men in full suits with cravats at the 2012 Olympics.

  29. Votre Amie

    August 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    What an incredible memory to have captured

  30. Alison

    August 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I love the way that people used to dress up for events! So different from the way they look at the events now :)

  31. Monty MontaƱo

    August 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks all for your flattering comments. I neglected to identify my mother as the woman on the right. Her cousin is the man on the left, Sam Valadez and her best friend, Chiquita is in the middle. All were professional entertainers at Padua HIlls in Claremont, California. I have a few more taken throughout the ’30s. All evoke the impeccable style of the era.

  32. MaricruzLA

    August 6, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Amazing photograph, really enjoy seeing the details of the era

  33. Rosalind

    August 6, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Those WERE the days….love the style and wish we were wearing those fashions now…how cool to have photos of your family at the Olympics! One in a million….


    August 7, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Great Photo, back then jeans was not a wardrobe stabple, smart dress ruled.Its amazing how things change, even Royality were dressed down at London 2012. Im trying to move away from jeans to Chinos as a smarter alternative .

  35. LabellaLuxe Boutique

    August 11, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Such style and sophistication!

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