Vintage Summer Snapshots

i’m really trying to psyche myself up for summer. if you follow my ramblings on twitter (or, of course, if you know me personally) you’ll know that i am not the hugest fan of this particular season. it’s the heat, you see. i think i might literally be allergic to heat. i can’t sit in the sun without going a lovely shade of blotchy red. i can’t even sit in a hot room without getting intensely uncomfortable. and the thing about living in south africa is that our summers are HOT. hot hot hot.

other than all that i really enjoy summer, of course. who doesn’t like long beautiful days, outdoor barbeques, walking on the beach, drinking ice cold beers in the sun, eating ice cream really quickly before it melts…

so in an effort to get the summer psyching going i did that guest post on hila’s blog as a jumping off point, then i started making a mood board dedicated to summer on pinterest (laugh at me if you will, but addiction is a serious matter) and now i am sharing some vintage summer snapshots – in colour. what better way to capture the season?

– courtesy of superbomba

– courtesy of bill greene

– courtesy of what makes the pie shops tick?

– courtesy of the snapatorium

– courtesy of phillip capper

– courtesy of etienne du plessis

– courtesy of superbomba

– courtesy of what makes the pie shops tick?

– courtesy of willy wilson

– courtesy of aroid

– courtesy of midwestern femme

– courtesy of lynne’s lens

– courtesy of anna allen

to all of you entering autumn soon – i really do envy you.

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  • Reply Sarah Friday 26 August, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I love the vintage beach looks! Very Cool Pics!

  • Reply Monique Friday 26 August, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Lovely photos, here in NYC the days are becoming milder and the nights cool….the autumn breeze is creeping in steadily…enjoy summer although it will be a very hot one.

  • Reply Gabija Friday 26 August, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I’d like summer to stay FOREVER!
    I don’t need to see snow and wear downy coats witch make you look like caterpillar…
    Summer, please stay..

  • Reply Leah - What Indie Nights? Friday 26 August, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Oh I’m the complete opposite – so tired of being cold(ish) all the time and waking up in the dark, the smells of flowers and warm earth and breezes is making me extremely happy, and inspired!
    These are lovely photos, they remind me of a picture I have of my mother as a young thing, enviably thin in a bikini in the 70s. I especially love the one from lynne’s lens.

  • Reply tara-lynn Friday 26 August, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    its so funny, i’m really envious of you, as i enter fall here in Canada, although its the winter i detest, it is so never ending…

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  • Reply sheena Friday 26 August, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    summer is my favorite! We will be headed into autumn soon and I would gladly switch you:)

    love this collection of photos.

  • Reply Katie Friday 26 August, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Love this post so much! xo

  • Reply Melanie Saturday 27 August, 2011 at 3:55 am

    That’s so weird that you mention a heat allergy. I swear I think I have one too. I get migraines from the sun and I’ve gotten heat rashes from the sun in the past. I grew up in hot and humid Louisiana and never went outside in the summer unless I was immersed in a swimming pool! Now I live in Seattle and we have super mild (and short) summers and I’m extremely thankful for them.

    I’m also a Pinterest addict and I love your blog. :) xoxo

  • Reply shanna Saturday 27 August, 2011 at 4:44 am

    beautiful pics didi . . . the kind you can stare at for hours !

  • Reply sally Saturday 27 August, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I love these. I found similar vintage pics recently but they’re all black and white, something about vintage color photos is so incredible.

    My favorite seasons are all about moderation – fall and spring. We really deserve autumn after the summer we had, weehoo.

  • Reply Bea Saturday 27 August, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Image with the dog:)
    Spaniels are charming….

  • Reply Marion Saturday 27 August, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    You could come live in Belgium. We have had *no* summer this year! At most three sunny days in a row. And I don’t think I’ve been able to leave the house with just a dress on more than once or twice… I don’t like summer much either, but that was just too depressing.

    PS: First comment… I love your site, thanks so much!

  • Reply {gemmifer} Sunday 28 August, 2011 at 5:02 am

    I know how you feel! I was envious of all you in the Southern Hemisphere six months ago when you were heading into autumn… As much as I love springtime, it leads into the horrible heat and humidity of summer :(

  • Reply Lauren Sunday 28 August, 2011 at 11:19 am

    AH man. I hate the Durban summer heat but dare I say that aloud!! Spring is the perfect heat I reckon! Wish September heat would last through till March. Hope you are well Miss Moss.

  • Reply daily/weakly Sunday 28 August, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    love these! i feel the same way about summer here in new york, but if i could pass it as idyllically as the folks in your photos maybe i’d enjoy it more…as it is can’t wait for fall.


  • Reply hila Monday 29 August, 2011 at 7:44 am

    ha, great pictures diana. I’m yet to be fully convinced about summer though, and I join you in the autumn-envy. Still, we can pretend summer is this cool, can’t we?

    Thanks again for the guest posts, I loved them!

  • Reply Sweet Harvest Moon Monday 29 August, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Amazing pictures!

    We had a terrible summer this year so I can’t wait for autumn to start (my favorite season)!

  • Reply Susan Tuesday 30 August, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Envying us 100 (F)+ days in a row like never before? An earthquake & a hurricane (in one week!).

    Dude. Please.:)

    Great snap finds.

  • Reply Susan Tuesday 30 August, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Oh. I am heat addled obviously. You’re envying us entering in to autumn. Well, in another 6 weeks maybe. Yikes.

  • Reply lauren Tuesday 30 August, 2011 at 1:33 am

    i love how that one woman is just standing in the ocean reading. so relaxing.

  • Reply Joy Tuesday 30 August, 2011 at 1:34 am

    These are so wonderful. I am sad to see summer go.

  • Reply Jo Tuesday 30 August, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    What great swimming costumes! I’m in Hanoi at the moment and the summer is scary- it gets as hot as Sydney but it’s the HUMIDITY that kills you. I’ve never really sweated until I got here. Does SA get the humidity?

  • Reply missmillib Tuesday 30 August, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Oh my god, these are so coool!

  • Reply julie macneil Saturday 3 September, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    these photos are So wonderful!!!! thanks so much for sharing! what i love most about them is every single person looks so real and natural! now most of the photos we see are retouched or the people in them are!

    yes autumn is coming here in the Midwest of the U.S. and even though i love the cooler temperatures, i hate the thought of ice, snow and freezing weather for 5 months before we see anything green again! it gets very cold here for weeks on end, no higher then 10 degrees and many times way below zero with wind chills of up to 50 below zero!!!!

  • Reply Andi of My Beautiful Adventures Sunday 4 September, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Great vintage pics!

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