nina leen

Matching Shoes

i suppose i have been kind of shoe obsessed around here lately – and this is of course because i am truly shoe obsessed in real life at the moment. at the moment? all. the.time. it’s quite difficult finding really nice (affordable) shoes in south africa, so that’s why a lot of my internet daydreaming is shoe related.

this editorial was shot by nina leen in 1946 for life magazine. as you can see the theme is matching shoes… and i mean literally matching to your outfit – not just matching your shoes to your handbag (which i find pretty ridiculous and outdated, let them clash i say). it’s a really fun and fashion-forward editorial considering this was the mid-fourties, and i wouldn’t mind snapping up the plaid booties in the second to last image… but i’d keep the hat at home.

all images courtesy of the life image archives.

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scouts

i love the scouts. my dad was one, all my brothers were in the scouts and my young nephew has just recently graduated from being a cub. i think it can have such a positive influence on a kid’s development, especially the fact that they encourage and cultivate a love for the outdoors. my nephew and i were recently having a discussion about some giant tortoises in our neighbourhood park whose shells had been damaged by local kids – and he said, “those are the children who stay inside all day and play video games.” this coming from an eleven year old! man. all kids should be in the scouts. plus their uniforms are cool, right?

these photos of american cub scouts at a camp were taken by yale joel for life magazine (no year)

and this dishy young man is from a story called ‘boy scouts in the antarctic’ photographed by nina leen

all images from life magazine

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teen fashions

images from life magazine, taken in the mid to late 1940’s by nina leen. not much has changed.

“teenage girl wearing blue jeans and large checkered shirt which is usual after-school costume. 1944″

“closeup of teenage girl’s wrist covered with six different identification bracelets which are as popular as the milk shake she is enjoying at a soda fountain. 1944″

“teenage girls wearing blue jeans hang out in friend’s living room, eating and drinking Cokes. 1944″

“teenage girl wearing her brother’s slacks and shirt. 1944″

“teenage girls wearing new animal pattern sweaters. 1945″

“madeline calcar modeling teen-age fashions, a short-sleeved sweater and black corduroy skirt. 1949″

“madeline balcar wearing a classic simple blue polka-dot dress. 1949″

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