college days

i think about university quite often and what i would have done differently if i could do it all over again (a dangerous game.) probably should have worked harder, dressed better & partied less. that would have changed everything, i swear! these are from the vassar college archive on flickr.…

True Grit

i think perhaps this little girl was the inspiration for mattie ross. photobooth image from the collection of snapatorium

take ivy

for a while there i was a bit obsessed with menswear blogs. perhaps that is the wrong term for them. men’s things blogs? you know – jjjjound, them thangs, haw-lin… i had to downscale my subscription to these manly pursuits because i am a lady, after all. not really – there are just…

family archive

these are the most remarkable vintage photos i have seen in a while. they are from dasha’s flickr, showing her family in the seventies. the colours!

put a bird on it

i grew up with birds. we had many a budgie, and my mom went through a phase where she bred parrots. so you know, angry african greys were the norm in my house. the one parrot we had perfectly imitated my mom calling me when i was on the other…

yakkety yak

i received the most incredible mail from sally yesterday – she says, I loved your post about Life photos from Princeton in 1969! I figured if you’re into that kind of photography, you might interested in a resource I found. The University of North Carolina, the school I attended, has…

lipstick

remember that scene early on in the first season of mad men where the secretaries get to try out lipstick colours and joan shows off her derrière in the two-way mirror? of course you do. god, i miss mad men. anyway – perhaps the show’s writers found inspiration from these photos. i love…

black hills, 1972

black hills, 1972 – photos from two sets at the nick de wolf photo archive Summer 1972. Set includes pictures taken during a trip through the Blacks Hills of the Western United States; to include shots of the All-American Indian Days celebration in Sheridan, Wyoming.

nineteen eighty

i fell in love this weekend… with a tumblr. look, vintage tumblrs are a dime a dozen – and i don’t have the patience to follow any of the ones i’ve come across. until now. nineteen eighty is a perfectly curated vintage feast that strikes a nice balance between golden…

Princeton, 1969

It was in 1969 that Princeton University first admitted women as undergraduates. 148 women, consisting of 100 freshwomen and transfer students of other years, entered Princeton on September 6, 1969 amidst a frenzy of media ogling and ribbing. Scores of women’s papers and magazines, like Woman’s Wear Daily, featured articles on…

backpacker magazine

i wrote a post about backpacker magazine covers from the seventies back in 2009, but unfortunately lost it to the gods of unreliable image hosting. so i thought i’d remind you that you can actually browse back issues of backpacker magazine on google books (from 1973-now) i have spent an…

stinging

young sting. young jeremy irons. oh. my. god. young sting. young brooke shields. hey now! young sting. young elton. don’t stand so close to my tiny dancer. young sting. yes please. (not that i wouldn’t take present day sting, thank you very much) all images courtesy life magazine archive

tennis star

at school we had to do some kind of sport as an extra-curricular activity, as well as regularly playing different sports during PE classes. man. i HATED it… because i was so incredibly terrible at it. i would say things like, “i don’t see the sporty kids being forced to…