vintage photos

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 side of the house. so i’d hear, “diaaaaanaaaaaaaa!” and when i went downstairs there’d be no one around – only the parrot sitting in its cage with what i imagined was an amused look on its face.

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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 apparently archived all of its yearbooks online (well, from the 1890s up to the 1970s) here. I know it’s just another school in the Southern US and may not immediately appeal (although it is the oldest public school in the US! With one of the most beautiful campuses and the BEST basketball team in the country, if I may say so :), but I think the photos and fashion found within are on par with those in the Princeton article.

jeesy creesy – talk about an understatement, sally! the first year i explored was 1970 (still can’t shake the seventies fever guys) and i immediately started saving pics – revelling in all the cool campus girls… until i saw the incredibly creative yearbook photos of the college sororities & frat houses. ding ding ding. all i can say is, i would have been the motorcycle gang frat house groupie.

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needless to say i will be revisiting this incredible resource & sharing more soon enough. be sure to check out sally’s post about the yearbook pics here – a great read & loads of pics.

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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 this stern little man – he’s either super serious about his job, or really hates lipstick. or he’s super serious about lipstick.

source: life magazine archives

i had a dream the other night that christy turlington was working at my local pharmacy and she helped me pick out a new lipstick colour. it was a really dark plum colour. i woke up thinking – what are you trying to tell me, christy?

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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.

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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 hollywood stars and french new wave it-girls.

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