vintage photos

mirth response test

discovering the “mirth response test” series was my very own mirth response test (result: positive)

photographed by lisa larsen in 1955 for life magazine

(this is totally something i can imagine the peeps at sterling cooper draper price doing – with don draper just sitting there, not enjoying it. thinking about something else. brooding.)

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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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victory corps

you will have to pardon me, because the life archives have been fixed and so i’ve been happily immersing myself in old photos again. yayayay! (that’s a triple yay) look at these cute gals in their uniforms – this is the victory corps in 1942

As Americans became more involved in the escalation of World War II, volunteer organizations began to form. Seeing the need for high school students to become involved, the Victory Corps was established on September 25, 1942 . The purpose of this student organization was to prepare high school students to aid in the war effort on the homefront and the frontlines. Both girls and boys from white and African American schools participated. In order to be a member, a student needed to participate in a physical fitness program, enroll in a war-effort class, and volunteer for at least one extracurricular wartime activity.

that sounds like an ordinary south african school day to me. i don’t know about you guys, but my school had (a) uniforms (b) PE classes and (c) compulsory extracurricular activities. we would have been so ready for war*

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* tongue firmly in cheek.

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dudes on bikes

i totally fall for the stereotype of a certain type of man on a motorbike (and i’m talking a certain kind of motorbike, too) denim, leather, boots, scruffy facial hair -  i mean really. badass.

all images courtesy of the always wonderful the selvedge yard. if you wish to peruse more motorbikes and the cool dudes who ride them, and other awesome vintage stories & imagery – do pay it a visit.

oh, this pic isn’t from TSY – but i had to include it, as it was the only good part of that shitty movie and made me go ooooooh for brad like i was 12 years old again.

i would also like to petition that don draper appears on a motorbike at some point in mad men season 5. yes?

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i don’t know where i’m going but i’m on my way

the snapatorium‘s collection of vintage photos seems to be never ending. every time i check in there something new awaits, and it’s always good. i urge you to explore.

the caption on this one is, “This is Charlie Neal and I. I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way.”

i like that. funny that you can find inspiration for a new year by looking at old photos.

all images belong to the snapatorium (you can buy them!)

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