Vintage

Vintage Black Glamour

Nichelle Gainour, a journalist who blogs and writes for various online and offline publications, owns a tumblr called Vintage Black Glamour that has progressed into a book, launching in June. the tumblr is unique in that it’s not just pictures pictures pictures, something i find quite frustrating about themed tumblrs in general. she talks about the subjects in the photographs at length, something that i really appreciate in the land of the never ending out-of-context image (aka the internet).

i love this image of Loïs Mailou Jones, an artist who studied at Harvard and Columbia, pictured in her Parisian studio. there are many more where that came from – i suggest you delve into the archives.

Using rarely accessed photographic archives and private collections, Nichelle has unearthed a revealing treasure trove of memorable and iconic images. The book presents historic photographs of famous actors, dancers, writers and entertainers who worked in the 20th-century entertainment business, but who rarely appeared in the same publications as their white counterparts. With its stunning photographs and insightful biographies, this book is a hugely important addition to Black history archives.

pre-order the book here. the images in this post are both from the book and the tumblr.

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Bike Girls

growing up my older brothers had motorbikes, and i thought it was soooooo cool. sometimes they would pick me up from school on one of these tanks and i would feel like like such a bad ass. granted i was not the one steering the motorbike, and i never have had the guts to actually ride one. so whenever i see a woman on a motorbike i think damn, girl. that’s what i thought when i saw these pics of women motorcyclists from 1949, taken by Loomis Dean for Life Magazine. and in an age when it might have been strange to see woman in pants – let alone riding motorbikes – they are pretty bad ass in my book.

images c/o Life Magazine photographed by Loomis Dean.

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Pictoresq

Stéphanie Delpon and Domitille Dallemagne are founders of Pictoresq, a french online magazine slash shop that sells designer and vintage clothing – all modeled by their own friends. each story features clothes & locations that are modeled around these “enfants terribles”, making for a nice variety of content and fashion. says Stéphanie,

I wanted to showcase my friends, because they are true characters. I wanted them to embody different stories. They are real and elegant, rough. I love the fact that they are not professionals. They sometimes come hangover, without makeup, and lough during the shoot. I love all my enfants terribles! The enfants terribles are non professional models. They have a natural elegance and a certain “je ne sais quoi”. They are not used to shootings, and yet they act as if they did it all their life.

the site is currently only in French (hello Google translate), but they are working on an English version.

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Yo Vintage: Her

Yo Vintage is one of my long time sponsors (please check the sidebar and support these shops & makers!), and owner Sarah just sent over their latest lookbook, entitled Her after the film that’s on most people’s lips at the moment. everybody i meet is either talking about it or i’m telling them to see it (go see it). Yo Vintage is a Portland based online shop that sells wonderful hand-selected vintage as well as new designers.

photography by Endless Wild

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Body Movin’

i don’t know about you guys, but this time of year is kinda awful. not only do we all have to go back to work (sigh) but some of us have probably gained a few kilos over the festive season (i read this post yesterday which made me feel a lot better about that fact) and the media enjoy drumming it into our brains that we must now shed this holiday weight and become our optimal physical selves in 2014. when i think about making new years resolutions to lose weight or get fit my eyeballs roll so hard into the back of my head that i can almost see into the past when i made that resolution exactly a year ago.

as a non-sporty girl, someone who is so hopeless at team sports it’s just laughable, i quickly began to hate physical exercise as soon as i was forced to partake in throwing a ball at school. consequently i never learned to love running around and reaping the benefits thereof. as an adult i realised hey, shit, i actually have to do this otherwise i might die - so i dabbled in the occasional running program and exercise video and pilates class. and i do enjoy it once i get into it, i really do, but it’s the staying in it that’s the hard part for me. forming new, good, habits is not easy when you’re simultaneously attempting to bat away the bad ones (and kind of really actually enjoying the bad ones).

so i’m trying to motivate myself to get into it, and keep at it. part of that is downloading a lot of excellent workout music (more on that later), bookmarking a shit ton of healthy recipes via that healthy recipe treasure trove that is Pinterest and… looking at fitspo tumblr blogs? erm, no. that stuff is so insane. don’t even get me started. rather, i’m going to look to the past for visual exercise inspiration. before we were tainted by pics of thigh gaps and motivational quotes.

pics via this great post on ilPost, and the LIFE photo archives.

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At Home in Brooklyn

Dinanda Nooney was a photographer from Manhattan who documented the lives of families living in Brooklyn from 1978-79. she donated the entire collection to the NYPL Digital Gallery in 1995, and i found myself looking through every single photo with my morning coffee yesterday. it amazes me that so many of these homes could in fact be the interiors of modern day Brooklyn apartments – the furniture, the plants, the bike racks (!), studios of artists & architects and designers…

Nooney initially became interested in the borough in 1976, while working as a volunteer for George McGovern’s presidential campaign. Two years later, she used the connections she had made in order to gain access to rooftops and other vantage points for a survey of the borough. She soon became more interested in the people she met and began photographing families in their homes. Many of these sitters then recommended other potentially willing subjects. The portraits that emerge are striking in their attention to the details of architecture and décor, which reveal just as much about the subjects as how they choose to pose themselves for Nooney’s camera.

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979
At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Barbara Rothenberg. 135 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Jerry & Linda Schick. 188 Washington Ave., Fort Greene

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Geoffrey & Tobi Needler. 51 Montgomery Pl., Park Slope

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Ernie & Lucy Bitzer. 300 Washington Ave., Clinton Hill

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979
At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Spencer & Rosalyn Depas. 227 Cumberland St., Fort Greene

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Bill & Sasha Saari. 104 Prospect Pl. Park Slope

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Nat Lamar. 60 Tompkins Pl., Cobble Hill

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Russell McCombs. 315 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Suzanne & Mike Zufolo & daughters. 480 13th St., Park Slope

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Fran Orans. 4715 Surf Ave., Coney Island

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Tim & Carol Sullivan. 284 Clinton Ave., Clinton Hill

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Joseph & Mary Merz, architects. Daughter Julie & cat. 48 Willow Place, Boerum Hill

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Bill & Lucy Sikes. 231 Washington Ave., Clinton Hill

At Home in Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs, 1978-1979

Allen Wiener & sons. 331 President St., Carroll Gardens

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Mayflower Supply

Liz Hull contacted me about her new vintage store Mayflower Supply, which will be launching online very soon – you can sign up to their newsletter here to find out when. the launch is paired with an absolutely wonderful lookbook that makes me wish so hard for autumn again (it’s getting hot this side of the world again, of course!)

I source all of my vintage from New England and focus on wearable pieces from time honored brands like L.L. Bean and Pendleton, making it easy for folks to bring vintage into their every day wardrobe.

Photographer: Courtney Brooke Hall | Stylist & Model: Emily Theobald | Art Director: Liz Hull














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Blackie

Blackie was the cat of photographer Gjon Mili, who was best known for his work for Life magazine. you can see a beautiful series he did with Picasso that i previously blogged about here. i was digging more into his work when i noticed that Blackie appears in a lot of his shoots – it seems that his feline friend accompanied him to the studio (and really enjoyed it).

all photos by Gjon Mili











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Forest History Society

the Forest History Society is probably exactly what you think it is – an archive dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating forest and conservation history. they have an extensive collection of photographs that have been digitised, that you can search through here, as well as an online gallery sorted by subject. i found some of their best photographs over at their flickr page. makes you want to go camping, doesn’t it?

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