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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Tailored Outerwear, Vintage Photo Contest

This photo is of my Grandpa, Richard Waltham (on the left) and his work friends taken in the late 1930s. My Grandpa was a banker and in his spare time he was an artist and photographer. I am a fan of the tailored look, not only do they have a very interesting sense of style, but it gives you an idea of what it was like back then, there is a lot of depth to it, from the water on the road, the advertisement to the left of them and the crowd of people behind them. My Grandpas story.
Hope this is of some help.

Comments on "Tailored Outerwear, Vintage Photo Contest"


Blogger crimzonite said ... (4:16 PM) : 

Quite an amazing photo, particularly as one of the gentleman has his trench tied tightly around his waist.


Blogger amy said ... (4:16 PM) : 

This photo is fantastic. It really speaks "late 1930s" not only because of the styles, but based on their grim and serious expressions. It really tells a story. Fantastic.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:21 PM) : 

I LOVE their hats! Vintage costumes are so much beauty


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:40 PM) : 

Thanks for sharing this photo with us. I wish I had a picture of my grandfather at his work.

xoxo Sandra


Blogger Margarida said ... (4:41 PM) : 

Lovely photo...


Blogger Maria Ana said ... (4:45 PM) : 

Amazing photo! And there is no doubt jackets are the greatest pieces of clothing!


Blogger FASHION SNAG said ... (5:02 PM) : 

This is an amazing photo. The jackets, the motion....incredible! x


Blogger blow8 said ... (5:16 PM) : 

This photograph is really fab. captured the atmostphere perfectly. great blog!


Blogger Lhy N. Sierra said ... (5:45 PM) : 

love you blog



Blogger snoop said ... (5:48 PM) : 

hah, first thing I thought when I saw the dude in the light coloured coat was 'this guy looks like a trader'.


Anonymous princess glee said ... (6:02 PM) : 

Love the way your grandpa and his friend wore their hats. The way you wear a hat says a lot about you. I think your grandpa's saying, I'm a straight-shooter with a little style.


Blogger Becca said ... (6:47 PM) : 

What an incredible photo to have. I am now completley inspired, such style.


Blogger SarahPeslar said ... (6:48 PM) : 

the trench, will always be a classic!


Blogger Lisa Petrarca said ... (7:04 PM) : 

Nice the scarf tied under the jacket. Some styles are timeless.


Blogger Sophisticated Misfit said ... (7:11 PM) : 

I have thoroughly enjoyed all the vintage photos you have posted, Scott. I often draw inspiration from the classic items worn by men of that era and it seems that some couturiers of today do the same.

Gentlemen, burn your board shorts and throw your flip-flops in an incinerator.

I mean, no, continue undeterred. It gives men like me an opportunity to stand out from the heaving throngs of mediocrity.


Blogger Peachy said ... (7:16 PM) : 

I love the way that photos can tell a story so adequately without needing words... Also, I love the very tailored look. It's so vintage - I wish everyone still cared about the way they looked as much nowadays.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:36 PM) : 

Love it!!! I just got a book called "the 20th century fashion" it covers 100 years of fashion and u see images like these that are so inspirational!!!


Anonymous Reynolds Still said ... (9:24 PM) : 

Vintage always trumps! Thanks for sharing. Definitely something we should all aspire to replicate! Always the best Sartorialist!

Best regards
Reynolds Still


Blogger -h said ... (9:30 PM) : 

This is really telling, when even the people in the background are dressed in suits to walk along the streets. I wasn't even around in those days, but I miss them.


Anonymous Loopty Loop said ... (9:32 PM) : 

I was going through some of the fashion blogs i always visit, that includes this one, and i saw this picture.
I think it is really a good scene. Your grandfather is in it, the advertisement is in it to. But is it taken in UK? Who is the one talking the picture? Your grandpa is the only one looking at the camara....and are those his friends? I think it has a lot of fashion in it, with the trench coats and the hats, but it does really have MISTERY to.

ps: i just started to study the decade of the 30´s in class, so it is really exitin, for me, to see this.

Loopty Loop


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:06 PM) : 

The juxtaposition of vintage Americana and contemporary Japamania is like blasting Metallica on your headphones in church.



Blogger pilcuis said ... (10:49 PM) : 

wow i wish men could dress like that right now!!


Blogger peachything11 said ... (10:51 PM) : 

that is amazing, I am so jealous you have photos of your grandpa! and it is in such good condition


Blogger Caddy said ... (11:09 PM) : 

I do like this photo and the details she pointed out the advertisement and the water.

I'm always fascinated by pictures like this, and of how people, like grandparents, looked young when you've only ever seen them as older versions of themselves.


Blogger Melissa Baswell, Mountains of the Moon said ... (11:30 PM) : 

This is fantastic. The 1930s witnessed some really major changes in fashion. The whole photograph is amazing, but I especially love the squared, pronounced shoulders and narrow waist of the jacket that the man on the right is wearing. Really great photo.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:12 AM) : 

This photo is absolutely superb; the man on the right's hair and glasses especially.


Anonymous Harvard Style Blog said ... (3:48 AM) : 

I really, really, really love this image---the way the polka dots draw white from the background, and the way his feet seem to draw him forward.

Harvard Style Blog:



Anonymous Emily said ... (4:13 AM) : 

This picture blows my mind. So full of action and swiftness. I love the downcast eyes behind circular glasses of the figure on the right, and I love his almost-feminine silhouette. All of them look so sullen. Very beautiful.

Haha, I also have to say that I get a kick out of the "Best is Best" truck in the back.

Keep posting,
Harvard Style Blog


Blogger SPEETway said ... (4:16 AM) : 

what a beautiful picture!


Blogger MELISSA Z. said ... (5:02 AM) : 

Love vintage pics and this is great! wow!


Blogger THESTREETFASHION5XPRO said ... (5:18 AM) : 

great vintage photo contest


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:27 AM) : 

Fabulous picture. I am sorry to say that the majority of guys dress sense today is by comparison woefully lacking. It is not that modern clothes don't lend themselves to style.( the classic jeans and white T) but that most modern men simply have little or no idea how to dress. Sad


Blogger Roz said ... (6:02 AM) : 

I love looking at all these vintage photos - I have boxes and boxes of old images that I love pouring over. I'm quite interested in design, and take so much inspiration from photos from decades such as the thirties or sixties.
I like the movement in this image, and the way the three men both contrast and compliment each other.


Anonymous proletarian Great Gatsby said ... (6:29 AM) : 

It's not indispensable to wear Armani to be an intouchable of Eliot Ness (1987, Brian de Palma).Great Style!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:06 AM) : 

great photo


Anonymous GIFITTING said ... (9:08 AM) : 

Scott, check it out this Victorian lady I found, that is amazing!!


Blogger Izzen said ... (11:32 AM) : 

This photo is beautiful.


Anonymous funkyprez said ... (12:19 PM) : 

80 years later, these classic styles still look good. You don't get the sense that years after they were asking themselves, "What were we thinking when we put THAT on?"

I do think it is sad that hats are now considered costumey or a trend piece. They are one of the most functional items during cold and inclement weather, and I wear headgear all the time during the winter.

http://i_am_not_commenting_just _to_advertise_my_own_blog


Blogger Tim said ... (1:25 PM) : 

Love the vintage photo...thank you for sharing it with us and thank you for publishing it as well.

As a pro photographer, I have a deep appreciation for the skill, technique and artistry...especially at that time period.

Tim Courtney, Tim Courtney Photography


Blogger the nickel fit said ... (5:16 PM) : 

i love how there's something slightly off with the fit (ie shoulder pads on the left droop a bit).

makes the feel a bit less contrived, and more at ease.


Anonymous zuccotto said ... (11:50 PM) : 

Too bad she is pigeon toed.

I rattle on about this but I've been annoyed about the pigeon toe thing for several years now. In this case, not the poser's fault.


Blogger Kristy said ... (11:59 PM) : 

So first, I see the man on the left's uncertain but challenging glance, as though he's the heavy here, but new at it. And then, "beer is best." :) Those old-timey simple ad slogans ... don't know whether to love em or hate em.


Blogger Just me and my bon genre! said ... (1:04 AM) : 

Its amazing how you can find these photos... so rare... thanks for sharing! Brings a tear to my eye...


Blogger Iyengar's Impetus said ... (4:45 PM) : 

The Skirt - Lia Belle, Sydney:
This is a fabric from south India with a temple border.... a very traditional design that is seen often in the Indian national dress 'Sari'.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:41 PM) : 

This photo is amazing! Some outerwear styles will never go out of style and this is one of them, classic!


Blogger Sunny Side-Up said ... (11:02 PM) : 

Dapper men.


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