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Friday, May 13, 2011

Vintage Photos

My father is a gentleman, brought up in an era when one dressed for occasion and where clothes were cared for and tended. This photo was taken about 1954 when he was posted to Japan in order to assist with the return of Australian troops from Korea. My mother, not wanting to miss out on the adventure, jumped on a freighter and managed to get herself to Hiru where they found a traditional Japanese house and embraced the experience together. I should add that my parents were extremely tall for their generation, my father at 6'2" and my mother 5' 10" so they would have created a stir within the local community in which they lived so perhaps he felt he could be bold in a foreign land.

- Alison

Comments on "Vintage Photos"


Blogger RC. said ... (10:55 AM) : 

This is absolutely wonderful !


Blogger Ashes said ... (10:59 AM) : 

Great image!

The colours are stunning, your father looks very stylish.



Blogger Mila said ... (11:03 AM) : 

Love it! This idea with vintage photos is great!


Blogger Stephanie said ... (11:15 AM) : 

What an exquisitely evocative picture!


Blogger songbird said ... (12:51 PM) : 

such a classic photo..that recliner.



Blogger oh look, stars! said ... (1:06 PM) : 

Thise slippers/sandals/? that your dad is wearing is pretty cool (:


Blogger Reflexos said ... (1:22 PM) : 

I love this kind of photos. I have a lot and one of these days I'll scan then to publish... My granparents, their parents, my parents...


Blogger Welcome to my jungle said ... (1:57 PM) : 

Beautiful post. Love the idea!

- Dani


Anonymous s said ... (2:11 PM) : 

Love this pic..... Like the 50's



Blogger Mertxe Hernàndez said ... (2:19 PM) : 

He looks very comfortable and relaxed! I would love to be him right now!


Blogger Agni said ... (2:25 PM) : 

It is so great we can see all this people from the Past! Thank you for this possibility and I want more :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:28 PM) : 

looks like a Hopper painting!!


Blogger 40 over 20 said ... (2:30 PM) : 

What a nice surprise...the file was taking a while to download and lo and behold THE GETAS appeared! It made me laugh (in a good way). Such a great image! I am glad it is so big so you can really see the details.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:34 PM) : 

In addition to having style, your father must have had very strong abs! I wear those simple beautiful wooden Japanese sandals and they put Dr. Scholl's exercise sandals to shame!


Blogger Ore.R said ... (2:37 PM) : 

Think you inherited his stylish ways!


Blogger Dina said ... (2:45 PM) : 

So gorgeous and timeless. It looks like a composed editorial shot.


Anonymous jice said ... (2:54 PM) : 

I love everything about this photo: Alison's stylish father, the beautiful way the shot is composed, the architectural details and that lovely faded yet rich vintage color. Bravo!


Blogger Rhi said ... (3:25 PM) : 

The shoes! The highlight here is definitely the shoes! And what a lovely story, good for them!


Blogger Aaron said ... (3:32 PM) : 

This is so good i love the sandals and the trousers :) he looks so relaxed i love this type of photograph


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:33 PM) : 

your dad looks so chic, like he was born to wear small japanese geta. Very nice, i have some great fotos of my granma, going to fancy cocktails in the 60s but in my hometown... hope to go and visit soon so i can scan them. keep up these great posts


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:38 PM) : 

I am Japanese but not familiary with tne name of the town"Hiru". Geta(wooden sandals)doesn't suit him much.


Blogger J.Ro said ... (3:46 PM) : 

More proof reading was classier before the Kindle.


Blogger Yajaira said ... (3:57 PM) : 

nice photo


Anonymous lucresialinton said ... (4:14 PM) : 

Amazing pic-colors & vibe. Love the sandals. Thanks for submitting!


Blogger Kristina said ... (4:36 PM) : 

I love his shoes! It really does show that they embraced the Japanese culture.

Thanks for sharing



Blogger FashionFreak/Mihaela said ... (5:50 PM) : 

Really cool!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:06 PM) : 

alison your dad is so elegant and those zori sandels such fun thanks


Anonymous monsacbyme said ... (6:10 PM) : 

So very elegant gentleman !


Blogger Mila said ... (6:52 PM) : 

I really like this photo it's so natural but so fabulous.


Blogger estela.pereira said ... (6:57 PM) : 

Lovely picture! I love the sandals, great combination:) I love this vintage photo contest! It is amazing to see the pictures and know the stories behind. It is truly magical!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:46 PM) : 

Absolutely LOVE the juxtaposition of the conservative pullover and trousers with the Japanese geta sandals...very refreshing!


Blogger Misha Lulu said ... (8:39 PM) : 

This is a very beautiful picture!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:55 PM) : 

absolutely beautiful


Anonymous candleashes said ... (9:34 PM) : 

This is on of my favorite vintage shots, it takes a second to see his footwear :)


Anonymous Lauren said ... (9:42 PM) : 

This is my Grandfather! I hope I've inherited a little bit of his style (I've definitely inherited his height).


Blogger LoveE ♥ said ... (9:54 PM) : 

Such a vintage shot, love it! And that sounds like an amazing experience!

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:43 PM) : 

I live in Japan!
This sandals are Japanese "geta" !


Blogger AM said ... (1:14 AM) : 

I love the subdued colors in this era of photos. Such a wonderful picture!


Blogger Maria said ... (2:34 AM) : 

I love this photo so much, its so lovely!
Have always loved this blog!


Blogger Andrei Iacob said ... (4:15 AM) : 

love these vintage how fashion and style are eternal


Blogger Stylison said ... (5:00 AM) : 

nice outfit!


Blogger Miss Top Ten Image said ... (5:52 AM) : 

What an amazing experience for that time!!

Great picture!


Anonymous balthasar said ... (6:01 AM) : 




Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:43 AM) : 

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Blogger Michelle Lee said ... (7:08 AM) : 

love this photo :)


Anonymous Raspberry & Rouge said ... (7:20 AM) : 

So cool! I love it! Hope you enjoy Amsterdam! XO Raspberry & Rouge


Blogger 十十f十 said ... (7:22 AM) : 

love the story. with those clogs, her parents would tower even higher.


Anonymous bijuterii said ... (7:38 AM) : 

the vintage photo you have chosen to show is amazing! Colors, atmosphere and the relaxed attitude of the father seem to travel trough time and space far far away...


Blogger Jessie said ... (7:40 AM) : 

such a beautiful photograph!!! thank you for sharing these old yet amazing pieces.


Blogger czytaj z ust said ... (8:02 AM) : 

Are the sandals comfortable? I'd like to try ;)


Blogger dolceedamara said ... (8:27 AM) : 

Lovely photo!


Blogger My Style Canvas said ... (9:01 AM) : 

Love this idea for a photo theme--and this photo. Your dad's very handsome.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:29 AM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:27 AM) : 

So cool. I love his Japanese sandals.


Blogger Contact said ... (10:31 AM) : 

vintage photos really bring back memories


Anonymous Anna said ... (10:51 AM) : 

The idea of vintage photos is absolutely swell. I love your dad's japanese flip-flops! And the palette of colors on this photo is very stylish!

Great photo!


Blogger Danielle said ... (11:32 AM) : 

Fab picture! :)



Blogger Shervin Nassi said ... (11:44 AM) : 

This is so sweet and REAL!! loving whats going on here!!!


Blogger Elle Lemoine said ... (12:09 PM) : 

I love the sandals, as they hint at a fusion of two cultures.


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Blogger Flea For Fashion said ... (1:28 PM) : 

this is a charming picture!


Blogger Selina. said ... (2:15 PM) : 



Anonymous Eric Meyer said ... (3:06 PM) : 

and he's looking at an ad for what looks like a 1953 Buick Skylark! A fantastic and beautiful car.



Blogger muñequita de papel said ... (3:18 PM) : 

Beautiful!! like a superstar!


Blogger fashionfauxpas said ... (4:27 PM) : 

Fantastic! Eloquent and whimsical


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:44 PM) : 

This post warmed my heart - such a wonderful story. Love the Japanese sandals!


Blogger geyerwally said ... (10:44 PM) : 

I love all that pink: in the book, the car (on the book), the collar, the chair, even on the wall. fabulously captured!


Blogger yvette said ... (10:57 PM) : 

love the flip flops!


Blogger Sweet Harvest Moon said ... (4:25 AM) : 

Love it!


Blogger David McCarty said ... (6:51 AM) : 

I guess this disproves the idea that one can't wear flip flops and be fashionable. :)


Blogger Wang's Factory said ... (7:32 AM) : 

Incredible photo!


Anonymous Bohemian Trends said ... (9:50 AM) : 

Besides his sweater I really like the detail of the backgrounds wooden windows.



Anonymous proletarian Great Gatsby said ... (10:29 AM) : 

I love everything on this picture.And i want those shoes.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:47 AM) : 

Ooh I love this photo. Makes you wonder about all they mustve experienced.


Blogger Travis McHenry said ... (12:19 PM) : 

Reminds me a lot of the talented Mr. Ripley


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:55 PM) : 

thank you sharing! that's such a wonderful story and gorgeous his Japanese sandals


Anonymous Beyla said ... (2:33 AM) : 

This photo is like a Hopper's painting :)


Anonymous Stern Design said ... (12:25 PM) : 

I really like the design of the chair he is lounging on. Great photo!


Blogger elisa said ... (4:12 PM) : 

Such a cool story, these must have been exciting times to live. Loving the jumper and the sandals, it's all about cosmopolitan dressing.

Elisa -


Blogger island4jp said ... (10:07 PM) : 

Hirou (an area in Tokyo) perhaps, love the getas.


Blogger fsm said ... (5:08 AM) : 

Very Bernard Rudofsky :-)


Blogger jennifer said ... (11:12 PM) : 

love the shoes!


Blogger Monica said ... (3:34 PM) : 



Blogger JEAN said ... (10:23 PM) : 

So stylish , I can remember these times !


Anonymous Tran said ... (11:02 AM) : 



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