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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Vintage Photos

My maternal grandfather was an incredible gentlemen and always looked very dapper, no matter what he wore. Being a South African mango and cattle farmer that usually meant a light plaid shirt, khaki shorts, knee high socks, leather shoes and always, always a hat. His hair was always perfectly pomaded underneath the hat and I cannot recall ever seeing his hair in a mess. Despite the fact that he was out in the fields all day long he always looked neat.

I selected this picture of him in a military factory during WW2, somewhere in Northeast Africa, mainly because of his hair. Neat and stylish without a curl out of place. And even though he is wearing a plain military shirt and pants, he still looks perfectly styled.

- Bordeaux

Comments on "Vintage Photos"


Blogger Sihem Bioud said ... (9:48 AM) : 

J'adore c'est photos vintage que vous publié sont superbes


Blogger DoublClik said ... (9:50 AM) : 

Love nostalgia, and the recent vintage theme. Keep it up.

DoublClik Photo Blog


Blogger Mandy said ... (9:57 AM) : 

I adore the vintage photos being posted. There are many things we can learn today about the stylization they used in the past.


Anonymous mon sac by me said ... (10:02 AM) : 

So Handsome man ! you seems to look like him ! Don't you ?


Blogger the46thdress said ... (10:26 AM) : 

The hair is awesome, who knew the classic movie star hair came from a WW2 factory ;)

xoxo Abby


Blogger monkeyshines said ... (10:29 AM) : 

dandy photo!


Blogger Danielle said ... (10:35 AM) : 

Fantastic photo, love it!



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:44 AM) : 



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Anonymous This is Belgium said ... (10:48 AM) : 

I recognize this shirt from having seen it on old family pictures. It was also fashionable in Europe right after WW2.


Blogger Kristi Michelle said ... (11:00 AM) : 

such a handsome man, I wish more men today cared enough to look like this...


Anonymous Kristin said ... (11:02 AM) : 

I'm appreciating your love affair with hair more and more.The first thing I noticed about this gentleman was his hair.
Gotta run and call my hair stylist now...



Blogger Liz Sewmode said ... (11:15 AM) : 

Wow - you would never think being in WW2 when you look at this very authentic and nice young men with his hair done.
Wonderful shot.


Blogger Alice said ... (11:21 AM) : 


Just a Silhouette


Blogger demie said ... (11:30 AM) : 

there is something very touching with people who take care of themselfs no matter the circumstances... love the hair by the way : )


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:32 AM) : 

Individual style in a uniform designed to make everyone look alike--love it!


Blogger SAMANTHA said ... (11:50 AM) : 

This is so nice.


Blogger Marcel Da Chump said ... (12:23 PM) : 

The Greatest Generation.


Blogger Marianne's Closet said ... (12:33 PM) : 

Vintage rocks! Your blog is truly inspirational.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:50 PM) : 

This post was a good read! I love all these vintage photos being posted as it let's us get a glimpse of how fashion has evolved over generations and how some things stay the same, like having good hair! :)


Blogger Liv said ... (1:24 PM) : 

Lovely photo! It's hard to make a uniform look that good! I should know :P


Blogger TraceysFashionOutlook said ... (1:33 PM) : 

Very Dapper!


Anonymous s said ... (1:35 PM) : 




Anonymous The Bohmerian said ... (2:04 PM) : 

His elbow gauze will surely inspire some re-trending of 80's elbow sports bands. Love the shirt pockets.


Blogger Purple Panda said ... (2:08 PM) : 

Handsome man, he looks like he's on a set of movie. Love the photo


Blogger V.V. said ... (2:12 PM) : 

beautiful & authentic!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:15 PM) : 

Great picture. Not surprised that your grandfather looks good - in truth military wear along with work wear and tailoring is the foundation of pretty much all menswear. Bryan Ferry used to look very chic with similar hair and garments circa '76 and I am sure the designers at -- for example Haversack have poured over similar pictures in the past


Blogger Agus Solari said ... (2:21 PM) : 

You're right. They're incredible!


Blogger blue roses said ... (2:46 PM) : 

he sweat the cool, clean sweat of an honest man in the warm south african sun....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:41 PM) : 

More photos of your grandpa, please! :)


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

Thanks for sharing. He looks like a movie star! I'm very much enjoying the vintage photos.


Blogger j. said ... (4:38 PM) : 

he looks nice :)


Blogger thwany said ... (5:11 PM) : 

what a handsome guy.


Blogger Ginger-Boyfriend said ... (5:19 PM) : 

Bordeaux ?


Blogger Miss-Peacock said ... (6:07 PM) : 

he looks nice and the vintage time is the best ;)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:24 PM) : 

How dreamy!


Blogger Jerome Centeno said ... (7:03 PM) : 

i love the way they dressed during 50's or 60's. very elegant and clean looks :)


Blogger Hannah said ... (8:35 PM) : 

The pocket flaps are perfect!


Blogger Kacie said ... (8:50 PM) : 

Love it. What a handsome fella!



Anonymous Shannon said ... (9:41 PM) : 

I'm sure he left many broken hearts wherever he travelled...what a handsome man.


Blogger La Petite Anglaise said ... (2:29 AM) : 

This is such a incredible photo and truly captures the effortlessly pulled-together style of your grandfather. A) he is definitely the most dapper farmer I've ever seen and B) damn he's good looking

Love Ella. X


Blogger maite vega said ... (4:12 AM) : 

Está perfecto y muy guapo.


Anonymous Oceana said ... (5:31 AM) : 

Dapper, yes! I married my first husband, a 6ft tall slender man, in part because he effortlessly made everything he wore look elegant and deliberate.


Anonymous restauranter København said ... (6:03 AM) : 

Very handsome and cool style :)




Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:24 AM) : 

A credit to his gender - what a lovely man, and the character description is so touching. I also had a grandad like that...


Anonymous Sofia said ... (8:32 AM) : 

Those are the must beautiful description a photo can have.
This is the reason why i love so much fashion and vintage photos, especially if it involves sweet love ones.
You must be very proud to have such man as your grandfather, i certainly would be!
Its short phrases like that that touches my heart.
I wish you luck, not good work, because you dont need that, you are already loved by fashion world.


Anonymous IS THIS IT? models review said ... (10:07 AM) : 

I agree, perfectly styled...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:24 PM) : 

What a wonderful picture. He sure does look handsome. You're right, he's immaculate!!


Blogger Rachel said ... (12:15 AM) : 

So nice! So masculine


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:14 AM) : 

This picture captures something of my own grandfather (also South African), who was a carpenter. In my child's mind the fragrance of freshly-honed wood and Brylcreem went together so perfectly that I grew up convinced that this was how all men should smell. Throw in a whiff of linseed oil and diesel, and it becomes perfection.


Anonymous Kathlyn Garnet said ... (3:57 AM) : 

Vintage rocks! My grandfather was very much like yours. He always made sure that his hair was all pomaded regardless of where he is going or what he would be doing. The picture made me miss my grandfather :(


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:39 AM) : 

Beautiful picture, love it.


Blogger Copper Etiquette said ... (8:15 AM) : 

He does. I love the pockets on the shirt


Blogger kbd said ... (9:20 AM) : 

so great to see South Africa represented! I should dig out my husband's photos of his grandfather, who was in Egypt then, and always looking sharp...


Anonymous Designer Dresses said ... (10:25 AM) : 

So true, although I do wish for a different angle or two so I can properly judge the way the hair has been styled. I notice for example that the sideburns have been trimmed and he has a mustache and either has 5 o'clock shadow or stubble.


Blogger Ninjagaiden78 said ... (11:58 AM) : 

Great photo.


Blogger anthony said ... (12:12 PM) : 

Agree! Really nice to see South Africa on your Blog:)


Blogger Allen - East Hampton said ... (1:04 PM) : 

three of my favorite words: "plain military shirt."
there are plenty of embellished military shirts out there - with obnoxious, faddish details added - but they don't even come close to doing the trick.
great picture.


Blogger covy said ... (5:28 PM) : 

I just had to smile when you said usually farmers wear "khaki shorts, knee high socks, leather shoes" i live in a part of south africa that still dresses like that!


Blogger J.Ro said ... (10:15 PM) : 

More proof men were hotter before logos.


Anonymous vintage engagement rings said ... (6:35 AM) : 

I love your vintage photos.. vintage is just wonderful!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:54 PM) : 

so classic and masculine. reminds me of my dad i feel like he would smell like cuban cigars and clean laundry


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:44 AM) : 

As a farm-girl from South Africa , I see khaki a lot between the 'boer seuns'. But I have noticed that they look more comfortable and 'stylish' than the city boys who wears khaki in some of their school uniforms. Such as boys high...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:27 AM) : 

Great vintage photo - this was the era of Brylcream, without the bounce. In the late 60s and 70s it kind of changed to "Beachboys" image. Mango and cattle farming was probably located in eastern Transvaal.


Blogger said ... (12:57 PM) : 

Once again a stunning photo and a beautiful granddad.


Anonymous latrenia bryant said ... (10:49 PM) : 

Very nice!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:42 AM) : 

Timeless...but how much effort it must have taken to keep looking so good as a farmer..and in that heat....I would have melted!


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