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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Big Man Walking, Vintage Photo Contest

Here's a photo of my boyfriend's grandfather Papa Joe, who just had his 80th birthday last month. Papa Joe is such a generous, open-minded, and most humorous person. I've known him for many years and look up to him as my second dad. Papa Joe loves golfing everyday and stays very healthy. My favorite thing he does is when he twists his huge oversized vintage red diamond ring on his finger (which he won from a poker game when he was young) when he tells us a story; and he always ends the story in an unexpected humorous way. He used to sew and he still has his sewing machine in his room. Last month I stumbled across some photos on his sewing/computer table and was surprised to see this side of him. I totally fell in love with this photo and I am so glad I could share this with my favorite fashion blog. I love how he layered simple elegant clothes with a pop of funky polka dots scarf and tie. And most of all, I love the style of the photography (I am a photographer myself!). Hope you enjoy this photo too!

This is one of my favorite, he's my fiance's grandfather, Dr.Vittorio Melò.
He was born in 1921, and in this picture he was only sixteen year old.
He was one of the youngest pharmacist of his hometown, Bologna, Northern Italy.He was truly a charming person, a doctor with an artistic soul. A real gentleman with an etiquette under any circumstances and always impeccable manners and style.

Comments on "Big Man Walking, Vintage Photo Contest"


Blogger FORMENTERA ♥ AGUAMARINA said ... (5:29 AM) : 

Amazing !


Blogger Antonio Barros said ... (5:31 AM) : 

Amazing pictures!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:32 AM) : 

damn, papa joe was a fine specimen in his day!


Anonymous Alizée G. said ... (6:01 AM) : 

magnifique photo comme celle de votre grand mere, j'adore..
Alizée G.


Blogger Unknown said ... (6:19 AM) : 

Papa Joe slightly reminds of James Dean/James Franco....
love the shot...


Blogger Ruth said ... (6:26 AM) : 

wow, amazing photos and stories!


Blogger Bimbosavant said ... (6:34 AM) : 

Absolutely amazing. Great combo of the fun print and the demure layering.


Blogger Bimbosavant said ... (6:35 AM) : 

wonderful photos. love the combo of the fun print and the demure layering.


Blogger 50two said ... (6:43 AM) : 

papa joe looks like awesome.


Anonymous AppleTree said ... (6:49 AM) : 

I heart Papa Joe!


Blogger A Gluten Freestyle said ... (6:51 AM) : 

The first is perfection, and very James Dean/James Gandolfini. Brilliant stare.


Blogger Ania said ... (6:55 AM) : 

all these vintage photos are incredible!

I don't envy your task - must be a struggle to choose...


Blogger Unknown said ... (7:32 AM) : 

I love these vintage pictures! So inspiring!


Anonymous Jinggay said ... (7:41 AM) : 

style definitely timeless


Blogger Betty said ... (7:45 AM) : 

Papa Joe looks WONDERFUL!



Blogger Betty said ... (7:47 AM) : 

Papa Joe look wonderful! Think this is such a nice idea x


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:02 AM) : 

I love the 1st photo, it's beautiful. There is something about men of that era. Very handsome!


Blogger Cuca. said ... (8:27 AM) : 

amazing...this is gorgeous..I love old pictures!


Blogger Alice said ... (8:28 AM) : 

I really love the pictures, and the stories behind them.


Blogger Unknown said ... (8:31 AM) : 

Great photos. Not only Papa Joe and Dr. Melo but also other people on the photos are so chic and elegant. I wish it could be the same at the moment, it would be nice to see stylish people all around.


Anonymous Camille Brown said ... (8:35 AM) : 

thank you for posting these! i always love this blog


Anonymous The Photodiarist said ... (9:19 AM) : 

I love this contest!


Blogger Fashionstyle said ... (9:41 AM) : 

No comment !! Just beautiful!!


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:44 AM) : 

common in those days was a street photog who would snap your pic and then offer to sell you a copy, these are nice examples of those.


Blogger Catherine said ... (10:05 AM) : 

That first photo is so gorgeous and lovely!


Blogger Lisa said ... (10:07 AM) : 

Those men were definitely fine dressers :)


Blogger Nyrha said ... (10:32 AM) : 

I really love that dot scarf and tie!


Blogger Ksenia said ... (10:47 AM) : 

WOW! Papa Joe was a hell of a guy! i'd kill for grandpa like that


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:51 AM) : 

You did this contest to present ur family or what???


Blogger Copious Couture said ... (10:53 AM) : 

That first picture is gorgeous!!!! I love it so much!!



Blogger FASHION SNAG said ... (10:59 AM) : 

Papa Joe looks so cool! Wow, everything just works. What a cool photo.


Blogger Dees said ... (11:15 AM) : 

This contest makes me so happy. Genius idea, Mr. Sart.


Anonymous enrique said ... (11:22 AM) : 

The two photos might be the very first 'street style photos' in the pre-Internet era. If we ignored the age of the photos, I can see such stylish people being photographed on a regular in Milan. Thank you for sharing!


Anonymous Alain said ... (11:27 AM) : 

An amazing presence!

Wow, what a fine idea this is. It is a big enough idea for a separate blog!


Blogger Camila Godoi said ... (11:27 AM) : 

Tank you for sharring this whit me.
Camila from Brazil.


Anonymous PC said ... (11:29 AM) : 

There is something foretelling in this photo...
It appears to have been shot on rue de Rivoli which is the area where M. the Sartorialist often finds his subjects nowadays. Funny how things are.


Blogger TheStreetFashion5xpro said ... (11:38 AM) : 

i love vintage photo


Blogger Caddy said ... (11:57 AM) : 

I'm really enjoying looking at these pictures and readings these stories! Great idea Scott!! :)


Blogger Heidi said ... (12:10 PM) : 

Papa Joe was a stud. Wow. I can't get over it! His outfit, his hair, the expression on his face... it's perfect.


Blogger Sophia said ... (12:29 PM) : 

I love the picture of of Dr. Vittorio Melo. I've walked on those streets and it's incredible to think they've been there that long.


Blogger Courtney O. said ... (12:39 PM) : 

lovely photos. the first picture is so cute!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:43 PM) : 

Papa Joe rules.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:47 PM) : 

... "boyfriend"? care to define?


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

i don't see too many polka-dots around that much - especially the large ones in that photo - on men and i absolutely love how it looks.

grace. pure grace. both of them.


Blogger lauren baluyo said ... (1:01 PM) : 

I truly admire vintage photos of those with impeccable, personalized style. Sometimes I wish I could teleport 60 or 70 years back just to immerse myself in all those classic looks and wear some lovely frocks as well.



Blogger philou. said ... (1:04 PM) : 

true elegance. i really do like that!


Blogger { Rococo Vintage } fashion, fairy tales, + gin gimlets said ... (1:11 PM) : 

I love how unbelievably gigantic Papa Joe's clothes are!!



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:20 PM) : 

the second picture was taken at the galleria vittoria emmanuelle right in the heart of milan ... amazing how it still looks the same today.

and oh both the guys, iconic style. superb.


Blogger daisy kate said ... (1:22 PM) : 

Amazing, I love the papa joe photo, very dapper :) and it's so lovely that you see him as your second father. if you get a minute, please check out my blog at leather, lace and studs. my 200th follower receives a gift from my wardrobe :)


Blogger Johanna Urban said ... (1:33 PM) : 

That's a cool picture with a very handsome man!!! :)
//Johanna from Sweden



Anonymous christopher said ... (1:45 PM) : 

papa joe looks a lot like charlie sexton in his youth!


Anonymous Les Garcons said ... (1:52 PM) : 

The first picture is amazing - I aspire to be him!


Blogger D e g a i n e said ... (2:02 PM) : 

what an interesting contest, love it!

D e g a i n e


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:13 PM) : 

"Tall Man" walking looks like Burt Lancaster in The Killers. Garrish, but cool.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:14 PM) : 

Tall Man Walking looks lik Burt Lancaster from the Killers. Garrish, but cool.


Blogger Paula Valeria said ... (2:34 PM) : 

That black and white one of Papa Joe is incredible. Honestly, brilliant style and he's got a great face.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:49 PM) : 

great style! and the most amazing thing is that in Italy, you can find old people (like my grandfather) who actually wear those suits with elegance! Has this picture been taked in Milan?? the road seems very very much Via Vittorio Emanuele!!
XO by a youth Italian Pharmacy Student!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:16 PM) : 

i agree papa joe looks awesome... kinda wanna go back in time just to meet him!


Blogger K said ... (3:47 PM) : 

Papa Joe - the proportions are just perfect!


Blogger Unknown said ... (3:47 PM) : 



Anonymous morella said ... (3:51 PM) : 

I'm from Bologna and I immediately recognize our "portici" !!! Beautiful picture and very charming man. :)


Blogger TeeAndCake said ... (3:53 PM) : 

I'm from Bologna and I immediately recognize our typical "portici" !!! Beautiful picture, very charming man. :)


Blogger Joy Mars said ... (4:09 PM) : 

All these pictures are wonderful.

But this one of Dr.Vittorio Melò is remarkable because not only does he look dapper, so does everyone else in the background.

It was any age of real taste and elegance. And it's making me very sad to see how far we've gone away from that.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:48 PM) : 

hot dyam papa joe


Anonymous TWSB said ... (4:48 PM) : 

This is great. I love early 1900's fashion. Back in that day they sure knew how to dress with style!

The White Shoe Blog


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:14 PM) : 

Papa Joe is Gorgeous.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:22 PM) : 

wow, wish papa joe wasn't 80 nowadays))


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:35 PM) : 

If i were to have walked past Papa Joe, with his impeccable cheekbones, complimented by his sassy play of proportions, I would have fallen in love!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:07 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:17 PM) : 

omg @ 5:32 am! i was thinking the SAME THING! good to hear that he just turned 80..awwww


Anonymous MrTresFierce said ... (7:17 PM) : 

The top one looks like if Michael Buble and James Franco had a baby. I enjoy that. These are GREAT pics! :-)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:41 PM) : 

Papa Joe has kind of a James Dean look, doesn't he?


Blogger Jeannine 520 said ... (7:44 PM) : 

Both are elegant and beautiful men. Thanks for sharing.


Blogger Unknown said ... (12:28 AM) : 

Papa Joe was hot!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:45 AM) : 

Looking through these photos makes me sad, when I realise that the older generations in my family were never beautiful, never well-dressed or never wealthy.


Blogger Criteriamour said ... (2:17 AM) : 

The top photo is breathtaking. I love his pants!


Blogger FEDERICA said ... (3:57 AM) : 

The second picture was took in Bologna, via dell'Archiginnasio! I'm sure because that photo is mine!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:15 AM) : 

Papa Joe is a mix between James Dean and Robert Sean Leonard in his Dead Poet Society's days. The epitome of polka dot verve.



Blogger sherene said ... (6:08 PM) : 

Papa Joe seems like he might have been quite a heart-breaker back in his days :) Fabulous style..


Blogger shona said ... (6:39 PM) : 

These photos are so beautiful and so precious! I love both...papa joe looks as if hes a movie star with a thousand girls lined up around the corner for him and Dr vittorio looks so elegant and dashing for someone so young! Is that a flower i see hanging from his top pocket?
I wish more young men dressed like this today!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:07 PM) : 



Blogger Hong Photography Studio said ... (12:01 AM) : 

Haha Yes I heard from my boyfriend that Papa Joe was a very popular guy when he was young. When Nana Donna starts a small argument, Papa Joe always jokes about having a mistress called "Lorna" and how she's so nice and does what he wants. hahaha But Nana Donna was a very attractive woman too. They are both the most open-mind and loving people! :)



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:16 AM) : 

Oh my!, the first man in the photo is ubercool!!


Blogger Soviétique said ... (9:25 AM) : 

WOW! So James Dean! Looking at these vintage photos makes me want to go back in time, so chic and elegant back then...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:18 PM) : 

I was thinking Robert Sean Leonard and Jake Ryan myself. Definite stud material.

I love the way Dr.Vittorio Melò is holding himself and how impeccable his coat and tie are in this pic! A man who takes pride in his appearance and his profession.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:39 PM) : 

I simply love all of your recent 'vintage' pics. They are all so amazing!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:10 AM) : 

he reminds me of the lead in this italian film, seen earlier this year, also set in bologna!

"Gli Amici Del Bar Margherita"

regards, antony, hong kong


Anonymous Sambaleiro said ... (7:16 AM) : 

I love the first dress, the wide pants and the long jacket...reminds me a little bit of Armani Jackets...

I think he combined it also well with the scraf and his tie, wonderful! :)


Blogger Maria said ... (11:34 AM) : 

So proud that my city Bologna appeared on this blog.. :)
You should come to Bologna,'s full of interesting people!


Blogger Joyce said ... (1:12 PM) : 

I loved walking along the portici in Bologna and was delighted to see this beautiful shot of Dr Melo strolling there so gracefully. These vintage photos are so touching,beautiful and inspirational they bring tears to my eyes. Thank you very much.


Anonymous Raffy said ... (12:38 PM) : 

I love this photo! (Although Bologna is in the center, not the North ;-))


Anonymous petit_smudge said ... (11:25 AM) : 

i'm pretty much in love with papa joe


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:19 PM) : 

Wow papa joe was a serious hottie back in his days. Love this picture


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