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Monday, March 29, 2010

The Fellas, Vintage Photo Contest

The man to the second right is my great uncle Bernard - the one holding an old-fashioned megaphone. Our family photo album is full of photographs of him with his friends horsing around. He was evidently a popular and outgoing man in his youth. We estimate this picture was taken in the 1930s, before he joined the Air Force and fought in World War 2. He travelled widely and even on holiday his signature style was present: a striped polo shirt and blazer with pocket square, and baggy trousers tucked into socks. I especially love that Bernard and his friend are wearing mary-jane sandals since it is a typically feminine style, but looking at this photo I can imagine them coming back as a menswear trend.
The photo I´m sending is a family photo from the 1960´s, back when my grandparents lived in Venezuela (Caracas) and runned a hotel called "Hotel Portugal" (so much for originality :P)
The man on the further right corner is actually my late grandfather when he was about 30 years old! The other men are probably guests staying at his hotel, he loved to show them around town!
I find interesting their attire while riding their bikes and their overall look, which contains elements which are returning to mainstream fashion such as the pocket squares, hats and pins.

PS: I believe the 2nd man from the right is truly squint-eyed and not doing it for fun :
Recently i inherited around 50 albums full of photos from my grandparents, one of which had this photo.
On the far right of this photo is my great grandad, Frederick A Rowley, and some of his friends.
I never knew him, but i think this photo just sums up the kind of man i picture him as.
Sadly i have no idea what time era this photo comes from, i would guess around 20's, as he married my great grandmother in 1919.
I don't know if he had a sense of style, but i think this picture just sums up the time, and the fashion.
I love this photo, and all the others i have of him.
He was a working man, but had such grace.
I'm very attached to my past, and i think this just shows why.
I hope you love it as much as i do.

Comments on "The Fellas, Vintage Photo Contest"


Blogger Unknown said ... (6:41 PM) : 

I love the swagger of the second picture!


Anonymous grooming Guru said ... (6:58 PM) : 

How cool are the guys in the first pic?!!!


Blogger Elizabeth said ... (6:59 PM) : 

One of the things I love about the first picture, besides that they all look SO suave, in their streetwear, on bicycles, is the almost-solid row of gleaming headlamps. Sigh.


Blogger Nedda Ebo said ... (7:03 PM) : 

I love the way they all look in a group. Like a team with a strong bond. Makes them look more confident. x


Blogger Tiffany Kadani said ... (7:03 PM) : 

The second picture of the hotel owner looks like James Franco. Great looking man!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:08 PM) : 

Those are not pants tucked into socks, those are knickers.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:13 PM) : 

Wonderful, wonderful photographs! Thank you for sharing.


Blogger Style Stars said ... (7:15 PM) : 

i love all of these pictures, boys must have been so well dressed back in the day.

-stacey kelly


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

so many men in baggy trousers, are we going to see this trend again?


Blogger Unknown said ... (7:19 PM) : 

I love such vintage photos
They capture such memories



Blogger Adrienne said ... (7:19 PM) : 

Lets bring the wide brimmed side cocked fedora back!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:22 PM) : 

any idea of the polo shirt color ? Dark blue with white stripes ?
What about the jacket color ?


Blogger REGARDER said ... (7:46 PM) : 

I´m loving this vintage pics!
My blog is inspired in urs, but im Sao Paulo:


Anonymous Rash magazine said ... (7:49 PM) : 

i love men in zoot suites that 1940's preppish cool.I wish the catwalks would infuse a bit more of that style..i did however see some i think two seasons back mens shows Louis Vuitton.


Blogger Shannen Norman said ... (7:57 PM) : 

These are dapper, so charming.


Blogger Susan said ... (8:28 PM) : 

What lovely photos - and an amazing historical record of men's fashions. Love the culottes in the first shot - and the man in the centre of the last photo's elegantly tipped hat: what a dandy!


Blogger FASHION SNAG said ... (8:31 PM) : 

The second photo with all the bikes is priceless. xo


Blogger Lisa said ... (8:49 PM) : 

Fabulous..great trio of photos!


Blogger Bex said ... (8:53 PM) : 



Blogger NAB said ... (9:06 PM) : 

beautiful. there's nothing quite like old photographs. i love how stylish everyone was--even for just run of the mill activities. makes me want to rethink my go-to jeans... :)


Blogger SaraKateSwan said ... (9:13 PM) : 

These images are just so wonderful. Fingers crossed that mine make an appearance :)!!!!


Anonymous minor keys said ... (9:26 PM) : 

truly beautiful post. how lucky you are to have such well-preserved memories.


Blogger kathrynnova said ... (9:26 PM) : 

I've noticed that many working men and women of the past had such style and grace - no matter if they were in Paris or Des Moines, Buenos Aires or Toledo (OH) - perhaps grace is something that can be taught? And maybe it is not taught as much now as in the past?

The photo contest is brilliant and I am having so much fun gazing upon these stylish people from the past.

Thank you so much for sharing this all with us!!!


Blogger Style Gazing said ... (9:44 PM) : 

I'm loving all the vintage photos! Keep it coming!


Blogger wd said ... (10:07 PM) : 

The friendship of the first and third picture really shines through. You can tell how comfortable everyone is with one another. Case and point for style being about how comfortable you are in your clothes.


Anonymous Dawne said ... (10:25 PM) : 

I adore the first photo. I would love to spend an afternoon with this gang. What fun!


Blogger lintmag said ... (10:45 PM) : 

Love the guys with t-strap shoes - they look like they're having so much fun!


Blogger Vinda Sonata said ... (11:22 PM) : 

those are awesome and inspiring! i love vintage pictures! your uncle and grandpa are both handsome!

fashion atelier.


Blogger SequinedSky said ... (11:42 PM) : 

I love these photos. It seems like people dressed with such care in those inspiring.


Blogger Yoli said ... (12:00 AM) : 

Now that is true style and class! Thank you for sharing with us.


Blogger Belle de Ville said ... (12:07 AM) : 

Your vintage photos are one of the best things I've seen yet in any fashion blog. Please keep posting these incredible pictures.


Anonymous chung-chiao said ... (12:11 AM) : 

I'like black and white old photos;it's a souvenir of good time....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:17 AM) : 

This is such a great idea Mr. Schuman. I do hope that the designers will bring the 1930's back into style. Everyone looked good back then didn't they?


Blogger Brian Sasaki said ... (1:34 AM) : 

Bernard and his friend are contest winning material. The baggy tucked in trousers and sandals. this series is really touching, and a welcome break from the standard sartorialist program.

Subtle and


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:50 AM) : 

The riding bikes photo is so great ! Sunny side


Anonymous Forex Trading System said ... (3:09 AM) : 

Only One word to characterize such a great post “WOW” that was a very interesting read


Blogger Ohmyglam said ... (3:22 AM) : 

AAAAW I just, love it.

a kiss from Venezuela :)


Anonymous Anna said ... (5:36 AM) : 

So are all these photos from the last weeks showing Scott´s relatives or have they been sent to him by his readers?

Sinci there's no signature to the text I thought it was all written by Scott, but is it possible for just one man to have such a treasure of photographs and stylish relatives?

Please explain to me!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:19 AM) : 

hey, i love the vintage photos!
i love how fashions these days are being more influenced by past vintage fashions. I have a masquerade sweet sixteen party coming up and it makes it so much easier for me to find a gorgeous dress that is in fashion but still has the vintage feel and essence. Vogue is my holy grail and fashion is my life, follow me on my blog please :) spread the word :)


Anonymous The Red Velvet Shoe said ... (7:04 AM) : 

With all these fabulous photo entries, how will you ever choose? Perhaps another book in the making? You have my permission! :)



Blogger Roxy Te said ... (7:34 AM) : 

Wow! Thanks for the throwback post. I'm so glad you shared as these pictures and the style of these men are timeless!


Blogger Diane said ... (8:19 AM) : 

I appreciatte this contest so much, I love reading the stories behind the pictures!

thanks for showing them to us!



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:30 AM) : 

Hate the vintage photos, please stop it! otherwise its a very nice blog


Anonymous A Foreign Collective said ... (9:41 AM) : 

The Hotel Portugal photo of the men on bikes is my personal favorite from this set. The men all leak with such confidence that this photo is rendered timeless. Simply Amazing


Anonymous osha training said ... (10:19 AM) : 

I dont believe people were aware of fashion those days!!!

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Blogger Bombchell said ... (10:21 AM) : 

wow so cool! the 2nd one looks like an ad.


Blogger RoseElizabeth said ... (11:44 AM) : 

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:08 PM) : 

Amazing images, but my comment goes to "He was a working man BUT had such grace"!?.

How about: "He was a working man AND had such grace"!!!!

Class and grace do not depend on how much money someone has...


Blogger Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said ... (12:49 PM) : 

Wow, I really like the first two pictures, what cool fellas :)


Blogger Shirley Goff said ... (12:51 PM) : 

Re the pants tucked into socks in "The Fellas", would those be called plus eights (longer than plus fours)?


Blogger "Guppy" Honaker said ... (12:57 PM) : 

How I miss the men's (and women's) styles of bygone eras. There was a certain elegance to them - there is very little elegance to modern styles ("chique slob" seems to the the style du jour).

- David

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:16 PM) : 

I like the bad-a** bicycle club photo!

Back when men were men I tells ya!


Anonymous Li Ma said ... (4:40 PM) : 

wow, I like the second picture a lot


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:11 PM) : 

the thing is, people dressed better in the past. they cared about what they put on and what someone wore not only showed a respect of oneself but of everyone around them, everyone those who would experience them visually. these men look dapper.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:05 AM) : 

Those "baggy trousers" are not knickers, they are "plus fours"


Blogger christie said ... (7:54 PM) : 

mary janes.. i mean wow.


Blogger shona said ... (6:31 AM) : 

these are all just so beautiful! and i absolutley love the idea of men in mary janes!


Anonymous enterrement vie de célibataire said ... (5:16 PM) : 

I like vintage picture because people were elegant and stylish.


Blogger Aldo Dias said ... (7:45 PM) : 

i love the 2nd photo, not only because of its aesthetic and fashion value, but also because (i presume) the owner of the hotel was portuguese; and as a portuguese man its very interesting to me the lives that my country men led and lead all around the world. there is a certain colonialism about this photo - not literally, because Venezuela was not a colony, and moreover not portuguese, but "sartorially", and therefore culturally, if you will. its very charming.

finally, id just like to say that my grandfather, who turns 80 this year, has dressed everyday for the entirety of his adult life, and still does, in a three piece suit and, in the winter, camel over coat. he is a great stylistic and emotional presence in my life, and that portuguese man to the right reminds me of him.


Anonymous News trading said ... (10:38 AM) : 

What a lovely company we've got there. Classics.


Blogger Nadia Marie said ... (6:07 PM) : 

Great photos! Love the biking one especially! I was looking up Vintage photos from Venezuela and this appeared on the image list! Love it! xoxo


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