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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

All in the Family, Vintage Photo Contest

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I have always loved this picture of my mother and father (Ann and Herman) enjoying a night out at Grossinger's Resort in the Catskill Mountains in New York. (It was the inspiration for Kellerman's Mt. Resort in Dirty Dancing). This was taken sometime in the early 1950's. My father, who is now 90 years old, told me this was some kind of mystery themed event. What I love so much about this photo, besides that it always makes me laugh, is that it shows what a cute couple they were and that they loved having a fun time together. They were happily married for 65 years and were madly in love.

Growing up poor in Philadelphia did not stop my mother from expressing herself through fashion. She had such a wonderful and carefree style - she loved wearing bright colors and patterns, and never left the house without looking perfectly put together. In this picture I love her plaid skirt and how it matches my dads plaid jacket. Also her lace up shoes are just fabulous.

My daughter Hannah Dilworth was on your site in September '09 (attached is the photo you took of her) and she always says that her Bubby is one of her biggest fashion inspirations, and someone who influenced her towards a career in fashion.

Comments on "All in the Family, Vintage Photo Contest"


Blogger Izzen said ... (7:26 PM) : 

So delightful!


Anonymous jamieofalltrades said ... (7:30 PM) : 

Looks a bit like Carey Mulligan.


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

Black and red never looked so good!


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

I adore this outfit. Very clean and minimalist.


Anonymous dodz said ... (7:41 PM) : 

wooooo i like the beard, great, cool


Blogger Style Scanner said ... (7:49 PM) : 

That is so sweet, Hannah is striking a very similer pose to her Grandmother!


Blogger Sonja Blackham said ... (7:49 PM) : 

I value fashion no matter the cost. I like that you mentioned that about your parents. Sometimes I feel as though the names in fashion drown out true innovative style.


Anonymous Elaine said ... (7:54 PM) : 

This photo captures the night at Grossinger's - it is hilarious, and yes, Bubby's granddaughter is also a charmer.


Blogger Gary said ... (7:54 PM) : 

Wow, you realy can feel the influence of her grand'ma ! I love the hair cut. I had it myself last summer. Now back to long hair, but I realy enjoyed it.


Blogger Daniel said ... (8:03 PM) : 

I think that photo is very much reflected in her style. And her style is amazing!
Let's grow up later


Blogger Unknown said ... (8:06 PM) : 

that's a story worth shedding a hear tear for.


Blogger Hilary said ... (8:18 PM) : 

Lovely story and I really do love the matching plaid in the older photograph. :) Makes me smile. It's fun to see a style lineage like this.


Blogger stylenuggets said ... (8:22 PM) : 

I had the same thought as jamieofalltrades-she reminds me of Carey Mulligan. Has good taste too.


Blogger Giulia said ... (8:25 PM) : 

Wonderful, funny, touching.


Blogger Unknown said ... (8:29 PM) : 

what a lovely story.


Blogger Emily said ... (8:50 PM) : 

wow! i guess good style really is genetic :)



Blogger Roman Dennis said ... (9:01 PM) : 

love love love this look its so simple and done soo well the dress the bag the shoes the blazer so beautiful and so minimalist just done a post about minimalist look. love it all!!

Roman @


Blogger BlogCoder said ... (9:07 PM) : 

I have to agree with jamieofalltrades, she looks sorta Carey Mulligan-ish. I like the simplicity of her style - the red and black combination. So chic!


Blogger Dina said ... (9:18 PM) : 

you can see how style runs in the family for sure


Anonymous Jean said ... (9:21 PM) : 

Perfect combination. I love the the whole package. Thanks for sharing. By the way, I would like to invite you to join and have your say about anything on this new Fashion Forum.You can even win the cash prize for the most number of referrals. See you there! Thanks.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:52 PM) : 

this might be my favorite post since i started following your blog. bravo.


Blogger m.fay said ... (10:01 PM) : 

this is a very sweet post, very very sweet. nice work.

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Blogger lulu said ... (10:01 PM) : 

that girl is so beautiful! and your parents look absolutely adorable. What a sweet post.


Blogger The Concrete Commentator said ... (10:11 PM) : 

What a superb photograph.. this is so refreshing. The colors are die for. Lovely hand bag too!


Anonymous The Iconic said ... (10:12 PM) : 

What a wonderful post. So enjoyable to read!


Anonymous Alison said ... (10:30 PM) : 

This is such a sentimental post. Thank you for putting it up. Sometimes I look at old photos of my family and feel a real sense of joy at seeing how tailored and well dressed my relatives were. My mother took such great pride in her appearance, it's rubbed off on me, even though my 'style' is very different from hers. It's something I enjoy!
Hannah looks lovely, so neat and well put together!


Blogger FASHION SNAG said ... (10:50 PM) : 

Love the first photo because it looks like a couple truly in love and having fun. Love the second photo because of her smile, hair, shoes, and the red dress!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:54 PM) : 

Thank you for sharing. Your parents are so enjoying themselves. A real pleasure. A real cute couple.


Anonymous Cate said ... (12:36 AM) : 

so nice to see how the fashion sense has run through the generations! :D


Anonymous The Photodiarist said ... (12:48 AM) : 

Awesome! Love this post.


Anonymous Middleseason said ... (2:36 AM) : 

Thank you very much for this post.


Blogger Unknown said ... (3:11 AM) : 

She looks really cute and has got great style!

Combining red like that with all black is very tasteful and effective - I like it a lot.


Anonymous John said ... (4:33 AM) : 

I find this his look very inspiring!


Blogger steph said ... (6:39 AM) : 

i love the vintage photo contest. what a nice idea. and the photos are gorgeous!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:52 AM) : 

A moving post, so sweet and tender.


Blogger TheStreetFashion5xpro said ... (7:01 AM) : 

fabulous colors


Blogger Rock'n Roll Ballerina said ... (7:04 AM) : 

Love the colors and she looks so lovely.


Anonymous Joanna Roman said ... (7:18 AM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:48 AM) : 

to this day possibly the best shot, look, person ....i remember when u first published it.
she looks so genuine and wonderful. seeing her grand parents on previous shot makes it even more interesting. a sticking, sincere looking girl


Blogger givency86 said ... (9:32 AM) : 

fashion runs in the family! super cute!


Blogger John B Pritchett said ... (9:47 AM) : 

Simple and cute. What makes it pop are use use of the the surrounding background colors. Very nice!


Anonymous impotenta said ... (9:53 AM) : 

good pics...:)also great colors.


Anonymous Mery said ... (10:00 AM) : 

This is the first post in the nostalgia series that actually made me think about the my childhood memories. In what ways has it made an impact seeing my mother carefully do her hair and put on make-up before going to work every morning.

Family members and early memories have great influence over anyone's initial viewpoint on personal style and fashion. Girls and boys often feel closer to their grandmothers and -fathers.
And as can be seen, much of the choices in style has had more to do with aesthetics and personal priorities to look good, instead of availability of material resources.

If I had any say in the outcome of this contest, I would give the grand prize to author of this post.


Anonymous all-in-the-silhouette said ... (12:15 PM) : 

My favorite post of all I've seen here. Love the connections, the writing and the role that fashion has played in this beautiful family.


Blogger Lisa Petrarca said ... (12:27 PM) : 

This picture definitely makes you value the magic of photography...taking you to an exact place & time to live & relive a moment.

Thanks for sharing!


Blogger Stephanie said ... (12:54 PM) : 

What a great vintage photo. Besides the great style of the couple - the obvious love and connection between the 2 is so touching. Humor and love = so inspiring!


Anonymous mae said ... (3:04 PM) : 

oh my goooood she has just about the most perfect hair EVER.


Blogger Prutha Raithatha said ... (3:12 PM) : 

very sweet story... love the thats the generations r checking ouy ur blog at the same time...

u should be very proud!!


Blogger Sra Gambs said ... (3:35 PM) : 

Lindos! E muito estilosos!


Blogger anthony said ... (4:52 PM) : 

This is smashing.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:57 PM) : 

I just found this whole article and video about Hannah and her style. She talks about her grandmother in it too. So great!


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

I love the pleats in the red dress coupled with the glad style sandals. The black of the blazer is not harsh with this red either. I love bare legs with dresses, it means summer to me.


Anonymous michael edwards said ... (5:45 PM) : 

I going to swear I saw this girl walking around SoHo this afternoon.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:04 PM) : 

Wow this is so great...every photo has a great are all so LUCKY that your parents shared it with you....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:36 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:32 AM) : 

The colour!


Blogger TorontoVerve Street Style said ... (9:36 AM) : 

Such a pretty dress and capture....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:56 AM) : 

so funny !


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:33 PM) : 

This is by far the best and most fun vintage photo I have seen yet. The grandparents show such a sense of style as well as a sense of humor.
And Hannah could not be more chic and stunning. She has such a sense of calm.


Blogger yesnoyes said ... (7:29 PM) : 

This post warms my heart ;)


Anonymous Family Fun said ... (4:42 AM) : 

Nice photograph...


Anonymous PIETMAN said ... (6:25 AM) : 

Pretty in Red.Molly Ringwald eat your heart out!


Anonymous Thomas said ... (8:47 PM) : 

The old pic is wonderful & the girl in red is stunning. The girl obviously inherited her grandparents beauty. Her pic makes me think style could be hereditary too.


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

I must be the only one who hates those kind of sandals. I just don't think they're flattering - even on the super leggy.

Her haircut and face a so cute. And who doesn't love a red dress (esp. against a blue wall!)


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