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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Milano (?) , Vintage Photo Contest

Comments on "Milano (?) , Vintage Photo Contest"


Blogger FASHION SNAG said ... (7:17 PM) : 

Wow, this photo is great. Love the setting and how statuesque he seems. x


Blogger Unknown said ... (7:21 PM) : 

Amazing Photo!!!

I love the Vintage Photos, love it.


Blogger abataba said ... (7:23 PM) : 

Really beautiful picture!


Blogger jku said ... (7:23 PM) : 

Great photo! And that's definitely Milano. If you have never been on top of the Duomo, you must do it the next time you are there. It's a beautiful view and an amazing point-of-view to see the architecture.



Blogger Karena said ... (7:28 PM) : 

Oooh, this is the man for me!!

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Blogger The Photodiarist said ... (7:30 PM) : 

This photo is incredible!


Blogger Francesca Robertson said ... (7:53 PM) : 

that picture is out of this world. the suit is tailored perfectly

F <-- Texas gal bloggin fashion from NYC!


Blogger said ... (8:03 PM) : 

Completely swoon-worthy. The slightly misty quality of the background provides a wonderfully otherworldly effect that makes one think that time travel might just be possible.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:46 PM) : 

not to forget that the main part of the photo is the dome. the silhouette of the old gray stones bring meaning to the man's pose.


Blogger Gary said ... (8:50 PM) : 

That is elegance.


Blogger Sunshinemom said ... (8:54 PM) : 

Reminds me of Gregory Peck for some reason. It is not only the style he exudes but also the way he has been picturised that makes him loom large.


Anonymous Moscow Girl said ... (8:56 PM) : 

I've never been to Milano, but the cathedral looks very similiar to the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona.


Anonymous Bird of Light said ... (9:10 PM) : 

The man pictured here steals my breath, and the commentary brings tears to my eyes!


Blogger chiggafied said ... (9:30 PM) : 

Absolutely amazing.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:44 PM) : 

I just fell in love. My, oh my.


Blogger Vincent Emond said ... (9:51 PM) : 

This the best one yet!


Blogger taleah said ... (9:57 PM) : 

This picture is breathtaking. Everything from the pose, to the clothes, to the background just captures my attention. Possibly the best thing is you know in this time period this is a "true" photograph. No digital changes. Just true style, and true life.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:20 PM) : 

I also believe it kinda looks like the Sagrada Familia. Awsome picture.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:20 PM) : 

I concur with the Moscow Girl; this looks like La Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona. But I've not been to Milan, either.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:24 PM) : 

I thought it looked like Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia, too, until I compared photos of it and Milan's catedral. It is Milan's cathedral.


Blogger Eileen Marie said ... (10:51 PM) : 

This is just a sexy photo! Love vintage images as they bring us back in time but also remind us how things stay the same.


Blogger Chaich said ... (10:52 PM) : 

absolutely marvelous. wonderful wonderful photo.


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

i love vintage photos :)


Blogger i.c. blogspot said ... (11:26 PM) : 

This photo is remarkable! Truly elegant and rich in visual texture. The softness of the Gothic Cathedral which is elaborate in sculptural detail and the pure nature of this gentleman in the forefront is spectacular!

This image has already been saved onto my blog sourced pictures!

Thank you for posting and sharing!


Anonymous dolceedamara said ... (11:33 PM) : 

What an outfit!
What a guy!:D


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:41 PM) : 

This might be my favorite photo yet. This man evokes a side of masculinity that is too rare these days. He reminds me of my grandfather, born in 1913, and a handful of other men of this generation whom I have known and who have set the bar very high. There is no pretense, frivolity, or self-awareness here, but rather a silent strength.


Blogger Sista said ... (11:45 PM) : 

Hubba Hubba ...whose your Daaddy..thats what I'm talkin bout...pass the smelling salts...falling into a swoon


Blogger ginjin3 said ... (11:56 PM) : 

a wholly amazing composition.

• the man
• the expression
• the outfit
• the architecture
• the timing
• the lighting

definitely superb!


Blogger Cammila said ... (12:12 AM) : 

I agree, there is something a tad Gregory Peck-ish about him. What a hunk!

I studied abroad in Milan for a semester and I'm not sure that is il Duomo di Milano. The cathedral in Milan forms more of a pyramid leading up to the golden maiden. Also, there appear to be stairs leading up to this cathedral. Not so in Milan.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:39 AM) : 

ooo!!! like italian "mad men". i loovvee!!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:41 AM) : 

Beyond the style of the gentleman(which is excellent), this photo is just magnificent. It's so atmospheric and evocative, and I really believe it works so well chiefly because it isn't a colour photo. All around a treasure!


Anonymous CiciBianca said ... (1:00 AM) : 

Elegant and romantic - an amazing photo.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:04 AM) : 

Wow, you should also be a writer. True romance when you are writing: choice of words - amazing.

Of course not to mention the photograph, but I thought this is also worthy of mention.

Have a lovely day and Thank you for sending this in.


Blogger Jenn said ... (1:29 AM) : 

me like!!!


Blogger Unknown said ... (2:06 AM) : 

Romantic! I love that everyone is well dressed even the background people. I love your site! –Karen digital camera review


Anonymous Sne said ... (2:20 AM) : 

Truly Imposing!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:20 AM) : 

This is such a wonderful photo!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:24 AM) : 

This is definitely the Duomo di Milano! Currently living in Milan, I've been there myself.
Beautiful picture...


Blogger C. said ... (3:30 AM) : 

It is definitely in Milan, on the top of the CAthedral. BTW, amazing view on Milan and its house tops, if you haven't already, make it one of the first on your to-do list next time you are in Milan.

And I love this vintage photo context, thast was such a good idea. But good luck, to choose one! They are all so good and inspiring...

And this gentleman: quelle allure! what a style and elegance. And I love the fact that he emits some feeling of swagger too!


Blogger MER said ... (4:09 AM) : 

Amazing Photo!!!


Blogger Sara Lee Bentley said ... (4:17 AM) : 

This is a gorgeous photo, both poignant and strong. Literally, a peak at -- what sadly is -- a bygone era.
Thanks to Leonardo and Allessandro for sharing!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:17 AM) : 

definitely barcelona not milan


Blogger Unknown said ... (4:39 AM) : 

that looks like the Church of the Holy family in Barcelona? And wow! what an outfit...


Blogger Mr. Fletcher said ... (4:40 AM) : 

man, i've never read so much romanticised *crap* about my country's past.

that's just wishful thinking, in the age the guy's talking about (just after the war, before the 60's) Italy was a POOR place. Our first president received a COAT as a present for his election!

people were still coping with the aftermath of WWII and small towns of Southern Italy DIDN'T looked like majestic Hollywood sets, unless he's talking about war movie sets.

oh, yeah, and that "back in the good ole days everybody aimed to the dignity and respect for oneself and others, from the doctor to the shoemaker"...
please, please... people were just out of a CIVIL war, still carrying grudges and vendettas...



Blogger Closet full of hopes and dreams said ... (4:52 AM) : 

I love all these vintage photos! What a grand idea to share them with all of us! Thank you for being a source of inspiration! I found some unexpected vintage myself yesterday. Visit my blog to see what Barbie dressed up in about fifty years ago. She had some lovely dresses that girl!


Blogger Unknown said ... (5:51 AM) : 

First thing that came to my mind:Epic.
He is the definitive man.The look on his face is great,his expression breathtaking.Great photo!


Blogger San said ... (5:56 AM) : 

What a wonderful picture. It looks like it was taken for a Fashion Mag of the old days. Whatta man!

This vintage photo contest is the best thing ever. Just love those pictures


Blogger kristy said ... (6:22 AM) : 

this is amazing!!!! he's on the roof of the duomo!!!! wow, i love this.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:48 AM) : 

Is not Barcelona!!!!!!


Anonymous Architetto said ... (7:14 AM) : 

Definitely Milan - you can get up on the roof. This photo was taken looking back toward the tower over the transept (which you don't see from the piazza). The statues behind him on his right are on top of the elongated finials of the buttresses. Those you can see well from streetlevel on both long sides of the Duomo (Santa Maria Nascente).


Blogger beths said ... (7:23 AM) : 

what a mighty man--and coat. And backdrop.


Blogger davidikus said ... (7:55 AM) : 

The Duomo is one of the strangest & greatest monuments I know. It is a clear mash-up of different styles. It has its own style. No other building is like that. This, and the low vantage point, make a great picture!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:41 AM) : 

Bonn ?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:26 AM) : 

What is it about Italian men and overcoats? They can tailor--and wear them--like absolutely no one else. As your photos keep proving.


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

Stylish and timeless. Why is he bareheaded (so is the gentleman behind him)? I thought all men wore hats around this time.


Blogger magicakes said ... (10:41 AM) : 

I'm from Milan, and I've been to the Duomo roof probably dozens of times... This is definitely the Duomo of Milano, sorry everyone.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:55 AM) : 

He certainly has it, doesn't he!


Blogger m. said ... (12:43 PM) : 

it is definetly milano. you should take a look at the Duomo, if you haven't yet. it's the most beautiful building I've ever seen.

great attitude of that gentleman.


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

what a man!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:11 PM) : 

Definitely the Duomo rooftop in Milano; just returned from there two weeks ago and stood in that same spot.


Anonymous sherie' said ... (1:14 PM) : 

omg, rocknrolla!


Anonymous smallsweethome (federica) said ... (1:29 PM) : 

yes yes this is Milan.
I'm from Cremona, near Milan. In this photo are represented the Duomo, famuos cathedral in centre city.
sorry for my english)


Blogger mariel said ... (1:40 PM) : 



Anonymous joyce said ... (1:58 PM) : 

This is in Barcelona in front of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Cathedral


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:00 PM) : 

Did I miss something? There are a couple of references to a description or writing (like the comment above about so-called "romanticised 'crap'") that I don't see on my screen. I'm curious to see what got such a strong reaction.

(For what it's worth, I don't think the real problems of Italy at that time diminish or negate the admiration we have of the style and social niceties that co-existed at the time anymore than anymore than admiration of the style, music, and movies of the 30s is negated by the co-existence of the Great Depression and Jim Crow laws in the South.)

For those still wondering if it's Milan or not, just go too and search for "duomo milan roof" and you'll see it's Milan. Great picture! I'll comment on it picture later.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:45 PM) : 

nice pics!

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Anonymous kar said ... (4:48 PM) : 

Daddy Longlegs. He's gotta be what, 6' 4" at least to judge by the others in the picture?

Always said that I like tall men. I like having something worth the climb.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:15 PM) : 

This is definitely the Duomo! I love the stance of the man, very self-confident!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:01 PM) : 

it's not easy to be spotted from the pic , and I'm from milan , but it seems to be the Duomo


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:48 PM) : 

grande sospiro.......


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:48 PM) : 

NOT Sagrada Familia at all. Consider the date this picture might have been taken. Sagrada Familia still isn't finished and the architecture is completely different.

The man's stance is really what shines here.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:51 PM) : 

That's style!


Blogger Natalie Ruth said ... (7:51 PM) : 

this actually looks like the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to me. he is very dashing!


Blogger look book said ... (8:37 PM) : 

this picture is particularly breathtaking... looks like Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia. I love the look of fog and his cool demeanor.


Blogger garret said ... (9:48 PM) : 

It's definitely the Duomo Milano. You can climb to the roof and be surrounded by what seems an infinite number of spires.
The photo is so evocative of post war Italy. I imagine him to be the tall,dark,handsome stranger many American tourists had fleeting infatuations with.


Blogger Julie said ... (1:51 AM) : 

this gentleman is fantastic...he is self-assured,stylish and very


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:30 AM) : 

the swagger is out of this world!


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

isn't it Barcelona rahter than Milano?


Anonymous FashionandorStuff said ... (7:36 AM) : 

This looks like one of your excellent shots just a little bit grainy. Nice to know there was an equivalent sartorialist roaming the streets of Milan all those years ago


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



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:37 AM) : 

Great Blog! Great new and old photos! Great man´s taste and attitude! and Great Milano Duomo roof top!
Thanks for it all!


Anonymous Roberta said ... (9:50 AM) : 

Breathtaking. This gentleman looks like the man of my dreams.
That's definitely the Duomo in Milan. Those are not stairs, it is just how the Duomo looks like when you are on the top. What we see in the background is the facade seen from behind. Maybe this pic can help you:

Anyway great great picture. One of my favorite from the vintage contest.


Blogger M Jagger said ... (9:50 AM) : 

No way the bcakground is from Gaudi's Sagrada Familia. It is Milan's Duomo rooftop


Blogger btatari said ... (10:03 AM) : 

Aaaaah!Was the roof accesible?? I was there two weeks ago and been into the Duomo but didn't know that I could go up to the rooftop.What a shame!Next time definitely!
Photo: just bold and beautiful!


Anonymous Johanna said ... (10:30 AM) : 

I acctually think it's taking in Barcelona near la sagrada de familia ;) BTW love this blog!<3


Blogger Mr. Fletcher said ... (10:41 AM) : 

For the anonymous wondering if he's missing something, yes, there was an interview with the picture submitter that now seems to be gone.

While i absolutely agree about the fact that the problems of some parts of italy don't diminish the admiration of some of the products of the era i really think that saying that "small towns of southern Italy looked like majestic Hollywood sets" is simply too much. Up until the mid 70's southern Italy looked like a war-torn country. Some places still do!


Blogger Mr. Danforth said ... (12:57 PM) : 

This is Barcelona, no? Le Sagrada Familia in progress - as it has been for ages and is to this day? Maybe I'm wrong.


Blogger Izzen said ... (1:47 PM) : 



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

Trust me on this one!!!!!!!


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

Do they make 'em like that anymore? If so, I'd like one please!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:53 PM) : 

it can only be milano! it's the rooftop of the duomo!!!


Blogger mozartem-nacieralem-uszy said ... (5:26 PM) : 

What a handsome man !


Anonymous allen said ... (8:29 PM) : 

That is the one!


Blogger Littlest Owl said ... (11:41 PM) : 

I need that car in Back To The Future to meet this dapper gent in person.


Blogger Unknown said ... (7:30 AM) : 



Blogger kham said ... (8:35 AM) : 

What a wonderful photo. It captures that timeless elegance that is fortunately sporadically evident Milano to this day.
Also- I'm currently studying in Milano and was just up on the Duomo roof less than a week ago. Unless the other churches are exact copies- This is the Duomo of Milano.


Blogger Yoli said ... (10:53 AM) : 

Can I time travel? I think I am in love.


Blogger Marit_ Oslo said ... (11:38 AM) : 

Oh wonderfully welldressed...The amazing thing is that Milanese gentlemen still look like this....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:42 AM) : 

This is 100% Milano and NOT Barcelona. It's on top of the Doumo!


Blogger Ann @ makethebestofthings said ... (12:04 PM) : 

Just gorgeous! The clothes alone would make any of the handsome men in my life even that much more scrumptious. Wonderful vintage pic!


Anonymous Ji. said ... (4:40 PM) : 

Sorry Guys but it is MILANO, THE DUOMO !!
I have been there in march and i still remember this place VERY WELL.
Not Sagrada. Sorry for spanish readers!


Anonymous SwanDiamondRose said ... (4:45 PM) : 

i thought it was sagrada familia too.

but my god. this photo. him. amazing.


Blogger Gretchen Kelly said ... (10:27 AM) :, that is a beautiful photo!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:37 PM) : 

it looks like he's gonna kick my ass!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:39 PM) : 

Best vintage picture I've seen!!! got to be the winner!!


Anonymous Seven Dollar Pants said ... (9:39 AM) : 

Why can't all men look like this?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:12 AM) : 

Is this not Sagrada Familia by Gaudi, clearly meaning Barcelona and not Milan!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:00 AM) : 

Sublimely elegant.


Anonymous Allan Castle said ... (4:31 PM) : 

I think we will be seeing a lot more work that is "vintage". Most of the best photography was before 1970.
It was more real, raw and emotional.
Much of the new digital work
does not have the "heart" of the
older images.

It's influenced my work. Allan Castle


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:36 PM) : 

There is a lot of Ayn Rand in this photo, the egoist and on top of the world. Makes me cringe.


Anonymous Miuko said ... (9:12 AM) : 

Please, throw away that question mark!

It's absolutely Milano! Duomo, at the top of the roof.

I'm MIlanese and I know what I say!
And I saw the sagrada familia and it doesn't match in anyway!

Although, great pic, lovely man absolutely perfect suite.


Blogger Unknown said ... (11:41 AM) : 

More of a stereotype than a real person. A standard of male beauty and style. Wow!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:27 PM) : 

funny. someone else had the same pic idea. except it's not nearly as good without the man.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:15 PM) : 

it is for sure the Duomo in Milan seen not from the square but from top (where visitors are allowed to go).I lived in Milan for years so I am pretty sure...
the man looks totally Italian as well :) it reminds me of some pictures of my grandfather in the '50s. it's just awesome!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:54 PM) : 

I live in Milan and this is the Duomo at the top. 100%. no doubt about it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:04 PM) : 

Oh how lovely! It's on the roof of the Cathedral in Milan!


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