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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Grandmother, Vintage Photo

This is my grandmother Giulia on the beach in Sanremo (famous Italian resort in the Riviera Ligure) in 1928.

She was 18 and she wore very proudly an outrageous swimsuit.


Comments on "Grandmother, Vintage Photo"


Anonymous Tobi said ... (9:45 AM) : 

What an amazing figure !


Blogger Megui said ... (9:52 AM) : 

she's really pretty! and oh! san remo!


Blogger John McCollum said ... (9:56 AM) : 



Blogger Unknown said ... (10:08 AM) : 

i love vintage photos :)


Blogger Elizabeth said ... (10:08 AM) : 

i love this photo. she has such class. thank you so much for sharing all of these vintage style icons!


Anonymous leeanne said ... (10:14 AM) : 

Amazing photo! i love this place.


Blogger Joanna said ... (10:14 AM) : 

what a wonderful body..
and it's great to have such pictures, I love searching my grandparents' apartment for treasures like this :)


Anonymous gih said ... (10:18 AM) : 

wow! 1928. that's too old.


Anonymous Tanneke said ... (10:18 AM) : 

What a fantastic picture! Thanks for posting! Please, keep going.


Blogger Beverly. said ... (10:22 AM) : 

Damn, she is fit.


Anonymous FashionLifeCoach said ... (10:27 AM) : 

great and gives me a lot of inspiration in mood and styling.


Blogger SimplyTara said ... (10:30 AM) : 

How avant-garde of her!


Blogger Eun Gi said ... (10:39 AM) : 

Wow. Her hair is gorgeous! I wonder how she did her hair..


Anonymous Shukura said ... (10:43 AM) : 

Great photography and i love her hair


Blogger Thalita Ferratti said ... (10:43 AM) : 

ha! :D


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:48 AM) : 



Blogger Angeles Almuna said ... (10:55 AM) : 

Fabulous! great photo, probably too many memories!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:55 AM) : 

She's got gorgeous body!!!


Blogger Peppie said ... (10:59 AM) : 

wow wow wow


Blogger zoé smaille said ... (11:06 AM) : 

proud and athletic!


Blogger Carolyn said ... (11:11 AM) : 

This photo instantly became one of my favorites.


Anonymous Masha said ... (11:12 AM) : 

She is so beautiful. I guess it is outrageous for 1928 but i'm glad she had the courage to do something new! I like when people do that without going crazy.


Blogger Carolyn said ... (11:12 AM) : 

This photo instantly became one of my favorites.


Blogger Marie said ... (11:16 AM) : 

I wonder what she had for dinner that night...

Your long ago and far way is beautifully captured.


Blogger LPC said ... (11:21 AM) : 

I must say, the Italians are leaving us in the dust with this vintage stuff.


Blogger Jakarech said ... (11:36 AM) : 



Anonymous R. said ... (11:49 AM) : 

I love her figure in this suit. There's something about seeing the width of the hemline that makes you notice her beautiful wasteline. Three cheers for hips.


Blogger Lira Leirner the Portmanteau said ... (11:50 AM) : 

I second that. Wow!


Blogger Love Food said ... (12:00 PM) : 

She's absolutely beautiful.


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

This pic is gorgeous. Love vintage and this is a great piece.


Blogger amy said ... (12:54 PM) : 

Spectacular! I wonder what kind of camera this was?


Blogger Alexandra said ... (1:02 PM) : 

Aside from having such an amazing figure, she held herself in such a poised, noble, and proud way. You're lucky to have those genes!


Blogger Vinda Sonata said ... (1:06 PM) : 

she's super hot and vibrant! i love the shot!

fashion ssugar wonderland.


Blogger the girl from back then said ... (1:20 PM) : 

she is a classic beauty.she has such a charming elegance even in a simple swimsuit.


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

What a fantastic shape in that suit!


Blogger hc said ... (1:30 PM) : 

love Sanremo, love her nerve.


Blogger FASHION SNAG said ... (1:43 PM) : 

She is beautiful!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:55 PM) : 

she's beautiful! i love that that was an outrageous swimsuit in 1928. i wish they still made those sort of bathing suits.. they're so cool.


Blogger TeeAndCake said ... (2:05 PM) : 

.. beautiful !! :)


Blogger La chica said ... (2:08 PM) : 

She's so slim and beautiful!!


Blogger abataba said ... (2:31 PM) : 

Really pretty!!


Blogger christinaooi said ... (2:48 PM) : 

wow, what a stunner!


Blogger Eva Barahona said ... (2:58 PM) : 

What a fabulous photo!!She's gorgeousand so stylish!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:06 PM) : 

Hey Scott, can you tag all the vintage posts with a "vintage" tag so they're easier to find? I LOVE THEM ALL! :)


Blogger A(squared) + M said ... (3:23 PM) : 

this is an amazing picture! i love seeing all of these vintage photos


Blogger Marika said ... (3:55 PM) : 

She is like a doll!

and check out my new project - Story of my Clothes


Blogger Laura Evrard said ... (4:24 PM) : 

The cut of that swimsuit is amazing. What nerve and sense of style!


Blogger Unknown said ... (4:51 PM) : 

It is splendid! smiles


Anonymous Sasha said ... (5:31 PM) : 

Every time you post one of these fabulous vintage photos I get closer to tossing out all of my 'modern' clothes. That hair is terrific as well.


Anonymous Sasha said ... (5:33 PM) : 

Oh, and I would love to see a "vintage" category.


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

Great shoulders and a beautiful bod in general. Elegantly racy for the day it was taken.

LOVE the vintage fotos - keep 'em coming, please.


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

What a beautiful lady!!!


Blogger brightlightsbigcity said ... (6:15 PM) : 

she's so gorgeous! i love bathing suits like these...


Blogger stoneandcloth said ... (6:29 PM) : 

there's something about vintage photos that always looks so natural. no one ever looks like they are posing. awesome photo of your grandmother.


Blogger kathrynnova said ... (7:11 PM) : 

ah, san remo in the twenties....

just a skip over to la napoule would set her straight into 'tender is the night' - i imagined the same kind of hair, swimsuits and postures throughout that book.

this photograph is so warming. so beautiful.


Blogger Worldwide D'Jae said ... (7:36 PM) : 

This is a stunning photo!



Blogger watcher reader thinker said ... (7:49 PM) : 

I LOVE this - she seems to have a look in her eye that says ,"One day I'm going to be admired by thousands...How or when I don't know...but ONE day." p.s. Love the sepia tones, but this is the first vintage photo you've posted where I'd love to see it in colour too!


Blogger Bell said ... (8:45 PM) : 

Wow Mauritzia, wonderfull picture of you grandMa. elegant and chic woman.


Blogger The Red Umbrella said ... (8:55 PM) : 

Beautiful grandmother!


Blogger Lorraine said ... (9:42 PM) : 

Wow, your grandmother looks awesome, really awesome legs. I'd so love to have that hot body.


Blogger ann said ... (10:53 PM) : 

wow this is an amazing picture. she's very pretty.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:22 PM) : 

I love the pic, its a beautiful vintage shot!!


Blogger KyLaDreAms said ... (11:36 PM) : 

Stunning. How inspiring?! This definitely put a smile on my face. 1st because you have any picture of your grandmother & 2nd because she is beyond amazing! :)


Blogger Yoli said ... (12:10 AM) : 

My goodness what a stunner she was! Thanks for sharing, I love when you share old photos.


Blogger Lisa Petrarca said ... (12:22 AM) : 

She looks so confident! What an amazing figure.


Blogger the nickel fit said ... (2:54 AM) : 

she has an unapologetic eye, almost knowing of the future's social cadence.


Anonymous princess glee said ... (2:58 AM) : 

Grammy's smokin' hot!


Blogger Irene b said ... (4:47 AM) : 

i love vintage photo and this is really pretty!
we are waiting for you on florence! ;)
ciao ciao


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:06 AM) : 

I like vintage photo.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:10 AM) : 

She is beautifull:)
I like vintage photo :)


Blogger TheStreetFashion5xpro said ... (5:31 AM) : 

she's really pretty!


Anonymous Leia said ... (5:59 AM) : 



Blogger Las Lolicas de siempre said ... (7:13 AM) : 

wow!!!!!!!! I love it!!!!! I have photos from my grandmother too, i have to post them in my blog because she had a great style!!!!!



Blogger Unknown said ... (10:49 AM) : 

wow, she is amazing...


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

what a graceful woman..I really love the hair and the way she sits on the beach so elegantly


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

nam.. your grandma had some great boobis!


Blogger Desiree said ... (12:19 PM) : 


Thank you so much for sharing this image!


Blogger Unknown said ... (12:26 PM) : 

I love that pics. Realy cool oldschool :) black and white photos are magic. Serach my world on


Anonymous zerrin said ... (2:35 PM) : 

she was so beautiful:)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:13 PM) : 

whats great is 1928 wearing such a swinsuit..


Blogger Jack Daniel said ... (3:25 PM) : 

It's interesting to see how 18 year olds look like back then.


Blogger Shaniqua said ... (4:20 PM) : 


This is such an amazing photo!!!!


Anonymous partisan NYC said ... (4:28 PM) : 


Like so many others here, I have really enjoyed looking at the images from this photo contest. I wonder if one of the crucial elements which make these personal photos so compelling is the genuine affection of the photographer regarding their subject. This gaze of the photographer seems to bring out something honest and unguarded in the men and women captured. The best portraits really resonate emotionally like these - I think many of your photos have this quality too.


Blogger z a t i said ... (4:43 PM) : 

she's gorgeous ;DD


Blogger Viva La Fashion said ... (5:27 PM) : 

so pretty. :)


Blogger The lady from Shanghai said ... (5:43 PM) : 

Vintage Diva!


Blogger The lady from Shanghai said ... (5:48 PM) : 

Vintage Diva!


Blogger Style Stars said ... (5:56 PM) : 

this is lovely! what an amazing photo.


Blogger Giulia said ... (5:57 PM) : 

She looks fabulous. Brava for Giulia & her Italian elegance.


Blogger Regiane said ... (5:58 PM) : 

OMG! She looks amazing!!! And look at her arms: Godess one!! She looks like an angel, isn't she???
Great picture!


Blogger Alex Ingram said ... (6:44 PM) : 



Anonymous LA Film Actress said ... (6:54 PM) : 

This is a great photo. Thank you for continuing to post these vintage photos. It is interesting that this was considered an "outrageous" swimsuit even in 1928.

This photo reminds me of the very charming Esther Williams film "The Million Dollar Mermaid," in which Williams plays real-life swimming legend and pioneering feminist icon Annette Kellerman. Kellerman was actually arrested in 1907 for wearing a one piece swimsuit that showed her legs and was put on trial! She thereupon invented a one-piece bodysuit that covered her legs as well, and the judge approved it as being within the bounds of public morality. Within a few years though, swimsuits such as this one that showed the legs became acceptable (Kellerman even sold a line of them called "Kellermans"), and you would see them frequently in films of the 1920s. Anyway, photos like this are an interesting reminder of that era.

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Blogger Pietru said ... (8:10 PM) : 

Divina, sembra una starlet Tedesca.


Blogger Contact said ... (8:13 PM) : 

i wish we saw more vintage bathing suits!!!



Blogger beths said ... (9:59 PM) : 

Those muscles! Was she an athlete?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:03 PM) : 

It became boring these old photos, love your blog, but that´s enough, isn´t it?


Blogger tanïa said ... (4:15 AM) : 

This is an amazing photo!

What a feeling it has to be if this is your own granny?! She's a beauty, Maurizia!

I adore vintage photos and hope to see much more here!


Anonymous proletarian Great Gatsby said ... (5:09 AM) : 

beautiful photo.And she is modern sport and actual with her long Modigliani figure.


Anonymous Sheila said ... (6:06 AM) : 

Wow, thats nice :)
Beutiful picture!


Anonymous Julia said ... (6:20 AM) : 

Wow! Great picture!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:21 AM) : 

its not often enough that you come across a slender figure with elongated legs and a narrow waste, who is not impacted by the severe fashion world we are influenced today. You can see how healthy she is, it is really refreshing.

Such a classic hairstyle, it makes her appear quite sophisticated, particularly for an 18 year old, a lovely wish would be to bring back this era.

maybe on my next birthday...
lovely to et a glimpse of what inspires you, you have wonderful taste


Anonymous Allie said ... (11:04 AM) : 

She's so fit! Impressive given there was no toning at the gym back then..


Anonymous maurizia said ... (11:58 AM) : 

Thanks to Scott for sharing the photo of our grandmother and thanks to all of you for your nice comments, we loved them. We wonder what she would think if she could read them....


Anonymous Katia said ... (1:16 PM) : 

straight out of the GREAT GATSBY!!!!!
check this pic:


Anonymous LemonDrop said ... (3:25 PM) : 

Just beautiful. Like the beginning of an epic.


Anonymous nainai said ... (5:51 PM) : 

first of all, the yellowish colour theme in this photo give it a lot of depth and put a old menory mood right on.
second, her posture so elegant that even should not be mentioned since too obvious, it is her very neat hair that hold my eyes, and those eyes, confident and welcoming, or proud and privite.

this photo keep me thinking of the song"cry me a river"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:45 PM) : 

bellissima, grande!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:22 AM) : 

una bellezza al mare!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:38 AM) : 

Bagni Morgana - Sanremo
the best in 1928

Anna - Sanremo


Anonymous Marcela A. said ... (2:03 PM) : 

Nice shoulders


Blogger inclassy said ... (3:17 PM) : 

so cute picture


Blogger Madeleine said ... (6:03 PM) : 

Wonderfully daring for the times. Beautiful young woman!


Blogger N AT A S H A said ... (4:47 AM) : 

Gorgeous figure and lady. Beautiful photo.


Blogger Rainne said ... (11:09 AM) : 

Is this a tribute photo? I assume you posted it 'in memoriam'? If yes, sorry for your loss. She's really beautiful


Anonymous Jesse-Mei said ... (8:12 AM) : 

favorite photo by far.


Anonymous layers&swathes said ... (5:09 PM) : 

I feel like that dress/bather screams Rick Owens!


Blogger doingtheunstuck said ... (10:05 PM) : 

wow, that sure is outrageous!!! GO GRANDMA!!


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

She is truly beautiful and such a classic photo to be proud of! The cut of the suit is amazing considering the year - totally flattering!


Blogger Behrendt said ... (11:26 AM) : 

What a beauty!!


Anonymous hannasvea said ... (11:54 AM) : 

She is absolutely gorgeous and I love the composition of the photo. The sharpness of her eyes and face... Stunning.


Blogger J.Ro said ... (5:42 PM) : 

The beach was so much classier before Nike Swimwear.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:33 AM) : 

She has the body of my dreams.
Yes, your grandma is incredible, Maurizia :-)


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

We have to thank Maurizia for her beautiful body, we have to thank you for publishing this picture and, of course, San Remo, my awesome city! You should come here, then, and see what changed here!!


Blogger A. said ... (3:51 PM) : 

great pic!!!! really amazing!!
I'm Italian, From Bogliasco, Riviera Ligure.
love this pic!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:30 PM) : 

I've really enjoyed looking at all these vintage photos. Have you selected a winner in the contest yet?


Blogger Teresa @ good-grace said ... (1:47 PM) : 

Such a beautiful woman - and such a lovely picture.... thank you for sharing! I especially love these vintage photo features.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:53 PM) : 

Straight up slutty for the time, but of course she's fabulous! Thanks for reminding me to step out of the box with this one


Blogger Oley said ... (11:47 AM) : 

wow, your grandma is quite long.


Blogger Unknown said ... (6:55 PM) : 

Beautiful physique on this woman, especially for the times. You have excellent genes!


Anonymous Designer Swimwear said ... (12:53 AM) : 

Your grandma looked so elegant in her one-piece swimsuit!
Thanks for sharing.


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