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Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Grandparents, Vintage Photo

The one enclosed is from my grand-parents. "Biarritz_1936" They lived normally in Reims, north-east from France.
This photo was taken just before the war in 1936 in Biarritz. They are on their honeymoon. I like this photo a lot because they just feel happy and they look incredibly elegant and stylish even if they are at the sea... it would never happen nowdays ! My grand-father was half english and until his death very elegant, a
real gentlman. I also like the contrast of the perfect hair for my grand-father and the wind blowing through the hair of my grand-mother.

I could not resist sending you a photo of them both in Bandol on the same vacation because I find them so beautiful even though they are just wearing the minimum: a swimsuit. The photo reminds me a little bit of Man Ray photo.
Best regards,


Comments on "The Grandparents, Vintage Photo"


Blogger jensparksart said ... (8:50 AM) : 

The photos of your grandparents are beautiful. I really enjoy viewing old photos, even if I don't know the subjects. Such a story in each one, very cool.


Blogger Lee Oliveira said ... (8:55 AM) : 

They look so happy..
and their fashion, now i know how u r so stylish...


Blogger joshylola said ... (8:58 AM) : 

They are very handsome and elegants


Blogger N AT A S H A said ... (9:05 AM) : 

You're grandparents in these photos are beautiful and very elegant and stylish. Gorgeous photographs.


Blogger ann said ... (9:08 AM) : 

What lovely photos with two beautiful and stylish people!!


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

Increible, espectaculares fotos!!


Blogger Lorraine said ... (9:24 AM) : 

Even in black and white they and the scenery in background look so beautiful and sophisticated.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:26 AM) : 

It's amazing how fit they were.


Anonymous adorngirl said ... (9:32 AM) : 

Love this whole vintage series, as it just goes to show, everyone was so young at one stage, and it's always interesting to hear the story that goes with the photograph.


Blogger I'm a mean street kid. said ... (9:37 AM) : 

they both look so elegant. your grandfather looks charismatic and your grandmother looks so sophisticated.


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

I love this old-style photography :) Grandparents are stylin'!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:16 AM) : 

What can I say..increadible. i wish i was there instead of your grandpas..Style, love, hapiness and the sea..


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

Oh just perfect!


Blogger FASHION SNAG said ... (10:32 AM) : 

Wow, loving the last photo with the swimsuits. x


Blogger Nádia said ... (10:39 AM) : 

Awesome vintage pics!


Anonymous Masha said ... (10:52 AM) : 

Oh, such a beautiful couple.They look good together.
I like Her swimsuit.


Blogger Madame en noire said ... (10:55 AM) : 

This pic is wonderful!


Blogger Tara said ... (10:55 AM) : 

They both look so stylishly elegant. What a beautiful couple of pictures!

I love looking at the vintage photos. There's just something about them


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

These are not the grandparents of The Sartorialist--whenever he posts vintage photos, he uses the text of the person who sent the photo. That being said, these people are incredibly stylish and sexy.


Anonymous snappy said ... (11:28 AM) : 

There is something regal about old black and white photos. And of course, that day in time when everyone dressed up and looked fabulous no matter where they were or where they were going.
snappy x


Blogger Hal E. Liebling said ... (11:35 AM) : 

Wow, thanks for sharing .. these are stunning.


Blogger Pretty Shiny Sparkly said ... (11:50 AM) : 

Simply lovely, Scott!

xoxo, Pretty Shiny Sparkly


Blogger mariel said ... (12:06 PM) : 

yay you're still doing them....:)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:31 PM) : 

He reminds me a lot of Jeremy Irons in Granada series of Brideshead Revisited.


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

Lovely. Style is beyond fashion or time, it's ageless, and these photos of two beautiful people are the perfect example of it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:34 PM) : 

I can't believe the legs on the grandfather in the second picture. They both have these long, elegant limbs which certainly helps. She looks very tanned and relaxed.


Anonymous Aimes said ... (12:34 PM) : 

Too bad people don't dress this elegantly and stylish anymore. The world would be an even more beautiful place to look at.


Blogger Mamie Canem said ... (12:50 PM) : 

Biarritz has not change at all !


Blogger Hilaloeya said ... (12:52 PM) : 

Omg your grandmother looked so nice on the rocks. It's just like she is posing for a photoshoot.:P


Blogger Wanderlusting said ... (1:57 PM) : 

Alexandra's grandparents were lovely.

I was standing right where they were in 2005... Biarritz hasn't changed TOO much, which is refreshing :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:09 PM) : 

This is p u r e style .

Oui, ça, c'est du style.


Blogger Kar said ... (2:31 PM) : 

very pretty!


Blogger Bianca said ... (2:32 PM) : 

i wish everything was still like that...


Anonymous Liv said ... (2:54 PM) : 

I love the feeling of these photos...simple, relaxed and so stylish!


Blogger Rosanna said ... (3:18 PM) : 

Your grandparents were very beautiful! So slender and toned. Nowadays some people would suspect them of having an eating disorder :( Oh I forgot, they also look SO stylish!!!


Blogger EwaMarlena said ... (3:23 PM) : 

I like the photos. They look so peaceful to me.

Kind Regards


Blogger Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said ... (3:43 PM) : 

I love the first photo!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:18 PM) : 

Simply stunning. Thank you A for sharing and S for setting up the opportunity for people to share. Again, stunning.


Blogger Elizabeth said ... (4:24 PM) : 

Such lovely photos! Thank you for sharing...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:27 PM) : 

Yes, graceful and elegant are the words for these two.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:54 PM) : 

Absolutely gorgeous! They were a stunning couple.


Anonymous Natasha said ... (5:33 PM) : 

so romantic i love these


Anonymous julien scavini said ... (7:00 PM) : 

Really happy to see an old pic of Biarritz, my birthplace (not in the 30's ;)


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

What did they do for a living to get those physiques? We are doing something wrong today!


Blogger said ... (1:20 AM) : 

It's hard to think of any other time in all of history that beat the 1930's for elegance of line. Here's hoping it'll come back some day.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:19 AM) : 

What strikes me about old, vintage photos is that people were so much slimmer then. But not anorexic-thin! They were no fast foods and no over-the-counter instant MSG-laden, oily foods so people ate much healthier. Sigh. To have those bodies naturally. :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:02 AM) : 



Blogger Caddy said ... (10:21 AM) : 

These are lovely. I love her point on the differences in their hair. :)

I'm really enjoying reading all the stories that come with these posts.


Anonymous Gaëlle said ... (3:01 PM) : 

These pictures make me think of those from Jacques-Henri Lartigue in the 30's... Beautiful !


Blogger Anastasia said ... (4:18 AM) : 

stunning couple! love the long limbs...very 20's/30's!


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

Such beautiful slender bodies, positively yogic!

Yes: certainly says a lot about changes in diet and mod-cons.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:53 AM) : 

They both look so beautiful because their bodies are so slim and toned. The look very much alike, indeed "a couple".


Anonymous alexandra said ... (8:15 AM) : 

hello Scott, thank you for posting the photo of my grandparents ;-)
it almost makes them live again !
and thanks to all for your nice comments.


Blogger Bridget said ... (10:34 AM) : 

I'm suspicious that the grandmother's "hair" in the first picture is a sculpted hat of some sort. It is far to regular to be wind-blown hair... and having that much wind it seems would have changed aspects of their disposition and other details in the photo.


Anonymous The Photodiarist said ... (1:00 PM) : 

The second photo is particularly good. The contrasts and composition are excellent.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:14 PM) : 

They are very elegant. And very fit. Both of them have astounding legs !


Blogger Oli said ... (4:13 AM) : 

Breathtakingly wonderful. You can tell how happy they are. Very touching, very real, in one word - beautiful!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:59 AM) : 

Belle plages que celles de Bandol et Sanary-sur-Mer. Mis à part le nombre de construction en arrière plan rien n'a vraiment changé.


Blogger Andee Layne said ... (12:33 PM) : 

i love these vintage photos! beautiful! xo


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:46 AM) : 

They are so slender, as are many in your vintage pics. I wish that would come back into fashion in my country where 50% are overweight or obese according to the radio this week. (Australia)


Blogger Unknown said ... (4:03 PM) : 

I can almost feel the sun warming her brown shoulders. Stunning.


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

That is what struck me also was how slender and healthy they look, you just don't see that as often these days. My honeymoon photos I was hiding behind a sarong. (10 lbs), but back then they ate much healthier and hence look much more trim and fit. Ah..the good old days.

Great elegant photos of them! The good life.


Anonymous Sandra @ The Cove said ... (4:19 AM) : 

Such an elegant and stylish couple. Thank you for sharing these photos.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:45 AM) : 

So elegant.


Blogger Kasper Ilsfort said ... (11:06 AM) : 

brilliant old photos!
x kasper ilsfort,


Blogger Just me and my bon genre! said ... (5:34 AM) : 

Lean, keen and sleek! Love your granpa! they sure look like a perfect match :)

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Blogger Yanti and Richard said ... (12:46 PM) : 

Super cool. Isn't it fabulous how his swimming trunks are so high-waisted yet incredibly short? The exact opposite of what is worn today, where everyone shows the top of their arse and no thigh at all.


Anonymous Leather Jackets said ... (1:54 AM) : 

Hey it is really cool pic and the man looks like Mr Bean .. lol


Blogger Zbarsky said ... (5:12 AM) : 

just stunning!


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