For Photo Friday, I thought today I would show you just a couple pictures from a Flickr account I was looking through the other day. The user's mother was a Betty Draper style gorgeous, elegant blonde newlywed in the sixties', and I was initially drawn in by a picture of her in a vacation dress. However! When I looked back into photos from that lovely lady's childhood, I have to tell you, I was most struck by the mother's mother, labelled "Grandma Birdie" in the photos:
This is part of a set of photos taken in 1937, in the couple's backyard with the new baby, all chubby cheeked and sweet, probably to send to relatives, I guess? Do you see Birdie's perfectly marcelled hair? And the pattern on the coat caught my eye....with good reason!
Oh my GOODNESS, look at that coat! And the hounds-tooth check skirt underneath. What a wonder! I think, upon further inspection, the figures in the lower third of the pattern are peacocks or cranes. Can you imagine what colors this must have been in real life? About 90% of the people I see in 1930's pictures are either wearing a plain dress with one kind-of-neat-to-the-period bow or fancy trim, but not this gal. I don't care if that's her housecoat, it's THE NEATEST HOUSECOAT EVER. Plus the skirt! In all the heart palpitations I was going over because of the tapestry looking garment on Birdie, I almost forgot to mention how handsome the grandfather looks-- with bassinet in background, his pant's crease sharp as a knife, white sweater blindingly white, and hat tilted just so-- doesn't he look like he could be Bing Crosby's stand-in?
And if you didn't think that was enough:
Speaking of, I want to run home and throw on one of my string ties that I like to wear and a big floppy hat right now. Or at least some fabulous brooch. Is that wrong?
Do you have any pictures of your relatives where you're just "wow'd" by a particular article of clothing? Which one of Birdie's two ensembles would you like to recreate in 2013? Did you mother inherit a sense of style from her mother, or you from her? Let's talk!
That's all for this week, kiddos! I will see you right back here on Monday with more vintage snips and snaps. Have a great weekend!