Vintage photos of fashionable folks!

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I love gawking at the clothes of glamorous movie starlets in black and white and models in vintage magazines, but seeing photos of “regular” people of the era really sends me.

I bought these lovely photos recently at an antique shop and just adore them! The clothes are fantastic and the people are just adorable.

aren't they great?

aren’t they great?

These folks were the first to catch my eye, they seem so happy and in love! The photo is undated, but judging by her hairstyle and clothing I’d say it’s definitely from the 1940’s. Her dress is gorgeous and has some great ribbon detailing.

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the happy couple

Next is a family photo that is also undated, but I’m guessing forties. Her outfit is a dream! I love the coordinating separates and her hair bow. Her husband is a classic workin’ man with great suspenders. The twins are a bit creepy, but cute in their matching outfits. My favorite part is the shadow of the photographer in the bottom corner!

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Glenn Bentzer/Bentzen (?), Marion, Frances, Patricia

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family close-up

Next is this gorgeous thirties gal! Her floral dress, white shoes, sun hat and finger waved ‘do are to die for! I like to believe that she’s on her way to a glamorous lawn party.

springtime beauty

springtime beauty

Finally, my favorite of the bunch is this photo of young gals at a High School graduation in 1941. Every one of these ladies has their own unique style, from demure to chic. Check out the shoes! *sigh*

The back of the photo reads:  “Alice Pelter, Anita Block, Meriam Cadish, Anna May. Dorsey High School Graduation- June 1941.”

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graduation gals

The two girls on the right are my favorite! That matching set on the far right is a dream, I wish I could see it in color. The gal next to her has wonderful shoes & an adorable button down dress. Here’s a close-up on them:

simply gorgeous!

simply gorgeous!

The final photo is a landscape shot that reads:

“371 Imperial Limited, in Fraser Canyon.”

"June 10 '36"

“June 10 ’36”

Hope you enjoyed checking out these great photos, I know they sure make me smile.

Until next time, friends…

xoxo,

Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

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The most amazing blouse ever made.

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Vintage lovin’ friends, be warned.

You may faint or at least swoon a great deal at the sight of this glorious blouse.

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Isn’t is lovely?

I tried this blouse on at the San Francisco Vintage Expo & it was love at first sight. I had to have it.

Luckily, the price was reasonable so I jumped on it.

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I love this double collar. It’s so interesting! The bottom one is tacked down & the top collar is free.

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Those bows! Those buttons! Oh dear….

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Check out the lovely matching belt…sigh.

Now for a peek at the back! (via horribly lit photos…..)

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The back buttons all the way up & this is the only way to get into the blouse! I amazingly buttoned myself into it one day, but  having an assistant is quite helpful.

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Here I am wearing the blouse on the second day of the expo with my lovely pal Mary Van Note!

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(Thanks to Christina of Skirt Chaser Vintage for this photo!)

Until next time friends, keep your eye out for those special vintage treasures…you never know when you’ll find the perfect piece!

xoxo,

Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

Nevada’s oldest thirst parlor & other western adventures

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It sure seems like this blog is more about my travels than “vintage things”, but my outings tend to involve historic places and things, so I hope you’re all still interested!

This weekend I visited Nevada’s oldest town, Genoa. The town was founded in 1851 when explorers set up a trading post that attracted fellow travelers and trappers to visit and eventually settle in the area.

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In Nevada’s oldest town is Nevada’s oldest bar…who would have guessed?! It is called the Genoa Bar and is awesome.

The Genoa Bar is quite the hot spot in these parts.

The Genoa Bar is quite the hot spot in these parts.

genoa bar plaqueThey claim to have never dusted the bar and I believe them. It is an amazing little building packed to the brim with “stuff”, some really old and some not so much.

a peek inside the Genoa Bar..

a peek inside the Genoa Bar..

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We got a few drinks with my boyfriend’s family  (who live nearby) and sat in the sun, enjoying the scenery.

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On our way home from Nevada to California, Derek & I stumbled across this roadside stop that had a photo area too good to pass up!

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I enjoyed my stint as an old west showgirl.

I enjoyed my stint as an old west showgirl.

Meanwhile, Derek got locked up!

Meanwhile, Derek got locked up!

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Inside the souvenir shop, I tried on a few hats & drooled over children’s western costumes.

I had to try on this kid's cowboy hat.

I had to try on this kid’s cowboy hat.

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coonskin caps!

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I couldn’t resist..and I think I love it.

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Why is this not in an adult size?!

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Kids get all the cool stuff…….

Once I was through “horsing around” at the souvenir shop, Derek & I headed on to the next town. That town was Placerville, Ca and it was lovely. Here are a few shots of the downtown area.

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I hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I enjoyed these adventures!

xoxo,

Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

 

A peek into a traditional Sign Painter’s shop.

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Hello friends,

I have the pleasure to live with and experience an age-old trade on a daily basis.

That trade is Sign Painting.

Before the time of computers, all signs were created by hand, by a sign painter.

My boyfriend, Derek, is a talented sign painter that runs his own business called Golden West Sign Arts. I assist in the shop & help with anything and everything.

Isn't he handsome?

Isn’t he handsome?

Everything in our shop is done the old fashioned way, without the use of computers (aside from email). All signs are painted by hand, from drawn patterns. Derek is also a specialist in the art of gilding with genuine gold leaf.

Our shop is an interesting place that I thought some of you may like to see. Here are tons of photos…

that's 23 karat gold!

that’s 23 karat gold!

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Bob & Derek: best pals.

Bob & Derek: best pals.

such a handsome pair.

such a handsome pair.

Now, let’s have a peek at the inside of the shop!

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Dandy? Its sure is..works like a charm.

Dandy? It sure is! Works like a charm.

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the shop counter houses our collection of crazy knick-knacks

the shop counter houses our collection of crazy knick-knacks

vintage matchbooks

vintage matchbooks

hi-di-hi-di-ho!

hi-di-hi-di-ho!

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Here are a few more shots of the dashing Sign Painter for your viewing pleasure.

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Check out our website to see examples of the sign work we’ve done!

Here is a wonderful video shot for Jack Daniel’s Whiskey of Derek painting for their ad campaign this summer. It turned out great!

thank you!

xoxo,

Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

Feeling Western..

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Howdy!

I’ve been really inspired by vintage western wear lately & based today’s outfit on a casual western look.

Since I moved to California a few years ago, I’ve fallen in love with the vintage western style. Everything about it appeals to me: the idea of the Golden West, desert motifs, bright colors, casual & wearable clothes for gals such as jeans & plaid blouses, arrowhead tacks, smile pockets, fringe….the list goes on & on!

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I’m wearing:

1950’s vintage western jeans by Saddle Busters : gift

White cotton blouse: thrifted in Florida

1950’s red & grey wool ’49er jacket by Woodsman Outerwear: vintage expo

Vintage tooled leather belt: thrifted in Nevada

Brown moccasins by Minnetonka: bought new in New Mexico

Burgundy tooled leather carrying case: Alameda Antique Faire

Burgundy tooled leather handbag: thrifted in Arizona

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Until next time readers, Happy Trails!

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xoxo,

Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

Shorpy: Historic Photo Archive

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Hello readers!

I have a favorite website that I want to share with you. If you don’t know about Shorpy, boy are you are in for a treat!

This site is a gold mine of amazing historic photography. Most of the photos are from plate negatives and are therefore extremely high quality. You can click on any photo to enlarge & look at the tiniest details. It is truly wonderful…and addictive. Prepare to go on an extensive photo-saving spree once you browse their collection.

Looking at these photos gives you a feeling of really knowing the people in them and experiencing what life was like in their time.

Below are just a few of my favorites.

Washington Hot Shoppe Restaurant. 1941.

Washington Hot Shoppe Restaurant. 1941.

Nancy Hamilton. 1926.

Nancy Hamilton. 1926.

WWII Aviation plant clerk. 1942.

WWII Aviation plant clerk. 1942.

Saratoga Springs, NY. 1915.

Saratoga Springs, NY. 1915.

South Side Chicago. 1941.

South Side Chicago. 1941.

Lanier Hotel, New York. 1921.

Lanier Hotel, New York. 1921.

Detroit Yacht Club, Venetian Night Party. 1940.

Detroit Yacht Club, “Venetian Night” Party. 1940.

Chicago cabaret. 1941.

Chicago cabaret. 1941.

Goodyear Aircraft Corp. employee. 1941.

Goodyear Aircraft Corp. employee. 1941.

Coney Island. 1905.

Coney Island. 1905.

Lumber worker and wife. 1939.

Lumber worker and wife. 1939.

Crowley Milner Department Store, Art Department. 1941.

Crowley Milner Department Store, Art Department. 1941.

Marine. 1942.

United States Marine. 1942.

People's Drug Store, Washington D.C. 1909.

People’s Drug Store, Washington D.C. 1909.

Crowley Milner Department Store, Detroit. 1941.

Crowley Milner Department Store, Detroit. 1941.

Marilyn Miller. 1921.

Marilyn Miller. 1921.

Louisiana musicians. 1938.

Louisiana musicians. 1938.

San Francisco. 1941.

San Francisco. 1941.

Metal Salvage Plant Worker. 1942.

Metal Salvage Plant worker (and crafty gal, I might add). 1942.

There are so many more wonderful images on their site, I truly hope you all enjoy them.

xoxo,

Tina

vintage lovin’ gal