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.

the happy couple

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

Rose Garden Gals

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The ever lovely Mary Van Note & I had a wonderful day picnicking in the springtime sun and taking in the sights of the Berkeley Rose Garden!

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The Berkeley Rose Garden is a gorgeous garden in the Berkeley Hills that features 3,000 rose bushes and 250 varieties of roses! It was completed in 1937 and was one of the first Civil Works Progress Projects built under the WPA.

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Mary wore a gorgeous lavender 1940’s floral day dress with off-the-shoulder ruffles and a button back,  white espadrilles, adorable wicker purse shaped like an umbrella, cute vintage sunglasses and an AMAZING magenta felt hat!

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I wore a lovely 1950’s floral day dress that I bought years ago at a little vintage shop in Hawaii; 1940’s navy peep toe shoes, my 1920’s/1930’s sunglasses and a white wicker purse that was a birthday gift from my mom.

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peek-a-boo! Mary’s hat helps her to blend into the floral surroundings…

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I had such a great time frolicking around with Mary, wearing our pretty dresses and smelling roses! I can’t think of many better ways to spend a beautiful spring day!

xoxo,
Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

(Thanks to Mary Van Note for these photos!)

A nite of feathers, art deco and film noir: Maltese Falcon at the Paramount

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This past Friday I attended Classic Movie Nite at the GORGEOUS Paramount Theater in Oakland. The movie of the month was the fabulous film noir The Maltese Falcon.

I was joined by the wonderful and glamorous Mary Van Note and our gents (you can spot a quick glimpse of Derek below, but Mary’s fella Ben stayed behind the lens).

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We gussied up in gorgeous feathers, provided by Mary (you can buy the one I’m wearing in her etsy shop!) and our forties best. It was great fun and the movie was wonderful! Humphrey Bogart can do no wrong in my eyes…plus he’s a total dreamboat.

Enough blabbing…..feast your eyes on the jaw-dropping beauty of this theater!!

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If you ever have the opportunity to visit the Paramount Theater in Oakland, don’t pass it up! It is truly breathtaking. They offer tours as well as events such as the classic movie night.

What a wonderful night!!

Thanks to the lovely Mary Van Note for these photos and her boyfriend Ben for graciously photographing us in a crowded theater!

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

The Beautiful landscape of Reno, Nevada

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Hello friends!

Derek and I went to Reno, Nevada over the thanksgiving weekend to visit family and eat lots of delicious food! While we were there, we snuck off to an uninhabited area of natural Nevada landscape and shot some photos. Reno is in the high desert, at the foot of the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains.

We also drove around in our friend Aaron’s 1946 Chevy and took photos of some of the great old Lincoln Highway Motel signs. There are far more than these, next time I’m in town I want to do a proper photo shoot of all of them!

In this last photo you can catch a glimpse of the old Reno sign that was erected in 1954! The city has a newer, flashier sign that is one block over from this one. The new one has fancy lights and is quite pretty, but nothing beats the simplicity of this one!

What a lovely weekend it was!

xoxo,

tina

vintage lovin’ gal