Sunday, June 3, 2012

To live in the fantasy again

It's been a lovely morning. There was a romantic's mist which settled in ever so briefly around 6am. It was a quiet morning - except for the birds whose 5am wake up chatter was rather boisterous. After yesterday's rain, I suppose that was forgivable. If I had a better camera (and glasses through which to see properly) I'd have run out to take photographs. I miss taking pictures. As much as I like the new digital world, I miss 35mm film. Now that Kodak is under bankruptcy re-organisation, does anyone still make 35mm film? Can it still be developed? I have several rolls that never made it to the photo shop during periods of financial duress. I've no idea what's on them. I hope I can still get them developed. Another project for another day. From 6am until 8am I took the time to web surf - my wifi connection has returned, at least for now. As I meandered around, I kept finding images of the world in which I grew up. A world in which design mattered. Yes, it was all a fantasy. And yes, sometimes, I want it back. A world of crepe paper proms, of girls in summer dresses, of fashion models in impossible poses...

Un-published photo taken for LIFE magazine, Mariemont High School's 1958 prom
Un-published photo taken for LIFE magazine, Mariemont High School's 1958 prom

LIFE magazine, 1958 - 'Formal dance held at the Kenwood Country Club was only traditional part of Mariemont's prom'

Evelyn Tripp in a summer dress, 1950's. I think this was taken for Vogue magazine.

Model wearing a gown with tulle trim for Queen magazine, 1951

Mannequins in window - Stockholm 1957

Dovima for Vogue US, 1951.

Jean Patchett, 1950s

Oh, well. Time to go. There's a beautiful day a'wastin'. Of course, I have to get the laundry started before the usual Sunday morning guy monopolizes the machines for the rest of the day....

4 comments:

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

Oh my....back in the day when women were 'ladies'. This makes me think of my mom. Especially the store window.

sdt said...

Ah, Welcome Ms. D.

There is an older woman who comes in once a week where I work. She is always "properly dressed", never without full makeup,heels, handbag, and almost always sports a brooch near her coat's left lapel. She looks like an older "lady" from the late 1950's. I like her, if only just for her style. Otherwise, she's a bit of a pip.

Judy said...

Fabulous photographs!! Loved loved loved the very first one!! New follower here :)

sdt (a.k.a. stevil) said...

Hi Judy, and Welcome! I peeked at your place - very nice! I'll have to come by when I have a little time and look around....