Vintage Photos - Part II
I had so much fun doing my Vintage Photos hub I decided to add more too it! A vintage photo is not just an old photo but one that shows something of that 'old period'...that's what makes it vintage. My previous hub focused on the early 1900s. I would like to move along to the Second World War. Not only were lives changed during that time but photographs took on a new look and a new meaning. Many photos taken during that time depicted loved ones who didn't survive the war. Other family photos had the look of the era and showed what was going on. My posted photos are all old family photos dug out of our family archives.
My first photo isn't a war photo but of my Dad when he was a boy. Taken in Ulster County, New York in the early 1900s. Even though it's New York, it looks like a Huck Finn photo to me! My father was visiting his grandparents "in the country".
This photo of two schoolchildren is actually my husband's grandmother. All girls wore stockings back then and boys wore knickers. Boys weren't allowed to wear 'pants' until they were men. Imagine comparing this photo to kids going to school today! I doubt you'll find many girls in dresses, and hats, well you'd probably find boys wearing baseball caps, but certainly no hats on the girls.
World War I Photo
Going through family photos to write this hub I came across this World War I photo of my husband's grandfather. Though it isn't World War II, obviously, it fits well in my Vintage Photo title. Over the years soldiers' uniforms have changed a lot. You can note the stand up collar in this uniform, not something you see today. Seems no one was ever smiling in a true vintage photo, they took their portraits very seriously.
A Happy Vintage Photo
This photo of my husband's great uncle doesn't have a date but just by looking at it you can tell it's probably from the thirties. The mustache, wire-rimmed glasses and watch fab give you an idea of the age of this photo. It is a professional photo - one taken by a photographer, a sign of the times. Notice the starch in that shirt collar! Couldn't have been fun to wear but it looked so nice. Suits were worn by everyone back then. Any old movie or old photograph always shows men with suits. My favorite thing about this photo is the smile on his face, certainly rare back in the day.
World War II Photos
So many young men in the armed forces over seas during WWII sent pictures home to their loved ones to show them they were still alive and thinking about them. These young men endured things they never thought possible and went to places they hadn't even heard of! Of course they tried to make the pictures look appealing so as not to worry their loved ones back home.
They also wanted to keep in touch with their loved ones in a more personal way, and remind their loved ones they were thinking of them.
Just as soldiers sent pictures home to their loved ones during WWII, the girls back home sent pictures to their soldiers. My mother-in-law sent this one to her husband while he was in Saipan. The girls wanted their pictures (and themselves) to look especially good, not only to cheer up their soldier, but to remind them of who and what was waiting for them back home.
A lot of weddings took place during WWII, just as they had and will continue to do during any war. It is a sign to the soldier and the girl left behind that there is someone out there who loves them and is waiting for their return. Not all weddings involved wedding dresses and big receptions, the main thing was for the wedding to take place. Some were done quickly, others were planned. Some were even done after the young man had entered the service..they took place when he came home on leave.
World War II and Children's Pictures
First comes love, then comes marriage...yes, then the baby carriage. Many young men were overseas when their babies were born and photos were sent to they could see what their babies looked like.
The two little boys pictured are my husband and his brother. This photo was sent to their father who saw my husband right after he was born then left for Saipan. He didn't see his son again until his son was three years old.
During WWII and after for many years, children's professional portraits were de rigeueur. Boy or girl, it didn't matter. You dressed up your children and took them to have their 'portraits' taken. If you had more than one child it was cheaper to take them together ... saved money and time. This photo is my husband and his brother again.
Just as our culture has changed, our photos have two. With the advent of color film a whole new world of photography was opened up. In 1935 Kodak introduced Kodachrome but only for 16 mm movies. In 1941 it was introduced for still photos but it was a process and expensive...not everyone could afford it. It took time to catch on. In the meantime people were coloring their own photos using color pencils. It wasn't until the 1950s that the general public began to use color film and even then the colors weren't guaranteed to last.
We've come a long way baby, but nothing can replace the beauty and dignity of our vintage photos!
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