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Vintage Photos - Part II

Updated on October 15, 2015
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What better way to preserve our memories than photographs? Mary loves taking pictures and sharing them along with her knowledge about them.

Little boy on a porch
Little boy on a porch | Source

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".

Two school children in the 1920s
Two school children in the 1920s | Source
Portrait of a World War I soldier
Portrait of a World War I soldier | Source

School Days

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.

My husband's great uncle.
My husband's great uncle. | Source

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.

My father-in-law in Saipan during WWII
My father-in-law in Saipan during WWII

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.

Another photo from Saipan
Another photo from Saipan | Source
My mother-in-law during WWII
My mother-in-law during WWII | Source

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.

A small country wedding
A small country wedding | Source
A more formal wedding
A more formal wedding | Source
Two brothers - my husband and his brother.
Two brothers - my husband and his brother. | Source

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.

Professioanl portrait of two brothers.
Professioanl portrait of two brothers. | Source

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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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Millionaire Tips. I just think old photos have so much character along with their history lesson.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Another beautiful set of pictures!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Molometer. Our photos are our memories, at least the visual ones. Thanks for stopping by.

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great to see these pictures.

      They evoke the era so well.

      It was a completely different world.

      I agree your dad looks like he is in Huck Finn's time.

      He wasn't far off really!?

      It was published just 45 years earlier.

      Nice work well done

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I think that's what's so fascinating Lynn.

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      Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

      I love how the everyday photos tell the best stories.