Before the advent of the internet or street style blogs, photographer Frank Oscar Larson was taking candid pictures of life in New York City. I love how this shot from 1954 perfectly captures the fashion of the day, but also the moment of primping and excitement that always precedes stepping into a photobooth — whether that photobooth was in NYC 50 years ago, or in the corner of a bar today. [Frank Oscar Larson] Keep reading »
Here’s a worthy goal for today. Let’s all try to be at least half as cheerful as this woman, who struck a perky pose while working in the projection booth of a Florida movie theater in 1970. Need a jump start on your good mood? Just think, at least you’re not required to wear that hat at your job.
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This photo from a 1944 issue of McCall’s magazine has me torn: do I yearn more for the vintage patent leather pumps and ornate t-straps, or the adorable terrier who seems to share my taste in shoes? Keep reading »
Check out this dance troupe striking a pose at a women’s suffrage ball sometime around 1910. With all the recent attacks on women’s rights, this photo makes me want to round up my most politically active girlfriends, sew ourselves some matching outfits, and choreograph a subversive dance dedicated to John Boehner. [via the Library of Congress Flickr Stream] Keep reading »
I love everything about this 1968 photo, although the woman’s stern expression has me a little puzzled. Surely she had a good excuse (gender oppression and the Vietnam War come to mind), but if it had been me standing in front of that gorgeous skirt in the shop window, I guarantee you I would have been photographed licking the glass. Keep reading »
This photo, taken over 100 years ago, captures what may be the most refined, fashionable boxing match ever waged. Mike Tyson might rock a scary face tattoo, but would he be brave enough to enter the ring wearing a heavily embellished floral hat? Keep reading »
These teens hanging out in London in 1969 so perfectly illustrate the big trends of the time: bright stripes, slim suits, impossibly over-sized sunglasses, berets, and Paul McCartney haircuts. And check out the girl in the background rocking a striped men’s tie and plaid miniskirt. Be still, my vintage-loving heart! Keep reading »