Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Old Folks

Since I'm always showing you pretty pictures of things I want you to buy, I figured it was a bout time I showed you pretty pictures of things you can't buy! I never used to be a collector of things but in the last few months I've found myself buying things for the shop and then deciding I might like to keep it, if only for a while. Most stock for the shop gets sorted, bagged and boxed till it comes time to 'shoot n list', but some stuff just sits around so I can enjoy it. This post is all about the antique photographs I have sprinkled around the room. Long gone people from other countries; there really isn't anything particular I look for when collecting- sharply focused eyes is nice, but usually there's just something about them. It's more noticeable in some than others.

Let's start with these 3 pairs - these came today as part of a lot (from this great shop), which I only bought for one photo (you'll see that later) I bought specifically for my brother who collects antique photographs as well, focusing mainly on bearded men. Anyway- these look to be photo booth cards but it doesn't seem photo booths were in wide use until the 1920s (though they did have them beforehand). I suppose they were swapped among girlfriends, perhaps this size was intended for lockets as they're only stamp sized.

 This one's my favourite. She's had enough of your shit!

 Here's the girl who's actually the frame in my layered backgrounds on Fagin's.

I love her! She seems like a nice, fun person. The back is sweet too: 

Back in the days when a photo of yourself was a perfectly good Xmas present.

 An elegant lady from the 1920s.

 She has a kind and graceful face.

 These sisters (I suppose) I love for no good reason other than it's a lovely shot and they have great dresses. I like to think that odd hand gesture on the table is some kind of secret code.

 Here's the photo I bought for my brother:

He collects pictures of manly men and I thought this one was especially nice, the close friendship and cigars. A lot of people nowadays see this and think 'omg gays!' but back in the late 19th century it was common for men to be closely affectionate with each other as girls are today.

I like to think they were out on the town, a bit drunk when one of them had the idea to 'get their picture took'. I might have to get a better shot of these boys and submit them to My Daguerreotype Boyfriend. (which is a great site I highly recommend.)

 Here's one I don't think I'll be able to sell any time soon- she's hilarious! In a congenial way, of course.

They told me to keep still and I kept still!

Her's a 'nice old lady'. Something familar about her face to me, and I love the detail of her dress and jewelry. I had this one as far as making the listing, but I changed my mind.


 Lovely girl in a stripey dress with a memorial brooch - she reminds me of a young McGonagall. This photo is only about the size of a postage stamp.
 A lovely 1920s girl who seems nice enough, but the longer you look at her face, the more annoyed she gets! Some people just don't like to be stared at I guess.

Here's the best for last! 
 Apart from looking like the Muggle Malfoy cousin no one ever talks about... check out the length of his neck!


Ellen said...

they are wonderful.....I have so enjoyed looking at them, and reading your very perceptive comments; fashions and hair-do's may change, but attitudes...visible in the eyes, or set of the jaw etc remain, and you feel as if you know some of them.
Although I don't think I have seen such a long neck on a man before!!

Vintage Crab Jewelry said...

I have never had the fondness of old photos like so many have, especially old photos of strangers. Maybe because I am a man? I don't know. Enjoy your collection!

fanciful devices said...

this was way more entertaining than expected. at 1st i was like "sparrow, just sell the things you hoarder!" but then ... yeah these are too good. well, some with neat borders and things. the "elegant lady" looks just like my granma that passed ages ago. and those two dresses are insane! actually, that neck can't be real. but how could it be fake? but actually the 1st set of three with all the trimmings- the clear corners and deckled edges- swoon.
but you should definitely make photocollages from these.

martinisfor2 said...

I wouldn't be able to part with these either. They are so beautiful and what stories they tell. I have old photos that I will never part with. Keeping what you truly love does not make you a hoarder.

Star of the East said...

That neck! But also his eyes, his lips! He is beautiful and eerie, you could write a whole book about him!