Monday, January 18, 2010

Mute Monday - some very vintage photographs



15 comments:

Barry said...

Fascinating and beautiful old photos Renate. Of course what leaps out is the dark wedding dress. I know this is Mute Monday, but do you know anything about that?

julie Haymaker thompson said...

A mute moment monday for a moment of silence for those in Haiti,

SummersStudio said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes! I love these old photos. The black wedding dress reminds me of one of my Great Great Grandmother from around the 1880's. As a child I always thought it was peculiar to have a black wedding dress. But apparantly that was fashion vogue in the Victorian era.

sharon said...

Very cool Renate...I love them!

lilylovekin said...

I love the sepia tone photos of days past.

Doreen said...

These old pictures always make me wonder...who were they...were they happy....all kinds of thoughts.

Diane said...

Beautiful old photos!

The Joy of Nesting said...

Mi Hermanita Reni,

Oh how I love vintage photographs!! Then it was always such a serious process to be photographed. When the itinerant photographer came to town everyone dressed in their Sunday clothes dug out their pin money and went into town to have their photograph taken. Lots of times newlywed couples would dress in their wedding clothes and have their "wedding" picture taken, because there was no photographer when they married. In the same vein many couples would rush to the court house to be married while the photographer was in town!!

How is our little snowbunnie these days??? With all the moisture this winter just imagine how wonderful the spring flowers will look!

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Esther said...

wow Ren!! are they from germany!! the first one is so intriging... what are she thinking of?

PhilipH said...

Really lovely pictures. Some such photos were called 'Care de visite' and were very popular in the mid-1800s

I much prefer black and white photographs and the sepia ones of yesteryear. I have quite a few personal photos, all b & w, as colour was seldom available in my earlier days.

I love the way light and dark, and shadows, give a much more atmospheric feel and sense when in black and white.

Imagine those wonderful scene in The Third Man - all shot in b & w of course. Would not have anything like the dramatic effect if it had been shot in colour.

Lovely post.

Wanda said...

Having to hold perfectly still for those old cameras made everyone appear so stern and serious. I have an old large photo of my G/G/parents and their 11 children...all without a hint of a smile!

Studio Sylvia said...

Wonderful photos of a past era. '
They are such historical statements about the era in which they were taken.
That first photo reminds me of me - 'hurry up, I'm sitting here and I really don't want my photo taken.

Silke said...

Oh, I love these! We have a few from my family and from Daniel's and I always love looking at them!! Might have to get them out and maybe get them framed... Hope you are staying warm and dry!! Love, Silke

Cindy said...

Oh you know how much I love old photographs!! The woman in the first picture has such a serious look...we will never know her thoughts at the moment this picture was taken. And the wedding picture...I wasn't familiar of this custom of wearing a black dress (and white veil!). Very beautiful.

Leslie @ Bei Mondi said...

The hat in the second photo is impressive. And is that a wedding photo? Did the bride get married in black? Interesting!