I had an “oh duh” moment yesterday. I really did. It finally hit me: I need to move my vintage and retro styled photography to this site, VintageReveries.com. Retro, pinup, and historical photography and styling is such a unique specialty that it doesn’t truly fit in with boudoir, and yet it is not quite mainstream and corporate enough for my business services site, KMurrayCreative.com
I found this old Jewish war history book at a thrift store. It’s about the history of Jews and how they helped out in American Wars, published in 1943 in the midst of World War II and Hitler’s rampage across Europe. I am finding it a fascinating historical document to skim thru. It was published(…)
These pictures of an elderly man and woman were presumably taken in 1962… were these the people that the photographer was traveling to see in the west? Did she stop to see Hearst Castle along the way? When I bought the box of old Kodachromes, I was told that it was a female photographer who(…)
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This smart wool skirt suit is from the 1940s and fit Anita perfectly. It was labeled only as “1942 street suit”. We shot these retro styled photos out in front of the studio, because the natural light was just so perfect! Not everyone can wear golden yellow, but Anita pulled it off. I posed her(…)
These old house and old car slides were in a box dated from 1962. See those flames or wingy things on the old car? Obviously, I don’t know much about cars, and would appreciate any hint as to the model of the 60s car in these pictures.
I should really save this slidescan for Father’s Day. It’s seriously, one of my favorites. I don’t know what kind of car it is, but it has 1954 California plates, and the dad looks SO happy as he’s holding his smiling daughter up. This almost looks like an advertisement for something, it’s amazing how good(…)
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I didn’t bother to re-edit these 1910s style photos. Anita was tiny enough to model this Edwardian lace dress without a corset! I wish we’d had one, just for the look. The details on this lace dress were pretty amazing. I posed her with an interior design book from 1912, which I should scan before I sell.
These are from that box from 1962… looks like a 1960s western suburb with the mountains in the background… maybe in Nevada? I like the one story house, and you can see the rear of an old car in the last picture. These people were obviously not wealthy, and as these pictures are of just(…)
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Zizi V. totally owned the WWII WAC uniform. She was my third and last model to wear it. My first retro shoot with Anita had all the awkwardness of a first-time (everything), which made for very authentic emotions. With this third shoot in the WAC uniform, I was more confident and explored beyond the studio to the front room and outdoors (where the natural light was perfect). We played more with the set, even in the studio, and the pictures just turned out different. I think that the outdoor and natural light photos turned out looking like 1940s era snapshots and candids.
This is one of my favorite old soldier photographs that I’ve scanned so far. He’s an airforceman, in uniform, sitting on a brick wall with mountains in the background. I don’t know who he is, or where he’s at… only the rough date of 1954 on the box of slides, and the scan from a(…)
Here’s a kodachrome slide scan from that 1954 box, which is of two men laying in the sun outside of a hotel. Totally classic 50s Americana!
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It’s interesting to see how many ways the WAC Uniform was modeled by the models I shot in 2011! Besides the WAC uniform, I also photographed Jaslene wearing a feathered hat from the 1960s, and in a traditional costume that she’d brought along to our shoot. It was fun and good times. I really like the 1960s hat best, her expressions totally made it sparkle.
I’m not sure if these 1950s landscape pictures are all of the same place, or where they were taken at? Looks like old castles, the old West, and old cathedrals…
I found these 1940s soldier slides mixed in with the 1950s slides. Here’s a picture of the WWII soldier, in uniform, with his wife who looks totally thrilled and happy.
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This is another cute retro set from my 2011 archives! Classic, cheesecake pinup in a swimsuit. We had a ton of fun shooting this happy series with the old radio and American flag on the sheepskin rug. The model did her own makeup and it was just as wholesome as apple pie.
I just did some research and found that the famous Hearst Castle is in San Simeon, California. Below are more slide scan pictures of the Hearst Castle, dated 1959:
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It was fascinating and fun to discover my first vintage clothing shoot from 2011! Here’s anita posed in a 1920s wedding dress and veil. I was just starting to learn about 1920s period styling, but her simple and elegant hair and makeup are timeless and really bring out the vintage 1920s wedding dress. My 2014(…)
To celebrate Independence Day, I’m posting this picture circa 1959 of AirForce women and men in uniform. If anyone can tell me anything more about the badge (picture enlarged below), I would totally appreciate it. I don’t know that much about military history, but these pictures are fascinating….
I found these old KodaChrome slides in a pack titled “San Simeon, 1959″. I imagine that they drove there in their flared up brand new car (leave a comment if you know what kind it is), took in the beauty of the landscapes, and luxuriated at the swimming pool.
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Back in 2011, I got to borrow this World War II Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC and later WAC) uniform with matching garrison cap from a local historical society.
This was my first shoot for the Carondelet Historical Society, and the first picture from this first shoot is my favorite.