November 29, 2009

Saturday Snapshots {November 28, 2009}

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” ~ John W. Gardner

{Two vivacious young women share a friendly embrace in this delightful snapshot. Their clothes (and what looks to me like tanned skin) would indicate this photo was either taken someplace warm (on vacation perhaps) and/or during the summer months, though no background information whatsoever is provided. I would estimate this lovely photo to hail from the mid 40s to mid 50s, and am smitten with the gals' adorable outfits and hairstyles.}

{Two young lads seem to be deeply immersed in their reading of the newspaper, in this elegantly composed outdoor shot. Were they brushing up on current events or intensely studying the comic strips?}

{A quartet of brunette women smile for the camera as they model their gorgeous pastel hued evening gowns, looking, in the prettiest of ways, like the sweets in a package of Pillow Mints. Aside from their marvelous chiffon dresses (and floral corsages), what I adore about this lovely image is the fact that it was snapped with the ladies standing in front of a mirror, thus allowing the viewer to observe the backs of some of their hairdos and outfits.}

{A loving young aunt (“Marilyn Thomas Howell”) and her two nieces (“Cindy and Susan Lambert”) endear the winter chill, wrapped snugly in their coats and scarves, in this endearing slice of family life shot from the late 1950s.}

{Three romantic couples pose tenderly under a large maple tree in this wonderful shot that was snapped in July of 1959 (had it not been dated, I would have been inclined to ponder if it was a Valentine’s Day photo), upon the back of which is written the singular, but very apt word, “sweethearts”.}

{There is something so wonderfully charming (not to mention idyllic) about this cute image of a child and her pet together in a foliage abundant front yard. The backdrop and the young girl’s outfit are so beautiful that one might almost mistake this photo for a vintage movie still from the 30s or 40s.}

{Looking sleek in head-to-toe black to match her stunning car, this woman seems to be radiating with happiness and pride over as she leans against her gorgeous set of wheels.}

{A man – whose garb resembles a cross between a milkman and a navy officer’s uniform – coxes a playful dolphin out of the water with a fish, in this terrific action shot taken at Aqualand in the 1950s.}

{This deeply sweet image, the person who posted it wonderfully informs us, was part of an album of shots that they saved from the trash one day! Thank goodness they did, for its pages are chocked full irreplaceable image showing a US service man who fell in love with a Japanese woman and the life they would go on to build together in America.}

{A striking young women, whom the poster of this shot identifies as their mother, Rosalie, smiles with such effervescent grace and beauty in this hand tinted photograph, that one can’t help but feel as though they’ve been transported back to 1944 and is standing right there in the studio as her portrait is snapped.}

{All images above are from Flickr. To learn more about a specific image, please click on it to be taken to its respective Flickr page.}

How true are the words in this week’s quote? Who amongst us hasn’t instantly wished that they could expunge something they’d just done, only to be left with the reality that the hands of time can only reach forward. I know I have (oh so many times), but the key, I’ve come to realize, the older I become, is that it pays off more to concentrate on what you’re going to draw next, instead of pining away with remorse, sadness or gloom over what cannot be lifted off the canvas on your existence.

I know this edition of Saturday snapshots is being posted on Sunday evening, but I hope nobody minds too terribly much (as I’ve mentioned before, it isn’t imperative to me that this weekly post goes up on Saturday itself, so long as it appears at some point over the weekend). Some of my conditions have been flaring for the past few days, so I’ve been a tad slow in getting new posts out as of late. I'm not completely out of commission though, I'm happy to report, so new posts are gradually making their way up to the blogging front-line :)


  1. Jess..I am shaking my head over this quote and your thoughts of it! I know someone I am going to copy this are something else girl..

  2. nice post!!!!
    please visit me back...

    Culture of Indonesia

    thanks friend...

  3. Wonderful snapshots this week! Hope you had a fabulous weekend.

    Best Wishes,

  4. Aw! Hope you feel better soon, dear!

    Love the photos! The girl with the puppy (kitty?) is my favorite and the very first photo looks so happy. Thank you for posting this marvelousness!

  5. Sigh. These are just wonderful. I adore that first picture. They look so happy!
    -Andi x

  6. Thank you for those beautiful pictures Jessica ! I love them so much !

  7. These are all great...and I love the outfits in the 1st photo! Also, thank you for your lovely comments on my blog. Happy Monday, dear. ♥

  8. Wise words dear going to try to follow them more...and the I scrolled down I'd think 'oh that's my favorite'...then the next...'oh no that's my favorite'...and so it went down...thank you...

  9. Hey Jessica. Thanks for commenting on my Telly post. I do wish somebody would show the old Kojak shows. I loved that when I was growing up. Glad you understand about where I'm coming from on the comments on my blog. Take care. Cheers!

  10. Ah yes, these are wonderful!!!! You find the best pictures!

  11. Hope you are good as new, soon Jessica! Love your thoughts on this quote. I used to drag the guilt of poor choices around like Marley's chains, but not anymore. Life goes on - better decisions lay ahead! Thanks for the reminder.

    We may be getting snow here today...will send some your way if you like! :)

  12. These were delightful! And you're so right, can't keep wallowing in past mistakes. Hope you're feeling better soon!

  13. Hi Jessica! Oh, thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. Really sweet.

    The 1st pic is so cute, very friendship thing! :)

    Have a wonderful week!

  14. Hello darling, awe, I'm so sorry you haven't been feeling well, but I do hope you are feeling much better as the days go by :) Thank you for stopping by as always and your comments! Fantastic quote, and oh so very true! and you know what I'm going to say about the pictures...they are fabulous! Thank you for sharing them sweetheart! Sending you hugs for a speedy recovery!

  15. I just love pouring over old shots like that. Thankfully my Mom rescued a boat load from my grandmother!

  16. Beautiful Vintage photos! I especially love the last one, that is hand painted. It reminds me of the photo I have of my Grandmother, just like it. I wished they still used that technique these days.

    P.S- You have a blog award waiting for you on my site!


  17. I love these vintage photos. The first one is my favorite. I recently started painting oil paintings of vintage woman and am loving it! Have a great day:)

  18. this is a beautiful little collection! the last one looks so much like my grandmother! xxx

  19. Good morning, my wonderfully sweet dears, thank you each from the bottom of my heart for your lovely well wishes. Delighted to report I'm feeling a bit better as this first week of December progresses. Many thanks, too, for your beautiful comments. I'm touched to know how many of you felt this week's quote resonated with you.

    Huge hugs & blissful wishes for an amazing December to one and all!
    ♥ Jessica

  20. Wow. Especially enjoy the first one. Gorgeous ladies !