Vintage Photograph Obsession

Have you seen

It’s a blog of high-definition vintage photographs from the beginning of photography through the 1950’s and I think it’s pretty awesome. There are all sorts of shots of people, places and things from every era during that period, and it’s always like a history lesson in a picture.

I especially love the site because it allows me to indulge in my recently acquired obsession: old photographs of women who look familiar and/or like they could be related to me. I’m not sure where this obsession came from, because it’s not like I don’t have access to old photographs of people who actually ARE familiar and/or related to me (my all-time favorite vintage picture is of my great grandmother giving a tea party when she was four). But if I find myself in a thrift shop, I can’t help but search. Randomly finding a picture of someone who might be a long lost family member is just too good of a story to pass up.

Probably related to me.

I’ve only found a few such photos so far, plus received a set as a gift from an indulgent friend. But I’ve put them up on my wall and given them all names and histories.

This, for example, is my pretend Great Aunt Dora. She had a very fabulous life. I’m not sure how she ended up in an antique store in Florida, though.

You can buy prints of the photos on Shorpy, which is almost impossible for me to resist (I especially love this one, though I guess I can’t tell if she looks familiar because you can’t see her face!). I’ve already found at least five that would qualify for my obsession.

Take a look! Maybe you’ll see someone familiar!

  • Caryn

    Wow. I just followed the link to the photo of the woman in the water, and it. is. amazing. So graceful and beautiful. I couldn’t look away for the longest time — which, I must say, is quite inconvenient, since I’m supposed to be at work in seventeen minutes.

  • Josie Bloss

    I know! Isn’t it amazing? I can stare at it for a long time, too, which make makes me think I shouldn’t buy it and put it on my wall because it would be all distracting!