I’ve been working with family photographs (archiving, digitizing, restoring) for the better part of 3 years as my dad and I work towards the publication of our book about my grandfather’s pictures of schooners, and in between shots of cargo holds and sea captains I have found a few gems that provide a narrative of fashion in the 1920’s and 30’s. As most people who know me are aware, I am fairly convinced that I was born in the wrong decade, and have always been fascinated with early 20th century art, style and culture. I got the idea to do a series of family images from the blog The Sartorialist, and I plan to share photos of my grandparents and parents for your enjoyment over the coming weeks.
Here are my grandfather and great grandfather in 1926, when grandpa was 17. It was on this sailing trip from Boothbay Harbor, Maine to Jacksonville, Florida that our earliest schooner photographs were taken. I get such a kick out of my great grandfather’s sweater; it’s like a scotsman and a swede tried to design a pattern together. Stylish, and quintessentially WASPy, even on the high seas. White pants wouldn’t have lasted 2 days on my Sea Semester voyage!
Here’s Grandpa in 1937 on his honeymoon in Europe. The man loved his crewneck sweaters. On an archival note, the upper left corner is what happens when a fingerprint is left to stew on negative emulsion for 70 years- my worst nightmare! It was in terrible shape, but it’s still a pretty good image given that the neg is about the size of a postage stamp!
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