Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Vintage Photos

In early October, my husband bought me a Canon scanner, something he’d been talking about getting for years. Maybe he had these (unrealistic) visions of me, diligently scanning all of of our old slides, negatives, and film into neat chronological order.

I really haven’t had the energy to do any of this, but I did get up the strength (ha) to scan a few more random photos of us. I had such a surprising response from my original post, with people asking for more, so I’m obliging here.

And once again, I ask you to please be kind.



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Our friend, Jeff, took this photo of me one Sunday morning. We were all sitting around having coffee and reading the paper at our place – a little cottage on the first ‘big horse farm’ where my husband was employed at the time. Our children were really young, and I see that I’m sporting the 80’s look with ripped knees in my jeans.

Ever the fashion plate.



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Years prior to the photo above, this is me on the first horse farm of my husband’s career. It was a small, private estate in Glenmoore, PA and we were 21 or 22, I believe. And for some reason, this was my favorite sweater.

Egads.



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This is not one of my girlfriends. This is actually my husband (my boyfriend at the time). I took this with a camera I’d just bought for fifty bucks from one of the photographers at the newspaper where I worked. It was a Nikon F, completely manual, and I had no idea what I was doing. The two photos above were from my first roll of film using the camera. I remember being mad that the horse was out of focus, But looking back, I realize that I love it this way.



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My husband with our dog, Alex. Alex was our first border collie, and was part beagle. I used to drive my little Fiat 124 Sport Coupe with Alex in the front seat and he would sing and be a guest speaker on W-DOG Radio, where I was the host. This was a game I played. He would howl when I sang ‘Chantilly Lace’.

Hey, I was young.

And I had a cool car.

And I kept the boyfriend around because he could fix the car, which was always breaking down.

Ok, and I liked him too.




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Summer of 1980, at Cape Hatteras, NC. The year prior to this was when my husband’s parents began renting a house every year, and their three children and spouses (or significant others) would come to spend the week. I fell in love with North Carolina during those visits.



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September, 1989 – the first year we rented our own house for the week at Hatteras. This is my husband with our youngest son, Shaun. Please note the Ernie doll, my baby's prized possession at the time. The doll never left his side.

I love this photo and have it in a beautiful frame on my dresser.

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Hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane. As I continue scanning, I’ll share more from time to time. To see my previous vintage photos, feel free to visit here:

Vintage Photos – 1

Have a beautiful day ~

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48 comments:

Deb said...

Kate those are wonderful...woo wee your hubby see why you picked him....love the photos of you also....

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Cozy in Texas said...

Fun to go through old pictures.
Ann

Ellen said...

Strolling down your memory lane - fab! Love that sweater - did we really wear such things????

Jeanne Walker said...

So happy that y'all were able to capture your memories in photos!
A picture is worth a thousand words! Praying for you guys and hoping things are getting better with every passing day!

Cloudia said...

very sweet my friend. . . when did we get *older* ?


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Jeannelle said...

One of a kind photo memories. Hurray for the scanner!

beth said...

i am LOVING LOVING LOVING this "vintage photos" series of yours.....keep them coming.

i promise not to laugh, but to only think of some of my own memories when i see your photos....like the ernie doll :)

xoxo

Kerri said...

You were an amazing photographer even with your first roll of film! Amazing bokeh in that shot of your hubby and the horse! And you both look so GREAT! Love that last one with your little one!

Country Gal said...

Oh WOW ! I loved seeing these photos . Hubby with the long hair cool . Papa had long hair like that to just a year ago lol. A wonderful stroll down memory lane for you. Great post. Have a wonderful evening.

Chrissykat said...

80's, 90's, 00's and on and on...I will always sport jeans with rips in them...it's just who I am. Love love love the pic of your husband & the horse.

Linda said...

Wow you both have great hair!!! I have a ton of old photos I need to be scanning too. Great. Now you are going to get me started on old photos! LOL! I have yarn to spin & a sweater to knit! Love your favorite sweater:)

JaneK said...

such great shots that hold some significant memories.... I love them! And yes, I love that the horse was out of focus... you were a great photographer then as well....

Emom said...

Oh my....so sweet....smiles

Bluebird49 said...

I love.love.love!
All so very sweet--and yes, it is amazing bokeh in the picture of your hubby and the horse. How 'bout that--we probably didn't know what the word was back then! (If it WAS a word then!lol) Oh, please, please, keeping scanning and sharing when you have time.

(By the way-I understand why you fell in lust--uh, I mean LOVE--I mean BOTH??--with your husband! ;) )

Hilary said...

omg, you two were so freaking cute.....isn't it amazing to see how YOUNG you were.
Love them.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

You look perfect together...and that last shot has such vintage Ralph Lauren feel to it, there should be some chaps, and a saddle in there somehow.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Low Tide High Style said...

I love seeing these great family photos! And I love that the horse is out of focus, beautiful!

Kat :)

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

You were such babies. Isn't it amazing how grown up we felt at that age? You were such a cute couple and your son is adorable. I'm glad you posted a few of these, they're fun to look at.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

These are priceless.

tina said...

I love when I stumble upon an older photo and it takes you back. Fun post.

Karen said...

These are awesome!!. .Love strolling down memory lane with you... especially love that shot with the favorite Ernie doll! My nephew, who is 15 right now.. had the same Ernie doll, which he cherished more than anything! Actually, he lost Ernie a few times and I believe there were three by the time he grew out of it. Although he didn't know that.

Lili said...

Kate these are all such great pictures, especially the one with the horse and your husband, love his golden locks! I really enjoyed looking at these, they are all little treasures. You guys are so adorable and that last one is just the sweetest! Keep 'em coming please. xo ~Lili

Daryl said...

Its amazing, but not really when you think about genetics, Matt looks just like Andrew .. and I see a lot you in Shaun .. and those knee-less jeans? Darlin' you were WAY ahead of the curve!!!!!!!

Debra (a/k/a Doris, Mimi) said...

What sweet treasures these photos are! I enjoy strolling down memory lane and have albums from almost every year since college. I love showing our grandchildren photos of mommy when she was their age. They are always amazed. To children, their mommy has always been mommy. Photos are wonderful reminders who who we were!

Treasia said...

Aww Kate I'm loving the vintage photos a lot. I must say that I see another reason you probably let the hubby hang around. Nice looking man you've got there.

missing moments said...

I've not had time to make many visits, or that is, internet time. But glad I stopped in today. I love love love this post! What a wonderful post and photos. Fun to remember those youth filled days. I'm thinking I should do something like this for my kids ...

Michelle said...

Your husband looks like a totally different person in the last photograph (as, of course, he was), and boy howdy, do I find THAT image attractive! Thanks for sharing your treasures with us. As evidenced by the ponytailed boyfriend with blurry horse photo, you've always had an excellent "eye."

The Japanese Redneck said...

I don't think I'm up to posting my vintage photos of me!

Hilary said...

I love these. It's like sitting together and passing old photos around. Thanks for sharing them. They make me smile. And my boy had that same Ernie doll.

linda said...

A wise and wonderful 104-year-old once told me "there's nothing as beautiful as a dear and familiar face." Your vintage pics remind me of her statement.

You two are knockouts ~ then and now!

Sheila said...

Great photos, it's always nice to look back and remember the good old days. Don't let anyone give you a hard time about the sweater; we all had one that we now wonder why we loved it so much? Thanks for sharing.

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Dee from Tennessee

LOVE these. You had bohek (sp?) before bohek was cool!! That is my fave....they are all great, but I adore that one of your hubby and horse. Memories flood our very souls, don't they? We have found that we blinked and are now very, very old. But blessed through it all.

mrs mediocrity said...

I love them all... I didn't laugh, but that sweater did make me chuckle, I think I had one a lot like it.

You two are so cute together, and your son looks so much like you! That last one is definitely frame-worthy!

Oliag said...

Laugh? Are you kidding? You guys were (and are) adorable! I fell in love with a pony-tailed boy too...

Wind-kissed said...

Hi Kate,
I just stumbled onto your site and it is very late. But not too late to share the joy of your figuring out how to use the scanner. What fun...and your blog photos are wonderful. Love George--I had a Border some years ago and what a trip she was. thanks for your wonderful share.

alphabet soup said...

I like this series Kate. I like the first one, lovely blues/greens and a clever use of body angle. And look at all that hair!! I'm all for people not looking directly at the camera, adds interest to the shot. As for the accidental depth of field ( not using that fancy-schmancy latter day word...)I think it works well in the photo of husband and horse - the sharp focus makes husband the primary subject and the horse the secondary - as it should be.

If you follow what I mean.

Ms Soup

Kate said...

A trip down memory lane with photographs is a real treat! Thanks for sharing your journey with complete strangers. I love it!

Caroline said...

OMG!!!! Your hubby was hot back in the day...just sayin! I love love love these photos. That last one though...could be an ad for something! So cool. And I love your color blocked sweater! You rocked the 80's girl! xoxo

Andi said...

I got one of those scanners for Christmas last year, and *intended* to have ALL my negatives scanned by this year! Negatives are tricky but a lot of my early pictures are in books and I can't scan the photos. :)
Your shots are great! The 80's were awesome!

Kay said...

I just love these pictures....I swear I've known you from a different life ......keep up the good work and many good wishes to your husband as he continues to gain strength and health...Love from Kay on South Coast of Oregon

Cait O'Connor said...

Gorgeous photos, wonderful to keep for posterity,

growing wild on waverly lane said...

So that's who you really are! Nice to know you, friend. I love your memories.

Mary Elizabeth said...

What a beautiful post!
I love trips down memory lane...and I believe I have a similar sweater!
: )

Mental P Mama said...

Beautiful. Every last one....

Jan's camera said...

Hi, Kate, these are wonderful. I love your hubby's ponytail. My, you have had some interesting jobs. Please, more. Thanks.

Lavendrfem said...

I stumbled upon your blog through the garden web I think and I am so enjoying your posts. Love the old photos and I look forward to your blog everyday. Thanks for sharing.

Estelle said...

I stumbled upon your blog through the gardenweb I think - we may have even exchanged seeds. I am so enjoying your blog and I look forward to the posts every day. Love the vintage photos. Thanks for sharing.