Have you ever sat down and really looked at an old photo and felt completely mesmerized by not the only subject matter, but by all of the curious objects contained within the background? If so, you are not alone! Much can be learned about the past by simply taking a few minutes to look at old photos. Maybe..that is why they are so very popular and tend to sell as soon as the are put on the shelves at antique malls.
If you have a much beloved photo and are unsure as to the date in which it was taken, examine the background for clues. Is there an old car? What are the people wearing? Are they smiling or have a stone expression? What sort of hairstyles and clothing styles are they wearing? These are definite clues that can help you to date your photo.
For example, this photo, taken in front of an old firehouse was probably taken in the mid 1920’s based on the bobbed hairstyles of the women and their attire. Its just the “bees Knees” to borrow an expression from the time. As to where the fire station is, I am not sure. It is probably within rural Fairfield County..
Old photographs are simply still life time capsules. So, the next time that you see one in an antique shop, buy it, take it home and spend a bit of time milling about the background. Its a chance to closely examine a different age and its more than entertaining. Do you have a favorite old photo?
In my last couple of posts, I wrote about the current popular of all things Mid Century Modern. While it is currently on trend and you may like it, my advice is to not go all Mid Century Modern or when the trend changes, you will be left with an entire home full of things that you bought simply because they were popular at the time. That is, unless you perceive it as your own personal style and want to live with it for years to come.
I think, and this is just my own humble opinion, that it is best to simply purchase things because you enjoy them and you will always find comfort within your home. Its nice to have a few pieces of varying styles as long as you like them and for me, an eclectic mix is far more interesting than simply one style. Having a variety of different styled pieces which compliment one another is not only practical, but it is more chic. If you live in an industrial loft, warm it up with a few vintage quilts, some candles, and some pops of color here and there..Find you own balance.
For example, I found this photo on the website, The Spruce, which is a great place to look for inspiration. In this particular room, they have blended antique, with retro, with vintage and married it all together for one classic look. Its a room that people would want to spend time in and decorated so well with different pieces that could easily be changed up to create a fresh look without breaking the bank. While it may or may not be your own style, it should serve as an example of how we should go about shopping for antiques and decor items for our home.