Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Faded Pictures ... Of The Way We Were ...

It was the 60's and fashion ... well what can I say about fashion in the 60's other than it was a time of women's lib; fashions were wild, crazy and short, very short ... the shorter the better.

Photo above - Taken December 1969 of friends and family.  Notice the lady standing at the back of the group, her flamboyant dress had a 3" hem of  black fringe.  It was the fringe alone that made the length of her dress almost respectable.  But that was Gin, she liked her legs and as Flip Wilson used to say; "If ya got it,  flaunt it." 

Burrowing deep into our photo albums, rummaging amongst yellowed, grainy photos of a time long ago, old memories surfaced.

Photo above - This is the full version of the cropped photo at the top of my blog post.  Most of the ladies in the room showed a lot of thigh when seated. The 2 young men in the foreground are brothers, Steve and Terry, their mother, Patty, is seated next to them in the blue dress.  Steve is the older, taller brother; Terry, the younger was a free-spirited young man who later lost his life in a silly car race of "chicken".   Perhaps had he not been so drunk and not had that teenage sense of immortality he would be alive today; married and with a family of his own.

The year was 1969, the occasion my wedding to John, a marriage that has lasted 40 years and counting. No big fancy church, no rented hall or catered services, just a few close friends and a quiet civil ceremony performed at the courthouse by a judge. Funds were low as we had just purchased our new home and, since it was a second marriage for both of us, we decided that a lasting marriage was not built upon a formal ceremony with all the bells and whistles.
Photo above - John and I, the bride and groom; next to us, Jan and Don, our best man and maid of honor.  I always thought Don and Jan would end up together but fate had other plans.  Dig the skinny tie on my darling hubby.   I had on at least 3 inch high heels, otherwise the top of my head would barely reach John's shoulder.

Yes I have to admit that I've use photo editing to remove the yellow patina of the old photos and corrected the contrast to compensate for what time had faded but my editing program was not sophisticated enough to do much about the old grainy look.


  1. That is just so sweet! I have a pic of my mom and dad when they got married and hers was a short dress too, a few friends and a little church. I cherish that photo for a lot of reasons so I can see why you cherish these!
    I am so happy for you and John. My sweet hubby and I celebrate 20 years this year.


  2. Thanks for sharing. I was born in 1963 & I absolutely adored the late 60s & 70s, which now refects in my love of wild colors in my paintings. Happy to hear you are still together.

  3. Thanks for sharing the beautiful memories.
    Great post on small space studio below, as well. I'm a follower :)

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  5. Love these shots! I don't quite reach my hubby's shoulders either...thanks for sharing :)

  6. You know, it's the grainy look that gives older pictures their charm. I enjoyed looking at them. My mother gave me some really old family pictures dating back 80 years and I treasure them! Pearl

  7. Oh Sweet - I agree 100,000 doesn't guarentee anyone happiness and what a waste ! It's nice you have pictures - I don't have many of when I was little so the few older ones I cherish !

  8. Aw, thanks for sharing such great photos from your wedding day! Is it your anniversary? If so hope it was great! 40 years is really something special :-) I hope I can say that Matt & I made it that long someday. You were a beautiful bride and its fantastic that you were able to have just the kind of wedding you wanted. So sorry to hear about Terry, its hard to lose the people who shared such special moments in our lives.

  9. These images are great. Congrats on your 40th! We're at 36.

  10. Hola vengo desde mis blog:"LOS CUENTOS DE NATI" y "LOS PREMIOS DE NATI"
    para decirte que todo lo que he podido ver aquí es muy bueno e interesante.
    He decidido quedarme como seguidora para así poder con tranquilidad todo lo bueno que pase por aquí.
    Te felicito por tu blog, por lo que has conseguido y por lo que estoy segura consegiras.
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