Lost Splendor

Past and present by an aspiring archivist and new Bostonian.
Posts tagged "vintage"

Hussar Uniform, England, 1870s. Private Collection.

As previously mentioned, an appreciation for history-things is something that runs in the family. Specifically, an appreciation for the design of historical militaria. This late nineteenth century hussar uniform is a longtime favorite fondly revisited with every return home. Favorite is a clear understatement - best described through the lens of a specific anime; if I were to bond consciousness with a garment to rise to greatness or defeat powers that be through a gratuitous transformation sequence - this would be that garment.

Spoilers; there’s also an incredible cap with a plume that couldn’t be fit in the picture. Plumes, yo.

All Steel: London Shop Window, c. 1946 via Stockholm Transport Museum

Gloria Swanson, ca. 1920s via mattsko.wordpress.com

"Rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève" Paris, France c. 1924 by Eugéne Atget via Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Café, Avenue de la Grande-Armée" Paris, France c. 1924/25 by Eugéne Atget via Metropolitan Museum of Art

Mia Slavenska, undated via croatia.org

Lean In: Mia Slavenska, undated via mattsko.wordpress.com

Interwoven Socks: The Saturday Evening Post, 1921 by J.C. Leyendecker via mattsko.wordpress.com


Simmons College, an all-female institution, had a tradition of “Freshman-Junior Weddings”, in which the Freshman class president dressed as the bride, and the Junior class president dressed as the groom.  Here are other Junior classmates dressed in drag, c. 1930s (via)

Attempting to contain my overflowing grad institution pride over here. Work those monocles.

Lazy Days of Summer: Arlington, Virgina. June, 1943. (via Shorpy Historical Photo Archive)


Easter Walk by J.C Leyendecker, April 6th, 1912 (via The Saturday Evening Post)

Sydney Harbor Bridge, 1932 via State Library of New South Wales

At the Races, date unknown: Doomben Racetrack Fashions via State Library of Queensland

Game On: Bridge Game, Florida c. 1954 via State Library and Archives of Florida

Betty: “Tapping three swamps to counter your sorcery, scry 2”

Carol: “ugh betty why you do this”

Barbara: “chortle”

Hamburg-Amerika Ship Line Interior c. 1888 via Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library