6.05.2011

1947 Yearbook

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Here's a few pictures from a 1947 southern California yearbook I picked up a while ago. Vintage yearbooks are great resources for hairstyling ideas, and the average girls fashion choices. I get a lot of inquiries about how to dress appropriately in vintage for school. Just because it's the past, doesn't mean people dressed in petticoats and feathered hats to study in. It seems every girl had a plaid skirt, collared blouse, and cardigan. And the socks! The pages are filled with cuffed white socks, with saddle shoes, canvas tennies, loafers, and even wedge sandals. The plaid jackets in the photo below seem to be early versions of a 49er, and I love how the boy cuffed his slacks up.
As far as carrying around school supplies and books, if you want to keep the look vintage, look for a canvas or leather messenger bag, or backpack of the same material if you have a lot of textbooks.
I know this post is right at the end of the school year, but there will be another, bigger one come fall! For now just gawk at the pretty hairstyles ;)
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22 comments:

Gladys said...

Love the pictures. Please keep sharing more. Very interesting to see the ladies' fashion back in an enchanting era.

art deco dame said...

Love it!I'm often out with my kids when the high school in my town gets out and its more often than not depressing to see the lack of style.Luckily there is always that one in the crowd that stands out and makes me smile.

If Toys Could Talk said...

I love these photos - thank you for sharing! My favorite part is those gorgeous hairstyles. It's nice to see something that's do-able for the average modern (but into vintage) girl, rather than the typical photos of movie stars or magazine models that we see so often.

AnnaBananaCupcake said...

Such darling photos. I love to collect vintage year books as well. I love the pretty dark lips on the ladies in the last photo.
XOXO

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

Oh, I LOVE these pics. I am SO BAD at hair. *sighs*

Erika said...

I love the hairstyles! But for Gods sake, how the hell did girls with naturally straight, silky hair that won't even hold a pin, get curls like that to stay? A hairdo like that would take me hours in the morning and be flat by midday. Help anyone?

Viv said...

Love the photos! Thanks so much for sharing...can't wait to see more!

I adore the fact that they are all knitting in that one photo and they all have curls in their hair!

Solanah said...

Erika, lots of women got permanent sets instead of pincurls.

Nelly said...

What a great book to find.I always think how much older the girls looked back then is that just me?

Solanah said...

Nelly, they really do! I think just the way they put themselves together, hair, makeup, etc. For most there wasn't a long period of being a teenager like there is today. There was being a child, and being a young woman :)

Nelly said...

Now we are times where kids want to be grown too fast I say lets go back in time!! Time travel machine anyone?/ lol

Rosina Lee said...

Great photos, the knitting group has inspired me to wear my wool skirt and cardi tomorrow.
xx Rosina Lee

http://rosinalee.blogspot.com/

Hannah said...

Beautiful pictures. x

Karina said...

This post combined two of my loves! yearbooks and vintage! haha I love it!

Tasha said...

Fantastic photos! I really like those low wedge shoes on the two girls in the knitting photo. I love seeing "normal" photos where you can get a feel for what people really looked like. Love to see some of that frizz in the curls, too, I admit. LOL

Q's Daydream said...

Love!

Carla said...

Oh thank you very much for sharing these!
Seeing that knitting group make me squee with delight.

"The Golden Girl of the West" said...

Love vintage yearbooks! A few years ago I was in a mad collectors craze for these. I would hunt them down at yard and estate sales. They are a wonderful reference for sure! Finding the ones from your local Universities are always neat too!

~Syd

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

these are all so very sweet. I love them. This was the year my dad was born too. that's cool.

Terra Fortner said...

I is nice to see that "every day hair" was not always picture perfect. It makes me feel better about my hair. :) I do love their hair and outfits!

The Knitted Brief said...

My mom (who graduated college in 1949) told me that knitting your boyfriend argyle socks was "required" in order to show your (hopefully) future husband your talents!

Hope Adela Pasztor said...

i love all these charming vintage hairstyles! =)

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