As We Were: Sharp Dressed Man

Nothing says confidence or sexy like a sharp dressed man, even if that man lived in the 19th Century.

Formal yet casual and confident is how I’d describe our handsome friend in the photograph below.

1880’s style. Then again, a look like this never goes out of style.

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Fortunately this is a cabinet card so the details are clear. Unfortunately neither the subject of the photograph or the photographer are identified. I’ll have to do some research on this one. If I find out anything I’ll let you know.

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~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

 

As We Were: Winding River, a Rocky Mountain Mystery… and a Cat

While going through a pile of old artwork I found this large format photo. It is about 16 x 18 inches and printed on heavy paper. It was printed in the 19th – early 20th Century. I don’t know who the photographer was, or who printed the photo. It is an original photograph.

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About two years ago I saw a photo of a painting of the exact same scene. The photo was from the late 19th Century. The scene is in the Rocky Mountains, maybe in Colorado. I don’t remember the what/where/who of that painting, yet the image of the winding river stuck in my memory. Then I saw the photograph. It was the same scene, somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.

I’m putting the following questions out to my readers, and art/photo/Western historians. I don’t know the answers to these questions so any help would be WONDERFUL and I’d be grateful to you forever:

Who was the photographer?

What is the painting I saw of this scene and where is it located? Is it in a museum?

If you know any of the answers let me know. Yes, this is a mystery. Let’s solve it together.

 

Portraits

For those of you who came here looking for people, costumes, wonderful faces, character, and cats, below is one of my favorite cabinet cards. I have no idea who these people are or have any background information on the cat. I love how wonderfully casual and loving this portrait is.

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

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Couple with cat. Cabinet Card. 1890’s

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Good design never goes out of style! Winter is almost here!

Winter is coming. In the 70’s (20th Century) I had a beautiful Chloe coat that looked like something from the 1890’s but a little different. I hate to admit it but the 1970’s was a time for beautiful coats. I wish I still had that wine colored Gucci coat with the fur collar.

The 1890’s brought a wonderful crop of beautiful winter dresses. Here is one of my favorites. The woman in the photo was a friend (not me). I’d still wear that. It wouldn’t take much to modernize it to 2013 winter fashion.

 

 

Stay Warm, Be Stylish,

Juliette aka Vampire Maman

Consider the Well Dressed Vampire – Coz’ every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.

 

His vest wasn’t black as it appears in this Ambrotype but a beautiful midnight blue. Joshua is still a dignified Vampire man always well dressed and completely manly. He might be a little rugged by the ladies love him for his looks and style.

I keep telling my son that style matters. For him it is the perfect jeans and tee and sweat shirts. Sigh. My 16 year does have a suit. He has 2 suits, more than most of his friends. And vests. The boys have taken up to wearing vests if they want to impress the girls, and solid dark colored button down dress shirts. But that is sadly isn’t a daily thing.

There is nothing more attractive than a man in a well fitting suit, with a beautiful shirt and tie. A woman can run her hands over those shoulders and down his arms and imagine….well, it is sort of like gift wrap.

 

Even in the 60’s (the 1860″) some young men had their own unique sense of style and attitude. It isn’t the best but he makes it his own.

He used to believe he was dashing and that I’d get the vapors  just standing next to him. His ice blue eyes would go red when he’d feed and it totally grossed me out. He is still around, believing he is quite the modern vampire and ladies man. I have to admit, he is charming. He could make any unsuspecting woman feel as though she was the most beautiful girl in the world – after all he is a vampire.

I will warn my daughter against men like him. I advise you do the same.