Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The days of black and white.

Grace Kelly

A study in black and white today.
Everything was so glamorous back in the 1940's and I love the black and white photographs, that I would like to share with you.
The Ladies were so elegant, dressed immaculately, with wonderful hats, and jewellery.

Irving Penn ~ photographer

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Happy Wednesday


  1. Love love black and white...thats my home!

    hugs to you dear friend. xo

  2. What beautiful photos. Ah, yes, those were the days of glamour!

    Congratulations on your award!


  3. I do love the fashions of the era, the movies and the sets in the movies. Much more elegance than today.

  4. I love all these images. They were so elegant in those days. I also loved the fact that men used to wear hats.
    Lovely pictures.


  5. Hi Carolyn,

    I so agree with you!! I enjoy black and white photography as well. Especially fashion photography! Jaques Henri Lartique, the Seeberger brothers & George Hoyningen-Huene are among my favourites, but more contemporary photographers like Tim Walker are great as well! Love the pictures you chose.

    Wish you a happy wednesday!

    lieve groet, Madelief

  6. You don't find elegance like in those images any more these days!Sigh!:(

    Have a lovely week!

    XOXO Nora & LOla:)

  7. Gorgeous photos - I love that era too. So elegant, I hope it comes back one day - everythings so casual now - often I feel over dressed.....
    Congrats on yet another award dear Caroline - your blog is such a lovely stop on the way through blogland!
    Take care
    Shane xox

  8. oh Carolyn, how beautiful these photos are! I love everything b&w and love the 40s- I would also love to dress like that :)
    have a lovely day,

  9. I always adored black and white vintage photographs. I think they have so much more style and grace. Looking through thm makes me wonder at times what happened to all this beautiful manner of dressing...
    Congratulations on your Award. it is well deserved many times over!:-)

  10. wouldn't it be fun to know what COLOR the clothes were!?

  11. Wonderful glamorous! I think she wore that dress in Rear Window! We love old movies and watched Laura with Gene Tierney. She was very beautiful, too! ♥

  12. Hi, yes -so elegant they were, guess they would wrinckle their noses,seing us today!!!!
    Thanks for wonderfull photoes.
    XO Dorthe

  13. Oh yes! I also like those black & white-images - they are so expressive and full of harmony!
    Congrats to your award & warm hugs, Traude

  14. Yes! Stylish and chic glamour. Those were the days when ladies had tons of class. *sigh*

    And how wonderful, all your glorious, fragrant purple!

    Have a wonderful day!

  15. Congrats on the well deserved award, love! I love b&w photography. Irving Penn was a genius! And Grace Kelly was so exquisite. Thanks for sharing such beauty, Carolyn! xoxo

  16. Great post and yes those were the best days with the big lovely hats. I do wish we dressed like that now. the black and white too.
    Hope your well honey and I also loved your purples in your garden on the post before this.

  17. i am a black and white junkie.
    all my photo's are made into black and white.

  18. Hi Carolyn! I agree about the black and white photographs, they are so beautiful to looks at. I don;t think I would want to dress up every day, but once in a while would be fun!

  19. I love these black and white photos you have posted and I love this era- the women dressed so beautifully. I wish we still wore hats!!!!

    Have a beautiful week- enjoy the beauty in your garden :-)

  20. Such girly post, Carolyn. Black and white go sooo good together, feminine, strong and timeless!
    Have a happy day. xx

  21. Oh, I agree! Would love to go back in time, ah so elegant! XX!

  22. How lovely and wonderful is everything you share
    Love you


  23. Lovely photos I like the one in the car! :)
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment, I really appreciate it. Hope you are having a lovely day.

  24. Hi Caroyln,
    You have shared such wonderful pics in the study of black and white. I just adore the use of black and white and especially when the dress of the time was so elegant and finished. Something so regal about dressing from head to toe. I love the old movies with this looks too. I love the wearing of hats. I can still remember my mom and dad wearing hats in the early 60's. I thought it so special.

    Congrats on the award. You certainly deserve this my friend. There is never a time you don't leave a super comment of kindness and encouragement. You are one special lady my friend.
    Thank you for the link to your friend. I will go say hello.

    Have a great weekend. I am traveling this week with hubby for work and will be back in the studio next week. Having some fun and enjoying a little break!

    Hugs and blessings to you.
    Celestina Marie

  25. In only a few decades, the decline in class and elegance and style has plummeted so very quickly! The trashy women of yesteryears - if you were to take them and put them here now- would still look classy! That's how bad it is!

    But just because the rest of the world has lost it, doesn't mean we have to!


  26. LOVE THIS! I think we should declare a worldwide week once a year to dress like this Carolyn. I love the style and the grace of this era. Nothing like it. Never will be again, I'm afraid. Thank you for sharing these!!!
    I loved the pictures of your beautiful garden. Oh I am so glad that you will be sharing your blooms while my garden is under feet of snow.
    I also enjoyed the post on PP. It was wonderful seeing the pictures of him and his family.

    I love it when you come by with your sweet words.
    hugs to you...

  27. Beautiful black and white photos! I love Grace Kelly and enjoy watching her movies, as well as other old movies. They did have a way with style back then that we just don't have anymore these days. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos!
    Have a great day!
    Hugs ~ Jo

  28. Hi Carolyn: Love the black and white so classy. I love glamour, miss it. Have a wonderful week dear friend. Blessings, Martha

  29. Dear Carolyn,
    Thanks for mentioning me, but I have to say, you are always leaving me such sweet comments, I was glad that I could pass the award on to you. And yes, those bw pics are so timeless, love them.
    Off to bed for me now, Night!
    Maureen xx

  30. So Glam Carolyn!! Grace Kelly looks especially beautiful. Irving Penn is one of my favorite photographers. Did he take all of these photos?
    Congratulations on your award and have a wonderful weekend!


  31. I also love black and white photography from those days, and the women where so charming and glamorous, specially Grace Kelly who I wish she would be alive these days.
    muchos cariños,
    maria cecilia

  32. Hi Caroly, that third image with the mirror happens to be an old fave...thanks for bringing it back! nothing like some vintage pics to perk me up :)

    Congrats on the award!

    Happy weekend sweetie.

  33. Don't you adore those hats??

    Black and white STILL results in exquisite photography, don't you agree,

  34. I love their clothes, the way the ladies looked so 'finished' - hats, gloves, jewelry, non-childish perfume (I hate all those modern candy or fruit scents)...

  35. I adore black and white photography. GK was the most beautiful woman...most elegant woman.

    Beautiful pics!


  36. Black+white...forever Chic!
    those were the days{sighs}
    so much Beauty in these

  37. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed looking at these fabulous photographs. Bring back the strong lipstick color and pearls! I love that look.

  38. what a lovely series of elegant photos and outfits


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