This vintage black and white photo shows a grandmother, mother, and daughter sitting on the couch with a Christmas tree in the background.

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The grandmother has a short 'do with big curls that were probably made with rollers placed on top and back combing created the height. She is wearing dark rimmed glasses typical of this era.

The teenage girl is wearing a big bouffant which was very popular for the younger generation in the early 1960's. She has very fine hair which made this style especially challenging. Sugar water was used as a way to get the strands to stiffen like gel would do. The underneath layers are ratted at the roots and outer layers are smoothed over. The bangs are combed up and back with just a few strands left out on one side. The sides come down at ear level and the back is up off of the collar.

The mother has a short hairstyle as well. Hers is smoother and neater and a smaller version of the bouffant. Her bangs are brushed up and back as well as the sides. She is wearing a boat neck top with a print that matches her pedal pushers.


These sepia photographs from the turn of century offer some great examples of hair and clothes from that time period.


Family Portrait 1900's

This first one shows a portrait of a husband and wife posing with their baby. The embossing shows an imprint from Sterling Studio of Tacoma, WA. The woman has her straight brunette hair pulled back in a simple updo with a part down the middle and she is bang-less. This was before women began cutting their locks in shorter lengths and it was considered feminine to sport long hair even though they usually wore it up for practicality. Her husband is balding and hair is very thin on the top of the head. The baby is wearing a white dress and it is hard to know whether this is a girl or boy since they often dressed both in dresses at this age. The mother has a very modest full length Victorian style dress that has a high button collar and ornate lacy accessories at the neckline. She has a wide belt and long sleeves. There is a longer necklace that has something at the end of it which is tucked into the belt. This would be a pocket watch. The father is wearing a dark suit with a white shirt and tie and vest. Folks were very formal when out in public.

Young Woman 1900's

This next picture is of a young woman posing next to a chair and she is wearing a full length garment that has a suit jacket appearance with a skirt that has tiers and fringe at each layer. Long sleeves and button up with a high collar as well. A lovely scarf is tied into a bow at her neckline which helps to make this dark and dreary look a touch more feminine. Her strands are slicked back with a middle part. A no style hairstyle for sure.

Teen Women Early 1900's

These two teenage girls are posing outside sitting on large tree branches and sporting Victorian garb and fancy big hats. One has French braids with a middle part and big bow placed at the back. The other young lady has ringlets that dangle from the back of her updo. They have very blank expressions which was quite common and hands are folded in laps.

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Lovely Victorian Woman

This last photo shows a lovely young woman posing for her portrait a side full length view with her head turned and hands folded behind her. She has a full length pleated skirt in a dark color with a white frilly blouse. She has short bangs and a wavy updo and a large hat with a sash as well as flowers in her hair. The hat is placed tipped at an angle.

This is one of my favorite pictures of my mom sitting on the dock with my dad's boat in the background.

1950's Sunbathing Beauty

This was taken before they got married and my grandma had written on the back of the photo that it was taken on their trip to St Maries, ID on the St Joe River. The boat that you can see in the background is a Criss Craft with the name Schuss Boomer. The Colonial American Flag is proudly flying in the good old red, white, and blue.

My mother's hair is worn short and curly. She certainly had a perm as her locks were not naturally like that. She also slept on pin curls that she brushed out in the morning. She had very fine hair so this worked well for her brunette mane. And you have got to love the white cat eye sunglasses that were all the stylish rage at the time. Her swimsuit is black and one piece with the legs coming down low which was more modest that those seen today. And of course the classic cigarette in hand as everyone smoked back then.

Why not add some vintage charm to your wedding by capturing a theme from a past decade.

1970s Wedding

The colors of this wedding from 1979 are earthy tones such as brown, gold and rust. The groom is wearing a brown tux and the bride is in a full length white gown with train and traditional veil.

bride and guest book girl

Hairstyles of the 70's were feathered as we see here with the guest book girl in this photo of her posing with the bride. Dresses for the wedding party were generally full length and often they had spaghetti straps.

bride and groom 1950s

In this photo we see the classic charm of the 1950's. This bride is wearing a blue gown that is ankle length. Her hair is short and curly and she is wearing a traditional veil.

1950s bride with veil

Here is another beautiful bride from the 50's and we can see her shaped and penciled dark eyebrows that are full and prominent. Her hair is pulled back into an updo with a tiara and full but short veil. Her dress has long sleeves and a high collar and is fitted with a full skirt.

1980's Wedding

This one is from the early 1980's and both bride and groom are wearing all white. The groom has short military style hair and the bride has a full and gently curly shoulder length bob hairstyle. Her veil has a large headpiece that creates height with a long veil. Her dress has long and full sleeves and her flowers are red and white.

60's Retro Bun

If the 60's retro them is your interest then check out this style with a retro bun that sits high on top of the head. The bangs and sides are slicked back for a clean and simple appeal. Her cat eye make-up is perfect with heavy eyeliner and long false lashes. Her polka dot dress matches her nail polish which has the same theme. For help with styling on this one check out a bun former such as this one.


This is the most charming picture of a young mother holding her baby daughter in the early 1950's.


She has a very classic look for this time period with her short brunette hair, red lipstick, and cat eye glasses. The top middle section of her hair is combed forward and then curled under. It is cut super short and straight across at the forehead. The sides are brushed downward into pin curls at ear level so this style is both straight and curly.

You can create this look at home by making two parts for the front section and combing that forward. Roll the bangs under and bobby pin underneath. For the sides, using a small barrel curling iron, put a few curls into the ends on dry hair.

This pretty mommy is holding her baby in her arms and the two of them have their cheeks together for a very endearing show of love.