Thursday, July 20, 2006

The good old (romantic) days

My dad sent me this picture yesterday. My grandfather is third from the left (who'd have thought he'd have a grandson someday that would be 6'7 - he was just over 5') and my grandmother is second from the right. Family aside (my grandfather left my dad and his mom when he was 13), I love this picture. I marvel at how perfectly kempt everyone is. The woman in the middle reflects the sex appeal that few decades since the 20's/30's have really achieved - dress compliments figure, makeup compliments dress, accessories compliment makeup. Can't you just see her swinging to her left and grabbing her man in a passionate embrace? And of course following it up with a Hepburn-esque witty comment (also oozing with sex appeal) and a glass of scotch.



Anonymous sis said...

first chance i've had to glance at this sight and to get treated to that wonderful pict of the grand parents! beloved, you impress me and keep me in awe. i can hardly wait to give dex the treat of being yours.

7/25/2006 10:47 PM  
Blogger Me:The Sequel said...

I have always had a secret (uh - well not anymore) affinity for the 20s-40s. (I swear I was Dorothy Parker in a past life. Man, I love her.)

I always feel like an anachronism quite frankly. Don't quite belong here. Or now.

As you point out there was a certain flourish in that age - not just in terms of fashion - but social interaction had some finesse to it, like a choreographed dance. We live in a graceless time. No "romance" in the truest sense of the word.

Sigh indeed. :)

8/01/2006 7:42 AM  
Blogger Mood Indigo said...

I must say I am doing what I can today to invoke the aura of the past with my very best 20's-era work appropriate outfit. From the pin in my hair to the bias cut of my skirt - it really does invoke a sense of sex appeal that normally escapes me in my day to day life. I think I'm still aways a way from romance, but it's a start...

8/01/2006 3:13 PM  
Anonymous blogless said...

Ah the roaring 20's, when men new the meaning of the word courteous and all that went with it and women knew how to appreciate it.

Not saying women don't appreciate this today... actually I don't think they know how, men are a far cry from being courteous in day to day life... when's the last time a guy opened a car door for you? Help you put on your jacket? Pull the chair out for you to sit? Tip his hat (well baseball cap) when saying hello?

I could go on but you surely get the picture... ;)

I wish I could live back then... hell you know what, nothing is keeping me from acting that way today!!! Sure I might get labelled as a fancy pants but maybe just maybe I'll find a girl who will still appreciate this from a man... a gentleman.

Thanks for the post...

p.s. great blog, found my way here from montrealgurl's blog...

12/16/2006 11:43 PM  
Blogger Mood Indigo said...

I promise you - we DO appreciate a gentleman - only we've come to expect something else, so sometimes your first chivalrous acts are not received in the best way (for instance, I always feel guilty letting a guy pay - so I insist on paying for something in the first few dates - which I think to a certain kind of guy sends a more negative than positive message). Anyway - be aware that women can be clueless to chivalry at first - but we almost always respond to it in the end!

12/18/2006 8:33 AM  

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