Vintage Photos

As I finish up my gallery wall I am the most excited to frame my vintage photos. For years I've loved the look of weathered black and white prints that had a story to them. For some reason my parents don't have many pictures from their childhood so that was a dead end for pictures.

However a trip this past summer to Grandma's house in Colombia and I found some gems:

I love how very Mad Men (Did everyone catch the finale? So good!) my grandparents look in this shot:



Since I have two sisters I was so excited to see this shot of grandma and all of her sisters:



Lastly a big family shot where my mom is the little baby sitting on my great grandma's lap towards the left side of the picture:



I'm now obsessed with finding even more. I found a couple more of my grandparents on my dad's side. Now I just need to figure out how to sneak them out of my parents house without them noticing. :)

I also found a bunch of great options to purchase vintage photos on ebay.

This one is a favorite:



The shop that had the majority of my favorites came from Shades of Grey.

Do you have any vintage pics in your home? How do you display them?

20 comments:

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Love the look of vintage pics, whenever i go to my grandparents house, i always look through old pics...love the big family one!

MadameMim said...

When I was in 9th grade we had to do a genealogy project. My grandmother's house had burnt down over that previous summer and they went to live in my great grandmother's old house. We had spent lots of time as a family sorting through my great grandma's closets and trunks, finding all kinds of fascinating things...including pictures. That was when I started collecting family pictures.

Just in the past month or two, I've finally started displaying them. I've been wanting those 12"x12" frames for scrapbooks, but the cheapest I'd found them was $8 and I couldn't justify spending that much (I wanted around 10). I found some on sale at Micheals for $4 and bought all 7 there. I got some pretty paper in blacks and whites and some black corner picture holders (no clue what the real name is). So far I've done one for my grandma solo as a young adult and one for her family shots from her childhood.

Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of different families. Most are either my mother, grandmother, or great-grandmother, straight up the girl line...maybe these things just normally get passed down to daughters?

Sorry for the rambling, long post!

Save the Date for Cupcakes said...

I love that pic of your grandmother and her sisters. The first one of your grandparents is my fave. Reminds me of mine! Makes me want to go dig up my grandparents photos as well!

Lissa @ After Adornment said...

Vintage photos are always fun to look at. I love looking back at the styles, and the sheer size of families! Great pics. Can't wait to see the completed wall!

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

I have some wonderful images of my grandparents and mom, they sit on my dresser in the walk-in closet. I am strange about photos in my house, I like them in the personal spaces of the home but not in the more public areas. Just my thing...Janell

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

p.s. love the photo of your grandmother and sisters!

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I too love the one of your grandmother and her sisters- very cool! I just came across some amazing black and white pictures of my inlaws wedding that have inspired me to get framing- I am thiking of doing a picture wall display of all my vintage pics over the desk in the office- I like the idea of looking up at vintage pictures while working- kind of inspiring. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the pics!

~Lisa said...

We have pictures of my mom's grandparents sitting on the mantle. They're actually in the original wooden frame from the Philippines and have carved flowers on the sides. It's really pretty.

Lorie said...

I love the idea of vintage picture's hung on a wall. My husband and I have them throughout the living room on a couple of walls. Some of the photo's are the only known photo so instead of hanging the original (for fear of the sun fading them), I take the old black and white to Kinko's Copy center and make a color copy of it, which looks exactly like the b&w original. I love the way they look on a gallery wall, mixed with current photos all in the same style frame and mat.

Stephanie Sabbe said...

I have a bunch of Bryan's family in an envelope. I really need to do something with them!

Amy R. said...

I love vintage photos! I have a few classics that I just wouldn't trade for anything. I am not sure where I want to display them.

Amy R.

Katie @ Noodle and Boof said...

loooove old photos! i have a ton! gallery wall, sprinkled in bookshelves, everywhere!

twolovelyspaces said...

I love the old photo's you shared. It is so amazing to look back. My grandparents were Spanish so their clothing was lovely. And yes, did catch Mad Men which was amazing. Can you believe he proposed?? Seriously cannot wait to see what they come up with next.

Lonely Wife Project said...

I have the most amazing vintage photos of my husband's grandparents on their wedding day framed in our living room and currently in the process of framing other ones I've recently come across. Just got some of my mom when she was 15 playing on her all girls basketball team. The uniforms are too cute. These photos are amazing because of the stories behind them. Great post!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

I have been collecting old photos as well. My MIL is really into genealogy and has put together a scrapbook for my hubby. We also go to raid her extra photo box this summer and I grabbed some really neat photos.
Can't wait to hang them up as well!

Today Hilary... said...

Great photo!

Jessica said...

I love old black and white photos! It is especially great when they are of your family. I recently went through my Grandma's photos and made a photo wall of old pictures. Your family looks like it has so much culture and history. So lucky!

abby jenkins said...

I adore old photographs and am concerned that when our grandchildren want to peruse our picture memories decades from now they will have none to hold and flip though. Reminds me to print out some of my digital pictures and create a 'real' photo album.

LindsB said...

I love old family photos, I have a bunch around my house and they are some of my favorite items!

Miss Mac said...

I just love this idea! I just did a similar post about unique picture walls. Check it out if you get a chance. I would love your expert opinion.