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25

Jul

These hats belonged to the Carondelet Historical Society. The pink dress was from the 1980s and we got it for $2 at the thrift shop next door. The green cloak she’s wearing is from the 1920s.This mixed wardrobe was perfect inspiration for some very emotive, classic, portraits.

Old Hollywood Style Portraits with Anita These hats belonged to the Carondelet Historical Society. The pink dress was from the 1980s and we got it for $2 at the thrift shop next door.

22

Jul

This smart wool skirt suit is from the 1940s and fit Anita perfectly. It was labeled only as “1942 street suit”. We shot these retro styled photos out in front of the studio, because the natural light was just so perfect!

Not everyone can wear golden yellow, but Anita pulled it off. I posed her in vintage nylon stockings, gloves, real pearls, and a 1940s hat that I found at the thrift shop next door.

1940s street suit on Anita This smart wool skirt suit is from the 1940s and fit Anita perfectly. It was labeled only as “1942 street suit”.

19

Jul

I didn’t bother to re-edit these 1910s style photos. Anita was tiny enough to model this Edwardian lace dress without a corset! I wish we’d had one, just for the look. The details on this lace dress were pretty amazing. I posed her with an interior design book from 1912, which I should scan before I sell.

Edwardian Lace Dress on Anita I didn’t bother to re-edit these 1910s style photos. Anita was tiny enough to model this Edwardian lace dress without a corset!

13

Jul

It’s interesting to see how many ways the  WWII WAC Uniform was modeled by the models I shot in 2011! Besides the WAC uniform, I also photographed Jaslene wearing a feathered hat from the 1960s, and in a traditional costume that she’d brought along to our shoot. It was fun and good times. I really like the 1960s hat best, her expressions totally made it sparkle.

Jaslene’s vintage shoot It’s interesting to see how many ways the  WWII WAC Uniform was modeled by the models I shot in 2011!

07

Jul

It was fascinating and fun to discover my first vintage clothing shoot from 2011! Here’s anita posed in a 1920s wedding dress and veil. I was just starting to learn about 1920s period styling, but her simple and elegant hair and makeup are timeless and really bring out the vintage 1920s wedding dress.

My 2014 edits above my 2011 edits :-) I really like my newer, minimalistic, editing with maybe a bit of a Kodachrome color effect for my vintage photos.

2014 edits:

2011 edits:

1920s Wedding Dress It was fascinating and fun to discover my first vintage clothing shoot from 2011! Here’s anita posed in a 1920s wedding dress and veil.

04

Jul

Back in 2011, I got to borrow this World War II Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC and later WAC) uniform with matching garrison cap from a local historical society.

This was my first shoot for the Carondelet Historical Society, and the first picture from this first shoot is my favorite. Anita had never modeled before, and was introduced to me via an online guy friend in Arkansas. How awesome is that?

Some of these pictures I edited with a Kodachrome effect. Others are as they came out of my camera and totally untouched. I could retouch her skin and remove blemishes, but I believe these add to the artistic quality of this series.

A little bit of history about this version of the WAC uniform that I found online:

Due to harsh criticism of unsatisfactory fitting and material of the first WAAC uniforms many revisions had to be made. 
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A new jacket was developed, with a better-fitting prolonged upper collar. The bulky breast pockets that caused unwanted fullness of the bust were replaced by simulated pockets with buttoned flaps. 
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Because of the prolonged collar other parts of the jacket automatically were set lower: the breast pockets, the button closure and the slit pockets. The whole jacket was a little bit longer now as well. Unfortunately, the bottom button was set too low so that one had to unbutton the jacket for comfortable sitting.
Another problem was that the new jackets were tailored by men’s garment contractors and therefore became too stiff and appeared awkward. 
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The skirt pattern was also revised. The previous straightcut of the gores caused wrinkling and rolling of the skirt. Therefore the new skrirt was rounded at the hips to fit better to the actual female figure.

This WAC uniform was almost in new condition and still had ironing seams! The army dress shirt may or may not have gone with it, because it was disproportionately huge.

Below are some of my original edits. It’s interesting to see what I thought was awesome back in 2011 and what I think is awesome now, and my changes in editing vision:

WWII WAC Uniform Back in 2011, I got to borrow this World War II Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC and later WAC) uniform with matching garrison cap from a local historical society.

30

Jun

Last night I went to see if one of my favorite scanned book sites from the early 2000s was up, and I was so please to find it updated but still offering high resolution downloads of illustrations from old books. The site is, appropriately, FromOldBooks.org. From there, I surfed on to OldBookIllustrations.com, and their incredibly useful resources page… which only led me down a terribly meandering path of looking at illustrations from the 1700s-late 1900s… I ultimately remembered that I have a flickr account, and clicked over to an old favorite vintage advertisement poster’s photostream: Paul Malon

Enjoy the random images below, from other illustration sites :)

Vintage Illustration Sites Last night I went to see if one of my favorite scanned book sites from the early 2000s was up, and I was so please to find it updated but still offering high resolution downloads of illustrations from old books.

24

Jun

This was such a fun photography workshop to organize with Joann of Clean Cut Creations Vintage Auto Repair. I have always wanted to put together a “shoot out” event, after having attended several on the coasts. The fact that we chose a vintage theme and were able to round up some classic cars, made things extra awesome.

I provided all the authentic vintage dresses, hats and wardrobe, I applied all the period styled makeup on the models, and guided their hair styles. I was especially proud of Ashley Cancienne’s late 1920s look, which I styled by looking at old ads. She already had the short bob hair style to pull it off, and fit my vintage cloche hat perfectly!

I was really extra excited, because the styles I created specifically represented 5 different decades, with period accurate makeup and wardrobe:

  • 1920s – Ashley C.
  • 1930s – Linzy Anna
  • 1940s – Amilee T. And Amy W.
  • 1950s – Shooby and Nikki Bee
  • 1960s – Ashley C. and Anita

The “ghost” pictures of local St. Louis model Linzy Anna are not photoshopped. I used a long exposure and special shooting technique, which is physically demanding and requires at least 1 assistant.

I had a hard time choosing my favorites from this shoot!

In April 2014, photos that Joann and I shot from this event were showcased in a duo exhibition of our work at the 3rd Degree Glass Factory.

Please look at more of them, in my portfolio. 

Photos from our Classic Car Photography Workshop – 2013 This was such a fun photography workshop to organize with Joann of Clean Cut Creations Vintage Auto Repair…

23

Jun

Rebranding and restarting my vintage and retro style photography

Rebranding and restarting my vintage and retro style photography

I had an “oh duh” moment yesterday. I really did. It finally hit me: I need to move my vintage and retro styled photography to this site, VintageReveries.com. Retro, pinup, and historical photography and styling is such a unique specialty that it doesn’t truly fit in with boudoir, and yet it is not quite mainstream and corporate enough for my business services site, KMurrayCreative.com

LOTS of…

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04

Jan

A vintage selfie, from the 70s?

A vintage selfie, from the 70s?

Anonymous said: I am interested in the chart that you have posted from the Language of Fashion. It shows the changes in fashion. I am currently working on an exhibit at Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum in Lancaster, PA. The exhibit will feature wedding attire from 1830-1930. Would you be willing to share this image with me so I can use it in the display. Thank you, Jennifer Royer, Museum Curator 717-569-0401 x227

Hi! I just now saw this- I don’t really check Tumblr too often. The best email for me is kmurray@kmurraycreative.com 

27

Oct

1800s baby photos

Here are some baby photos from the 1800s, that were mixed in with an envelop! I don’t think that the baby photo, by St. Louis Photographer Bell Studios, came in the envelop as it’s postmarked from Miss A. Schenkel in Detroit (and sent to Henry Kellogg St.…

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25

Oct

From the River to the Son - a historical documentary about Gospel Quartet Music in St. Louis

Some of my friends have made a documentary about Gospel Quartet Music, which is unique to a certain part of South Broadway in St. Louis. It covers the history of Gospel Quartet music, and includes alot of songs and original performances by gospel quartet…

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27

Sep

Changing the Muslin Cover & Pad - and misc

Here are some miscellaneous papers found in the IronRite envelope. They include 2 illustrated instruction sheets on how to change the muslin cover, as well as some handwritten notes which seem to be instructions for oiling and making a starch solution for…

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24

Sep

Ironing Hints and Tips

Here are some hints and tips for using an IronRite Ironing Machine, and the last 3 pages along with the IronRite Guarantee bond. The hints cover how to steam velvets, how to protect buttons while ironing, avoiding wrinkles, and removing shine. Covered…

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