Today’s post is going to showcase Vintage Travel Posters of Ontario in the 1920’s-1960’s. Ontario is where my home of Toronto is located (and TO is the capital of Ontario) and it also is home to my childhood home of Sarnia. So Ontario is very special to me and since it’s Canada’s 150th birthday I want to show-off the vintage side of my beloved province.
In 1924 a Tourist and Publicity Bureau was set up to promote Ontario’s attractions, especially those associated with nature and the outdoors.
To encourage tourism, the Bureau published an annual guide to “point out some of the advantages of the Province of Ontario as a tourist centre in summer and winter”(Source).
1926 Ontario Travel Guide- “The Lake-Land Playground“.
Archives of Ontario State:
By the 1930s, three out of every four Americans visiting Canada chose Ontario for their vacation. The government’s tourism marketing strategy through the forties and fifties was to target Americans who wanted an outdoor vacation. This advertising was directed at families who desired to holiday on one of the many lakes, as well as at individuals who wanted to hunt and fish in Ontario’s forests and streams.
Publications and photographs promoting Ontario as “the Lakeland Playground of America” were forwarded to travel editors and inserted in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States (Source).
Inside of above brochure
And that friends was your virtual visit to Ontario. Hope you enjoyed your trip!
On an end note, there will be no blog post next week as I will be in London, UK and Paris, France celebrating my husband and I’s 5th wedding anniversary and my Big 4-0 birthday. If you want to see my adventures while I’m there please follow me on Instagram.
She had rhythm, she had style and she was the leader of the first all-female swing band to be recorded and filmed during the 1930’s. World meet Ina Ray Huttonand Her Melodears!
First up a little bit of information on Ina’s early years:
Hutton was actually born Odessa Cowan in 1916
She grew up with her half-sister June (also a successful singer) in a black neighbourhood on Chicago’s south side.
When Hutton was a child, United States Census records called her and her family “negro,” and “mulatto,” when the Bureau used that term.She would “pass” as white for the rest of her career
Her mother, Marvel Ray was a local pianist and entertainer in Chicago
Iva would go on to study dance with Hazel Thompson-Davis and received a rave revue in the Chicago Defender when she was only 7
In 1930, at age 14, she made her Broadway debut with Gus Edwards at the Palace Theater in New York. As Ina Ray, at age 16, she was a featured singer and dancer in George White’s “Melody;” at 17, she joined the Ziegfeld Follies (Source).
In 1934 at the age of 18 she was approached by Irving Mills to lead an all-girl orchestra called the Melodears. At the same time she was also encouraged to change her last name to Hutton, to take advantage of the notorious reputation of the Woolworths heiress Barbara Hutton (Source).
THE BAND IS A HIT! and would go on to tour solidly for five years and became one of the first all-girl bands to be filmed for Paramount shorts. Those shorts were:
The band and Ina’s style never made them wallflowers. The Melodears’ outfits ranged from boyish trousers to long, ultra-feminine, sequined outfits. Downbeat magazine reported that Hutton’s stage wardrobe included 400 gowns (Impressive!).
The end of the Melodears but not the end of Hutton’s career
1939 saw Ina disband the Melodears, due to being tired of being seen as a ‘Novelty Act’ and also being tired of “all the glamour”. She formed an all-male band in 1940 and dyed her hair brunette to really emphasis the “done with glamour” part (that will do it! Ha Ha). This new band would perform together till 1949 and would even appear in the 1944 movie ‘Ever Since Venus‘.
The ‘Ina Ray Hutton TV Show’
From 1951 to 1956, Ina had her own TV show that saw the return of her All-Girl Orchestra (yay!) and the return to being blonde as well.
Here is Ina on her show with her singer sister (who had a good career herself), June Hutton (Link to video).
Hutton’s last recorded performance came in the 1975 film ‘Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?’.
Throughout her career Ina did not cut very many records, but she did have a lot of radio play, which has allowed future generations to be able to enjoy her talent. Below is a sampling of her songs and a link to where you can buy her collection of music.
What’s the Good of Moonlight
Georgia’s Gorgeous Gal
How’s About Tomorrow Night
Tess’ Torch Song
PLUS MANY MANY MORE! Buy/listen to her collection HERE
Her Personal Life
She married and divorced Lou Parisotto, Randy Brooks and Michael Anter (seen below in their 1958 wedding photo).
Her fourth husband, Jack Curtis, preceded her in death. Ina died in 1984 at the age of 67 from complications from diabetes.
While Ina’s story may not be as well-known to the world (I’m helping to fix that!), you cannot deny that she paved the way for a wave of female bands who took off in the 40s, as well as being a pioneer in fashion and television. She was a true talent and an amazing light in the world of music and was truly “The Blonde Bombshell of Rhythm”.
Lastly, there is a very popular family band in Sweden called the Carling Family band. The lead singer (Gunhild Carling) very much reminds me of Ina. In fact I would not be surprised if she is one of her influences.
Here is the Carling Family band at Frankie 100 with a performance they did in Central Park (I was there for this and it was AMAZING!!! Don’t miss a single moment). (Link to Video)
What did you think of Ina friends? Wasn’t she just remarkable? I will be adding her to my collection of swing music greats, that is for sure.
Easter is this weekend (mmmm chocolate) so for today’s post I wanted to do a roundup of all things that fall under the category, “Vintage Easter”. This will include photos,ads, kitschy vintage Easter items for sale and anything else I can find. Of course it’s all from the 1920’s to the 1960’s because as you know, I just love those time periods.
Let the Easter Fun Begin!
What used to be an annual tradition in Toronto was the Easter Parade. Here is an image from 1924 of stylish Torontonians walking past the Sunnyside Pavilion. Even all bundled up the women still look incredibly elegant.
Easter chocolates and candy are not just for little kids (1950’s).
It’s important at any age to don your best dress for the Easter festivities. Aren’t these 2 girls just adorable?
Bunnies as presents (only a good idea if approved first), circa 1930’s.
You know you have been a good girl when you get to pick something up for Easter BEFORE Easter (1950’s). On a side note, I believe I own a similar purse that the lady looking at the camera is holding.
A big part of Easter is all the wonderful foods that are served when the family gets together. Good thing it was a popular to post ads with recipes to help boost sales of products. Here are a couple of cake recipes to help make your Easter a bit more vintage.
How about Kitschy items for your table? Like this 1950’s Swedish Table Runner.
A 1930’s Bobble Head Bunny planter makes perfect sense when wanting to add a touch of fun to the decor.
Every egg needs a place to rest before being gobbled up.
The Look: Gentlemen do you need a tie for your weekend activities? Then look no further than Wembley Ties (1954).
Need other tie options? How about Easy Tint Ties (1947)?
The men are all set, now ladies what will you wear? Maybe one of the pretty dresses pictured below?
Matchy Matchy so you don’t lose each other in the Easter parade (I would assume).
For those who like to adorn their outfits with kitschy brooches, then this vintage style carrot is perfect.
If you are wearing a carrot brooch then you really do need earrings to match. Like these super adorable 1940’s/50’s flocked bunny earrings pictured below.
Don’t forget the Easter Bonnets! 1928 Ad.
Chocolates and a hat..Oh My!
Cards are always a big part of this time of year, as American Greetings reminds us in 1949.
I tend to like to give out funny cards to family and friends and I know my hubby does too. Here is one from the 1950’s I just know I would end up with from the mister.
A few months ago, my mother sent an article over to me via email and said “I think you might like this for you blog”. I opened it up and it was a small article on a Canadian woman named Ruth Lowe (who I had never heard of). It was a very interesting read about her life, her famous song “I’ll Never Smile Again”. and how she played a BIG part in Frank Sinatra’s success. Indeed a perfect post to share with my readers and today friends…..is that day.
Meet the beautiful Ruth Lowe.
And now please take a moment to acquaint yourself with her song “I’ll never smile again” (Link to video).
Ruth’s Earlier Years:
Born in Toronto, August 12th, 1914 to US-Canadian parents.
They moved to California when she was very young and she lived there during her early teens.
The family returned to Toronto with only the piano after her fathers grocery business went sour during the depression. The same piano that Ruth and her sister Mickey had learned to play on.
After her father died, Ruth quit school at 16 and found a job in the ‘Song Shop’ where she demonstrated sheet music on the piano. This trade was called “Song Plugging” and if customers liked what Ruth played (plugged) they would take it home to learn.
During her evenings, Ruth played in a very intricate two piano act with her friend Sair Lee at various nightclubs.
One day while at the store, Lowe heard that the famous all-femaleIna Rae Hutton Orchestra (The Melodears) needed a piano replacement for their 1935 appearance in Toronto. She got the job and so impressed Hutton that she ended up touring the United States with the orchestra for a few years after (Source).
Here is a clip from 1936 “Doin’ the Suzie Q”, that I believe should feature Ruth on the piano. Can we also take a moment to be in awe of Ina’s outfit…wow! (Video Link)
How the song “I’ll Never Smile Again” came to be:
While traveling with the Melodears in 1938 in Chicago, Ruth met Harold Cohen a music publicist and fell madly in love. They were married and lived happily until a year later Harold died tragically during surgery*. Ruth returned home to Toronto devastated and during this grief she penned “I’ll Never Smile Again”.
Lowe told the Toronto Daily Star in 1940 that the ballad “seemed to fill my head and guide my fingers as I picked it out on the piano (Source)”.
Here are the sad words Ruth Lowe wrote:
I’ll never smile again until I smile at you I’ll never laugh again what good would it do For tears would fill my eyes My heart would realize that our romance is through I’ll never love again I’m so in love with you I’ll never thrill again To somebody new within my heart I know I will never start to smile again Until I smile at you Within my heart I know I will never start to smile again Until I smile at you.
Song Success and Frank Sinatra:
Life went on and Ruth found herself working as an accompanist at the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), where she passed on the sheet music to the song to Toronto composer-conductor Percy Faith. Percy would later record the song for his CBC radio program ‘Music By Faith’. The Song made it’s official Debut!
It was not till a few months later though when the famous Big Band leader Tommy Dorsey was performing at the 1939 Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) that Lowe (who wanted to take her song to the next level) took matters into her own hands. Lowe waited — acetate recording in hand — by the musicians’ tent for her friend, a guitarist with the band, who arranged a meeting with the New York bandleader at the Royal York Hotel (Source).
One year later Dorsey who liked the song and thought it had some merit, decided to test out on a ‘Coming-Out’ number for Frank Sinatra, who had joined the orchestra as their new vocalist.
The recording, of “I’ll Never Smile Again,” was released on May 23rd, 1940 (as heard in the version I posted above).
The Song was a SUCCESS! It was No. 1 track on the very first Billboard sales chart in 1940 (seen below) and it propelled Sinatra into Super Stardom that would carry on for decades.
Lowe told her son (Tom Sandler) that the timing — it was the beginning of the Second World War — was key to her success. “It was a song that spoke to everyone in the country,” he says. “Their loves were going to war and most of them weren’t coming back” (Source).
After this success, Ruth was approached by Sinatra in 1942 to write a closing song for his radio program. The song she wrote was “Put Your Dreams Away”, which would go on to become Frank’s Signature Song (Video Link).
Ruth married Nat Sandler and happily settled into married life and kids in Toronto. She continued to write songs and play the piano, but her day’s of traveling with orchestras and pushing for her music to be produced were behind her.
In 1955 one of the most popular television shows at the time, “This is Your Life,” devoted a full segment to Ruth Lowe. She was loved that much by the public.
Ruth passed away on January 4th, 1981 at the age of 66. In 1982 her 1940’s “I’ll Never Smile Again” received an honorary Grammy and in 2003 she was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame
In the end Ruth’s greatest tragedy ended up bringing her career success and a place in history. The only thing left is for Ruth to have greater distinction in the Canadian music world. Her son Tom is pushing for her to receive a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame and to also be acknowledged by the Junos (The Canadian Grammy’s). I could not agree more and I do hope it happens sooner then later.
Thank you for the music Ruth.
*Other sources have said that Ruth’s husband died after 2 years of marriage.
Several Posts ago, I started a series entitled ‘A Peak Into My Vintage Collection‘ where I showcased some of the items I currently collect. This week, I wanted to show off my photo album of ‘Adopted Vintage Photos’. Photos that I have found in various places (mostly from my beloved Gadabout Vintage) and have loved so much that I could not leave them behind to be lost forever.
Several of these photos you might have seen if you have been following my blog for sometime and many of them will be new to my new followers (Hi new readers!). Whatever the circumstance that finds you here, I hope you enjoy this post.
The first 2 images are my newest purchases to the “Family”.
I adore all the small details in photos, like in this image the champagne coupes on the table (New Years Eve Party maybe?) and how the lovely woman in the photo is the only one who notices the picture being taken.
Photos like the one below, are really wonderful tools to answers questions that pop up in the vintage clothing world. One in particular I see/hear frequently is, “Did women in the 40’s actually wear flowers in their hair”? And the answer is “Yes”, as seen in the evidence below AND above.
If you ever get a chance to visit Gadabout Vintage in Toronto, you will notice that the pictures are in drawers, upon drawers so finding a ‘full collection’ is not always an easy task. So it’s also a fantastic surprise when my individual photo purchases, come together as a collection when I arrive home. The 3 groups of images below are examples of this.
The next image came in a souvenir frames and it’s from Toronto’s 1st Luxury Hotel, The King Edward (which is still in business today).
The lovely couples on date night at ‘The King Eddy’.
Friends, here are more photos (but not all) of my ever growing collection from the 1930’s-50’s.
Hope you enjoyed my collection!
Check out past ‘My Vintage Collection Posts’ below:
I wanted to share with you my latest vintage find, which just happens to be perfect for anyone hosting a 1950’s, 1960’s and even a 70’s party.
‘Dig that Dish’ by Ruth Chier Rosen is a book on ‘Teen-Age Party Menus & Recipes For All Occasions‘ (See perfect for your next themed party!). The version I have is copyrighted 1960 but it was gifted to a Mrs Sapoco at Christmas time in 1978 (was Mrs Sapoco a Teenage bride?).
While doing research on this book I found out that Ruth is a very popular cookbook writer and has written around 40 books over her career (Her first book was published in 1950 and the last in 1971). She even has a website called ‘Food of the Fifites‘ where you can learn about all that she has done, read about her life on her blog and even purchase many of her books.
Speaking of books, here are some of her cleverly named ones.
104 confidence-building recipes for the budding home chef, both brides and grooms – Published 1956.
From Nets to You: A Log of Fish Recipes – Published 1953.
90 tested and true recipes for turning your freezer into an anytime restaurant with all the trimmings – Published 1960.
Cyrano de Casserole: A Nosegay of Casserole Recipes– Published 1955.
110 inventive salad and dressing recipes to tickle your palette and cinch your waistline – Published 1953
132 re-purposing recipes that help you create new meals from yesterday’s left-overs – Published 1962.
And my personal favorite…
Pop, Monsieur: Cooking with Champagne– Published 1956 (I really need to find this one for my collection).
Now lets head back to my book…..
A successful party takes ideas, organization, and your shoulder to the wheel.
When it is successful there is nothing like the satisfaction of knowing you put it across. The easiest way to do it is to set a theme, decide on the kind of food your crowd likes and provide enough space and opportunity for activity to keep the party moving.
The following party ideas can be used in combination with your own ideas and we hope they will spark some new ideas of your own. The food is all easy to prepare and you can do it yourself as part of the fun of having a party.
Here is a sampling of what you will find inside…..
April Fool’s Gathering
A Progressive Party
Hobo Hay Ride
Summer Theatre Party
4th of July Barbecue
Halloween Square Dance
Post Football Game Supper
Sweet 16 Party
Ice Skating Party
New Years Eve Party
Each theme is broken down with party ideas, overview of recipes and then detailed instructions on how to make each of them. Here are a couple of examples.
Easiest recipe in the whole book.
Pretty cool right?!
Before I end there was one other goodie in the box. A letter written in July 19th, 1977 from ‘Mommie’ to ‘Lenny (?) & Precy’ from Brilon in Germany. It seems that the mother is traveling visiting friends (I think) and is gone long enough that someone is sending her money and she is buying gifts to send home.
I love when I find items like this in my vintage finds, it just brings another time to life.
Question Time: Have you heard of Ruth or her cookbooks? Maybe you own one or a few. If so please share with everyone what you have in your collection.
P.S. For a more detailed breakdown on how to host the ultimate 50’s party, please visit my post HERE.
Spring has sprung here in Toronto and I know in many other places all over the world (thank goodness!). Hearing the word spring made me think of the themed dance ‘The Spring Fling’ and then I wanted to find all the photos related to this dance to share with all of you.
Well friends..I was out of luck, there really are no photos entitled “Spring Fling”. This really surprised me because I thought that this type of dance was popular in day’s gone by? Yes? No? If any of my readers have the answer please let me know in the comment section. So that said, for today’s Vintage Photo Tuesday we are going to just focus on images from the 1930’s-1950’s showcasing ‘The Social Dance’.
You cannot have a proper dance without the “King & Queen”, so I introduce to our lovely 50’s couple who will oversee all the dances being shown today. They are joined by the “Duke”, the “Prince” and the “Princesses”.
Oct 27th,1945 the Woody Herman Orchestra performs for eager dancers at Maple Leaf Gardens (Toronto). Dancers on the side of the stage and all the rest of the dancing seems to be happening further back (behind all the people watching).
It’s the Simpson’s Teen-Town Time dance at Maple Leaf Gardens (1940’s) featuring Bobby Gimby (Toronto Orchestra Leader), Art Hallman (popular Canadian Tenor) and Ken Watts.
“Dance with me”
Dancing close in a crowded Toronto dance hall in the 40’s.
It’s Boogie Time (circa 1950’s)!
Sometimes social dancing also involves social standing and social sitting.
If you’re a Lindy hopper or a lover of the 1930’s/1940’s, you know the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. You know that it is the hallowed ground of swing dancers everywhere and the ‘Home of the Happy Feet’. All the greats played here AND danced here and anyone who was anyone passed thru it’s doors. It truly was a magical place, where your skin colour did not matter, only the music and the dance did.
The Savoy turned 91 years old this past March 12th and for today’s post I wanted to bring to life this legendary ballroom. Whether you know it’s story already or just discovering it for the first time, reading and watching videos about the Savoy never gets old.
Please grab your dance shoes friends because we are off to 596 Lenox Avenue, between 140th and 141st Streets to visit the famous Savoy Ballroom.
Brief History & Facts about the Savoy:
Owned by Moe Gale, a Jewish man, and managed by Charles Buchanan, an African-American business man, the Savoy Ballroom opened its doors on March 12, 1926 right in the middle of Harlem
It was the first racially integrated public place in the country
10,000 square feet in size, was on the second floor and a block long. It could hold up to 4,000 people
The interior was painted pink and the walls were mirrored.Colored lights danced on the sprung layered wood floor and it had 2 bandstands (which allowed continuous music all night long)
The spacious basement checkrooms could serve up to 5,000 patrons with swift and efficient ease
Approximately 700,000 patrons visited the ballroom annually; and, consequently, the floor had to be completely replaced every three years
Nicknames included: “Home of the Happy Feet”, and “The Track” because of the elongated dance floor
Over 250 name and semi-name bands were featured at the Savoy. Bands like: Chick Webb, Fess Williams, Erskin Hawkins and Al Cooper’s Savoy Sultans (who were just some of the house bands), Benny Goodman Orchestra, Count Basie and Duke Ellington (were some of the guest bands)
Lindy Hop made its appearance in the ballroom and became its staple dance until it closed it’s doors. Purportedly named after Charles Lindbergh’s solo trans-Atlantic flight in 1927 it signifies the entire historical period known as the Swing Era
Herbert White, a.k.a. Whitey, an ex-boxer and bouncer at the Savoy, organized and cultivated a group of the best young Lindy Hoppers (and had them appear in theaters around the world as well as in films. They were called ‘Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers‘.
Lindy hop legend Frankie Manning noted that patrons were only judged on their dancing skills and not on the color of their skin
Part of the floor where the professional Lindy dancers ruled was on the 141st street side of the room and was then referred to as “the corner”. Only Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers could dance and work routines there. Dancers today know it as the “Cat’s Corner”.
It is estimated that the ballroom generated $250,000 in annual profit in its peak years from the late 1920’s to the 1940’s
“Stompin’ at the Savoy”, a 1934 Big Band classic song and jazz standard recorded by Chick Webb, was named after the ballroom
The Savoy closed permanently October, 1958 and was turned into a housing complex now called the “Savoy Park”.
These photos were not taken at the Savoy but here is the famous Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers dancing somewhere in NYC in their jackets.
Battle of the Big Bands (this was a regular feature at the Savoy)
Two of the most famous battles involved Chick Webb & The Benny Goodman Orchestra (May 11th, 1937) and Chick Webb vs Count Basie w/ Billie Holiday & Ella Fitzgerald (January 16th, 1938). Chick Webb won both times in the battles making him the ‘King of Swing’!
Truck on Down for a Battle of the Bands with not 2 but 4 Bands! Who will you pick?
Super Cool Tidbit:
Did you know that in Ian Fleming’s James Bond book ‘Live and Let Die’, Bond visits Harlem and the Savoy?
By the time they left the restaurant it was ten-thirty and the Avenue was almost deserted. They took a cab to the Savoy Ballroom, had a Scotch-and-soda, and watched the dancers. Most modern dances were invented here,’ said Leiter. ‘That’s how good it is. The Lindy Hop, Truckin’, the Susie Q, the Shag. All started on that floor. Every big American band you’ve ever heard of is proud that it once played here – Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Galloway, Noble Sissle, Fletcher Henderson. It’s the Mecca of jazz and jive.’ They had a table near the rail round the huge floor. Bond was spellbound. He found many of the girls very beautiful. The music hammered its way into his pulse until he almost forgot what he was there for (Source).
Before I close I will leave you with one more amazing short video about the Savoy (great interviews and images) and a photo of my husband and I recreating a famous Lindy Hop move in front of the plaque (this is tradition for all dancers).
March 8th was International Women’s Day and in honour of this day Heritage Canada released it’s newest ‘Heritage Minute‘. The Heritage Minute is various pieces of Canadian history in an easy to digest 1 min or less video. These minutes (formally called ‘Historica Minutes: History by the Minute‘) have been part of the Canadian culture since 1991 and have been learning tools for students, adults and also subjects of many parodies.
Their most recent video is about The Edmonton Grads (1915–40) a women’s championship basketball team coached by Percy Page. During their 25 years as a team, the Grads won an astounding 95 per cent of their matches. The Grads were national and world champions, often defeating their opponents by lopsided scores. The team won the Underwood International Trophy (USA–Canada) for 17 years straight (1923 to 1940), and was undefeated in 24 matches held in conjunction with the Olympic Summer Games in 1924, 1928 and 1936.
For today’s post I wanted to showcase some of the women of Canadian history (like the Edmonton Grads) who have made their mark in various ways, focusing on the time periods from the 1900′ to the late 1940’s.
Nursing Sisters: The minute commemorates the service and sacrifice of women on the front lines of the First World War through the retelling of a real event from May 1918. It is the story of two of the nearly 3000 trained nurses who served overseas.
Agnes MacPhail: .1935-Canada’s first female MP (members of Parliament) contributed to the reform of the Canadian penal system.
Mona Parsons: 1945- Mona Parsons is sentenced to a Nazi prison camp (but escapes execution) for helping downed Allied airmen escape.
Nellie McClung: 1916-The next video depicts Nellie McClung’s confrontation with Premier R.P. Roblin to win the right to vote for Manitoban women. She is noted for staging a ‘Mock parliament, attacking votes for men’.
Pauline Vanier: Is part of one of Canada’s most remarkable families who worked tirelessly to aid displaced persons and refugees during the Second World War (1939–1945).
Emily Murphy: 1929-Recounts how Murphy and a group of Canadian women secured the rights of women as persons throughout the Commonwealth.
The last Heritage Minute for today’s post, is Viola Desmond. She was an entrepreneur who challenged segregation in Nova Scotia in the 1940’s.
Friends, I hoped you enjoyed learning a little about some of these amazing women of Canada. I also hope this post encourages you to go out and learn more about the women of your own country and share their story. Knowledge is power!
If you want to watch more videos or listen to short radio programs on the other women I did not have time to post here, then please visit the Heritage Minutes Website.
The mass exodus for March Break has begun (or about to begin shortly). Families are packing up their kids and all their luggage and heading off to places like Florida, Mexico and California for a week (sometimes two). When I was a kid, my family was really big into downhill skiing so our March Break trips always involved a skiing destination like Alberta, Vermont or New York State. One year though my brother and I got lucky and my parents took us to a warm vacation spot…San Diego! I remember being so excited to not have to pack 60 layers of clothes for that trip. Ahhh the memories.
Speaking of memories, today’s Vintage Photo Tuesday is a continuation of a post I did last year on the same topic, exploring other people’s memories of their vacations, near and far (I found so many images that I just had to do a part 2). Lets Begin!
Summer 1948. Leaving White River, Colorado.
“Entering”. The same family pictured above (now with their son), clearly on a “Forests of Colorado trip”.
Mountain Lake Cabin Getaway (in an adorable deer sweater).
It’s not a Holiday if you don’t stay at The Holiday Inn (1960’s).
The Phoenix Rises?
1950’s vacationing in Europe. Lots to see and lots of pictures to be taken.
60’s Family Vacation Road Trip. Crossing the Mackinac Bridge.
“I’ve arrived, it’s Fishing time!”.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m on a trip I try to always pick up a small souvenir to have a physical reminder of the place I was at. I even do this when I’m transferring thru airports in countries I have never been to (I was technically there, so why not remember it?).
Our couple below, looks like they are about to pickup a few tokens themselves, after they get a picture with the locked up pilgrim.
1930’s: Inspiration Point-Grand Canyon.
The Grand Canyon is a must see for any traveler. I have only seen it from a plane, so one day I hope to get there and see it “up close”.
Hawaii, a dream destination.
Gathering all these photos together for this week’s post has given me serious Wanderlust. I now want to hop on a plane or jump in my car and go somewhere fun.
Question time: If you could go ANYWHERE right now and cost was not an issue, where would you go? Share in the comments below.
P.S. If you live in Toronto and your looking for something to do this Saturday, I’m emceeing a ‘Nancy Drew Anthology book launch and reading‘. 3pm-5:30pm, FREE, lots of amazing guest readers (and other goodies) and it’s being held in Kensington Market. See you there!