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east of east st. louis
and the wind is making speeches
and the rain sounds like a round of applause

vintage clothing. plaid. Gemütlichkeit. wool socks. christoph waltz. bbc radio 6. dorothy parker. scotland. cocktails. british sea power. ivy. tweed. very long reads. the scent of pipe tobacco. terriers. road trips. barbara stanwyck. fog.
not necessarily in that order.

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Greta Garbo’s passport photo taken by Ruth Harriet Louise, c. late 1920s.

Greta Garbo’s passport photo taken by Ruth Harriet Louise, c. late 1920s.

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The lake was beautiful last weekend and Pickles was our fearless leader.

— 14 hours ago with 3 notes
#lake  #dog  #my photos  #michigan  #summertime  #from the canoe 
russian-style:

Pyotr Konchalovsky - Portrait of Vsevolod Meyerhold, 1938
The portrait was created not so long before the arrest and death of Russian theatre director Meyerhold, so there is a contrast between the vivid background and sadness  of removed master.

russian-style:

Pyotr Konchalovsky - Portrait of Vsevolod Meyerhold, 1938

The portrait was created not so long before the arrest and death of Russian theatre director Meyerhold, so there is a contrast between the vivid background and sadness  of removed master.

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— 14 hours ago with 94 notes
toanunnery:

Wilhelmine Encke, Countess Lichtenau
Anna Dorothea Therbusch, 1776

toanunnery:

Wilhelmine Encke, Countess Lichtenau

Anna Dorothea Therbusch, 1776

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Writer Maeve Brennan trying on wooden framed glasses in 1945 when she worked for Harper’s Bazaar.  Photo by Nina Leen.
(photo via here)

Writer Maeve Brennan trying on wooden framed glasses in 1945 when she worked for Harper’s Bazaar.  Photo by Nina Leen.

(photo via here)

— 23 hours ago with 12 notes
#maeve brennan  #writer  #vintage fashion  #author  #vintage eyewear  #1940s 
Writer Maeve Brennan.  Her collection of stories for The New Yorker, The Long-Winded Lady, is one of the best books I’ve ever read about NYC.
[EDITED BECAUSE I’M AN IDIOT:  I think this is actually a photo of actress Catherine Walker portraying Maeve Brennan in the play The Talk of The Town.  Apologies!]
(photo via Colin Murphy)

Writer Maeve Brennan.  Her collection of stories for The New Yorker, The Long-Winded Lady, is one of the best books I’ve ever read about NYC.

[EDITED BECAUSE I’M AN IDIOT:  I think this is actually a photo of actress Catherine Walker portraying Maeve Brennan in the play The Talk of The Town.  Apologies!]

(photo via Colin Murphy)

— 23 hours ago with 4 notes
#writers  #new york city  #authors  #maeve brennan  #catherine walker 
toanunnery:

Friedericke Marggraefin von Ansbach
Antoine Pesne, 1756

toanunnery:

Friedericke Marggraefin von Ansbach

Antoine Pesne, 1756

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sydneyflapper:

1910s photo taken in New York - note the purse and its similarities to this one in my collection.

(via northwangerabbey)

— 1 day ago with 84 notes
#purse is neat but  #DOGE AND HAT 

Actresses Ruth Wilson and Emma Thompson attend the Closing Night Gala European Premiere of “Saving Mr Banks” during the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 20, 2013 in London, England.

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#whatever emma thompson is wearing is both weird and cool  #i don't care for that train on her skirt but the blouse is kickass 
musescunt:

 ‘The Dreadful Story about Harriet and the Matches' from Der Struwwelpeter (1845) a popular German children’s book by Heinrich Hoffmann.
 

musescunt:

 The Dreadful Story about Harriet and the Matches' from Der Struwwelpeter (1845) a popular German children’s book by Heinrich Hoffmann.

 

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