Vintage Family Portraits

18 October 2010

This is probably one of my favourite blog posts ever. Mostly because it's one I had a lot of fun putting together. It all started when my grandma brought round some photos for my mom and among them, was this photograph of my mom (seated) and one of my aunts. There is such charm with old vintage photographs and they are just extra special when they are of people you know. The photos were taken c.1963 in Hong Kong. I adore the little bit of blush added to their cheeks and lips.
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Armed with this photo, I hunted around the house for some old photos that I recalled seeing when I was little of my dad and his family. It's so strange seeing my other grandparents look so young! Those woven basket chairs seen above and below are so incredibly 60s. Must have been quite standard for family photos! This photo would have been taken in 1960.
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I found more photos of my dad, chilling at the beach next to a little boat with his little bucket of sand. Cute huh? I love the raggedy edge of these photos and they double up as a postcard on the back!
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Lastly, a group photo of my dad, my uncle and my two aunts. Their little white socks are adorable. My aunts in Hong Kong like to keep up with me on this blog and I think this will definitely be a surprise when they read it later!

Vintage photos always make me think of a time long gone but these are so incredibly sentimental. They remind me that my parents had very different lives growing up in Hong Kong, compared to my sisters and I in England! Incredible.

63 comments:

  1. What great photos! I love looking at old pictures.

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  2. I love looking at old photos! I can definitely see a resemblance between you and your grandmother! I love the cute little outfits your aunts are wearing, especially the socks and shoes!! x

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  3. Such a sweet post i love looking at old photos we have pictures of the family all over our house in Thailand, i swear my Yai (grandmother) looked like a movie star when she was younger xoxo

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  4. oh these photos are lovely
    i also like to see old vintage photos and the mood it has
    xoxo

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  5. Hi there-the photos are just wonderful, the rouge detailing is just so typical of the era and all your relatives look so cute!! xx

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  6. i lvoe looking at old photos ^^ it weirds to think about ur parenmts or grandparents having a life before u if u get wat i mean? XD

    and i no i need to try bubble tea so badly!!

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  7. i love these images, i love looking at my dad's childhood pictures from when he was in hk too!

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  8. Adorable pictures. =o)

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  9. such cute photos! I love vintage family photos, too :)
    so nice of you sharing these with us :)
    xoxo

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  10. Amazing! I never got a chance to see my grandparents young in pics. They had my dad pretty late in life. He's the only and youngest son they have. Great post!

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  11. Wow very vintage, I like the one of your Dad in front of the little boat. I imagine children in those days never had any fun for some reason (probably because of the Wild Swan type books I've read! haha).

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  12. These are such beautiful pictures. I love the way old photos look, They are way better when you know the people in them.

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  13. adorable pictures!
    love looking through old family pictures xx

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  14. These are amazing. Both your parents were so cute!! i love how the lip colour stands out in the first picture.
    I love looking at old black & white pictures of my family.

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  15. what an awesome blog post! ut is really special to take a peek at your relatives' early lives :D your family is so cute! I think my favourite photo is the first with the pink cheeks an dlips XD

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  16. These are so cool, I had so much fun digging out family snaps in Jamaica and learning about what life was like back then. I have no idea what future generations will make of mine, what with the crazy amount of Facebook photos and the like. What I like about these photos is that they're definitely special, taken rarely and very real.
    I love the patterns in the first pic.

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  17. These are great pics - so much history there. Would love to visit HK. xx
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  18. Cute photos, thanks for sharing, darling Winnie!

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  19. I like vintage things, they're so cute

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  20. These are fantastic. Thanks for sharing them!

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  21. Very cute photos, I love the vintage aspect x

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  22. Ooooh I die from cuteness! Thank you for sharing, this made my night :)

    x x x

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  23. I love these photos. One of my favorite photos is of my grandparents wedding. It was sent to Hong Kong to be colourised and her wedding dress was tinted the wrong colour!

    I did a post full of family pics as well a few months ago, think you've inspired me to break the blog rules and repost them tomorrow.

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  24. I love the Chinese vintage photos too, haha! Some of them were a little ridiculous - with the outfits and everything. You have such a cute family! The borders were definitely the best aesthetic quality. They feel so much cooler than the standard rectangle/square shape that photographs have now!

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  25. This is such a great post! Old photographs certainly brings back some sort of.. Nostalgia; when you look at the yellowed photographs; the frayed edges; something which we seem to lack especially with the widespread use of digital cameras!

    Aww.. I think that these pictures certainly meant alot to your parents; like you've said; it's so much different; nack in HK and in England!

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  26. interesting blog. It would be great if you can provide more details about it. Thanks you
    Family Portraits

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  27. They're like twins lol very the same. I really like to see old pictures of my mum and my dad way back then=0

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  28. I adore old photos! Now that I've seen these I want to dig up some of my grandparents/parents :)

    Leia

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  29. I'm coming back!
    great blog as always!

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  30. oh, how lovely! i adore that lost shot. those expressions are priceless.

    xo Alison

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  31. These are amazing. I love to look at vintage photos. Take care.

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  32. these are awesome family photos !!
    i love old photos very much too :) esp those black and white ones like yours here

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  33. Aww it's lovely to see old photos of families, especially ones from different cultures I think. I did a post about my Mum's side of the family who are Spanish, with some old photos of them

    http://afeitar.blogspot.com/2009/11/mi-familia.html

    I love the way they put fake blush and lip colour on that photo too hehe.

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  34. What incredible photos! And how do I get that chair!

    Love Grace.

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  35. so charming x

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  36. thanks so much for sharing.
    i adore this post-
    i always love seeing vintage photos. they have so much soul to them. these really do.
    hope youre having a great week love
    take care

    xx

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  37. These are adorable! It is strange seeing people as younger, especially when they seem the same age all their life! It's hard to think that there is a younger person inside of an older one, too. :)

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  38. These are such beautiful pictures! You're lucky to have such great captures like these. Did you add in blush and lip touch up yourself?

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  39. These are so adorable. Such wonderful photography too. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  40. That's so lovely !
    Those pics are fabulous !

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  41. They're so fabulous! Even though you point out that the kids' lifestyle would be different in Hong Kong compared to Europe, somehow I'm reminded of old pics of my family. I think there is something about children at that age that is charmingly universal!

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  42. What a beautiful post. They are so stunning. I always love looking at old photos. Its one of my favourite things to do and there is nothing quite like it. Its interesting especially when your family is from a different country. My mum is from England and came to Australia as a young girl with her family and whenever I see my English cousins it always makes me think how different life could have been.

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  43. This is so cute! and even with pencil coloured pictures :D
    My grandparents have such pics too, they're amazing!

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  44. How cute are they !!! Oh I love the one of your dad with his bucket of sand. Such a great post xxxx

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  45. Oh, wow! These pictures are gorgeous. I love old photos. :)SArahD

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  46. Aw thank you sweetie :)
    This post is lovely. The pictures are amazing,and I bet they must mean everything to you :) beautiful

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  47. these pictures are so cute! i love vintage photographs =)

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  48. I love vintage photos - i spend hours trawling through boxes of other peoples at carboot sales! These are great!

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  49. Old photos look so great, I think it might be the fact that they are black & white. Love the first one of the two boys the most. They're so serious looking.

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  50. oh winnie, these are absolutely stunning! you are so lucky to have these in your family!!

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  51. i totally agree . . . vintage photos have so much meaning and sentimentality. thanks for sharing yours; they really are amazing!

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  52. Oh Winnie, this is just the sweetest of posts! Those pictures are a treasure! Beautiful, vintage and so full of meaning! I love the first one I think the most, just because the little blush on the lips and cheeks!

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  53. What a lovely post!! Thanks so much for sharing. It's funny to think that your parents had a life before you and were once young too.

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  54. i bet it will be avaliable online too- or atleast i hope so. not much for standing in a line like that..
    wish you a great weekend

    xx

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  55. These are all so cute. I love the last one especially!

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  56. This is a lovely post! I love looking at old photographs of my mum for inspiration especially, she used to have wild curly hair and have the kind of 70s wardrobe that would put AA to shame!

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  57. Hey, nice site you have here! Keep up the excellent work!

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