JULY 4th

Happy Summer In Vintage Photos – Blow up Swimming Pools, Watermelon and Howard Johnson’s

Amy Vermillion Blog-Pool Parity: 1954 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

I hope you are having a good summer!  It’s hard to believe the Fourth of July is already upon us.  A reader has requested one of my vintage picture posts so thanks to Shorpy I was able to fulfill that.  Shorpy for me is a total rabbit hole…once I’m in I keep going down, down, down….like book stores, architectural tours and museums, I can lose track of time pretty quickly while looking at vintage photos.

They tell a story.  That’s why I love them.  I like to imagine what the people were thinking, what they were all about and what happened to them after the picture was taken.  Unlike today where we take hundreds, if not thousands of pictures a year, snapshots were not common.  But snapshots tell the story.  And I would guess that one of these will tell a little bit of yours.

 

Summer of 1942- Washington DC- Lovely, romantic.

Amy Vermillion Blog-The Summer of '42 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

Burt Lake, Michigan- 1951  What a cute little guy with his summer outfit!  And I dig the car/camper color coordination.  Really perfect. Too bad the rearview mirror is totally obscuring Mom’s face.

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Trembleau Hall, Port Kent, NY- c. 1910- Folks rocking on the front porch in July.- Do you think it was hot?? How did people do it? Super long dresses, full suits with vests. I can pass out just thinking about it.  My Pops told me when he was a kid they wore “short pants” but that he had to ride on horsehair seats in the car.  Windows open and cars didn’t go 70 mph back in the day.  Hot wind blowing and sitting on a scratchy back seat.  My Mom said they slept on fire escapes in the city (Chicago) or everyone went down to the lake and slept out there when it was too hot in the apartment.  Gratitude people.  Gratitude.

Amy Vermillion Blog-A Summer Place: 1910 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge- Austin Texas, 1967.   First of all, for the love of all things fantastic-PLEASE bring back those twisty slides and springy diving boards!  Why this girl is even bothering with her backflip off the side of the pool when there is a perfectly good diving board is beyond me.  Every HOJO’s looked exactly the same.

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Campers in Yosemite-c. 1930’s.  Well, there was no disposable dish ware or utensils so all that stuff had to be washed by hand–somewhere.  My guess is a common bathing facility.  Check out the lady drinking coffee.  It’s probably a million degrees out and she’s drinking hot coffee.  It seems like people drank coffee with everything in the 1930’s.  Even hotdogs.  My biggest question is how did they keep the milk cold?  I am glad that Mom remembered to pack her apron- even to go camping.

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1951- Lana Turner with her daughter lunching by the pool in Santa Barbara at the Coral Casino.  I’m more than a little obsessed with Cheryl’s Hat!  What is going on?  Pink balls and green spikes for starters.  I’m hoping that three glasses of milk will be enough for Cheryl.  Lana’s straw purse thing (which I’m sure held only cigarettes and red lipstick) is marvelous.

Amy Vermillion Blog 1951 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

1906- Ormond Beach, Florida- Chaco Chulee.  While it looks very quaint I can tell you this….no screens, windows open, summer in Florida= mosquitos as big as your head, creatures of the night coming to your bedside and overall jumpiness as to what might be lurking in dark corners. You can add snakes, scorpions and wild pigs to that as well– I’m itchy now.  I’m also guessing there was no indoor flushing commode which meant an outhouse or “honey pot” that had to be emptied.

Amy Vermillion Blog- A Summer Place: 1906 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

Hollywood Hills- Summer of 1967.  I love this picture so hard.  First of all the tv is plugged into about 4 extension cords and the Mom probably told the Dad, “get ‘em outside, I need some peace.”  Secondly, the party lights and woven shade add to the general ambience. It’s so disorganized and a bit ramshackle with all the random stuff!  And lastly, the kids.  Who didn’t behave like this for at least every other photo taken until the age of twelve?

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1961: There is no question that I would have been friends with this resourceful gal.  She wasn’t getting in this pool unless she could smoke, play cards and have a couple of drinks.  SPF?  Forget about it.

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South Carolina 1956.   I’m thinking back porch.  There are wires above the doors–likely a doorbell or telephone.  And the refrigerator means it’s probably close to kitchen.  Apparently there were no forks.  Only knives.  Which is weird.  I remember my Mom giving us watermelon to eat on the front step of the house growing up in Glenview, Il.  We used to spit seeds at each other.  I can’t remember the last time I ate watermelon with seeds.  Maybe I should get one and Mr. V and I can sit on the front porch and well, you know, spit seeds at each other.

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Dairy Queen- somewhere USA.  I love Dairy Queen to this day.  My favorite is a Butterscotch Dip Cone.  I had one several weeks ago and it is still awesome.  And the dip still makes the ice cream melt too fast which causes you to eat it super fast and get a brain freeze and I still love it.

Amy Vermillion Blog-Dairy Queen: 1977 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

Fort Meade, Maryland- August 1922.  This was most likely a training exercise to practice abandoning ship.  But I’d like to think that these 10 soldiers were simply cooling off in the river.  They were in awesome physical form!

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Returning from Vacation- Great Falls Montana 1964.  So much to love about this picture.  The mint green house next door (with the window open), the curtains in the back seat of the station wagon, the dandelions on the lawn….I’m glad to know that even fifty years ago we were overloading our cars for road trips.

Amy Vermillion Blog-End of the Road: 1964 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

Miami Beach, 1941. I love everything about this place.  The flags, the round bar, the porthole windows, the fabulous Bistro chairs. I wish we could see what the pool looked like!

Amy Vermillion Blog-Aquacabana: 1941 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

Oh yeah.  The Happiest Place on Earth- Disneyland 1968.  Except the young fellow in the blue looks miserable.

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Russian River 1950.  Boys building their sand castle next to the river’s edge.  I can’t help but think a submarine is about to surface beyond them…(that pipe sticking up).

Amy Vermillion Blog 1950 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

Florida 1904.  The Royal Poinciana- Palm Beach.  You might not be able to read the small sign in the lower right hand corner but basically it says that if you aren’t a member or a guest here, get off the lawn.  Fashionable folks lounging about, listening to the afternoon concert.  Awesome hats on the women and white shoes on the men. Wonder if any of them boarded the Titanic eight years later?

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Cypress Gardens, Florida in 1957.  Totally fantastic.

Amy Vermillion Blog-Three Girl Pyramid: 1957 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

Ta ta for now!  If you have enjoyed this post and want to read more with vintage photos, go here.

Hope your summer is grand.

 all photos courtesy of Shorpy

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JUNE 25th

The Vermillions Do Savannah And You Should Too! Part Deux

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Finally I’m getting back to writing Part two of our trip…and if you missed Part One- Here it is.

Are you dying over this entry?  I about passed out from the level of gorgeousness.  The textures, colors, details…it just doesn’t stop in Savannah and I think this beautiful picture sums up the city very well.  As I said in my last post, there is a certain worldliness about Savannah.  She’s seen it, done it and gotten the tee shirt.  The paint is peeling in a couple of areas and the plaster is cracking and that’s what I LOVE about this city.  She doesn’t put on airs because she doesn’t NEED to.  She just is…

For the architecture and design junkies the tours are abundant!  What to see?  What to do?  Here are some ideas:

If you like –there are spooky, ghost filled houses-

432 Abercorn:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Savannah

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Savannah

 

There are houses filled with architectural delights-  (We couldn’t photograph in here)

Owens Thomas House-  This was my favorite home of all that we toured.  The English Regency beauty (designed by William Jay in 1816) is an architectural masterpiece.  Some of the marvelous features include a brass inlaid staircase, a bridge that spans the second floor and a Greek Key window made of Amber glass that casts a gorgeous pattern on the ceiling in the late afternoon.  It also boasts America’s first flushing water closets and had bath tubs and a shower fed by cisterns.

Owens Thomas House- Amy Vermillion Interiors Savannah

The gardens in the back are lovely as well.

Owens Thomas House- Amy Vermillion Interiors Savannah

There are homes built by shipping magnates:

This is Armstrong House which currently houses a law firm.  It cost almost $700,000 in 1916 which was a giant fortune then.   A mixture of Beaux Arts and Italian Renaissance, it had a ballroom, a billiards room, two libraries and has had major movies shot here including, “Midnight In the Garden of Good & Evil” and “Cape Fear.”

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Armstrong House Savannah

 

There are homes that hosted historical figures such as The Green Meldrim House which served as General Sherman’s Headquarters during the Civil War.  A great example of Gothic Revival architecture, it was built by Englishman Charles Green with oriel windows and Gothic ornamentation including a parapet and ornate ironwork.

Interestingly, Sherman sent a telegram to President Lincoln offering the city to him as a Christmas gift (along with 25,000 bales of Charles Green’s cotton).  The house now serves a rectory for St. John’s Episcopal Church which is next door.

Green Meldrim House- Amy Vermillion Interiors Savannah

One of my other favorite architectural gems is another gorgeous example of Neo Gothic.  It is currently a cute Christmas shop on Bull Street but was originally built to stable Arabian Horses!  Later Ford used it as a showroom for cars.  Check out the quatrefoils and rounded glass windows.

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

One of the coolest things to do is grab a map and walk – (or ride the Trolley).  There is no shortage of interesting doorways, leaf covered stairs, ornamented windows and inviting porches.

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

 

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

 

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

 

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

 

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

 

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

 

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

 

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

For the book lover (and I’m one of those who can disappear for DAYS in a bookstore), there are fabulous independent bookstores like E.Shaver and The Book Lady.  I bought a first edition, signed copy of a diary written by a Southern lady who’s father was a Senator during the Civil War.  It’s amazing.

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

And what goes nicely with a great book?

How about the world’s BEST ice cream at Leopold’s.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love their Chocolate Chewies & Cream (signature flavor)!  They have been dishing up ice cream, sundaes and making shakes since 1919.  We went twice in a two day period and it was jammed both times.

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

 

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

We also went on a Dolphin Boat and there were so many dolphins, I would swear it was set up.  They were jumping, swimming next to the boat and Beans LOVED it.  As someone who has seen a lot of dolphins in her day (including kissing one and swimming with them in Florida), I was very impressed with the Savannah dolphins and their Southern hospitality!

Dolphin Tour Savannah- Amy Vermillion Interiors

 

We did a lot of walking around town and the Riverfront—The Beans is carrying her purchase of a seashell craft souvenir (a frog made of mini conches playing a banjo made from a scallop) and Mr. V is carrying the entire world (my stuff) in his backpack.

Savannah - Amy Vermillion Interiors

And don’t miss a chance to ride out to nearby Tybee Island.  It was a bit chilly the day we went but still a lot of fun to walk the beach and eat at the local fish shack, AJ’s Dockside.

Tybee Island- Amy Vermillion Interiors

This is a six year old doing her best pirate:

Tybee Island- Amy Vermillion Interiors

And finally the sign that screams the obvious:

Tybee Island- Amy Vermillion Interiors

 

As a wanderer I love to travel.  Some trips are better than others…this was one of the betters.  Don’t miss Savannah!

We have some upcoming trips planned (one of which involves a famous mouse and a castle and is all about the Beans), and I hope you have a wonderful summer either traveling or staying put with a good book and hopefully some ice cream too.

Savannah - Amy Vermillion Interiors

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JUNE 7th

Tastemaker Series on Ace Of Space Blog

Hello Friends!  I am honored and flattered to be included in Vicki Bolick’s Tastemaker Series on her award winning Ace of Space Blog.  Vicki’s blog is beautiful, insightful and a must read for those of us design junkies.  She brings an interesting background to her writing and designing–not too many designers can claim a past career handling personal correspondence for a President or Assistant Press Secretary to a NY Senator!  Published and awarded, Vicki has a discerning eye and is certainly a tastemaker herself.

Ace Of Space Blog Amy Vermillion Interiors

Ace of Space Blog- Amy Vermillion Interiors

Wanna read the rest of my interview and see some client projects?  Jump over to Ace of Space!  And if you aren’t already a regular reader of Vicki’s blog, you will want to be.

Thank you again Vicki for including me in your series!

**Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Savannah trip on my next blog post.

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