Monday, December 31, 2018

Should auld acquaintance be forgot? Scratchy Photographs from the 70s and 80s

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24 comments:

  1. Thanks for the wonderful pictures & memories! The Camden photo of the Admiral's Buttons somehow looks like a mountain is around the corner; not sure how the picture did that. I've heard the mentioned store's owners are deservedly retiring so hope they found a good buyer! Cheers for 2019.

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  2. What an exquisite series. Thank you so much for these. Just tremendous. What a bang-up way to end the year.

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  3. OH my word, how delicious. Makes me yearn for summer and a time gone by. Especially love that picture of the woman with her hair up and dressed in a sturdy, striped OCBD!

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  4. Very enjoyable, thank you. I've been going over the pictures and but for a few things, the scenes could have come for a much more recent time - shorter men's shorts, more socks, maybe more pleats, lambs wool, and ...no fleece. Again, thank you. It has been a pleasure to look at the mostly calm scenes before our Brittany lands in my lap for the evening because of fireworks .

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  5. Lovely New Year's retrospective. Thank you, Muffy. You are amazing; so generous and thoughtful. Your elegant SWNE has enhanced my life, thoughts, attitudes for years now, and I continue to be so very grateful. May the New Year bring abundant love, beauty and happiness to you and your household.
    Cheers!
    Suzanne in Boulder, Colorado

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  6. Thanks for the photos. As someone else said the photos don't look that dated and could have come from a more recent time.
    Happy New Year to you and the readers of this wonderful site.

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  7. Thank you for reminding me of why I don't buy trendy fashions. Have a very happy new year.

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  8. The glory years for me...classic fashion transcends the decades !

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  9. What a way to start the New Year! Just wonderful! Thank you.

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  10. These take me back, quality never goes out of style.

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  11. Some great photos of very familiar places and good memories. Kind-of puts things in perspective for me and feels very good. I'd love to reclaim some of these things and I will. Thanks Muffy, have a Happy. healthy New Year!

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  12. Sixth photo up from the bottom. Why are all those campers in the water with swamped canoes?

    Don't have a clue as to why they are doing all the wrong things to paddle a canoe, but do recall we would do this at our camp to learn how to right a swamped canoe. It takes two canoes and is hard work, but also a lot of fun.

    Have to admit, though, the campers in the photo look about as organized as I was at a New Year's party last night! Looking at these pictures seems to temper my hangover. That and a large Bloody Mary!

    Happy New Year!
    Aiken

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    1. Those were counselors next to the swamped canoes, not campers. Near the end of the event, the traditional race between the various Ivy League schools represented among the staff was held. This time, a losing canoe - whose school shall remain unnamed - decided to fight fiercely and grapple the faster vessel, with the intent of pulling their own vessel to victory. Other canoes quickly adopted said stratagem. Sadly, these were literature majors not engineers, so chaos ensued.

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  13. Wonderful photographs, but the third one from the top really strikes a pleasant chord. The people shown could be my own maternal grandparents with various great aunts and great uncles either on the Chesapeake, or Carolina coast between the 1950s-1990s. . . Enjoying drinks before the evening meal, or afterwards prior to one of several all-night bridge games. Happy New Year!

    Heinz-Ulrich

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  14. Another appreciative reader here. Love how undated the clothes are. So nice to come here and not be smacked with the current trends. Thank you for all you do.

    MaryAnne

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  15. I love dogs and love is the Golden's Rule! I now have the pleasure of sharing my home with a wonderful mixed Golden but my heart will always belong to Josie, Frasier, Barrett, Chauncey and Angus. Oh how I miss them as I view your golden photographs.
    Thank you for sharing all your experiences and memories with us throughout the year. Happy New Year SWNE family! Elizabeth

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  16. A splendid time capsule illustrating how the indomitable motion of time equals our lives.

    Happy New Year to All!

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  17. Wonderful photos! Thank you for another great year of posts. I look forward to your 2019 offerings!

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  18. To Muffy and the SWNE Community - as an 80s kid from Massachusetts now living in California, can't thank you enough for the pleasure this blog brings. Have been following it religiously for years, and it has prompted me to, in addition to never throwing away a quality if aged sweater, discover places from the Maine State Prison woodworking shop in Thomaston to the CT shore towns of Chester and Essex when I've been back in the northeast. Reminds me of trips around New England in my parents' maroon DL with its 8-track tape player and the Border Terrier in the back seat with me.

    Many thanks for your curation, Muffy, and happy new year to one of the most civilized corners of the internet!

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  19. Your photo of the Volvo 240 wagon reminds me of the last car my father owned, a blue 240 wagon, when he asked me what kind of car he should buy would be safest to drive. I should have kept it.

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  20. Where are all the cell phones?

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  21. Memories stirred by those photos: I learned to swim off those docks at Chewonki in the early sixties. Was married during a gale at All-Saints-By-The-Sea chapel in the mid seventies. The dean of the Yale School of Art gave us a painting of it for our wedding. Can still swim, have the same spouse and wedding gift!

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