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Discovering a Lost Master: Vivian Maier

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When I find myself elbow-deep in the crate of vintage brooches at my neighborhood flea market, I often lose sight of the fact that the history of these objects is more than patina. There are stories in these fingerprints, there is a legacy in this precipitate. When real estate agent John Maloof bought a box of negatives at a furniture and antique auction on the North Side of Chicago three years ago, he considered the acquisition potential material for a book he was working on. Once he began scanning, he realized that he had instead stumbled upon the trove of perhaps one of the greatest street photographers of the mid-20th century. Maloof discovered that this wealth of work came from Vivian Maier, a nanny who worked in Chicago from the 1960s into the ’90s, a woman who was known to be private, reserved, and never without her camera.

Maloof quickly obtained over 100,000 negatives of Maier’s work, some 20-30,000 still in undeveloped rolls. Posting to street photography blogs, the response was immense. Shots of children in the park, mothers at the beach, working men on cigarette breaks — the photographs are evocative, penetrating, and unexpected.

Putting in long hours scanning, contacting museums, and sharing the Maier collection, Maloof believes he is revealing a lost legend. When Chicago Tonight pressed whether Maier would approve of the public exposure, Maloof shared an audio recording from one of her trunks in which she speculates, “Well I suppose nothing is meant to last forever. We have to make room for other people. It’s a wheel. You get on you have to go to the end. And then somebody has the same opportunity to go to the end and so on. And somebody else takes their place.” Maloof feels Maier’s legacy bleeding beyond the film cells — he has since bought her same camera and has taken to the streets, exploring for himself the complexity of her form.

Maloof and his partner, Anthony Rydzon, are now embarking on developing Maier’s story into a documentary, determined to unearth the legacy of this overlooked master. You can find more information about the project on their Kickstarter page. If you’re feeling inspired, you have until March 14 to pledge your support! For me, the Maier collection represents not only a stirring artistic archive, but also the immense potential of that unopened trunk.

What’s been your greatest vintage find? Share in the comments.

Maloof’s Blog of Maier’s Work | Vintage Street Photography on Etsy

  • LoveNaturally

    LoveNaturally says:

    What a great story! Thanks for sharing some of Vivian's remarkable photographs.

    4 years ago

  • Earleyimages

    Earleyimages says:

    Beautiful images

    4 years ago

  • creativityismessy

    creativityismessy says:

    Beautiful images and a wonderful story!!

    4 years ago

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry says:

    What an amazing find!

    4 years ago

  • Minxshop

    Minxshop says:

    So amazing!

    4 years ago

  • LivelyHood

    LivelyHood says:

    Ahhhh....the unopened trunk. So much potential. Love the story!

    4 years ago

  • solsticehome

    solsticehome says:

    wonderful story, amazing photos. as a vintage seller who is always on the hunt, it makes me stop and think about the past life's of the treasures I find

    4 years ago

  • AlissaRose

    AlissaRose says:

    Wow wow wow. I love hearing about such finds and viewing them even more. Thanks! Now I'm off to lend my support!

    4 years ago

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome says:

    Great story. I love old photographs.

    4 years ago

  • BlueEyedYonder

    BlueEyedYonder says:

    How absolutely intriguing! I love looking, treasuring, investigating items from the past. Just staring at it and wondering what's its story might be. How very unfortunate that Vivian passed just days before he was able to located her. The mysteries of life.

    4 years ago

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds says:

    I love old photographs...can't wait to look through these in more detail.

    4 years ago

  • BubbleGumAndButtons

    BubbleGumAndButtons says:

    What a wonderful story. ~You know it is from "Bubble Gum and Buttons" when you find the button!~

    4 years ago

  • pannikin

    pannikin says:

    How beautiful! I've had many vintage finds over the years but this takes the cake. What treasures!

    4 years ago

  • bungalowquilts

    bungalowquilts says:

    Great story.

    4 years ago

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques says:

    How remarkable! Who would believe something that was second nature to someone turned into such a great find!!!

    4 years ago

  • Marang97

    Marang97 says:

    What a story! And oh my! Could you imagine!? Wonderful photographs!

    4 years ago

  • saskatoon

    saskatoon says:

    Extraordinary. Whether we like it or not, most of us think of images from t.v. and movies when when we think of the 60s and 70s. (Even I do, and I was a young woman then.) Photos like this are a time machine. No nostalgia, no "styling" of the past. Just reality. And these photos are so unsentimental and vivid. Thank you for introducing me to this photographer.

    4 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    absolutely amazing. her photographs are stunning. i am going to bookmark this page forever!

    4 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    That is a great story...wow =)

    4 years ago

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations says:

    how wonderful! I love candid photography and this is such a neat window to the past. There is nothing new about the current street photography rage, and I love it.

    4 years ago

  • yellowfield7

    yellowfield7 says:

    I love them all! They are extraordinary works of art. Thank you so much. b

    4 years ago

  • IStandConnected

    IStandConnected says:

    Fabulous photos - wonderful story & article. My greatest vintage find: a drop down writing desk, from Burma or possibly Thailand, that is covered from head to toe in hand carved images of temples and gardens. Never seen anything like it.

    4 years ago

  • nadene

    nadene says:

    it's so interesting to me how art leads to art. maloof setting out to re-create and re-discover the eye of maier sets him to nuture his own eye i do concern myself with the idea that these kinds of 'tribute art' create a stop on the road that was meant only to be a station~ how we find our own way, perhaps once we have become an cohesive amalgamation of all that is other, is where our true creativity is expressed and we become the sharers of something true but who is to say how long each stop on the road should be and what the road even is... we all keep traveling one way or another

    4 years ago

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion says:

    The photographs of hands are extraodinary.

    4 years ago

  • havelovewilltravel

    havelovewilltravel says:

    I first learned of Vivian Maier's images around a year ago and instantly fell in love. A particular favorite of mine features a young man with the tiniest little kitten on a leash. To me, the images are especially appealing because Maier seems to recognize the extraordinary hidden within the ordinary. I think that's what a lot of us Etsy folks strive to do as well. For those of us dealing with vintage goods especially, we're interested in finding and presenting the special things that we've unearthed because we believe them to be gems. Professionally, I am Photographs Historian and I feel that as Maier's work gains more recognition, it will be added to the great photographic canon. -Thanks so much for the blog entry and to those who have taken the time to read my post, RC

    4 years ago

  • shop1848

    shop1848 says:

    Fabulous images! Truly beautiful work!!

    4 years ago

  • pureloretta

    pureloretta says:

    If you are in chicago, this friday the photos go on display at the chicago cultural center. The opening is 5-7 pm. They are-simply-beautiful, evocative photographs. We'll be there!

    4 years ago

  • ikabags

    ikabags says:

    What a great and beautiful story ! Photos true time machine ;) with photographer s heart !

    4 years ago

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy says:

    it was an exquisite find. her compositions are still fresh today with a kind of intuitiveness and irreverence - a great observer of life. love.

    4 years ago

  • dezigner07

    dezigner07 says:

    the first lead photo of this story is incredible...what an eye she had. I would love to frame that picture. thank you for this info.

    4 years ago

  • Qute

    Qute says:

    I clicked the link to Maloof's Blog of Maier's Work and got completely sucked in for nearly an hour. It was fun to wonder about the details of lives of her subjects, to catch glimpses of headlines from newspapers of long ago, to see the old automobiles, hairstyles and fashions. I love old photos.

    4 years ago

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany says:

    Is there anything more beautiful than a well-done black and white photo? Obviously not. Wow. Great work.

    4 years ago

  • Etcetorize

    Etcetorize says:

    What a wonderfully well written piece! Thanks so much for sharing and highlighting these beautiful images.

    4 years ago

  • cutiepiecompany

    cutiepiecompany says:

    Wow... I am utterly speechless... thank you so much for this article.

    4 years ago

  • JustColor

    JustColor says:

    Wow! What a wonderful discovery and article. I enjoyed reading it very much. My living room walls are covered with black and white family photos which include past and present members of my family so I am very partial to this article.

    4 years ago

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage says:

    AMAZING. Such gorgeous photographs. It's wonderful they have surfaced! Beautiful article!

    4 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Lovely photos I love the way they capture everyday life. I miss doing black and White photography, was always good fun!

    4 years ago

  • AdoptAPott

    AdoptAPott says:

    How wonderful that Maiers work fell into caring hands or all of this could have been exploited or lost. It would be marvelous to see them in person but I must be grateful for the powers of the internet and sample her work online. Thanks so much for sharing this!

    4 years ago

  • birdie1

    birdie1 says:

    Wow, the find of a lifetime! It's what keep us vintage collection curators going.

    4 years ago

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky says:

    I love this article

    4 years ago

  • withachanceof

    withachanceof says:

    just lovely!

    4 years ago

  • PonderandStitch

    PonderandStitch says:

    I am soooo excited to see this here! I recently watched a whole show on PBS about this amazing photographer. Luckily, I live near Chicago and will be visiting the exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center- it's there til April 3rd!! Yay!

    4 years ago

  • gathersalot

    gathersalot says:

    Inspiring all around! :)

    4 years ago

  • beliz82

    beliz82 says:

    Great Story !!!

    4 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    A documentary would be wonderful. Will look forward to that. Thanks for the info on kickstarter.

    4 years ago

  • EcoCessory

    EcoCessory says:

    Thank you for sharing...I love history and feel we lose so much when we don't remember the past.What a great way to see the past through photos...Thanks again!

    4 years ago

  • SydVintage

    SydVintage says:

    This is the kind of stuff that I wish I would stumble across. I would love to see the documentary though. I eat this stuff up!

    4 years ago

  • Vintage2NewJewelry

    Vintage2NewJewelry says:

    What a wonderful story and find. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    4 years ago

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie says:

    This is a fabulous blog. I got goose bumps reading it. A former Chicagoan. Love her photos. Is this the same Maloof family of furniture makers? My favorite find is architectural salvage pieces.

    4 years ago

  • chaps676 Admin

    chaps676 says:

    Oh how I wish I found that box so that I could spend time with those photos!

    4 years ago

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry says:

    What a wonderful find. I'm always intrigued by photos, especially black and whites. I like to try to imagine what the subject was thinking and if they liked having their photos taken, or if they even realized they were being taken. I would love to see her photos in the public spotlight. If Maloof hadn't found those boxes, we might have never seen such fabulous work!

    4 years ago

  • camstudiostore

    camstudiostore says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this great story!

    4 years ago

  • actionalpha

    actionalpha says:

    Such an eye for real life "extraordinary ordinary". So amazing that this was hidden for so long - but indeed hats off to Maloof for spending the time, energy, spirit to carefully reveal this important work. Just found this yesterday through another avenue. So glad to have you bring it to Etsy!

    4 years ago

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions says:

    Beautiful pictures!

    4 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    What a great collection and find!

    4 years ago

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs says:

    Great Article...and wonderful pictures...thanks so much for sharing! ;)

    4 years ago

  • BellaDaze

    BellaDaze says:

    I salute Maloof's dedication and emotional attachment to sharing Maier's work. I recently became steward to a box of 1918-1923 love letters written by a young man who ventured to study at the Chicago Art Institute, and then as a Navy man near the end of WWI. Very articulate words and eloquent artistic penmanship, often up to 25 pages per letter, but very few photos... My project won't be nearly as extensive as Maloof, but certainly as emotional, and again I extend a huge heart felt thanks for re-purposing Maier's life.

    4 years ago

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop says:

    Beautiful article - the mystery that lies beneath older items such as jewelry or photographs is greater than we will ever know.....

    4 years ago

  • handmaderomance

    handmaderomance says:

    what a discovery!

    4 years ago

  • AWishForYou

    AWishForYou says:

    Wonderful images - what a fantastic find. I love the history that is locked in any vintage piece. Everything we create now is vintage in waiting.

    4 years ago

  • dadacats

    dadacats says:

    One of the most inspiring stories ever. Art for the joy of making art.

    4 years ago

  • observation

    observation says:

    A very heartfelt thank you for sharing this story of a woman and her personal vision.

    4 years ago

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns says:

    I love this story. Thank you for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • hillbillyhulagal

    hillbillyhulagal says:

    What a great story! Cannot not imagine anyone taking so many pictures.

    4 years ago

  • cloudkeeper

    cloudkeeper says:

    Wonderful that we are able to see these photos. My best vintage find was while at the Goodwill "bins". I found a journal by an elderly man with some surprising and touching revelations. I was able to find one of his daughters through Facebook, and mailed her the journal. As he had passed away, she was very grateful to have this memento of her beloved parent.

    4 years ago

  • sweetnaturedesigns

    sweetnaturedesigns says:

    vivian captures such simple beauty...amazing!

    4 years ago

  • banyantreeclothing

    banyantreeclothing says:

    wow, just amazing! she inspires me.

    4 years ago

  • gulliver62

    gulliver62 says:

    This is why I love vintage/antique things. To me they are holding vessels, containers that hold the emotions and experiences of people long gone. Photos even more so than most objects. I have a small book filled with handwritten music, probably from around 1880. Tiny, precise writing, beautiful notes and symbols...I could never part with it.

    4 years ago

  • beadfreaky

    beadfreaky says:

    What a sweet story. cloudkeeper :) Nice of you to find her! Great article about Vivian Maier. Thanks for the info and images!

    4 years ago

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle says:

    Wonderful story! Love the pictures!

    4 years ago

  • MoorelightMysticals

    MoorelightMysticals says:

    Beauty rediscovered, how awesome to bring this art to light.

    4 years ago

  • DeNovoStyle

    DeNovoStyle says:

    Wow, we are so lucky these gems were discovered! Cannot wait to see more!

    4 years ago

  • happytobecreating

    happytobecreating says:

    Wonderful story. I so look forward to their Documentary. Thank you so much for the information of an artist I haven't heard of

    4 years ago

  • artofjane

    artofjane says:

    I loved this story and the photos. There are so many "ordinary" people quietly doing great work all around the world. I love these stories and I also love Cloudkeeper's vintage find story. touching!

    4 years ago

  • banyantreeclothing

    banyantreeclothing says:

    and I just became a backer! i love this. thanks so much for posting this.

    4 years ago

  • happytobecreating

    happytobecreating says:

    My most treasured and vintage find is a group of sweet love letters I found at a local flea market. These letters were written to/from a lady in our town that was very private and never married. She was in her first year of college and the young man was a Junior in High School. They are from the '40's and are so sweet and innocent. Someone was selling these at a flea market and had priced them individually. I couldn't see them being separated, she had kept them all these years. I love them

    4 years ago

  • blueflowervintage

    blueflowervintage says:

    I love this! I'm thinking maybe I might just hop over to chicago to view the exhibit before it ends. It makes one think of Atget and Emily Dickenson and Joseph Cornell and all those folk artists with rich inner lives and solitary natures. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • graciebeal

    graciebeal says:

    That's such a wonderful find! I love street photography...it tells such a great story without being obvious. It's actually something i've always wanted to pursue...what an inspiring way for me to get off my butt and go shoot some pics! does anyone know of any good flea markets in dallas?

    4 years ago

  • AllCountryPretties

    AllCountryPretties says:

    Beautiful!!!

    4 years ago

  • TheVinylChalkboard

    TheVinylChalkboard says:

    Truly Amazing! What a beautiful story!

    4 years ago

  • bluebirdss

    bluebirdss says:

    What an amazing treasure to discover!

    4 years ago

  • BeautyPower

    BeautyPower says:

    It is so interesting to see our history. What a find.

    4 years ago

  • twitchandwhiskers

    twitchandwhiskers says:

    The story really drew me in. I hope her work will be well-preserved and appreciated for years to come. Wish she was still around to experience the discovery and love of her work!

    4 years ago

  • SweetChameleon

    SweetChameleon says:

    Her work is incredible!! I love it and I want them all! Thank god that guy found all those negative before some threw it all away.

    4 years ago

  • mellowmine

    mellowmine says:

    I can't wait to see more of her work! Wow! Hmmmm, best vintage find. . . i would say was an old photo of a sled dog team and a small group of men and women somewhere barren and cold. Found at a small shop in Anchorage.

    4 years ago

  • RiverBazaar

    RiverBazaar says:

    Love this! Thanks for turning us onto this story and the lady behind the fotos..

    4 years ago

  • tousleddolly

    tousleddolly says:

    this is the kind of thing that keeps us looking

    4 years ago

  • marcimolina

    marcimolina says:

    fantastic story!

    4 years ago

  • mamma4earth

    mamma4earth says:

    Such amazing photos! What a wonderful story! Isn't history so unexpected and intriguing at the same time?

    4 years ago

  • lemondropbay

    lemondropbay says:

    Thank you for opening a window and letting us peer in with you to a world of long ago. This special story reinforces how significant each person is in his/her existence. There is a treasure here more valuable than gold.

    4 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    Love it! Thanks for sharing, this is exactly why I have been addicted to vintage for years!

    4 years ago

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry says:

    Wonderful Article!!! Great photos!!

    4 years ago

  • EllaJewelry

    EllaJewelry says:

    very intersting article! thank you!

    4 years ago

  • EllaJewelry

    EllaJewelry says:

    very intersting article! thank you!

    4 years ago

  • LeapARTandVintage

    LeapARTandVintage says:

    Wow! I just love that happenstance! We just never know how our work may inspire others, possibly even after we die. Very thought provoking, thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • bedouin

    bedouin says:

    fantastic story ~ life is but a glance no doubt

    4 years ago

  • Evajune

    Evajune says:

    I love vintage prints. Great stories.

    4 years ago

  • SacredRiverDesigns
  • choisette

    choisette says:

    more, please.

    4 years ago

  • HowardAvenue

    HowardAvenue says:

    Absolutely remarkable work. Love every pic...but the statue of liberty hand reminds me of the day that I too, stood in the crown of that American Icon of freedom.

    4 years ago

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 says:

    simply lovely ♥ "Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still." ~Dorothea Lange

    4 years ago

  • amber4you

    amber4you says:

    This is just amazing! Thank you for sharing :)

    4 years ago

  • GalleryJuana

    GalleryJuana says:

    Amazing story and underlines the beauty and the art of photography.

    4 years ago

  • OrientalDesign

    OrientalDesign says:

    Thank for sharing

    4 years ago

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad says:

    awesome - love this sort of stuff!!!

    4 years ago

  • sTampaCromaTica

    sTampaCromaTica says:

    beutiful view.... :)

    4 years ago

  • JerseyLovey

    JerseyLovey says:

    I love stories like this. Great discovery and interesting journey.

    4 years ago

  • jasonmseger Admin

    jasonmseger says:

    Fascinating, thanks for the story Michelle.

    4 years ago

  • taylorseclectic

    taylorseclectic says:

    Really fascinating story. I love the atmosphere of her photos and the humor behind some of them. Her shots really transform everday realities to something extraordinary. Thanks for sharing this story!

    4 years ago

  • tinyearsjewelry

    tinyearsjewelry says:

    great story... Everyone loves a treasure hunt, and this is the fun and exciting part of my business. I love to get lost in the antique shops and dusting off years of time to find my antique tins. And being able to turn something that was forgotten into something cherished and artistic is worth all of the effort. Casey @ tin years

    4 years ago

  • AlexSharDesigns

    AlexSharDesigns says:

    I enjoyed this so much! What an incredible discovery! Such a treasure.

    4 years ago

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin says:

    Thanks so much for this inspiring story of lost art! In 2006 my husband and I moved into an old farmhouse which had been in my family since 1904. To this day I am still uncovering lost treasure (which is really mind boggling to me!) Letters my great-uncle sent home from WWI, photos from the late 1800s, just spectacular life breathing stuff! I feel like I'm getting to know relatives who died far before I was ever born. It's really something special.

    4 years ago

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna says:

    This story is just amazing and I'm really happy to see it covered here on Etsy too in the Storque. Very cool. Her photographs are amazing and so beautiful and natural. Right on!

    4 years ago

  • SunshineGirl16

    SunshineGirl16 says:

    I've been following his blog for a very long time now, and I'm glad to see other people share my excitement for such a wonderful find! :D

    4 years ago

  • ChrisTakesPictures

    ChrisTakesPictures says:

    Great story thank you for sharing. Maier's photos are fantastic! Though I'm feeling very nostalgic now. I think I'll be breaking out my film camera and getting some black and white shots soon.

    4 years ago

  • ItsBella

    ItsBella says:

    oh this photos are fantastic! I love using photo of my grandmother in my listings...its like she is way more famous than she'll ever know!

    4 years ago

  • stubborndog

    stubborndog says:

    Really interesting! Thanks for sharing these images. An artistic time capsule. Love it.

    4 years ago

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol says:

    this is truely a time capsule!

    4 years ago

  • retroattack

    retroattack says:

    Thank you for the amazing discovery!

    4 years ago

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire says:

    She has such a lovely sense of humor and of what is human. Thanks so much for showcasing her work and I'm glad it was discovered!

    4 years ago

  • theroyal

    theroyal says:

    beautiful

    4 years ago

  • waukeshapottery

    waukeshapottery says:

    Great story and photographs. Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • PrankePaintings

    PrankePaintings says:

    What a great find!

    4 years ago

  • theearlygirl

    theearlygirl says:

    Favorite vintage find is the faded sailboat photos from someone's amazing vacation

    4 years ago

  • FatCatCrafts

    FatCatCrafts says:

    Such a cool story, thanks for sharing! Those pictures are beautiful. I'm always on the lookout for one of Buster Keaton's pork-pie hats. I know it's impossible to find, but I can still dream right?

    4 years ago

  • ThatOldBlueHouse2

    ThatOldBlueHouse2 says:

    My father had a photo finishing studio when I was growing up, and I used to love watching the photo's as they rolled out of the developer! I have had a love of photography ever since. Such history.

    4 years ago

  • Avarae17

    Avarae17 says:

    I've become completely obsessed by this article since reading and went onto their site and have seen the news trail, worth checking btw. So beautiful and a shame she is not alive to see the appreciation by the public of such beautiful photographs... wish I was in Chicago to see the exhibition...

    4 years ago

  • rockysprings1984

    rockysprings1984 says:

    The sentence that captured my feelings totally was, "It's a wheel. You get on you have to go to the end. And then somebody has the same opportunity to go to the end and so on."

    4 years ago

  • justCHARMING

    justCHARMING says:

    AMAZING! Thanks for sharing! XO ~Lisa

    4 years ago

  • LaBellaTerra

    LaBellaTerra says:

    This is so great. The chance encounter of man and an old box of photographs.....looks what happens when we really see. Hats off to Maloof & his partner....Maier's legacy and snapshots that captured moments otherwise lost! Bravo!

    4 years ago

  • jbaliunas

    jbaliunas says:

    Such an amazing representation of our history. It made me feel so much closer to my late grandmother. Although she never visited Vancouver I can easily imagine her at the beauty shop pictured. I would love to have a book of that collection.

    4 years ago

  • LightMosaics

    LightMosaics says:

    What a great story! She was a truly talented photographer.

    4 years ago

  • EmeraldCoastImages

    EmeraldCoastImages says:

    This is AMAZING. Chicago is my hometown and she captured it perfectly, as did you in your retrospective! I love it and you have inspired me and my next listings on Etsy are likely to be in black & white :)

    4 years ago

  • SimandCharlieDesigns

    SimandCharlieDesigns says:

    Beautiful images!

    4 years ago

  • OldNewDress

    OldNewDress says:

    Great photos and such a great way to remember an artist. Checked out the blog too, such amazing photos!

    4 years ago

  • sarapalacios

    sarapalacios says:

    Beautiful story. You never know when your time will come.

    4 years ago

  • jasminerose

    jasminerose says:

    thanks for sharing! amazing work

    4 years ago

  • ProseArts

    ProseArts says:

    Wonderful Story and Amazing photographs.

    4 years ago

  • NsewFabrics

    NsewFabrics says:

    Truly amazing work... great photos... very talanted photographer...

    4 years ago

  • DearOhDeer

    DearOhDeer says:

    I've been following this project for a while now, I love her so.

    4 years ago

  • PoshPursesBoutique

    PoshPursesBoutique says:

    What a wonderful story, it's as if Mr. Maloof was meant to have those photographs to be able to share with everyone!

    4 years ago

  • JoyceDade

    JoyceDade says:

    Happy New Year and, thank you very much for this article.

    4 years ago

  • SueannesTreasures

    SueannesTreasures says:

    Love love love looking at old photos. Thinking what was going on in the peoples lives.Thank you for sharing.SK

    4 years ago

  • sgriparisphotography

    sgriparisphotography says:

    Very interesting story! And amazing photos!

    4 years ago

  • necklush

    necklush says:

    very cool, thank you for sharing this!

    4 years ago

  • jkldesign

    jkldesign says:

    A fantastic story and I too was fortunate enough to inherit a box full of Vintage Photography that was more then a treasure as I can appreciate the history and beauty behind them.. I am so glad that I get to share them with others and also be inspired with my own photography as the photo you displayed above (THANK YOU) :)

    4 years ago

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly says:

    In one word - Fabulous!! Vintage photos are one of my favorite things to collect. I especially love it when there are handwritten notes on the back - it's a tiny peek into another life and time. There are certain photos I have found that I will never give away or sell. I've also made altered books with them as my way of preserving and remembering past lives. Absolutely loved the article!! Thank you!!

    4 years ago

  • lauraprill

    lauraprill says:

    My greatest vintage find was my aunts' handwritten knitting notes in which they simplified complicated patterns by writing out every stitch for each row. Seeing their dear handwriting is wonderful enough. Knowing that some of those instructions were used to make not only sweaters for their brothers, all overseas during WWII but also sweaters and blankets for little nieces and nephews, will always be a treasure trove to me.

    4 years ago

  • FlowersGrowWild

    FlowersGrowWild says:

    My greatest vintage find was actually just last week. It's an old photo album a man apparently bought his wife as a Christmas present in 1900, because on the very first page is written "To Lilly from your Jake December 25, 1900". There's also a poem in the same elegant penmanship on the back page. It's very dilapidated and falling apart, but look how old it is. There aren't any photos inside just pressed flowers. You can tell on the first page was their wedding photo, because the picture faded over onto the blank page. I can't quit thinking about it, so I have a good mind to go back and get it. I was someone's who treasured it dearly, and I would be honored to keep that love alive.

    4 years ago

  • littlerae53

    littlerae53 says:

    Would love to read the 25 page love letters and all the pictures would complete the love story.. What a treasured find...

    4 years ago