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Discovering a Lost Master: Vivian Maier

Jan 6, 2011

by Michelle Traub

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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.

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150 comments

  • LoveNaturally

    LoveNaturally said 5 years ago

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

  • Earleyimages

    Earleyimages said 5 years ago

    Beautiful images

  • creativityismessy

    creativityismessy said 5 years ago

    Beautiful images and a wonderful story!!

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 5 years ago

    What an amazing find!

  • Minxshop

    Minxshop said 5 years ago

    So amazing!

  • LivelyHood

    LivelyHood said 5 years ago

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

  • solsticehome

    solsticehome said 5 years ago

    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

  • AlissaRose

    AlissaRose said 5 years ago

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

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 5 years ago

    Great story. I love old photographs.

  • BlueEyedYonder

    BlueEyedYonder said 5 years ago

    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.

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 5 years ago

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

  • BubbleGumAndButtons

    BubbleGumAndButtons said 5 years ago

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

  • pannikin

    pannikin said 5 years ago

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

  • bungalowquilts

    bungalowquilts said 5 years ago

    Great story.

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 5 years ago

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

  • Marang97

    Marang97 said 5 years ago

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

  • saskatoon

    saskatoon said 5 years ago

    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.

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 5 years ago

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

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    That is a great story...wow =)

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 5 years ago

    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.

  • yellowfield7

    yellowfield7 said 5 years ago

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

  • IStandConnected

    IStandConnected said 5 years ago

    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.

  • nadene

    nadene said 5 years ago

    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

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion said 5 years ago

    The photographs of hands are extraodinary.

  • havelovewilltravel

    havelovewilltravel said 5 years ago

    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

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 5 years ago

    Fabulous images! Truly beautiful work!!

  • pureloretta

    pureloretta said 5 years ago

    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!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 5 years ago

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

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 5 years ago

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

  • dezigner07

    dezigner07 said 5 years ago

    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.

  • Qute

    Qute said 5 years ago

    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.

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 5 years ago

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

  • Etcetorize

    Etcetorize said 5 years ago

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

  • cutiepiecompany

    cutiepiecompany said 5 years ago

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

  • JustColor

    JustColor said 5 years ago

    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.

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 5 years ago

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

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

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

  • AdoptAPott

    AdoptAPott said 5 years ago

    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!

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 5 years ago

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

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky said 5 years ago

    I love this article

  • withachanceof

    withachanceof said 5 years ago

    just lovely!

  • PonderandStitch

    PonderandStitch said 5 years ago

    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!

  • gathersalot

    gathersalot said 5 years ago

    Inspiring all around! :)

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 5 years ago

    Great Story !!!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

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

  • EcoCessory

    EcoCessory said 5 years ago

    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!

  • SydVintage

    SydVintage said 5 years ago

    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!

  • Vintage2NewJewelry

    Vintage2NewJewelry said 5 years ago

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

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 5 years ago

    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.

  • chaps676 Admin

    chaps676 said 5 years ago

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

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 5 years ago

    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!

  • camstudiostore

    camstudiostore said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing this great story!

  • actionalpha

    actionalpha said 5 years ago

    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!

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 5 years ago

    Beautiful pictures!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    What a great collection and find!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 5 years ago

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

  • BellaDaze

    BellaDaze said 5 years ago

    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.

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 5 years ago

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

  • handmaderomance

    handmaderomance said 5 years ago

    what a discovery!

  • AWishForYou

    AWishForYou said 5 years ago

    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.

  • dadacats

    dadacats said 5 years ago

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

  • observation

    observation said 5 years ago

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

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 5 years ago

    I love this story. Thank you for sharing!

  • hillbillyhulagal

    hillbillyhulagal said 5 years ago

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

  • cloudkeeper

    cloudkeeper said 5 years ago

    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.

  • sweetnaturedesigns

    sweetnaturedesigns said 5 years ago

    vivian captures such simple beauty...amazing!

  • banyantreeclothing

    banyantreeclothing said 5 years ago

    wow, just amazing! she inspires me.

  • gulliver62

    gulliver62 said 5 years ago

    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.

  • beadfreaky

    beadfreaky said 5 years ago

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

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 5 years ago

    Wonderful story! Love the pictures!

  • MoorelightMysticals

    MoorelightMysticals said 5 years ago

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

  • DeNovoStyle

    DeNovoStyle said 5 years ago

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

  • happytobecreating

    happytobecreating said 5 years ago

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

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 5 years ago

    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!

  • banyantreeclothing

    banyantreeclothing said 5 years ago

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

  • happytobecreating

    happytobecreating said 5 years ago

    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

  • blueflowervintage

    blueflowervintage said 5 years ago

    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!

  • graciebeal

    graciebeal said 5 years ago

    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?

  • AllCountryPretties

    AllCountryPretties said 5 years ago

    Beautiful!!!

  • TheVinylChalkboard

    TheVinylChalkboard said 5 years ago

    Truly Amazing! What a beautiful story!

  • bluebirdss

    bluebirdss said 5 years ago

    What an amazing treasure to discover!

  • BeautyPower

    BeautyPower said 5 years ago

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

  • twitchandwhiskers

    twitchandwhiskers said 5 years ago

    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!

  • SweetChameleon

    SweetChameleon said 5 years ago

    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.

  • mellowmine

    mellowmine said 5 years ago

    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.

  • RiverBazaar

    RiverBazaar said 5 years ago

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

  • tousleddolly

    tousleddolly said 5 years ago

    this is the kind of thing that keeps us looking

  • marcimolina

    marcimolina said 5 years ago

    fantastic story!

  • mamma4earth

    mamma4earth said 5 years ago

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

  • lemondropbay

    lemondropbay said 5 years ago

    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.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

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

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 5 years ago

    Wonderful Article!!! Great photos!!

  • EllaJewelry

    EllaJewelry said 5 years ago

    very intersting article! thank you!

  • EllaJewelry

    EllaJewelry said 5 years ago

    very intersting article! thank you!

  • LeapARTandVintage

    LeapARTandVintage said 5 years ago

    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!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 5 years ago

    fantastic story ~ life is but a glance no doubt

  • Evajune

    Evajune said 5 years ago

    I love vintage prints. Great stories.

  • SacredRiverDesigns

    SacredRiverDesigns said 5 years ago

    Love!

  • choisette

    choisette said 5 years ago

    more, please.

  • HowardAvenue

    HowardAvenue said 5 years ago

    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.

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 said 5 years ago

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

  • amber4you

    amber4you said 5 years ago

    This is just amazing! Thank you for sharing :)

  • GalleryJuana

    GalleryJuana said 5 years ago

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

  • OrientalDesign

    OrientalDesign said 5 years ago

    Thank for sharing

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad said 5 years ago

    awesome - love this sort of stuff!!!

  • sTampaCromaTica

    sTampaCromaTica said 5 years ago

    beutiful view.... :)

  • JerseyLovey

    JerseyLovey said 5 years ago

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

  • jasonmseger Admin

    jasonmseger said 5 years ago

    Fascinating, thanks for the story Michelle.

  • taylorseclectic

    taylorseclectic said 5 years ago

    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!

  • tinyearsjewelry

    tinyearsjewelry said 5 years ago

    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

  • AlexSharDesigns

    AlexSharDesigns said 5 years ago

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

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin said 5 years ago

    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.

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 5 years ago

    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!

  • SunshineGirl16

    SunshineGirl16 said 5 years ago

    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

  • ChrisTakesPictures

    ChrisTakesPictures said 5 years ago

    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.

  • ItsBella

    ItsBella said 5 years ago

    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!

  • stubborndog

    stubborndog said 5 years ago

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

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol said 5 years ago

    this is truely a time capsule!

  • retroattack

    retroattack said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the amazing discovery!

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 5 years ago

    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!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    beautiful

  • waukeshapottery

    waukeshapottery said 5 years ago

    Great story and photographs. Thanks for sharing.

  • PrankePaintings

    PrankePaintings said 5 years ago

    What a great find!

  • theearlygirl

    theearlygirl said 5 years ago

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

  • FatCatCrafts

    FatCatCrafts said 5 years ago

    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?

  • ThatOldBlueHouse2

    ThatOldBlueHouse2 said 5 years ago

    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.

  • Avarae17

    Avarae17 said 5 years ago

    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...

  • rockysprings1984

    rockysprings1984 said 5 years ago

    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."

  • justCHARMING

    justCHARMING said 5 years ago

    AMAZING! Thanks for sharing! XO ~Lisa

  • LaBellaTerra

    LaBellaTerra said 5 years ago

    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!

  • jbaliunas

    jbaliunas said 5 years ago

    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.

  • LightMosaics

    LightMosaics said 5 years ago

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

  • EmeraldCoastImages

    EmeraldCoastImages said 5 years ago

    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 :)

  • SimandCharlieDesigns

    SimandCharlieDesigns said 5 years ago

    Beautiful images!

  • OldNewDress

    OldNewDress said 5 years ago

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

  • sarapalacios

    sarapalacios said 5 years ago

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

  • jasminerose

    jasminerose said 5 years ago

    thanks for sharing! amazing work

  • ProseArts

    ProseArts said 5 years ago

    Wonderful Story and Amazing photographs.

  • NsewFabrics

    NsewFabrics said 5 years ago

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

  • DearOhDeer

    DearOhDeer said 5 years ago

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

  • PoshPursesBoutique

    PoshPursesBoutique said 5 years ago

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

  • JoyceDade

    JoyceDade said 5 years ago

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

  • SueannesTreasures

    SueannesTreasures said 5 years ago

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

  • sgriparisphotography

    sgriparisphotography said 5 years ago

    Very interesting story! And amazing photos!

  • necklush

    necklush said 5 years ago

    very cool, thank you for sharing this!

  • jkldesign

    jkldesign said 5 years ago

    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) :)

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 5 years ago

    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!!

  • lauraprill

    lauraprill said 5 years ago

    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.

  • FlowersGrowWild

    FlowersGrowWild said 5 years ago

    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.

  • littlerae53

    littlerae53 said 5 years ago

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

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