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As a menswear designer I have files upon files of "tears", images I have torn out of magazines, books, photographs etc over the years to serve as inspiration for a later date. I often don't know exactly what it is about the image that speaks to me at the time. Later though they are a constant reference point when starting a project. I go into the files with a concept in mind and pull every image that is relevant for consideration and inspiration. Often completely altering the concept once I start digging and the inspiration strikes. The problem with this imagery is it is often well known imagery, either of a celebrity or style icon. Leading me to be inspired by the same images as my competitors even if our takeaways are different.

Recently my dad has been scanning all of my grandfathers photo slides to digital. It has been a treasure trove of menswear inspiration. I thought I would start a thread to share these never before seen images so we could all get inspiration from something "new"/old. If you have an awesome pic of your grandfather in an original pilot jacket, your second uncle on safari in the 70s, so on and so on please feel free to share.

Maybe this type of thread already exists, if so please let me know and I will just participate in that thread instead.

Please no well known images, celebrities, or style icons. Just photos of friends or family.
 

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This first one is of my grandfather, dad, and uncle at the lake in the late 50s. Matching printed, bound edged swim sets! This is just awesome. The pajama top is a trend, but haven't seen anyone go as far as matching pajama piped or bound swimwear. I feel like Orlebar Brown needs to make this happen asap! What do you think these are made out of?!? It was the 50s so I doubt poly or nylon was used in this way yet. Cotton...wool?!?
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This is a photo of my dad's uncle Mike and aunt Rose. I am floored by my uncle Mike's outfit! Todd Snyder could send this look down the runway for fall and it would kill! A tipped shawl collar pullover with 3"-ish rib cuffs and waist is gorgeous especially with his rise that high on the trousers. Look at that or lack there of break with the white socks! Sorry, I know this is a lot of exclamation marks but come on! Also, some might find that watch a little feminine for modern times, but with the cuff stacked just right and a cig in hand it looks perfect. Based on their age in this photo we are thinking this is mid to late 50s.
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Great idea for a thread; thought provoking pics, for sure!
Welcome to AAAC. Looking forward to your future postings, member the skinnyboyhowser.

PS: What is that silver hued cannister we see positioned under the left side of your uncle's rear bumper? :icon_scratch:
 

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This is a photo of my dad's uncle Mike and aunt Rose. I am floored by my uncle Mike's outfit! Todd Snyder could send this look down the runway for fall and it would kill! A tipped shawl collar pullover with 3"-ish rib cuffs and waist is gorgeous especially with his rise that high on the trousers. Look at that or lack there of break with the white socks! Sorry, I know this is a lot of exclamation marks but come on! Also, some might find that watch a little feminine for modern times, but with the cuff stacked just right and a cig in hand it looks perfect. Based on their age in this photo we are thinking this is mid to late 50s. View attachment 33585
I like the tank style watch. Much nicer than the gigantic, round monstrosoties so prevalent today.
 

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What is that silver hued cannister we see positioned under the left side of your uncle's rear bumper? :icon_scratch:
I beg your pardon; isn't that a rather personal question? Ask about the clothes. Ask about the car. But leave his uncle's rear bumper out of it.

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Hello and welcome to our home
I'm pleased to reassure
That you may say most anything
We're psychologically secure

Recommend I get a buzz cut
If you see I'm losing hair
If you don't like our coffee cake
You won't get an angry glare

And what about my cousin's wart?
It's okay to speak the truth
Go on, be forthright when you wish
We won't think you are uncouth

And we all know about Aunt Anne
We can see she's getting plumper
There's just one thing we don't discuss--
Our beloved uncle's bumper
 

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I beg your pardon; isn't that a rather personal question? Ask about the clothes. Ask about the car. But leave his uncle's rear bumper out of it.

PERSONAL QUESTIONS

Hello and welcome to our home
I'm pleased to reassure
That you may say most anything
We're psychologically secure

Recommend I get a buzz cut
If you see I'm losing hair
If you don't like our coffee cake
You won't get an angry glare

And what about my cousin's wart?
It's okay to speak the truth
Go on, be forthright when you wish
We won't think you are uncouth

And we all know about Aunt Anne
We can see she's getting plumper
There's just one thing we don't discuss--
Our beloved uncle's bumper
LOL! You know Charles Dana, you are absolutely right. I've a lot of work to do regarding my sentence structure to avoid such potential misunderstandings. Clearly I sould have said his uncle's car's bumper! Thank you for an exceptionally creative and entertaining correction of my initial effort. ;)
 

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Great idea for a thread; thought provoking pics, for sure!
Welcome to AAAC. Looking forward to your future postings, member the skinnyboyhowser.

PS: What is that silver hued cannister we see positioned under the left side of your uncle's rear bumper? :icon_scratch:
It's funny that you ask. That was the first thing I asked my dad when he showed me the picture. My uncle Mike says he doesn't think it was part of the car, if he remembers correctly it's a thermos. Sure looks like it's part of the bumper to me.
 

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Surprised this thread's not caught on. Great premise. Would contribute and will when the posting of personal pics become less arduous, currently involving climbing a tree to keep alive the lousy and limited data connection on this Betty Crocker cell phone. The new governor of Maine is promising to bring broadband here to the hinter. Go Janet.
 
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