Friday, 28 December 2012

I'm going to spend the holidays on this website.

No joke.

You probably all have heard of it already, but for the ones that haven't : .

YES! That's what I'm talking about!

You can find (almost) any ad, from the newest French nylons from 1916, to the all-American Uncle Sam.
Also lots of politically incorrect and sexist posters.

Not only classic advertisements by the way,
you can find 2012 ones too, but since this is 'Jessica's Vintage'.. well, you get my point.

It is very useful for research, but for just drooling over wartime lipsticks (guess you can say that is one of my favourite pastimes) it is lovely too.

When I signed up, I had to 'tell' what I was:
a film maker, a university, a newspaper, etc.
I think that indicates that this is a well-appreciated website, consulted by all kinds of agencies.
(I was an 'interested individual' by the way, I hope in a few years I can say that I'm a history student!)

I must say that it's quite UK/USA focused, I typed 'Holland', my home country, in the search bar; pretty much only ads for the Holland-America line appeared. So.
But that's a minor detail.

Also, when I click the zoom button to see the enlarged picture, an error appears.
But that will probably just be my computer...

Well, just wanted to share this new addiction of mine with you!

If you didn't know it yet, visit The Advertising Archives quickly and enjoy,
and if you did,
do the same.

Xo Jessica

Monday, 3 December 2012

Cute book, cute catalogue

Good afternoon!

No long text today, I just want to show you two funny things I got my hands on.
Well, actually my Mum got her hands on them!

The first one is sort of a catalogue with famous adverts and pamphlets, from, say, the 1910s to the 1970s.

My mum got this catalogue from her work. Her colleagues thought I might like this, well yes I do!

Then the second one.
A funny little book about housekeeping in the 20th century. Every thing is mentioned: from the newly invented washing machines to sewing clothes for your 13 children.

Ok, it's not literature, but it's amusing to see the 60's ads about kitchens with an in-built dishwasher! What progress!
Also it can be useful for research.

Well, here are some pics.

The mid-right ad! Ö
The more politically incorrect, the better?

Pretty ladies smoking ads. Pretty ladies smoking ads everywhere.

True that. Plus, the women's hair is lovely.

Classic insurance companies!

Far fetched slogan, but hey, it rhymes (untranslatable, sorry). Plus there is a sexy woman, that always helps.

If only nowadays' coca cola ads still looked like this.. *sigh*

Pity there isn't too much background information about the classic pamphlets, would've expected a little more.

Van Sabben Poster Auctions
no. 37
June 4, 2011

Moving on to the housekeeping book.

The title In Holland staat een huis just means 'In Holland is/stands a house', it is from a very old children's song. Not funny in English, no.

Tips and tricks on ironing

Her hair! Gahh

Cute traditional family

Ingrid van der Vlis
Publisher Scriptum

Well that's it!
Hope you like it as much as I do.

Xo Jessica

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Perfect Saturday

Last Saturday, the 17th, started weird.
We had a wedding the day before and we came home very late so we slept till 11.

When we had finally got up, my Mum headed for our little shopping centre just around the corner.
But after 15 minutes she got back home again, and that was odd, since I knew she would go to the library.
And my Mum usually spends at least half an hour when she goes there.

Then she told me I had to go to the libraby asap, because there was a photographer who wanted to take vintage pictures!

I didn't know why or how, but obviously I rushed to get my bike to have the experience of the month.

In the library I found a beautiful 40s radio and two chairs and a carpet in the notorious wartime poop colours. Sorry.
Also I found a not-so-vintage man, but hey, he's behind the camera.

He explained why this photostudio was situated there: In the Netherlands it is 'Nederland Leest' (the Netherlands reads) this month, that is some promotion to get people to read more.
One book is highlighted in Nederland Leest month, this year it is 'De donkere kamer van Damokles (Damocles' dark room) by Willem Frederik Hermans.
The story takes place in the World War II and is about the resistance: hence the forties' radio.
The photoshoot was part of the book promoting.

I could choose from some hats to put on, but those were mainly Michael Jackson fedoras...
And by the way, I had victory rolls. (You have to have good eyes to discover them though, thanks to the overexposure)
Posing is a serious thing!

Anyway, here are some pictures!
As you can see I am 'reading' the Damocles book.
Joost Enkelaar was the photographer, such a friendly man. :)
He actually understood my style, that is very rare in my town!

Oh, and in December there will be a physical (you know, not digital but touchable) photograph available for me.  :)

Xoxo Jessica

Creepy smile 

With my Mum:)

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Eye candy!

Sometimes when I'm bored I go to YouTube, search for some vintage music videos, sit back and relax.

I summed up my favs for you!

Note: my music taste is not as diverse as the following artists are.
I like the Baseballs from time to time,
but Christina Aguilera's, Beyonce's and Katy Perry's music are NOT my taste. (I love rock, especially Queen, but their music videos are like the opposite of vintage(: )

Beyoncé - Why don't you love me?
Fun video! Especially the snake part. :)

Christina Aguilera - Candyman
Love the outfits and the guys,
but I don't think war time women wore winged eyeliner.

Of course the Baseballs:

Digger, marry me, please. *faints*

Chasing cars

And my personal favourite:

Katy Perry - Thinking of you
Goosebumps, every time.
But, same story as with Christina Aguilera: cat eyes are not 40s-like...

So these were my favourite modern vintage videos!
What are yours?

Xo Jessica

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Hi there!

Welcome to my blog, Jessica's Vintage.

My name is Jessica Verhoeven, I live in a small town in the Netherlands, and I'm 16 years old.
I'm crazy about reading, history, England, God and Jesus, city trips, high teas and coffee.
But one very important one: vintage!

I especially love the 1940s: women were talented in picking practical yet classy outfits. I also adore the waisted silhouette of the 1950s and I have a thing for the 1960s' sugar sweet pastels.

What can you expect if you're going to follow my blog?
I will have updates from vintage finds (that can be fashion but also things like a classic chair) to how-to's on, for example, classic hairstyles.

I am interested in politics and
news as well, so I will probably update about that too.

Oh, and I have Instagram, follow me @jessicasvintage. :)

Xo Jessica