Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Contessa di Castiglione 1863

I've recently started work on a rather large (and time consuming project) which has limited my computer time abit. Was just taking a break and looking through one of my vintage pic files and some of the images I have collected over the years can only be described as evocative. The one of the Contessa above is my favorite. Here are several more for your viewing pleasure:


Rapt and wary

just strange

The world on his shoulders


Mr. Haydon, mid 1850s.....What is his story?


3rdEyeMuse said...

what fascinating images!! thank you for sharing them. :)

Abi said...

Sue! simply beautiful photos - I love them all, but particularly like the love birds! so interesting - wonder where the ideas came from - especially the child with a cig!! crazy!

julie campbell said...

These are wonderful Sue, I just love trying to figure out what was going on when I come across photos like these !
Mr. Haydon is very handsome but why ob earht was he dressed like that ?? and as for the child,I'm sure that was very amusing in those days, it just shows how much we have changed, and these days it would be a very controversial photo .
Thanks for posting these,
julie xxx

Lady Artisan said...

Love that pic of the Contessa! You've collected some very interesting images.

Marie Patterson Studio said...

Great pics...thanks for sharing!

The Studio at Crow Haven Farm, LLC said...

Sue, again where the heck do you find these photos? LOL I love the one with the little girl smoking...that is stange and made me giggle.
Have a great weekend my friend.

Renee said...

The child in rapt and wary Sue is beautiful. That is my favourite.

Have a great weekend.

Love Renee xoxo

Abi said...

Check out the Etsy Treasury:

Kerin said...

These are awesome and the first one is so captivating. Her eye really draws you in.

Oops! Desperate Blogger~ said...

Great pictures Sue! I left you an award over at my blog!!

Tristan Robin said...

that smoking, black-eyed little girl is hysterical

the Countess has always been one of my favorite vanity models - she must have kept four photographers' mortgages paid!

Renee said...

Sue now that I take a second look, maybe it is world on his shoulders that I like the best.


icandy... said...

Wow... you've found some crazy images... they are sooo much fun!!

Happy day!
Christina :)

Anonymous said...

I'd love to know Mr. Haydon's story...
I think "Just Strange" Is one of the funniest vintage postcards I've seen!

Looking forward to seeing your next endeavor Sue!!!

Abi said...

Thank you for your feedback on my bust!! it was extremely helpful :O)