what I really like about all these vintage couple’s portraits is that there is a very certain romatic decorum kept up – certain themes and poses – which, while of course being the mainstream preferred view of couples repeated throughout many studios, are just… so nice to look at. 

    this staged affection, a mix of theatricality and intimacy, the couple holding still for a couple of moments and now immortalised in a very set sequence of embraces and kisses. there is a charm to it even when I can’t tell whether this was a genuine couple portait or just actors hired by the photographer.

    the kiss on the bare shoulder (eyes perfectly averted), the cheek caress, the piano and the violin, the interrupted embrace, the woman tilted back as in a half-stopped dance…


    I simply must torment you a bit with these, let us see some of my personal favourites! (part one due to the image limit)

    let us start with the kiss on the cheek (eyes averted! oh the pose! these were taken between 1910-1940)

    or the nearly opposite energy (how daring!) of the kiss or caress with direct eye contact (1910-1930)

    and then the innocent – yet so flirty – classic of the park encounter! (1890-1920)


    and then the famed kiss on the bare shoulder – what an idea, what a vibe, such intimacy! (1910-1930)

    and oh, I am not done, look at this the adoration of the woman! look at this expression, this pose, this decorum! (1910-1940)

    and then some of my favourites from the more playful or direct category, enjoy (1910-1930):


    and, at last (thank you for still being here and witnessing my recent fascination with vintage polish photography) my three absolute favourites outside of any particular categories (1910-1930)

    just look at her. just look.


    so I got into grad school today with my shitty 2.8 gpa and the moral of the story is reblog those good luck posts for the love of god


    okay so i just got my dream job??? a week after applying to it?? and now i’m thinking….maybe this is the good luck post


    …..not even six hours later i got an offer of a well paying full time long-term job with free room and board in queens in nyc, allowing me independence and a way to escape an abusive situation and an unhealthy environment

    likes charge reblogs cast, folks, this is the good luck post


    I totally understand that many people admired the accomplishments of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and that she meant a lot to people, especially women, in the US, but… all this canonising of her as a saint-like figure is starting to feel very Catholic, and I urge you to consider that maybe this isn’t the best way to honour the memory of Jewish woman.


    this is the dumbest thing to ever assault my eyes and brain. respecting someone for their accomplishments is not a catholic exclusive and she’s not being fucking canonized


    I’m so sorry I assaulted your “eyes and brain.” You’re right, what could have possibly led me to say that any of the ways people are memorialising RBG is even remotely Catholic-y?

    My deepest apologies again for assaulting your gentle sensibilities.


    Lol at least they’re honest abt it


    I mean she most likely didn’t die she just got promoted

    (also Catholicism was developed from Christianity was developed from Judaism, not the same religion but still)

    RBG is a legend


    No, that’s… that’s exactly the type of thing we’re objecting to, here. I’m sure you mean well, but RBG was not “promoted” to anything. She was a Jewish woman who fought a lot for equality in her life, and then died. Judaism doesn’t have people who ascend to some all powerful level of sainthood. There are particularly righteous people on earth who are notable and admired (tzaddikim) but it’s an informal and totally observational designation, and we don’t worship individuals we considered a Tzaddik at all, we just admire them. RBG is not some heavenly judge now sending flies to bother Mike Pence. That’s not how Judaism works. Moreover, as a Jewish person, I’m asking you to please not mistake our foundational texts being appropriated from us and then reinterpreted to have a totally different meaning as some sort of “developmental” line. Christian/Catholic thought has nothing to do with Jewish thought. Our entire worldview is different. Please respect that.


    Don’t understand why it’s so important to emphasize her Judaism. She accomplished so much for the progress of equality REGARDLESS religion. She didn’t make being a Jew a central pillar of identity. That said, canonizing people needs to stop. Kill your idols. Appreciate their brilliance, warts and all. 


    “She didn’t make being a Jew a central pillar of identity.”

    Right, no, she just kept a mezuzah (important Jewish ritual object) on the door of her chambers, had a Hebrew injunction from the Torah about justice that is important in Judaism woven into her collar, kept that same Hebrew phrase emblazoned on a poster in her office, sent her kids to Hebrew school, celebrated the high holidays with her grandchildren, co-authored a feminist Passover seder supplement with a rabbi in 2015, literally said at her confirmation hearing that being Jewish shaped her views on civil rights, remained active in Holocaust remembrance efforts, did interviews on Jewish identity and antisemitism, wrote essays for American Jewish Committee publications, and one wrote an article in the New York Times entitled“What Being Jewish Means to Me,” in which she wrote: “I am a judge born, raised, and proud of being a Jew. The demand for justice runs through the entirety of the Jewish tradition. I hope, in my years on the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States, I will have the strength and courage to remain constant in the service of that demand.”

    But sure, no, obviously being Jewish wasn’t a pillar of her identity at all 🙄 🙄 🙄

    I swear, some of y’all think that Jewish people can’t have strong, self-defining, and deeply felt Jewish identities unless they’re literally ultra-Orthodox, and it fucking shows. 


    It is understandable that many people are mourning her loss in ways that feel familiar and holy to them, BUT it is better and more respectful to mourn her loss in ways that reflect her identity, not yours.

    So please, let’s do better.