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Lost in a Paradise: {WWII Memories} Vintage Vernacular from Another Earth


This is a short clip from Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line” which never ceases to inspire and engage the mind and soul with its thoughtful narration and invigorating visuals that take the viewer through the complex voyage of a soldier to war hidden by the beauty of “paradise“. . .

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It really must have been something to find yourself in a strange new world, another Earth far away from the hometown you left months before. You might never want to leave. You might hope to be left on a deserted island for the rest of your days; left alone by the complications of society.

Malick does a great job at creating this world, and you can get an even cooler glimpse into this world by digging into the world of vintage vernacular.

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Ask your grandparents and they probably have vintage snapshots to share with you, or dig through the bins of them at your local Flea Market or antique store. There are treasures to find. These memories of some lost paradise always seem to be like faded remnants of some beautiful black and white dream. . .

Here’s a few to quench your thirst! Soak it up, and bring this lost paradise with you wherever you go.

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The Coconut Man- Paradise Lost- Vintage Vernacular- Style Inspiration

Vintage 1940s Common Towels Ads - Paradise Lost - Military Men

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Why should I be afraid to die? I belong to you. If I go first, I’ll wait for you there. On the other side of the dark waters.
Be with me now.

-BELL, “The Thin Red Line” by Terrence Malick {based on the novel by James Jones}

Escape The Everyday - Paradise Lost- Vintage Vernacular- Style Inspiration

The War Machine- Paradise Lost- Vintage Vernacular- Style Inspiration

Vintage 1940s Common Towels Ads - Paradise Lost - Military Men in the Jungle

Silly Soldiers Draggin It Up- Paradise Lost- Vintage Vernacular- Style Inspiration

Lonely Beaches - Paradise Lost- Vintage Vernacular- Style Inspiration

WWII Buddies Pals Friends Fools - Paradise Lost- Vintage Vernacular - Style Inspiration

Man of War- Paradise Lost- Vintage Vernacular- Style Inspiration

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What’s this war in the heart of nature? Why does nature vie with itself? The land contend with the sea? Is there an avenging power in nature? Not one power but two?

-TRAIN, “The Thin Red Line” by Terrence Malick {based on the novel by James Jones}

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{STYLE WISE – SUMMER EDITION} Surf Dudes with Attitude!

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While not all the gentlemen seen in this series have surf boards in their hands, they all undeniably possess that wicked spirit of the surf.

Spontaneous, effervescent, and wild like the waves, these are men of the past who have found sanctuary in the beauty of the ocean, and have used its energy to conjure an unbeatable swag, and undeniable attitude.

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We love looking through what people wore, and especially with swimwear, not much has changed. Whether shorts or speedos, the look and style of these basics can still be found today.

And while we don’t wear the one-piece suits anymore, or have to swim with tank tops; these looks are more and more interesting and intriguing. There is some unique stuff there that just needs to come back (striped one-piece, graphic swim tanks) into play!

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Especially with today’s climate, always drifting back to the past for inspiration, I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of these influences in the mix in coming years. If not, we’ll just have to take it on ourselves. Either way – it’s happening.

Check out the amazing pictures we’ve found for you all to get in the swing of Surf, and the attitude that makes it timeless beyond the bleached blonde hair and tubular moods we automatically associate with this lifestyle.

So what do you think? Have things changed that much? There’s no time value on fun in the sun, that’s for sure.

Share you favourite pics with your friends or post to  your own blog

and help showcase {vintage} summer style!!!

Hope you’re keeping cool.

It’s hot.

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Diary of a Small Town – Vintage Dreams and Nightmares

We have quite the tale in store for you today at The Eye of Faith. This one is taken from the darkest depths of our imagination and tells the hidden tales of a quaint small town, not too far from where you sit. It could be any small town, but this one is brimming with mystery, and dare I say, perhaps even evil!

Things started out innocent enough, but there are certain places on this Earth where malevolent energies cluster and stay for many thousands of years. It is in the quiet of the country, far from the claws and chains of the city, that have provided families and individuals with the peace and calm they desire. But often times, it is the unsettling chill of calm that can provide the most fright.

Even in a town where everyone knows your name, you never know the myths and legends being made behind closed doors or the grim memories lost deep beyond the trees at night. This one is all about wayward youth, rebellion, seduction, secrets, mysteries, beauty, and strength.

To our vintage dreams, and  to our vintage nightmares – this one is to a town not yet forgotten. Keep the mystery close, for you never know what clues you may stumble upon. For all you know, they might still need your help.

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{DISCOVERED} Bathing in Brighton: Vintage Memories and Musings

Who are the  dapper gents in top hats and scandalous bathing shorts?

None other than some of the original members of The Brighton Swimming Club. This photo was taken circa 1863 by photographer Benjamin Botham.

Seems like the boys of Brighton have been stirring up a lot of conversation on the net, which seems quite remarkable for a one hundred and forty nine year old memory!

It’s remarkable that photographs like this have survived,  helping keep the past alive, and showing all of us here in the {PRESENT} the weird and wonderful moments of the past they don’t teach you in history class.

The Brighton Swim Club was established on May 4th, 1860, following a meeting of swimming enthusiasts at The Jolly Fisherman in Brighton’s Market Street. The members, all serious for the sport, were completely revolutionary to the strict mandates of Victorian dress codes often ditching their scanty shorts to swim the seas nude.

As noted in our story on Men’s Vintage Swimwear Styles, swimsuits were made of heavy cottons or wools and covered most of the body, making it highly uncomfortable and straining.

Due to public outrage over the sight of the naked male swimmers, authorities in Brighton would introduce regulations that insisted that men who wanted to swim on the main beach between the hours of 8 AM and 9PM, would have to wear a bathing costume to “preserve public decency”.

{The club’s  “two-dolphins” crest is embroidered on these suits – a symbol of the seaside town. This photo was taken outside their clubhouse at No. 231 King’s Road Arches on March 1881}

That’s where the calecons, a French creation, came into play allowing for the coverage authorities desired, and the lack of coverage desired by the club members. They were truly rebels of the waters, treading the fine lines of societal morality and the function they knew they (and WE) needed!

The Brighton Swimming Club is still alive and well today! The Swimming Club has gone through great efforts to keep their history in tact so all can see. Floating Memories is an archive dedicated to preserving and curating their collected history, and features a remarkable database of vintage clothing and lifestyle. Their Vimeo channel yields some true wonders!


If you enjoy the beach (I know you do), and vintage styles (I know you do too) be sure to check this out!

Thanks to Callum James for bringing this remarkable tradition to our attention. His blog Front Free Endpaper features many cool vintage treasures to adore. Also David Simkin, whose Sussex Photo History blog featured a brilliant page on The Brighton Swimming Club, including a detailed breakdown of that fantastic picture of the gentleman wearing top hats that’s been buzzing around the place!

Once again, history prevails and shows it’s not going away anytime soon. So have fun! Do what you want!

Hope you’re all having a great summer!

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This is How They Do. “Come Into The Water” (1929)

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“I don’t mind giving money to orphans, but I draw the line at working for them.”

Oh, the 1920s, how I love thee so. You must check out this incredibly silly, weird, and wonderful crazy flapper beach ballet to the tune “Come into the Water”. The ladies are rehearsing tirelessly for the upcoming Orphans’ Benefit.

The clip starts off with some impressively fluid camera movement along the bustling shoreline, revealing all the beach fun that could be had in 1929 including beach volleyball and the charleston! Some things never change . . .

It’s just a short clip, this one. Just enough to make you smile. Check it out!

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{Style Wise} Esquire Spain’s Vintage Inspired Tropical Getaway!

If you have been keeping up, you’d attest to the fact that we are deeply inspired by  The Boys of Summer.  As we pillage through our vast collection of summer looks, we are enthused to bring you our own line which will be debuting very SooN.  We are faithful to the fact that the best beachwear will always be timeless.  In fact, the proof is in the pudding in July’s 2012 Esquire Spain.
We found this fantastic spread; Tropical Getaway at Models.com shot by Ohnur with some rocking looks from one casual extreme to the next.  Esquire Spain has got it right with vintage inspired shorts, to casual cool cotton tops, we say “We want a piece!!”.  With looks from Calvin Cline, Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste to Dior Homme, Prada and Dsquared, we recommend diving right in!

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