As She Was | Found Vintage Photos

As She Was | Found Photos of Everyday Women

The clothing women choose to wear tells a lot about her, whether intentionally or not. If photos tell 1,000 words, we’re willing to bet the clothing worn aids this story enormously.

Perhaps this is why we adore vintage photos of women so much and seeing what everyday women wore doing normal everyday things. Life isn’t always about the big SHABANG moments. So much of life happens in simple clothing, unmade faces, and messy hair.

As She Was | Found Photos of Everyday Women

As She Was | Found Photos of Everyday Women

As She Was | Found Photos of Everyday Women

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We adore the image above so much! We just want to be friends with these gals. And the pleated wool skirt the gal in the middle is wearing, of course we love it, we’re such suckers for a-line pleated skirts.

As She Was | Found Photos of Everyday Women

As She Was | Found Photos of Everyday WomenAs She Was | Found Photos of Everyday Women

As She Was | Found Photos of Everyday Women

As She Was | Found Photos of Everyday Women

As She Was | Found Photos of Everyday Women

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As She Was: Soiled Doves & Painted Ladies

In the old west in the 1800s, ladies of the night (prostitutes) were called Soiled Doves. Don’t judge me, but I like that term for some reason. It’s a mix of something innocent and sweet with something well, not innocent or pretty.

The history of prostitution is a very sad tale and it is sometimes haunting to look into the faces of these women and wonder who they are, what became of them?


No matter what they were called or how they were perceived, the doves were there for the taking and taking all they could get because as you might imagine, this was not a lifelong career and when it was over, it was over. ”  / source Soiled Doves


Have you seen the vintage movie Pretty Baby starring Susan Sarandon and a fresh faced Brooke Shields? If you haven’t, you need to go see it! Susan Sarandon is a prostitute and also a young mother to teenage Brooke Shields. The movie is controversial because Brooke Shields appears nude in this movie and she was only 12 when the movie was in production and barely 13 when the movie was released.

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Some just had no other skills to provide a means of support. Others were the daughters of prostitutes, already tainted in the business.” – Legends of America, Painted Ladies

If you would like to see more photos of Painted Ladies, check out photographer E.J. Bellocq’s portraits of prostitutes in Storyville (a red light district in New Orleans that no longer exists). This image below is one of his photos and I just find them so delightful. Here’s another E.J. Bellocq link (with more pictures!) at


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A Vintage Winter Tale


We’re dreaming of a white christmas here at AV. It typically snows in portland once a year. And, the times it has, it is usually just a thin white layer on the ground. When it does snow, the entire city shuts down. We don’t have snow plows in this city! It’s an amazing feeling, being in a shut down city. No one drives anywhere, the busses barely run, and everything is just silent. There’s no mail for a few days, people cross-country ski to the grocery store, and everyone pulls out everything they have to use as a sled. I’ve seen trash can lids, water tubes, and skateboards. All the hustling and bustling stops. Although it’s frustrating and makes going to work difficult, it’s truly is a nice moment of getting to actually stop and enjoy the winter.

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As She Was | The truth is honey…


It is of no secret how much I love vintage photographs. I think most vintage sellers share my love for old photos. We obviously like old things to begin with. It’s so much more than that though. It’s the story behind the photo. Or rather the mystery as to what the story is. I have a board on Pinterest entitled “As She Was” where I pin found vintage photos of women from the past. Sometimes they’re famous (you’ll definitely see many photos of Audrey Hepburn for example), but most of the time they are photos of women with no names. Just faces and a story that only very select few know or no one knows at all.

A beautiful group of WWII War Brides, 1943.

1940s women in dresses

July 20, 1939

“The truth is, honey, I’ve enjoyed my life. I’ve had a hell of a good time.” – Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner
An outing 1910s

1922 summer dress hat at the shore

1940s Paris Women on Bicycles

1950s Babe

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