1931 train here we come...
The swing band went onboard the vintage train as well. I can just image the great ambiance in that swingin' jivin' car. But, I figured it would be such a crowded area and I really wanted some special photographs of the train so we went into another compartment. The train waited about 15 minutes before starting which was great because it gave a lot of people the opportunity to take pictures. The train we were lucky to be on was made in 1931 and ended service in the 70's. It was so interesting to see the old ads and to imagine how people of the 30's and 40's traveled. It was also funny to see people surprised by the train who were expecting their "regular train". A lot of people wanted to take my picture, which was really fun. I think the funnest picture taker was this young hip boy with a skate board. lol There were a lot of people taking pictures of the whole event from professional photographers to "i-phoners".
I had the opportunity to sit next to a couple of other vintage ladies. One of the ladies said she always dressed in 1950's outfits and loved to wear her lovely dresses to church. She was so regal. A really nice lady. The other lady was a tango teacher who had a lot of her grandmother's clothing. This is so nice that her grandmother had been able to save these things. So, it was a lot of fun ridding near these fine ladies. The conductor of the train wore a vintage outfit and carried a stop watch. The children who were on the train, loved it.
Details on my outfit:
Coat - Etsy seller Secretlake - 1930's wool coat with metallic gold colored rose buttons (my favorite part of the coat details below) and velvet collar with gold stitching. It certainly feels like a high-end quality made coat. It has a label attached that reads "Arnold Constable Fifth Avenue, New York" This was a store that operated for over 150 years closing it's doors in 1975. The building appears to still be there. It's interesting to learn about the origin of these vintage garments.
Gloves -ebay, I had actually bought these gloves with a different idea and it was great that they matched my hat
Hat -I don't recall if it was ebay or Etsy...I'm thinking ebay. Red tilt hat with a black ostrich feather. 30's, 40's.
Bag - Etsy seller MeMeWorld 1920's velvet with metal frame. This bag arrived just in time, a day before. It's in incredible condition and certainly a heirloom for my daughter. The interior is in perfect condition which is very difficult to find with such a vintage bag. It also has these great wooden tassels that are difficult to see in the photographs.
Good bye vintage train!
On a P.S. note, here is a link to an article about what some of the Greta Garbo items sold for in the auction that closed this past Friday.