Hot! Santa Monica, 1946

Prepping for vacation, I've got playsuits and bathing suits on the brain! It's fitting that I post this photograph of my grandparents from Santa Monica, CA in 1946. They lived in Los Angeles when it was still Orange Groves and farms and this is one of the few photos (only?) I've ever seen of them at the beach.


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I tend to believe that this was a playsuit rather than a bathing suit since my grandfather doesn't looked that prepared for their outing and I believe my grandmother had two-piece bathing suits around this time (she still had them when I was growing up).


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. O my goodness! I just had to tell you that your grandparents were adorable!!

  2. Awesome photograph! It’s amazing to see how much you look like your grandmother.

  3. You know what I like about this phto? They have one shadow. Two people, one shadow. All in step.

  4. This photo is so lovely. I love vintage photos.

  5. Love the photo…and love how “in love” they look.

  6. You look so much like your grandmother!

  7. Wow – you really resemble your grandmother! What a beautiful candid photo :)

  8. You look like her.
    What is your background by the way?