Friday Inspiration: Vintage Iceland

Friday Inspiration: Vintage Iceland
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For this Friday Inspiration, we’re taking a little inspiration from Throwback Thursday and going old-school. I’ve scoured the webs for the most beautiful or interesting photos of Iceland from the early 1900s and complied them into what is hopefully a beautiful scroll for you. Just look at those bakers from Kirkjustraeti above. Pretty different from Sandholt, right?

Unlike previous Friday Inspirations, this one won’t have many “Want this look?” links. You can read more about traditional Icelandic costumes here but I’m unsure where you can go to buy similar items. If anyone knows, tell me!

Want to see more? Check out the Reykjavík Museum of Photography and particularly their “Vanishing Culture – Westfjords” exhibit by Þorvaldur Örn Kristmundsson. I just saw it—hence the inspiration for this post—and it’s fantastic.

But without any further ado…

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Those wool coats are timeless (and probably very warm too.)

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1908 wrestling team—we see where Gunnar Nelson gets it.

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Again, we see where Gunnar Nelson gets it.

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I love the multiple braids in this picture. Such an interesting timepiece.

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Apparently Iceland has always been absurdly windy…

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There aren’t many traditional Icelandic sod houses left. These pictures are some of our only records of them.

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Recognize it?

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Reykjavík pre-automobile. I love the composition and movement in this photo.

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Yes, people still did the Golden Circle back then…

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In 1918 theory of tectonic plates hadn’t been thought up so these people probably didn’t know what they were standing on.

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Family portrait. Look at that hat and glasses—an original 101 hipster.

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Early construction! They probably weren’t building hotels or puffin stores though…

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Oh wow look at how upset that little boy is! Tragic.

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That facial hair—who knew it’d be back in, now?

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My favourite of the bunch: so elegant, so neat, so incredibly beautiful.

 

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