Happy couple in yellow

By: usermattw

Jan 18 2019

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Category: Pairs


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What it is:

Photo measuring 3.5 x 3.5 inches.


What I know about it:

Undated and unidentified.



I went to the used bookstore near my apartment to look for a specific book for a friend’s birthday.  Defeated in my quest, I wandered over to the boxes of vintage photos, uncertain if I wanted to buy any.  But then I saw this one, and suddenly I was off on a buying spree.  I got a bunch of fun ones to share, but here is the first one.  It makes me smile.  I love the colors.  I love their delighted expressions.  And I’m intrigued by what’s going on here.  Are they dressed for a party?  Are they at the party?  Is this their house?  Why is he holding a single candle when there are three more matching ones on the table behind him?  Is the other thing in his hands some sort of food package, like a TV dinner?  Is the red thing in her hands a piece of glassware that’s part of a set with the one on the table behind her?  Does her giddy expression come in part from whatever is in her glass?  Whatever is going on here, it looks like a good time.

12 comments on “Happy couple in yellow”

  1. Great fun! I don’t often see mid-century photos for sale, and when I do, I don’t always bother to look at them. The expressions in this one make it a real winner!

  2. Omg! I think my folks had those same curtains in our kitchen! Right era. 😳

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  3. You are right, this is a great photo! My guess is that he is holding a cake and the candle is acting as his birthday candle. An impromptu celebration maybe? The thing he is holding looks to me like a foil cake tin, Or it could be a foil wrapped loaf cake.

    • That’s probably a good guess! At first I thought he was holding an ice cube tray, but after I blew it up and looked closer, I realized it was something more like a foil food container. It seemed a bit small for a TV dinner, so I think your guess of a cake is a good one.

  4. It is a bit sobering to realize the “mid-century” photos in my personal albums are considered “vintage”.

  5. Soooo very the 70s! Ha!

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