Color Studio Portraits from the 1970s Are Almost Too Awkward

In the 1970s, shag carpets were all the rage. Shag carpets in hues of Oscar the Grouch Green and Tang Orange. And to keep those carpets looking their shaggiest, people actually had rakes. Carpet rakes. To rake their carpets. It was... awkward. 

Also in those groovy seventies homes, there were a lot of macrame hanging plant holders to be found. That held a lot of ferns. Macrame and God's eyes. And terrariums. Biiiig, spaceship-looking terrariums that held terribly average plant life. In large doses, it was... awkward. 

This collection of unfortunately colored studio photo portraits from the 1970s were created by well intentioned individuals and families who wanted a record of themselves as they were at the time. They dressed in their nylon shirted, leisure suited '70s best and posed in the hippest way they (or their photographer) could imagine. But now, thankfully overshadowed by later family portraits, these framed 70s relics hang on walls and sit on tables, gathering dust and laughs. Awkwardly. 

See a ton of these treasures at Vintage Everyday. Don't miss it.

Images: Van Mechelen studios, Steenbergen, Netherlands, via Vintage Everyday

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