|The beautiful Elizabeth, dressed in original 1940s vintage.|
But with the younger fashions, like the 1940s, our home town of Reno actually serves quite nicely. We don't have a lot of very old buildings, but we do have some from the 1930s and 1940s surviving. So for this shoot with Elizabeth, vintage fashion connoisseur, I thought we could actually celebrate Reno's past.
Where better to do that but on the Washoe County Courthouse steps, where thousands of women have become brides and divorcees. This is the famous courthouse from "The Misfits," and one of the most beautiful buildings in downtown Reno.
One of the traditions from the past was for a lady to "kiss the column" upon existing the courthouse doors, her divorce finalized. While no lipstick stains remain, the column still stands as a monument of 20th century female freedom from bad marriages. Check out the newsreel above for glimpses of Reno in 1943, and happy gals "kissing the column."
So, naturally, The Column played a role in our photo shoot.
|Reno in the 1940s - Washoe County Courthouse - Elizabeth is wearing all vintage paired with the beautiful reproduction 1940s shoes "Betty" from Royal Vintage Shoes|
I hope you've enjoyed our photos! Here are the details:
Model: Elizabeth Pedersen
Location: Washoe County Courthouse, Reno, NV