Happy birthday to this handsome, high waist wearing, world traveler, wise man. Poppy would have been 120 this year. My grandfather dropped Yoda wisdom long before there was a galaxy far far away. His words and knowledge influence every business and life decision I make. I wear the tie tack from his stud set around my neck and his signet ring on my pinky – I even tattooed his monogram as a memorial.
Lester was the most generous, kind, fair and empathetic gentleman and I cherished every moment I was able to spend with him as an adult. He was quite the dandy having owned a successful department store located in what I can only imagine was a cleaner, safer, less bombed out and more prosperous Camden, New Jersey.
So based on that information I am assuming high water/high waisted men’s casual trousers were en vogue in 1971. Granted this isn’t the most flattering photo of Poppy but as an archivist, I adore how evocative it is of the time and place. He is disembarking from a tender while on a Caribbean cruise. I love how the ship’s staff photographer is there to capture this momentous occasion.
Although cruise ships still employ photographers, there was a sense of glamour that begged to be documented even in the most casual of activities. It would be refreshing if just a sliver of that style was prevalent in today’s travel.