Cherries are a classic vintage motif – especially of the 40s and 1950s.
They are red of course (my favourite colour), round, shiny and bright. The sweet ink an white of cherry blossom has been around for thousands of years in Japanese art – I sometimes wonder if after WWII and victory over Japan that is one reason why the cherry motif became so popular. Or maybe the red just brightened up peoples day, as did the red lipstick so popular during WWII. Here are some vintage cherries:-
The above items are all available to buy on etsy, where there are many more cherry items.
Real cherries are also juicy, which is said to relate directly to the life giving power and fertility of a women. The cherry is also said to starkly resemble the fullness and color of a woman's lips. According to tattooists, cherries also have various erotic meanings, depending on how they are depicted. You can go here for more information.
Cherries as a motif on clothing weren’t that popular until the 1990s it seems, as a retro look at the 40s and 50s, although I have found some original swimsuits with cherries.
When cherries were on clothes it wasn’t the black with red cherries that is so popular now, but a lighter version, such as this vintage 50s dress below.
Although gingham and red cherries, sometimes in place of the brooch that had been worn in the 40s, were popular.
Some of my favourites are these sandals from Pinup Couture, and the Atomic Cherry cardy.
These swimsuits from pinup couture are also cute.
Now to go lose some weight!
Have a great juicyday,
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