Ladies (and Girls) of the BTSSB Print “Fragrant Rose Memories”
Fragrant Rose Memories is a print from Baby the Stars Shine Bright, which was released in 2012 (Shown above is the Vivienne JSK). At some point, someone made a comment on EGL about it being possible that somewhere out there, there was a lolita who’s grandmother was in the print. Now, that’s probably really a slim chance, but, it sparked me thinking about who these ladies (and girls) actually are.
From the stock photos, swatches, etc, I picked out 6 people that I could get clear images of, and I went to work on finding out what I could about them.
Here is the first lady that I pulled from the BTSSB print’s reservation page graphics.
I found her image here and it turns out it was a vinatge postcard.
Taken from the black print sample, this shows a girl with her dog and umbrella. In the print it’s rotated and framed, so this is more blurry than the one in the print due to my processing it to get it straighter.
Larger image is again an old postcard, found here.
There was not a good picture of this girl to be had. Above are the three I was working with and below is the flipped version of the original, found here.
Unless that is a window behind her, painted for the outside, it should go the other way (the way it is in the print), so I flipped it, which is the last photo.
Feeding in the correct version, brings us to this site. Where we find that, no, it’s not a window, it’s the card caption, which is french and reads “heureuse année” or “Happy [new] Year”.
Here is the 5th girl I pulled from the print; two of them, actually.
I’m noting a growing trend here at this point, the place I found them, again is this site.
Also, just to note, for ones like this, I actually rotated the image, cropped it rectangular and then photoshopped in the corners to be the relative shade of grey they would have been in a full image.
This one is also an old postcard, I believe and it has a message on the top. It’s in german and it says
Which seems to be something like “Congratulations on your nameday or feastday”. I’m guessing it means ‘Happy Birthday?’ and, again, found it on this site.
All in all, I found it really interesting to see the larger images. It’s important to note, for those who are concerned, that all of these images are more than 70 years old and thus are no longer protected by copyright (anyone can use them for anything at this point), and so Baby did nothing wrong in using them. If anyone out there had this print and wants to share a bigger image of any of the people not covered here, I’d love to track more people down!