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Memory Lane

It’s not creepy to go through your friend’s mom’s life memories, right? And then share them with the world on your TEEN INTEREST site?


  • Marguerite December 29th, 2011 3:23 PM

    I Love # 93, the one in the spinning tea cups.

  • Molly Blues December 29th, 2011 3:29 PM

    every picture is like oh my god oh my god oh my god all the time

  • LisaBK December 29th, 2011 3:39 PM

    I knew Sue back in the Lounge Ax days. Gorgeous, funny, generous,… and apparently an archivist. I had no idea she had all of this stuff. It makes me wish I’d kept more of mine than I did.

  • burn-your-flesh December 29th, 2011 3:46 PM

    That’s weird to think that when I’m like 60 the style of clothes my peers and I wear and our hairstyles and music choices will be considered retro or whatever.

  • December 29th, 2011 3:47 PM

    #25 Let it Be!

  • Susann December 29th, 2011 3:53 PM

    This reminds me to keep all letters from my friends.
    #44 made me grin – great post!

  • darksideoftherainbow December 29th, 2011 4:18 PM

    literally the best thing ever? this post.

    i LOVED this sooo sooo much. i was glad that there were 94 pics but then when it finished i wanted MORE! i really loved the notes between sue and her friends…it reminded me of me and my bff! since we’re not in school anymore i’m going to send her notes through the mail…this has inspired me. we live super close but this is more fun!

    seriously, i loved this and couldn’t possibly get enough. THANK YOU SO MUCH TAVI AND SUE!

  • Hannah December 29th, 2011 4:31 PM

    “My dog just said hello. My vagina hurts.”

  • moonchild December 29th, 2011 4:36 PM

    This made me cry because I wanted to be there so bad.

    I am literally in LOVE with the kid in #33. Is he still that amazing after however many years?

    I like how the balloons in picture #2 look like… ummm… never mind. Am I the only one who noticed this?

    Thank you Tavi and Sue!!!

    • taste test December 30th, 2011 2:26 AM

      no, you are not the only one who noticed the balloons in picture 2 look a bit indecent. :P

  • chelsead December 29th, 2011 4:55 PM

    by the 43rd picture my heart exploded

  • Nomi December 29th, 2011 5:33 PM

    Apollo 2 came back to Earth. I washed my hair.

    Two equally important events, obviously <3

  • Jenn December 29th, 2011 5:33 PM

    “Apollo II came back to earth. I washed my hair.”
    “You and Mark Gariea having sexual intercourse!!!”
    “The dog just said hello. My vagina hurts.”
    “Dorothy Nimz is wearing the tightest and shortest sweater I have ever seen in my life”
    “Marla Chupak- Always on people’s nerves. Sickening laugh. Pest. Freshie but you wouldn’t think it. Long brown hair, pop out eyes.”
    “You’re probably in a nice, soft, warm bed sleeping your vagina off.”
    “I keep burping up the taste of oranges.”
    I am so obsessed with the notes oh my gosh.

  • youarebananas December 29th, 2011 6:32 PM

    for all of middle school, i wrote pages and pages in a journal every day, planning to save it and give it to my kids or whatever…now it’s SUPER embarrassing and i’m seriously considering burning all, like, 15 volumes–but this might have changed my mind, ahaha

  • bedazzledbandannas December 29th, 2011 6:33 PM

    “Apollo II came back to Earth. I washed my hair.”
    I love this. Also, ‘sleeping your vagina off’ may become my new catchphrase.

  • Olivia December 29th, 2011 7:01 PM

    THESE ARE AMAAAAZING omg omg omg

  • TessAnnesley December 29th, 2011 7:07 PM

    i think it would also be accurate to file this under LITERALLY THE BEST THING EVER
    adrsdhgskfdhdjklwhfjk i can’t
    my mum has so many pictures like this too

  • Ruby B. December 29th, 2011 9:56 PM

    “Apollo 2 came back to Earth. I washed my hair.”


  • FashionHauties December 29th, 2011 10:21 PM

    Great photos! Looks like a fun life haha ;P! But I totally still write letters to my friends like that anyways. Fun times :).

  • Mags December 29th, 2011 10:23 PM

    Pictures #46 and 54 could be from now. They look so modern. Awesome pics! I didn’t read the notes–they seem too private. I feel like a voyeur.

  • Sonja December 29th, 2011 11:05 PM

    I’m dying. It’s amazing. ALL OF IT. I think my favourite might be the ‘crying while holding acoustic guitar’. I could look at these forever. Books oh books. Tavi, you are doing OUTSTANDING WORK (across the board)

  • insteadofanelephant December 29th, 2011 11:24 PM

    these are great! look at those outfits! how fantastic

    instead of an elephant

  • discofaerie December 29th, 2011 11:36 PM

    I looked at all these photos while listening to Light my Fire by The Doors.. it was so great.. might have been a different decade- but- still….. so great.

  • cherrycola27 December 30th, 2011 1:07 AM

    I love these! The ones when she was dressed up as a little ballerina, so cute!
    #88, that’s the worst Pooh Bear costume ever!
    And I’m glad to see I’m not the only person who has ever made a list of all the boys I’ve liked. Dumb, yes, but at least I can say I was young. :)

  • monkeyfoofoo December 30th, 2011 1:07 AM

    there’s a stash of mad comics , old ones in downtown pasadena, in a antique-vintage-everything store

  • taste test December 30th, 2011 2:23 AM

    ack, this is all so gorgeous. I am amazed by how much stuff she has. I need to take more pictures. maybe that can be my new year’s resolution. I already save the letters my best friend and I write each other, and this makes me feel less crazy for doing so.

    I really want the stationary and envelopes from some of those notes, like 53 and 65. I also love the stuff on the walls in the bedroom shots.

    also! this (the pictures, anyway) totally reminds me of a capsule on How To Be A Retronaut. all you guys who loved this should check that site out if you haven’t already seen it. it rocks.

  • Minna December 30th, 2011 2:48 AM

    THIS IS JUST PERFECT. What a collection… my hoarding tendencies are justified after seeing this. Going to pester my Mum for some of her old photographs now…

  • hillary December 30th, 2011 5:16 AM

    omg all of these are so amazing! the only thing rookie is missing are some cheesy quizzes! :)

  • juliette December 30th, 2011 6:05 AM

    ahhhhhhhhhh so perfect! love the bedroom shots
    this makes me want to get back into taking photos, maybe my son’s friend will post my life online in the future

  • epweinbe December 30th, 2011 10:23 AM

    I love love love these. Like Tavi said in her fashion rookie post, I think this collection of notes and letters really shows how similar (yet also different in key ways) adolescence was then. these letters are fantastic, and make me wish i wrote more to my friends instead of texting. also
    “You’re probably in a nice, soft, warm bed sleeping your vagina off.”
    is so funny, and candid, and I love knowing someone wrote that to her friend in a note

  • koolkat December 30th, 2011 12:40 PM

    ah! i love this! And i love how in one of the notes bit o honey’s are mentioned. like, my favourite sweets! i discovered them in the gift shop on Ellis Island one summer.

  • Scrapple December 30th, 2011 12:59 PM

    OMG these are gold! I wonder what Howard Ventura, Lenny Lowe and the Skolnik boys are doing now! (#43) .. I always wondered, how did girls manage those veryveryvery short mini-dresses in the 70s? Would you wear, like, bloomers under them, or just never sit down or bend over? I would be worried all the time!

    • KinuKinu January 15th, 2012 4:23 PM

      i wonder the same thing when i see them!

  • sedgwick December 30th, 2011 5:15 PM

    I just had this thought, and not to be weird BUT. Back in the day of our mothers, the normal thing to do was to be into what was currently cool. New music, New styles etc.

    But today it’s cool to be into what was cool back in the day. Popular Nostalgia so like the 60s, 70s which we romanticise. So if popular nostalgia continues as a trend, a zeitgeist, when our children look back into our journals from when we were young, they might have a double level of popular nostalgia.

    Firstly, the records of our present, the 2010s, which they are nostalgic for in the future and secondly, the records of our nostalgia for the past (60s, 70s,). Will there be popular nostalgia for the 2010s about how much we were into popular nostalgia of the 60s and 70s? trippy man.

  • stevie89 December 30th, 2011 5:55 PM

    absolutely love this article, made me feel very nostalgic

  • pinkmassacre December 30th, 2011 6:43 PM

    I wish I could live in these years
    awesome pictures!

  • atrevidinha December 30th, 2011 10:27 PM

    this was absolutely my favorite post on rookie to date. Halfway through the set my mother came in and it was so strange and beautiful to see these photos as relics from another time while my mother sat next to me reliving her very similar preteen/teen experience – her name is Sue too, and she grew up in the midwest in the 60s and 70s. thanks Tavi and Sue Miller!

  • Motherfunker December 31st, 2011 12:49 PM

    22/23 are VERY chloe sevigny. in a good way.

  • AliceBuu January 2nd, 2012 1:08 AM

    amazing post!
    I always feel weird looking private things but
    I have always loved the old family pictures and those ones are just perfect.

  • Unibrowsmith January 6th, 2012 7:18 PM

    I loved this! Especially the notes! Reminds me of high school :)

  • KinuKinu January 15th, 2012 4:22 PM

    lovely-ness . I wanna live in the 60′s.

  • crashcouture January 21st, 2012 4:28 AM

    All these pictures make me want to live in those years as well. They are lovely!