If you do a lot of “antiquing” online it is very useful to know how to say “vintage” in Italian: d’epoca. This literally means “of the period.” The best thing is that you don’t need to modify this word so it “agrees” with a noun of a given gender and number! Sometimes all you would need is to add a certain brand’s name to get a listing of items for sale or perhaps photos of what you are trying to find.  It might help to know a little bit of Italian to come up with a plural. For example, you can use “Vespe” for “Vespas” or “telephoni” for “telephons.” But I would guess that in most cases you will get good results either way. Here are some examples of how “d’epoca” can be used (“period” and “old” were sometimes for translations, but you get the gist):

auto d’epoca – period car

residenza d’epoca – period residence

residenze d’epoca – period residences

vespe d’epoca – period “Vespas”

veicoli d’epoca – vintage vehicles

veicolo d’epoca – vintage vehicle

usato d’epoca – used vintage

villa d’epoca – old villa

ville d’epoca – old villas

vestiti d’epoca – period cloathing

spider d’epoca – vintage “Spider”

poster d’epoca – vintage poster

telefoni d’epoca – vintage telephones

porte d’epoca – period doors

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Very recently, FIAT cars began to be sold aggressively in the US. To honor this development, I have rounded up some vintage photos of (mostly) racing FIATs from the beginning of the 20th century. There is even one FIAT truck. I am not a car enthusiast, so I cannot tell you anything about these presumably fast automobiles, but anyone should be able to appreciate the excitement they once produced among the public. These probably are not the cars that  your Italian great-grandfather drove, but he certainly dreamed of them.


See also:
Italian luxury car brands and national identity

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Vintage poster – Italy via St Gothard

May 9, 2011

This is a 1904 French poster by F. Hugo d’Alési, advertising rail road trips to Italy via St Gothard. Notice a rather stereotypical Italian peasant in the foreground.

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Travel to Italy! Vintage 1890s French posters

April 5, 2011

Tourism already was a big industry in the 1890s. Italy was one of the primary destinations for well-to-do travelers from France, Germany and England. These French vintage posters must have put into the minds of many people the desire to see these amazing views in person.

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