Monday, January 12, 2009

Mark Davids

Amsterdam, Netherlands

“On my free time you can find me always at antique shops and at antique street markets. I never watch the news, I never listen to modern things. You can say I have not much with this modern world today.”

Mark is a historic consultant and works as a Senior of Security in Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. This guest is not only passionate about history, but he believes in an old fashion lifestyle, etiquette, and being a true gentleman.

Besides his work, Mark is studying integral security management at the Hogeschool Utrecht . He is also hoping to start studying history next year at the university. Mark speaks Dutch, English, and German. And he describes himself as a friendly and honest person.

Mark’s passion for vintage started about 15 years ago. “I started slowly to decorate my house with 19th century furniture.” Mark said that he loves almost everything pre-war. The cars, the trains, the fashion, the films, architecture, but as well the behavior of people.

His website, “The True Gentleman“, is all about how a proper old fashioned gentlemen should behave, how he should be dressed and how he should interact with other people. Mark said that being a true gentleman is a lifestyle to be lived 24 hours a day, it is a behavior, a passion to oneself, to other people, as well a way of thinking and dressing.

Mark belongs to a history group called the “Historical Consultancy 30-45”. Which is a historical advice service about life in the first half of the 20th century and especially the years 1930 – 1945. Mark also belongs to “Club Interbellum” (The interbellum is the period between two wars). This club is for Nostalgists (people who put their nostalgic feelings into practice) and for anyone that are interested in the decades of the 20‘s, 30‘s, and 40‘s. Besides those historical eras, Mark is also fascinated with the Victorian period.

This true gentleman also has an eye for fashion and style. He describes his vintage style as “old-fashioned“, but not conservative. “My style is pre- war from 1900 till 1940”. We asked Mark what is his favorite period for fashion. “Very hard to say. Something more Victorian, something 1930's. But I think the end of the 1930's I love the most,” which by the way, is the style he wears daily. Mark will never leave his home without his hat.

Mark considers himself to be a Timewarpian. “Yes indeed, I do noting else. I never watch news, I never listen to modern things. You can say I have not much with this modern world today.” His house is decorated in complete 1900‘s styles, as well as some "modern" things like a 1930’s era radio and a gramophone. Mark certainly lives a 100% nostalgic lifestyle!

The types of vintage events that Mark enjoys are anything that has a pre-war theme. He also spends time with his history group where they go to a cinema, spends a weekend at a 1930’s airport , or enjoys listening to old music. “On my free time you can find me always at antique shops, antique streets market. We have here daily in Amsterdam the Waterlooplein market. That is for sure my favorite vintage place.”

We asked Mark If he had a chance to go back in time, what year would that be and why. “I like to start in 1900 just the end of the Victorian time until the time I am 25 years old to be best time ever to go to out in the Jazz Age of the 1920's, and in the 1930's to settle down.”

What would you like to bring back from the past? “For sure the fashion. The old fashion just make the people more beautiful then they are in modern clothes. We lost a lot from the pre-war period.” And besides the old fashion clothes Mark believes that we should bring back the old fashion behavior, which would make everything easier in life.

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Mark Davids

Contact Information:

Mark's personal website: The True Gentleman

Mark's appearance on Dutch Television Broadcast: Youtube

His Flickr page: Mark's Photos

His Myspace page: Mark's Myspace

Club Interbellum: Club Interbellum Photos

Saturday, January 3, 2009


South Florida

"I'm not sure if I can really define a "time warp wife". However what I seem to like best is a woman who lives in the modern world but retains the civility, and ideals of the 'time warp' world."

Writer and columnist Leonard from South Florida describes what his ideal wife would be like. Although Leonard doesn't considers himself a Timewarpian, he appreciates the civility and ideals of the past.

Leonard is from Washington DC, but now resides in South Florida. He works in PR and also as an advertising manager for a real estate investment company. He is also a paid columnist and a writer. “I get dressed up in a suit and tie every day!” he says.

His hobbies are writing, reading, and people watching. He admits that he surfs the web a bit too much. That's how he found our Time Warp Wives website. Leonard said that he enjoys the martini bar/ mohito bar. And that he is hoping to find a good salsa partner. He also likes to travel locally. He'll occasionally visit the casino, or travel to South Beach, Miami. He also attends religious services and likes to spend time with his parents.

We asked Leonard what appeals to him about Time Warp Wives.
“I'm not sure if I can really define a 'time warp wife'. However, what I seem to like best is a woman who lives in the modern world but retains the civility, and ideals of the 'time warp' world. Unfortunately, I usually seem to find uber-feminists. I like independent, well-spoken women. I don't want women to step backwards. I want both women and men to remember manors, and common decency lost from our nations recent past.”

Leonard said that he is attracted to a woman that is both modern and traditional. Then he explained what his ideal wife would be like. “Someone who is not looking for a hero or an escape, or to be completed, just a woman who needs a man, and a mate for life.” Leonard said that as a husband he will offer his honesty, integrity, and loyalty. His best attributes are that he is very patient, entrepreneurial, and he has a great sense of humor. He is also a good cook, and good to kids and pets.

Leonard describes what his dream family life would be like: “A small place in the city, private school for the children, careers for both the wife and husband, with plenty of time for the children.” His family values are to support and sacrifice for wife and children.

We asked Leonard why he considers himself as a future Time Warp Husband. “I live in a modern age, yet embody the best of the past era.”

Leonard's passion for vintage started from his father who collects antique cars, antique radios, and still uses a typewriter. One of Leonard’s favorite vintage finds is his 1930’s tube radio with a lit dial. He turns it on every night. And his favorite vintage style is of the 60’s suits as seen in Madmen on TV.

When asked if he considers himself a Timewarpian he said, “I don't live in the past, but I seek to take the best from it."

Then we asked Leonard if he had a chance to go back in time, what year would that be and why.
“Late 50's-60's. The style, and the time, society was at its intellectual peak.”

Why does he like the 50s and 60s eras?

“OK, there were some bad things about the era, racism, etc, and yet there were so many good things too. Aside from people who chose to dress up and wear a suit and tie and hat, rather than a Megadeth t-shirt and flip flops, there was much more civility. People had a common pride in the nation. It was a time of optimism and not pessimism. Downtowns were booming, cars were works of art. People got dressed up to go to the theater, to go on an airplane, or on train, and to a religious service. In schools, getting good grades was something others looked to in a positive way. Service to the country, and patriotism was considered to be positive. A man could have an agreement with another man on a handshake and not via a lawyer's order. People actually read books and the newspaper objectively. Quite a few things.”

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