Today I found a blog that featured two older shots taken of vespas that I have not yet come across and had to share them here. Check out this rather fabulous post about the history of the Vespa over at Bella Rustica’s Blog.
The first one is a great moment captured of Audrey Hepburn that I have yet to see. I do say, she is something else:
A bit of the post from Bella Rustica,
“Toward the end of the war, the fall of Italy and the destruction of its road and rail infrastructure, meant that the need for adequate post war transport was a severely pressing one for the nation. Renaldo Piaggio, his once booming fighter aircraft factory now destroyed, crippled by the severity of a post war economy and the severe restrictions placed on a defeated nation, had to take his manufacturing skills elsewhere. Piaggio then, turned his eyes on the obvious transportation needs of his post war country. He looked around and asked himself, ‘Just what was it that he could produce cheaply and in vast quantities, that would meet the needs of the day?'”
This is certainly one photo I’ve never come across before and was beyond jazzed about finding:
Louis Armstrong, on a vespa with his trumpet. In Roma.
(I almost feel like throwing in an “Amen” right here.)
Want a treat? Click the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd_JDrnBMMA&feature=related.
And a classic beauty for the cherry on top,
This is the vespa dreams are made of.
Keep on keepin’ on, folks! Have a lovely day.