Thursday, June 30, 2016

What A Group Of People

When I found this photo, I immediately thought there was something a bit off.   It took me a bit, and I had to scan it and blow it up, but finally I figured it out.  Take a look at the second row of people.  They're a lot smaller than they should be.  It's true that they could be a lot further back from the front row than I think, but why are they also smaller than the people in the back row?   Too, take a look at the lady, second from the left in the back row.  It might be necessary to click on the image and bring it up in a larger window to see; the bottom of her body, below the waist, appears to be missing.  I suppose it's possible she standing in a bush, but that doesn't make a lot of sense.  I know how it's possible to make a photo composition in the pre-photoshop era, and it's a lot of work.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Le Tour

Five more days 'til the Tour de France.  This is how it starts.  Riding down the garden path, scooting under a table, then it's on to BMX, then a first racing bike, then....

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

On the Beach

Los Angeles now has a light rail to Santa Monica and the beach.  It's no longer necessary to sit in traffic and pay $15 to park.  This is not Los Angeles or Santa Monica. Dated "JUL 70"

Monday, June 20, 2016


It's hot.  It went over 100 today, I don't have air conditioning, I'm covered in sweat, and very uncomfortable.  I could really go for a snowball fight right about now.

The Senior Strangler

Admit it.  The old lady is about to strangle her husband.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A Lot of Hard Work

I have two of these, both mailed, both with messages.  One is addressed to "Miss H. M. Rafford, Hamilton, Me.  It's postmarked, "OURETTE, MAINE, FEB 2 AM 1909."  And the message, '1/28/09 what do you know about this is this what you wanted? Joe."

The other was sent to the ever popular "Miss Maud M. Billings, No 1. Cleveland St., Hamilton, Maine"  The postmark, "BANGOR ME. APR 17, 09, 1:30 PM"  And the message, "Saturday 17, 09.  Hollo dear, I received your nice letter.  I was very please to hear from you.  I will try and write you a letter Sunday, write whenever you have time, yours with love, A.R. Jr."  And yes A.R. did spell it hollo.

As usual, click on flirtation to see more.

Monday, June 13, 2016

This Is A Ripping Place

More mixed messages from the Taylor Art Company.  For the life of me, I can't figure out what they're trying to say.  I've found a hot lady for fun and games, or I'm thinking that this is what things will be like when I get home.  The ripping place seems to say I'm having fun.

Not sent, nothing written on the back, click on flirtation in labels to see other cards in the collection.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Making Rapid Progress

Well, this card sends mixed messages.  Don't worry darling, just in case things don't work out with you, I've got a backstop. No wonder the Taylor Art Company was so short lived.

This one was mailed to "Miss Maud Billings, 81 Cleveland St., Hamilton, Maine."  And the postmark, "BANGOR ME. APR. 21 6:30 PM '09."  And of course, the all important message, "Bangor, Ap 21, Sister, how is everything up your way? Please write soon. From Sister Mike."

More than a few of the cards in this collection use the word "Sister," and I've always assumed it was a religious greeting rather than a familial one.  I'm thinking Quakers, though I'm sure there are other sects that refer to each other as sister and brother.  The Sister Mike is kind of interesting.  Is that Mike like Michelle, or Mike like Michael Learned or Glen Close?  Perhaps a joke from a close male friend who isn't the boyfriend.

Once again, click on flirtation in labels to see more from this collection.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Don't Worry, Yours


A long time ago I bought an envelope of postcards that the seller called his flirtation collection.  Every card had some sort of romantic theme.  I posted the first one in May, 2013, and I've still got more to go.  Some are photographs, some are based on photos, and some are pure illustration.  The illustrated ones get posted on my Fair Use blog.  If I'm not sure, I go with my best guess.

This one was never mailed and was published by The Taylor Art Company of Philadelphia, Pa.  They were in business from 1907 to 1909.  Click on flirtation in labels to see the rest of the collection.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Donuts or Doughnuts

I like donuts.  As a matter of fact, I love doughnuts.  I would not, however, serve them at a party.   Dated "Week of November 3, 1954."