Saturday, May 20, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017
So, the war's over, the men are back, and the women have left their wartime work and wait at home, in the suburbs, for their husbands to come home. Just like a John Cheever story.
Murray Hill is a town in New Jersey, and it's connected to New York City by train. No doubt this lady's husband got on the morning train to Hoboken, got the ferry to Manhattan and worked in an office. Then, at the end of the day it was back to Murray Hill, a martini and the perfect children. At least that's the stereotype.
This post is the back side of yesterday's entry. Click on The Here There and Everywhere Collection in labels to see other images.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
So, I bought an envelope full of photos that the dealer told me came from an estate sale, and are all related. As I've noted from the first post, I have my doubts. For more details, click on the Here There and Everywhere Collection in labels for more details, and to see other parts of the collection.
Say suburbia, and most people think of the fifties and the post war housing boom. I don't have a date on this album page, but forties or fifties is a definite possibility. Note the Popular Science magazine in the rack next to the couch in the first photo. The magazine wasn't aimed at scientists, but it's readership was mostly people with a bit better education than the general public.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
I found this photo in the same box as the photos from the shoe lady series, it's the same format, same era, and same type of paper. I'm guessing that this guy was her photographer, although, of course, there's no way I can verify that. The Pride of the Yankees, from the movie theater marquee in the background, dates this photo to 1942. Too, the camera looks like a Busch Pressman, a great camera. Click on Shoe Lady in labels to see what I've found so far.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017
It's not often that I get to post something with an exact date, but I can with this one. The Alcoa Pennant was launched on June 6, 1941. She was built by Consolidated Steel at their shipyards in Wilmington, California. The ship was built for The Alcoa Steamship Company and was supposed to transport bauxite, but World War 2 changed all that. After completion, including the addition of deck guns, on January 26, 1942, the Alcoa Pennant was put on indefinite charter by the U.S. Navy, and despite her slow speed, and time spent in war zones, manged to survive the conflict. She was scrapped in Mobile, Alabama in May, 1965.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
From the same page as the last post, just the other side. Since there was only one photo on the page, I didn't see the need to show position. Click on The Here There and Everywhere Collection in labels to see more.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
In a nutshell, I bought an envelope of photographs, and was told they all came from an estate sale. Maybe they did, maybe they didn't. In any case, click on The Here There and Everywhere Collection in labels for more info and to see other parts of the collection. It'll be awhile before it all gets posted.
So, why the title? Well, take a close look at the top photo, and you can see sprinklers watering something, and in the bottom, kids are slurping away at a water fountain while the bespectacled adult looks into the camera. This album page must have come from an upper middle class family, at least. How many working class people put their sons in such fancy clothes?
Friday, April 28, 2017
I have to confess, I would have never bought this postcard if it hadn't been of Allegheny Park. I grew up about fifty or so miles from Pittsburgh, lived there for a few years, and visited this park, and yes it's still there, hundreds of time.
Allegheny Park was opened in 1867, in Allegheny City, a community that was first laid out in 1788. It was annexed by Pittsburgh in 1907, and it was not voluntary. One of the interesting things about this card is that it was mailed, and has a 1906 postmark, yet the park is identified as part of Pittsburgh, a year before the annexation became official. Famous people born in Allegheny City; painter Mary Cassatt, dancer Martha Graham, poet Robinson Jeffers, Steeler founder Art Rooney, writer Gertrude Stein, and early film pioneer and director, Lois Weber.
The postmark is from Crafton, PA, "JUL 24, 10 AM, 1906," It was mailed to "Lillian Clark, Johnstown, Pa." Think what the country was like when that was all that it took to deliver the mail.
Monday, April 24, 2017
As I've noted before, sometimes I buy envelopes of old photographs, some of which I want and others, not. Anyway, I don't throw any of them away, but I do have a box of old snapshots that will never get posted on this blog. This one was kind of floating between those two poles, but in the end, I decided to publish it because it reminded me of my childhood. I grew up in a small town where there was an endless stream of fundraiser/potluck dinners. My mother couldn't cook worth a damn, so I enjoyed eating other people's food, and while it's true that those potlucks were dominated by macaroni casseroles and ambrosia (I'm still not certain what ambrosia is) it was a hell of a lot better than what I got at home.
There's a processors stamp on the back, "PRINT MADE BY KODAK, R, SEP. 76." The R stands for R-print, a reversal image made directly from a color transparency.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Look who I found. I went back to the antique store and found another picture of the shoes off, shoes on lady. (Navigate back a few posts or click on shoe lady in labels. I suspect I might find even more of her if I have the time to go through the photo bin, and if not...) Anyway, different dress, different pose, but it sure looks like the same shoes.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Stamped on the back, "MISSION PHOTO SERVICE, 278 Franklin Street, Phone 3571, Monterey, California." And it's dated, "9/15/41."
The Monterey of today is a town of millionaires, and probably a few billionaires as well. It's tourists visiting the aquarium and shopping and high end boutiques. In 1941 Monterey was a working class fishing town, the Monterey of Steinbeck's Cannery Row.
It's hard to know what this gathering was about. There's a screen and a 16mm movie projector in the background, so they must have been there to watch a film. The suit wearers have a banker vibe, while the open collar types could be captains in the fishing fleets. But why were they all gathered to watch a movie? I wish I knew.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Monday, April 3, 2017
I can't remember where I heard it, but beat me with a stick is something I've heard at one time or another.
Anyway, written on the back, "Rebeal 1947, Malcolm Salinger, Jan Castsanien." Now, I guess that makes some sort of sense, two names, two people. But then, "Peggy Schull, Jan Castanien, Salinger, Denison, N W Ines." Okay, I've got two names and since Malcolm and Jan get named twice, I guess that's Jan and Malcolm fooling around in the photo, but why did Peggy, Denison, and Ines all get mentioned? And Rebeal? I did a search, and Rebeal is an actual surname, so is that yet another unseen person, or the name of the beach? As usual, more questions than answers.
Friday, March 31, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
This is a real photo postcard that has been trimmed down, and judging by the corner mounts on the bottom, placed in a photo album. What's written on the back is intriguing. "Jo Edith, Guy and Baby." The simplest explanation is that the card was trimmed to fit the page. Still, it's interesting to speculate. Did Guy leave with the child? When this picture was taken, the age of vaccinations was still in the future, and the child mortality rate was around 30%. Did the baby die, and did the child's death drive Jo Edith and Guy apart? As I noted, the size of the album page is the obvious answer, but still?
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
The exposure is a bit off in this photo. It's clear that the photographer metered for the legs, and the printer didn't do him any favors by not dodging back the top third of the image. Still, it's a great city scene.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Why oh why can't I find a scanner that's not intent on correcting my old photographs. I've just spent the better part of an hour trying to get this studio portrait to look like it actually does. I don't need Epson to make things better for me. Anyway, best guess, from the twenties. Click on The Here, There, and Everywhere Collection in labels to see more and get an explanation for the collective title.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
I'd stay at a motel named Porky's. As a matter of fact, I'd favor a motel named Porky's.
And the caption, weirdly in all caps, "PORKY'S MOTEL MIDDLETON, WISCONSIN ON U.S. HIGHWAY 12&13 MIDDLETON. 4 MILES NORTH OF MADISON. PRIVATE SHOWER BATHS-HOT WATER HEAT. OPEN YEAR ROUND-FREE T.V. PHONE TERRACE 6-1141"
I really like the idea of having a private shower.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Continuing with my hotel/motel theme....Fist of all, it's not a new version of The Glarus Hotel, it's a hotel in New Glarus, Wisconsin, America's dairy land, so, needless to say, there's a lot of locally made cheese, and from what I've been able to find on-line, there are also a number of local breweries. I had no idea there was beer tourism. Live and learn.
So, the New Glarus Hotel was built in 1853, and it's still there, though now it's strictly a restaurant. The pictures I found don't show a lot of change in the building, though those great Eames/Herman Miller molded fiber glass chairs have been replaced by plain old wood. And, they have bands. Have no idea if they had entertainment back in the fifties or sixties when this photo was taken, but they do now. As a matter of fact, Barefoot Becky just finished an engagement. She has a few videos on YouTube. I grew up in an area where polka was quite popular, and I have to say, she wasn't half bad.
The caption, "NEW GLARUS HOTEL, NEW GLARUS, WISCONSIN. Authentic Swiss Architecture enhances this Swiss Style Dining Area and Service Bar around a fire-place setting." I've never understood how postcard manufacturers use capitol letters.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Before Motel 6, before the Best Western, there were a lot of these small, family owned motels all over America. And then, the interstate highway system was built, bypassing small towns, and isolating all those motels from cross country travelers. Those small motels would give out postcards for their guests, kind of a cheap advertising method. I have to wonder how many people thought that a motel card was a better choice than one of the local tourist attraction.
And the caption on the back, "FAIRVIEW MOTEL, 3230 Commercial Ave., Madison 4, Wisconsin. Free Television-Radio-Air-Conditioned Phone Cherry 4-9996. On Highway 30 just off 51 and 151 Restaurants Nearby. Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Biehl."
I wonder how many rooms,per night, Mr and Mrs Biehl had to rent to break even. .
Monday, March 20, 2017
Actually, I hate coffee. There's just something about it that always tastes bitter in my mouth. I do, however, love this postcard. These kind of strange buildings, designed to look like some object, used to be a fairly common sight along American roadways, but as time passes, so do the coffee pots, giant shoes, and plaster pets. I miss them, kitschy though they may be.
This card was never used, so no messages or postmarks. The caption, "Washington Island Information Booth. This hand-painted, Norwegian Rosemaling coffee pot portrays the Old World hospitality of Washington Island. Charming natives, dressed in Scandinavian attire, dispense information and coffee to visitors of Washington Island, Door County, Wisc. Color by Hagedorn Studio."
Sunday, March 19, 2017
No, not Venice, California. Literature is full of stories of rich Americans headed off for a life along the canals. In my last post, I wondered if this collection was the maid's or her employer's. My mother and her brother were servants. When her bosses traveled, she stayed at home, but her brother went with the family. In the last post I promised a clue, and that clue comes from my mother's experience My mother was a parlor maid and wore a uniform like the one in the last post. Ladies maids and valets, like my uncle, traveled, parlor maids stayed behind.
Click on The Here, There, and Everywhere Collection in labels to see more.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Well, the best thing to do is click on The Here, There, and Everywhere Collection in labels to get an explanation, and see more from the lot. But in a nutshell, the person who sold me this collection said it was all from an estate, but then again, take that with a grain of salt.
So, the first two photos reveal the why of the title. There she is, the maid, in one image she's holding the cat, and in the other, the dog. I guess, the real question is this; Are these the photographic memories of the maid, and her career, working for different families, or did mi'lord and mi'lady just need someone to show off their pets? My next post will be the other side of this album page, and may provide a clue.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
He might not be drunk, but I suspect he knew what it was like. Take a close look at the table, and Polaroid photos with their unique pull tabs can be seen. There's just a bit of the brown staining, common on early Polaroid photographs, were part of the image is underdeveloped, along the left edge of this print.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
I refer to this blog as a found photography site. In reality, since most of the content is purchased at flea markets, antique malls, and on eBay, The New Purchased Photography would be a more apt title. True found photography, images found on the street, or in some abandoned building, is truly rare, and very special.
Anyway, there I was, walking down the street in Hollywood, just a few blocks from the Scientology building, when I looked over and saw this photo propped up on a pipe stand. It's not the type of found photography I'm really looking for. It's clearly a digital print, and a manipulated one at that. But, it was a photograph so I picked it up. Then, I turned it over and saw that someone had written their own little philosophical tract on the back, another thing I find fascinating. Needless to say, I took it. The big question was, what to do with it. The writing would normally go on my Fair Use blog. Photographs would normally end up here. In the end, I posted on both blogs. Photo first here, tract first on Fair Use.