Kids on horses...IT'S A CATEGORY

Kids on horses or ponies is definitely a category so I'm not sure why I don't always buy them. You know if I find a shot of people eating watermelon it's coming home with me; same with someone cutting a cake. But I often leave kids astride a poor pack animal in the bin. I need to rethink this. Sure, often the kids look less than thrilled. They're duded up in some cowboy duds and then stuck on a horse. The parents are smiling, the guy with the horse is trying to get the kid to smile, and the horse with one leg resting is just thinking, "What did I do to deserve this?" as the kids pees through the chaps and onto the horses back.

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Yeah, I think I need to rethink this category. There's more going on than what appears on the surface.



If the photo is of Pa, Ma, and Clyde...which one is Pa or which one is Clyde? It's pretty safe to guess that one of them is Ma...but...but...
but...I'm so confused.

They are quite adamant about this what with the "." period after Pa and Clyde.


YOU HAVE A CHOICE this holiday season

The holiday season is upon us. Dance and be merry! Or be like me and sit on a log and stare at some guys butt.


CAUGHT skinnin' a live potato!

Well dang nabbit! I don't let folks take my picture so it's with great surprise that I find this shot of me showin' up! I guess they thought it would be funny to post a photo of the old woman peeling the skin off a live potato on Thanksgiving. Dang cell phone cameras!

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May you all have a potato skin free holiday!


THE SUITOR and the Wallpaper

Vern met Charlotte at a Grange dance and was immediately taken with her smile. After several dates Charlotte decided it was time for him to meet ma and pa.

"Pa is thinking of retiring and the two of them will move in with my brother and his wife. He said we can have the house. You'll love it. Ma decorated it herself."

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Home Decorating 101:  Always have something in your room that makes people say, "Whoa, the _____ really pulls the room together." Now, this could be a rug if you are planning an homage to the Dude, or, as in this case, a wallpaper that you got really really cheap.

Make sure to get something that makes a statement before visitors even have a chance to make a statement. It will be a focal point in your room where for years to come family and friends will want their photo taken.

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It will also confuse drunks who end up having a very hard time telling anyone where they were.
"Honestly officer, there were like huge prickly leaves and horses everywhere. Oh, yeah, and there was an angel watching me alllllllllllll night, bless her little heart."


Little sailors, guns, and a BIG HAPPY SMILE

What more could a little boy ask for? A sailor suit, a stuffed animal, and a gun. Which is bringing this little lad the most pleasure? Let us hope the gun was a toy and that his smile wasn't from the glee of taking out the neighbor.



It's always fun to go to the antique store and find more photos in a series that I didn't find the first time around. For a few years it was photos of Ernie. Alas, I haven't found anymore of Ernie, but I did find a couple more of his young daughter.

Yesterday I found this one of Mrs. Coleman. Mrs. Coleman and the apartment building she lived in in 1915 was featured here and here. What a simple joy it was to find another photos of her. Sadly Mr. Coleman will remain a mystery.


Perfect little BALLERINAS

And this is why this place is called Tattered and Lost. Who else would buy this shred of a memory?

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Colorful LIL

I always find hand tinting of photos fascinating. Sometimes it's so bad that it makes a bad photo good. Sometimes it's a stunning piece of workmanship.

On photobooth Lil I'm fascinated by the choice that was made to put background color on the left, but nowhere else. Conscious artistic decision or run out of paint?



These are the men we celebrate on Veterans Day. These are the men we celebrate on Memorial Day. The truth is that we have no idea how many of these young men never returned to their homes to share meals with their families, thus no idea which holiday is appropriate for each of them.

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I have no information about this photo, but can surmise it was taken of US troops during World War II in the Pacific theater. After having seen so many war movies it almost looks like a still from a Hollywood production. It could have been taken from the miniseries The Pacific.

Nearly hidden among all of these men, waiting for their rations, is one fellow who looks like every GI you've ever seen in a World War II movie. But these guys aren't in costume. These guys didn't have fancy trailers to go to between takes. These guys were walking in the mud, swatting the mosquitos, complaining about the food, and unsure what their futures held.

We remember this weekend, November 11th, those who have served our country in too many wars.

This is my submission for this weeks Sepia Saturday. The theme photo showed women working as telephone operators, part of a machine. I went with men working as part of a war machine.

SHARI in color

Another photo of Shari, but no information as to when it was taken. Such beautiful big eyes.

I also believe that this photo of two kids rollerskating is of Shari with perhaps her brother. This photo was originally posted August 4, 2011.

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SHARI with Nancy Kimberly in 1950

Did you play dress-up as a kid? Did you have a bunch of old clothes that belonged to your mom or dad that were now yours to do with as you wished? I do remember have some purses and hats when I was very little.

Perhaps some of you will also remember the following items: plastic high heels, fur stole, pop beads. I had a pair of kids size plastic high heels that were held on with a strip of black elastic. The shoes came with a gray and white faux fur stole. You might not believe this, but I still have the stole. I don't know where, but I do remember I have it. I think the set also came with pop-beads. I still have some of those too. The heels? Long gone. Even if they fit I wouldn't wear them. It's been decades since I wore high heels. I always hated them and finally decided my feet were more important than fashion.

On the back of this photo it says that this is "Shari with Nancy Kimberly around 1950." Shari is on the right. These little girls are classics!

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Joyous Velma. Nearly Isadora Duncan joyous Velma.

Velma, I'm with you. After last night I'm joyous too.



Grumpy Velma. Very grumpy Velma.

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I'm sure eventually some poor soul will find this post when searching "male pole sitter" and will be very disappointed. Keep moving. Nothing to see here.


Coming or GOING?

All I can tell you about this vintage snapshot is that it's from the George Kallman collection, specifically from his mother, Lorena Aina Beck's, photo album.

I have no idea what is going on here, but I can speculate. It's an odd photo.

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This is my submission for this weeks Sepia Saturday. From the prompt image I went with groups of people doing things that make no sense to me, but for which I know there is a story.