12/24/15

It's the FRAGILE TIME OF YEAR!


Hoping all have celebrations that bring them closer to joy, peace, and love. It's not always easy to do, but maybe we'll each find it for a few moments.

12/20/15

CHRISTMAS 1949


The anonymous little girl at age 6 with the same wonderful tree in her bedroom.


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Snapshots from the last 100+ years of children and adults with dolls. 

12/19/15

The Secondary CHRISTMAS TREE


The little girl from the 1940s I've recently featured seems to have had two Christmas trees each year. One tree was most likely in the living room; there are shots of her with adults at this tree. Then there's the little tree below. I think she might have had her own little tree in her bedroom. How cool would that be? This one even has bubble lights!


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Snapshots from the last 100+ years of children and adults with dolls. 

Perfect stocking stuffer for the doll collector on your list!

12/16/15

JINGLE BELLS?


I can imagine the sound of this whistle. I'm guessing she was not playing a soft rendition of Silent Night. No matter what she was playing I believe she was loved.


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Tattered and Lost: Forgotten Dolls

This one is for those who love dolls!
Snapshots from the last 100+ years of children and adults with dolls. 

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12/15/15

CHRISTMAS at Age 6-1/2


A blurred shot, but still rather fun. The unknown little girl at age 6-1/2.


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Tattered and Lost: Forgotten Dolls

This one is for those who love dolls!
Snapshots from the last 100+ years of children and adults with dolls. 

Perfect stocking stuffer for the doll collector on your list!

12/14/15

FIRST CHRISTMAS in 1943


I have a large box of slides that feature this little girl. They begin in 1943 when she was born and end in the late 40s. Though there is some writing on some of the slides, I have yet to find her name. So her brief life in slides will have to suffice without any identity.

This must have been her first Christmas.


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The image below of her with her doll collection is in my new book Tattered and Lost: Forgotten Dolls. There are three photos of her in the book.


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New book NOW available on Amazon.
Tattered and Lost: Forgotten Dolls

This one is for those who love dolls!
Snapshots from the last 100+ years of children and adults with dolls. 

Perfect stocking stuffer for the doll collector on your list!

12/11/15

Visiting the YMCA in SCOTLAND DURING WORLD WAR I


As soon as I saw the image for Sepia Saturday this week I knew exactly which photo I needed to feature. The problem…where did I put it?

This real photo post card is from a collection of cards that belonged to my Scottish maternal grandmother. There is nothing written on the back so I have no idea who any of these folks are. I am guessing it was taken in Scotland. Perhaps some of these people were friends of my grandmother; none of them look familiar.

There are a lot of stories here that we'll never know, but oh my it is fun to speculate.


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Tattered and Lost: Forgotten Dolls

12/10/15

A BLUE CHRISTMAS for One Fella


A couple days ago I finally saw the police report for the accident I was recently in. Oyyyyyyy, someone is going to have a really bad Christmas. I will give the fella who caused the accident good points for honesty, because I think most people might have withheld some of the following information since nobody pulled over to be a witness.

The fella admitted to driving 70 mph on a two lane road, tailgating, crossing the double yellow lines, and worst of all to be talking on a cell phone when the accident happened. I have a strong hatred of people driving with one hand on the wheel and the other on a cell phone. If I could do a citizens arrest I would.

So beside the fellas car being totaled I imagine he will also loose his insurance because the costs of this accident keeps going up.

I feel no anger towards him. He behaved stupidly, but it wasn't with malicious intent. It was an accident and he owned up to it.

Now, this image may or may not have been an accident. Did someone finally break and say, "I'm tired of Mitchell parking his car in front of our house! I'll show him." And then did the man storm out of his house with the new chainsaw he got for Christmas?


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This image is from Tattered and Lost: Vernacular Photographs.
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Tattered and Lost: Forgotten Dolls

12/9/15

CHRISTMAS CARD from the Chamblin Family


Another photo Christmas card from Montez Lawton's scrapbook. I give you the boys from the Chamblin family.

Just like yesterdays card, the boys seem to be going for a Buckaroo look.






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12/8/15

Christmas Card from JULIUS, EILEEN RENEE, and LENNY


I have featured items from a scrapbook my friend Bert gave me at my other site, Tattered and Lost Ephemera. The scrapbook was created by Montez Lawton, an elementary schoolteacher, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This Christmas photo card is from the scrapbook. I have no idea what the little boy is holding, but I can see the very cool cowboy shirt (checkout Tattered and Lost: Buckaroos and Buckarettes).







You can see more items from Montez Lawton's scrapbook at Tattered and Lost Ephemera by typing her name in the search box at the top left column.


And please take a moment to look at my new book Tattered and Lost: Forgotten Dolls. I have published seven books of vernacular photography. Each with a sense of humor and pathos.

12/4/15

Lost AT SEA


The prompt for Sepia Saturday this week had me immediately thinking of this snapshot: Robinson Crusoe, lost at sea, saltwater no matter where you look.

If you've ever been to sea on something other than the behemoths that cruise today you'll know that feeling of watching the sea, watching the sky, watching the sea, watching the sky…. You'll also recognize the stance the fellow has taken. Just looking at this has me reaching for the saltine crackers.


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Snapshots from the last 100+ years of children and adults with dolls. Okay, there are a couple of dogs too.

Perfect stocking stuffer for the doll collector on your list!









12/3/15

The EYEBROW


Another couple on a couch. Have we seen them before?


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I didn't notice the eyebrow had been drawn on until I enlarged the image.


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12/1/15

And so the COUNTDOWN BEGINS with Charlette's Friends


I'm assuming these ladies are friends of Charlette, perhaps visiting Charlette's home. It's all so wonderfully 1950s. I feel right at home.


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11/29/15

TEENS


I have no idea if any of these girls are the women featured in other photos. I'm guessing old friends of Charlette.


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SHARP DRESSED Family


I like to imagine they were at Charlette and Edgar's wedding.


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11/27/15

DREAMERS


Friends of Charlette and Edgar.


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On LEAVE


Friends of Charlette and Edgar. That's all I'm "sure" of.


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11/24/15

SHARP Dressed Man


For those who have followed this blog since at least August/September of 2013 you might remember the love story of Charlette and Edgar. At the time I purchased the photos of them I also found shots of some of their friends. If you don't remember Charlette and Edgar you can find them by typing Charlette in the search box to the left or by clicking on her name in the labels.

One of their friends; a sharp dressed man.


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11/23/15

CONTEMPLATION



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Even if you're not physically hurt in an auto accident there are repercussions that last for a very long time. Those repercussions have worn me out. The end to all of it is not yet in sight.

It's been one of those years. When I can, I sit quietly with a pet on my lap and listen to my breathing and tell myself I'm a very lucky person.

11/4/15

Okay, everybody say ROQUEFORT!


Our gang.


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I have been on vacation with no net access. I apologize for not posting all of the comments. I will get to them now that I'm home…as soon as I can stop dealing with people from my insurance company. See, the vacation went very well, extremely well…until the last day when we were in an accident. Nobody was hurt, but there was extensive damage to all vehicles. This is what happens when you pull off to the shoulder to let people who are tailgating pass. BAM! Even the innocent party end up losing everything. I have spent so many hours on the phone for three days straight with so many different people that my head hurts. All of this to just get bad news about what will, or more correctly, not be done.

And so it goes.