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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween! (Unsolved - Maybe not! - New Information!)

Glass negatives continue to fascinate me. This one clearly came from a glass negative but with no attribution I can only guess the year - I will stay conservative and guess the early 1900's. 
Is it Halloween? Or is it a photogenic murderer? Costume party contestant?  From a closer look at the hand our subject is male - this cross-dressing confuses research - mine anyway. The best possibility is this being a depiction of Lizzie Borden who was accused then acquitted by jury of the murder of her parents in 1892.  What do you think?

A Redditor has commented that it could be a depiction of Carrie Nation. A staunch, and I mean STAUNCH supporter of the Christian Women's Temperance Union who died in 1911. Carrie was known to go after drinking establishments with a hatchet in hand. You can read more about her here.

This image maybe says it all -

That certainly cancels my guess of "Molly Hatchet." If you were caught drinking in her day you were definitely "Flirt'n with disaster..."

Saturday, October 17, 2015

3 Friends in Service to Their Nation (WWII) Looking for information....

Like a lot of the images I find at sales, many have no provenance. I have no connection to their legacy. I only have what I see on the image, and the challenge is to build as accurate a backstory as possible.  I have another higher resolution image below this one. My questions are:
What branch of service are these soldiers?
Is this WWII?
What are they sitting under?
What do their clothes indicate regarding rank and assignment?

3 Friends in Service to Their Nation (WWII) #worldwar2 #WWII #oldphoto

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Eisenhower On The Road And I Still Found Something Cool!

I’ll admit that if you go to any kind of sale (garage, moving, tag, estate) and stay long enough, you will find something interesting. The question for me becomes: How Interesting?

I travelled an hour to Darien, CT this past Saturday, which is very close to my limit of “how far is too far?” The decision this time was based on the description: Over 60 years of Accumulation -All must go!!! It seemed as though the whole house would be available for picking. When I arrived it was almost that, however, while the garage showed promise, the house was primarily a showroom full of upscale small furniture and accessories. 

Near the place where you would pay for your pickings was the display of Inauguration items above. I immediately thought they would be priced high base don the attention to display. 

Actually, No. I need only ask and it was revealed that they had little interest in any of the items which included the original ticket, invitation, and program to the inaugural ball. But wait! There's more!

The full program to the inauguration was also there along with the envelope. I had asked for the price on this first, and when told it was a dollar, I grabbed the other items for a grand total of 5 dollars.  Nice pick! please enjoy these other images from inside the program.