Monthly Archives: August 2011

Solving a 100-year-old Mystery

Abigail R 3-1 From one of the cartons of photographs Mother secreted appeared this beautiful, classic, family portrait: Even this excellent reproduction does not do justice to the virtually unblemished, satiny portrait that — were it not for the style … Continue reading

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Emily & Christmas Colors 2 Daughter Emily sent me this link, writing: So this guy, Nick Pitera, works at Pixar. He’s a modeler. He also sings, especially Disney songs, and especially when he can do a duet with himself. Kind … Continue reading

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Me in Mankato

Avery at the Wall 6 In July last year I photographed Old Town Mankato along the city’s Riverfront Drive, in HDR.  The resulting photos were extraordinarily colorful, sort of like a normal digital color on steroids. Shortly after I finished … Continue reading

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Clair Stuck my hand into one of the cartons of photographs and came out with a fistful of photographs, none of them more recent than the early 1950s.  I mean, there’s a wealth of family history there almost incomparable in … Continue reading

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Regrets

Ceramic Dance 7 Some ten years ago I found in Mother’s basement a small but very significant cache of old photographic prints of her, taken by my grandfather from her earliest days in 1911 through the times of visits home … Continue reading

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Abigail Mirror Still absorbed in family lore and artifacts. Speaking of which, below a gallery of photos of, respectively, my great grandfather, my great-great grandmother, and my great-great grandfather.  These are all scanned from vintage 19th century silver prints found … Continue reading

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Three Ideas 15 Apologies for being less than diligent in adding to this blog.  Daughter Emily and her boyfriend have been here since Saturday, plus I continue to plow through Mother’s effects. As to the former distraction, we dined at … Continue reading

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You (Still) Can’t Copyright an Idea

Rachel News yesterday that photographer Janine Gordon’s copyright infringement suit against Ryan McGinley, somewhat notorious among photographers for the outlandish extremity of its claims, has arrived at its just deserts — the court found for defendant McGinley, and with a … Continue reading

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Adventures in Family History

Claya 10 Going to hit you with more family archeology, since I continue to go through my mother’s effects (and will for some time to come). I found a small packet of snapshots and postcards.  Turns out they were (probably … Continue reading

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Overcoming the Packrat Syndrome

Jesse in the Basket I live among packrats.  Notably, two of my close relatives appear to favor retaining the originals of any and all artifacts that bear even peripherally upon family history or personalities.  All this becomes of interest because … Continue reading

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