Monthly Archives: September 2011

How Do They Think They Can Get Away With That?

Paige While scanning more prints (and a few negatives and tintypes — I’m actually nearing the end of the task!), I was watching the decently-acted recreation of the demise of the Jesse James and Younger gangs, The Great Northfield, Minnesota … Continue reading

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If no Adam or Eve, Wherefor Original Sin?

Edith I suppose one may look at the Genesis story in one of three ways:  1) literal truth as to the origin of the world and of mankind; 2) a religious allegory with basic theologically-accepted judgmental truths; or 3) another … Continue reading

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Scarlet Experiments 8 How easily can one, as an adult child, imagine a parent having a life in a time before you are born? I’ve been dealing most recently not with ancient photographs of long-dead ancestors, and not with collateral … Continue reading

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Google’s at it Again!

Amanda I went to use Google yesterday and found an announcement of their digital image search feature.  It thought, great!  Initially, I used it to see if anyone had uploaded and identified some of those 19th century photographs of unnamed … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, Back at the Front Lines

Erin M I’ve not been wholly neglecting the rest of the world.  The NY Times article, “On Day Devoted to Constitution, a Fight Over It,” caught my eye.  In my universe dwell several bêtes noir — right wing religious fundamentalists, … Continue reading

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S. Haynes, Photographic Detective, Part III

Claire After uploading about 130 old — some very old — photos from my mother’s side of the family, I decided I should turn to my father’s family. As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve known relatively little about him and his … Continue reading

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S. Haynes, Photographic Detective, Part II

Anonymous When going through a stash of old (I mean, really old) photographs, when one encounters small, hinged metallic frame cases, the experienced explorer knows what to expect:  tintypes or, in rare instances, actual daguerreotypes.  So it was with photos … Continue reading

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Ode to an Unknown Girl

Halley Going through these 130-year-old photographs, I am constantly reminded of the frailty of all our lives, and how fleeting is experience. Many of the photos, of course, are of people to whom I am related, in some fashion or … Continue reading

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S. Haynes, Photographic Detective

Victoria I decided my first foray into the world of these wonderful old photographs retrieved from my mother’s basement would be the extraordinarily beautiful purple velvet-covered album, in a style apparently representing the peak of 19th century photographic print presentation.  … Continue reading

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Erin Arrived home yesterday at 6 p.m., after 11 hours 40 minutes driving.  Only three stops — a rest stop before crossing the Mackinac Bridge, drive-through Burger King lunch in Manistique (Upper Peninsula), and gas stop in Menominee (Michigan), where … Continue reading

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