Friday, June 14, 2024

A Girl and her Mule(?)

I recently acquired a large collection of vintage photographs from an estate sale.  The photos date from the 1920's and 30's, so I'm assuming they were not taken by the person whose estate sale it was, but perhaps a parent or other relative.  From reading through them, it appears this person may have been a nurse and the photos are of many different people, perhaps friends and work acquaintances. Most were taken either in Cape Girardeau or St. Louis, Missouri.  The nice thing is, many are labeled with the name of the person in the photo and the date the photo was taken, a very uncommon practice from my own experience with vintage photos.  I plan on posting some of the more interesting ones over the upcoming weeks.  I also plan on attempting to locate relatives of the individuals in the photos to return the pictures or at least provide a scan for them.

Of course, having said that about the labeling of the photos, the first image I offer up has nothing on the back.  Just a girl and her mule(?).  I question that, because honestly, I'm not sure if it's a mule or a horse.  Initially, it looks like a horse, but then the ears look a little large and the mane seems a little tight.  Maybe someone with more horse/mule familiarity can clarify.

The shadowed line in the photo isn't a crease or a shadow on the scan, but rather appears to be a defect in the film.

I'd place this photo in the 1940's given the pants the girl is wearing. I believe these were called "Sailor's Pants".

Friday, June 7, 2024

Happy National Donut Day

National Donut Day is today.  National Donut Day National Donut Day was started in 1938 by the Salvation Army to commemorate the volunteers who served donuts to soldiers during WW I. In honor of that, I thought I'd share this short clip I found on an 8mm movie I picked up recently at an estate sale.  The film was labeled "Bowling" and features a men's bowling team in tournament in Madison, Tennessee sometime in the early to mid 1960's.  But the most interesting part of the film is this short clip where they stopped early in the morning for Krispy Kreme donuts, giving a peak into the look of the business (outside anyway).

The early morning sun reflects in the windows which allows a vague glimpse at the menu on the wall. Our bowler balances 4 dozen Krispy Kremes while a cigarette dangles from his lips.  A Krispy Kreme delivery van looms in the background.

While I prefer our local donut shop over Krispy Kreme, there is something about them when they glide off the assembly line hot and fresh.

Why not stop by your favorite donut shop today, Krispy Kreme or otherwise, and treat yourself?

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Sunday Morning Coffee

Okay, it's really Sunday afternoon, but I worked all night and went to bed at 8 a.m. this morning.

This Farberware model 206 was a recent find, although I have several in this identical or near identical design.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Flower Power

There's something poetic about this slide.  Something about the beauty of peacetime after the horrors of war.  Anyway, we've gone from squatting in the latrine to squatting in some flowers.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024


This slide was simply titled "Latrine".  Talk about closeness.  I'm not sure that canvas wrap is really providing much privacy.  I have nightmares about this (not this particular slide, mind you, just this situation).  This is from the same set of slides as the previous post.  Talk about occupied in Japan. I presume our subject is taking the photo, which is a whole other level of weird.  I guess he wanted to let someone at home know about the arrangements.

Monday, March 4, 2024


I acquired a collection of family slides at an estate sale this past weekend.  Many are "red border" Kodachrome 35mm slides which puts them at pre-1960.  As it turns out, many were from the late 1940's when the original owner was stationed in Occupied Japan at Camp McNair around 1947.  I'll be posting some select picks (and pics) in the following weeks.

First up is this photo of a bountiful feast.  The color and composition of this was striking to me. The original owner of the slides, Milton Gast,  is center.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

What was on TV February 27th through March 5th, 1982

This week's TV Guide is yet another example of that bothersome mailing label.  Sorry, Pamela Sue Martin.
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