Saturday, July 28, 2012

Forgotten Faces

I found these photos in a box of miscellaneous travel brochures from the '60's.  These 2 young girls are Reba and Credithe, as noted on the back.  Not sure which is which.  Your choice.

They stare out at us from more than a century ago.  I would place these two in the 1880's or 90's.

The entire internet knows of only 1 Credithe.  She lived from 1893 to 1974 and is buried in Indiana.  A possibilty, although a slim one.  The most popular Reba on the internet is this one.  I don't think it's her...

There was no label for the next picture.  There's pencil script below right of the picture, but I can't make it out.  Some better photo editing software might be able to enhance it.  She's an attractive young lady and I've decided she was a schoolmarm.  Hey, it's my picture now.

The moral of this story is, label your photos well.  You never know where they may end up a century from now. 

"Long ago, it must be, I have a photograph.  Preserve your memories, they're all that's left you." 
- "Bookends" by Simon and Garfunkel.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Motor-molda TV

A week ago Friday, I went to an estate sale in Affton on Valbrook Lane.  Some of the photos from the sale featured items in the basement which appeared to be mold-covered -- never a good sign.  I've been in some pretty bad sales where the basement is almost intolerably moldy to the point of making me sick.  But it was close enough on my lunch hour and had some promise, so I gave it a chance.

I had seen this on the posting for the sale:

Sunday, July 8, 2012

It Was the Summer of '69!

No, not the Brian Adam's song.  This is about one couple's trip to Wyoming, South Dakota and California during the summer of '69.  Yes, it's time for more slides.  These come from a large lot I picked up a few weeks ago at an estate sale.  More to come.  Hopefully, you will notice an improvement in my captures.  I finally sprung for a slide scanner.  I bought a standalone model, the SVP FS1700.  Not a brand I had ever heard of, but it received good reviews.  I've been very happy with it so far.  It only takes a second to scan a slide.  The loading mechanism is a little clunky and limited to 4 slides at a time, but once you get in a groove, it moves along pretty quickly.


Remember, don't feed the bears.

Is that bear missing an eye???

Sam's Roast Beef Samwich (yes, SAMwich), in Downey, California.  A Banquet on a Bun!  Next door is an awesome Color Tile sign.

Here's to one-eyed bears, Samwiches and YOU!!! (with apologies to Charles Phoenix!)
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