Monday, June 29, 2009

Not Politically Correct

Nobody these days want's thier photo taken standing near the car slugging down whiskey but I see a few such as these from the early days of automobiles. The one with the four men is humorous to me despite my feelings about drinking and driving. Seems the full bottle is getting passed the wrong way for the gent on the right and he's stuck with the empty. The fellow on the left on the other hand I think must be the designated driver as he shows no interest at all. Either that or he's had more then his fill and is off dreaming about other things.
The picture on top I like for the great car and of course the ladies fashion.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Ok, somehow the last post that is here was meant for the other blog. I explained all that on the other one about error message and stuff. Not sure what happened and was first going to remove it but then decided that for folks that might see this one it will help direct them to take a look at the other so I am going to leave it. It's late and I don't have a photo ready for today but should be back with one on Thursday. So if you already read all the drivel underneath on my drawing blog don't bother again as it is basically the same but do look at the photo's under as they were the post meant for this blog.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Another pen and ink, really my favorite tool for drawing although time consuming and unforgiving in many cases.

It was hot today, wont say how hot because friends like Mike would say "that isn't hot" but it was hot for us northlanders. I would still rather sweat then shiver but days like this I have to remind myself. I went shopping with my wife which if you have been following know is not my favorite activity, not a bad trip, short hop to Lowes, the hardware/ everything store.

On the way back home we stopped at a favorite restaurant for lunch (Applebee's) where Vince and I and his wife had lunch often when we worked together sometimes joined by my wife.

It didn't hit me at first, had to go out and get my glasses I forgot as always and coming back noticed my wife's face was drenched in sweat. As she told me why I started to notice it was stuffy and uncomfortable inside there and slow that I am realized they had no air conditioning.

We were talking about that when the waiter came and took our order. I asked him the obvious and he admitted it wasn't working. By the time we finished ordering my wife maybe reading my mind asked him to make it to go. We weren't upset or anything, stuff happens right, not bitching at him about it, just decided to take it home where it would be cooler. I don't think we were anyway but soon after he left the manager came over and apologized for the heat, explaining it had just gone out. We smiled and said stuff happens and all was Ok. She left and we sat waiting and a few minutes another manager came over and apologized. Then after a few minutes more the first one came back and apologized again and told us that because of the inconvenience they were picking up the check. I had been thinking that maybe with the air thing they might throw in free drinks or something but nope, she took the check away, $35.00 worth of it. Our free food was ready soon after and the second manager, the general one came over again and apologized a second time. We don't look like anybody important, honest and we go there now and then but not all that often. I thought it was pretty nice of them so that why I'm telling it here but can't guarantee it is policy so don't drive around looking for Applebee's with no air conditioning.

Packed Up

A common kind of picture, the family car looking like it's packed up for a trip, maybe camping or something. No need to say again that the car really changed the look and lifestyle of America and the world I'm sure, people getting out exploring and going further from home in a weekend road trip then thier parents ever did in a lifetime.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Two Pics

Both of these have a postcard back, the fairy trimmed down quite a bit. It looks like something commercial so I think maybe just something someone liked and added to thier album rather then a family member. The policeman is kind of odd to me as I haven't seen that many wearing a bow tie.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Dad and his boys

Maybe this was a fathers day present from mom, studio portrait of dad and his two sons. There was no info on the pic but in absence of that I get to make up my own story about it. They were certainly dressed up nice for it.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

More from the same album

Two more that came from the same family as yesterday but not the same location. The picture with the calf is marked on the back Waverly New York, 1919 and the other is Chambersburg, June 1918. It was nice of these folks to label the pictures like that. Lots of people do or mark in the album under the picture and sometimes even a little narrative which is great but many others figure nobody but family will ever look and they would know what it is. I, of course love the pictures but it's always kind of sad to me that in that family the line ran out where there was anyone that cared anymore.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Down On the Farm

This came from an album from the Philadelphia area and is marked on the back "tollgate 1919". The family the album belonged to was both urban and rural, the rural seeming to be an offshoot of the people who constructed the album as there is more urban. They seemed to have been well off as the pictures were alll taken with a good quality camera and the cars and such are high end. I think one of them was in the car business as there is a picture of a dealership in there.

While I'm pretty sure I haven't posted these yet I, being a dis-organized person am running into difficulty remembering what I have and haven't posted so I apologize in advance if I happen to post something twice. When I started this blog I thought to myself , "self, this is a good way to organize and catalogue your collection." Unfortunately I sometimes have good plans but am lousy at carrying them out. They are all still there on the computer drive though so there is still a possibility I might do what I had planned.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Looking Prim and Proper

Thats the thought I have when I look at this picture anyway, not only the dress which has that look to me but her posture and the expression, the whole thing. Of course what do I know, she was probably the original wild child.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Chief Justice 1900

I do apologize for the poor scan. Beside photos I also collect old magazines because aside from interesting reading they are full of photographs of course. This is from the March 1900 isue of

The Successful American Illustrated and is a portrait of then Supreme Court Chief Justice Melville Weston Fuller. I was prompted to post this due to the recent appointment to the Court. With the photo is a short biography of the subject. Other then Justice Fuller the magazine features the rest of the Court, men and women of the White House, Secretaries of War Navy, etc, many Senators and important businessmen. I'm sure Mike would find it fascinating, too bad we don't live closer as I would be happy to loan it too him. I probably wont post any more of it as it's hard to get a good scan without taking the magazine apart but not to worry, I am far from out of photos to post.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Two more Lucy

Two more pictures of the girl who was standing in the boat, showing off a couple of her more flamboyant hats. I love stuff like this although I'm sure women today wouldn't care to wear such headwear. Tending the garden in the yard is one thing but toting it around with you might be too much.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Not George Wahington

The first President was famous for that painting of standing in a boat but this is not he. This is two pictures of a lady named Lucy, recent aquistions from my favorite Ebay seller. There are other pictures of Lucy and in my view she had a classy look in all I saw. She was a good dresser for sure even if she probably failed her boating safety class.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Goat Cart

I see a lot of these pics with the goats pulling a cart with kids. Maybe before the move to more urban living a lot of people had goats? Probably safer and smarter then the little motor cars some people buy thier children to ride around when there isn't anywhere for them to do so. When not pulling the cart the goat could be tethered in the yard and do the mowing for you also.
Not to mention the milk and if things were tough enough goat meat for dinner. I would be tempted to go out and get one myself but I think these days it's illegal to keep a goat where I live. The picture was taken in Bloomington Illinois and the children are Elinor 20 months and Vivian 4 years old. No mention of the year.
The other picture also has no year or any other information. When I pulled this one out I couldn't remember if I had posted it before. I don't think so but was too lazy to backtrack and check. The outfits are worth a second look even if I did though.

Monday, June 1, 2009


I've been neglecting the blogs again, going to try and make up for it coming up and post more.

Today a couple of tintypes, average portrait views which are most of what you find but I do have a few more interesting views somewhere and will look for them.

The young girl has a little tint on her cheek which is fairly unusual. The tintype was a good process and a lot of them exist, pretty easy to find and not too exspensive for pictures like this. Some larger ones or different subject matter of course can be a lot more.