Monday, 29 August 2011


Well, not all of these are necessarily natural destruction. (and some of them have been featured here before.... what? They're awesome and deserve as much air time as possible!) But now that the flooding is subsiding, there's only one thing to do:

1944 London in June

And a train for Jilly beansTALK
1895 Paris in October

1906 San Francisco Earthquake
During (look at that woman's smile!)

Sorting rubble in Nob Hill

All Quiet on the Western Front

1944 Hartford Circus Fire
(Save the Elephants!)

1894 The Burning of Cliff House, San Francisco

World War I
Pillage, burn, repeat

And to end on an 'up' note (sort of...)
1912 Titanic Survivors boarding the Carpathia

I promise that my next set of photos will be happier!

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Come On, Irene

In 2002 Tropical Storm Allison came up the East coast. My town is 1.5 square miles. People at the other end of town remember Allison as a really bad storm. People in the next town over don't remember it at all. I live across the street from the creek at the low end of town. We got WRECKED. (Ever hear the sound of a hundred car alarms drowning?)

Then comes Irene. And for some reason, the morning after, people think they're going to be able to drive through that part of town! The cops remembered 9 years ago and spent last evening watching the creek rise under the bridge so that they could block off the road in due time. The car dealer learned and moved all of their cars to higher ground ahead of time so when the giant bits of asphalt come floating by, they don't ruin the merchandise. One of the giant trees out front of the church split and fell across the road. And somehow, there's a freight car that docked in the empty car lot. Still not sure where that came from. (I'd give you photos of that. But a) they're still on L's computer. b) you probably don't care)

Two yays though! Well done elected officials. You said you'd dredge the creek for me. Last night, instead of water coming into the neighborhood and my house, you went into the open meadow on the other side! Yay!

Giant super endless kudos to Mr. Ed, the King of Janitors (and I mean that with every ounce of respect possible) who spent today leading a crew in cleaning up the local elementary school!

1910 Paris

1934, Sydney, Australia
September 6

1884 Aurora, Indiana


1950 Maitland,Australia
June 21

1895 Paris

And the Old Mill Inn might ACTUALLY fall into the creek this time.

Hear me, Baby? Hold together.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Baby, Oh Baby!

My Best Bestie had one of these on July 20!


1926 Queen Elizabeth and the future Queen Elizabeth
(I LOVE the Queen Mum!)

1947 Germany
(This woman apparently had an exceedingly ugly triffid on the other side of her face)

1850s I'm curious about her dress - notice the short sleeves.
Status of a working woman/servant/nursemaid?
Or rich enough for a photograph while not having the money for good clean sleeves?

1912 Martin Fanta in Prague

Japan, Nineteenth Century

1894 William Allen Reynolds, 3 months old!

1887 Thomas Decatur Jones, son of Mattie Logan Southgate Jones and Thomas Decatur Jones Sr. (neither of whom is holding him)

1900 Gertrude O'Malley and her son Charles on the porch.
(I adore the way this photograph is lit. It looks so soft and full of love.)

Richard the Third and Dearest Darling Mum!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Native American Heritage Month

Bet you didn't know that was August. Bet you thought I forgot about this again too. Looks like I'll be moving again soon! Yay! More EXCITING details on that once we sign a lease on Friday. Don't want to go crazy and get my hopes up in case something goes awry before then!

Blackfoot at the Bow River, 1926 by E.S. Curtis

Inupiat Child, 1929

Cayuse woman, 1910

Arapaho family, 1867-1874

Maricopa women, 1907

Hupa woman, 1923

Comanche man, 1891

Shoshone camp, 1868

Navaho blanket weaving, 1905

Chinook woman, 1910

I love so many of these pictures and they all deserve more words than I have either time, knowledge, or awakeness to give them. Enjoy!