Tuesday, February 2, 2010


I love going through photographs at estate sales. You just never know who'll turn up, or what expressions they'll be wearing, and I've accumulated a small collection of people who made me smile when I saw them, and set me to thinking of collage projects to come.

As part of my reorganizing project, I got them out and put them on display today, using a bead and wire garland and paper clips. They're on the wall facing the door, so now I get to see their faces whenever I walk into my sewing/craft room, which is looking better by the day.

It seemed appropriate to show them off. This is the whole garland of poses. You can sure tell it's in a basement, but I don't mind!

Isn't this little one adorable? I love the dark plaid dress, which seems somehow flamboyant for the times.

And this handsome young man. Who did he marry? What did he become? Was he happy?

This picture is one I study, and wonder about. Were they caught in a moment that symbolized their life together, and their relationship? Each of them stares, unsmiling, in a different direction...

And what on earth put that expression on our birthday boy's face? Don't you just wish you knew? He looks like he's saying, "Yeah. So? What's it to you?"

Do you see just the tiniest bit of impatience in this little face? It must have been tiresome, so stand so still for the camera, with so much of the world still to explore and experience.

These last three make me want to laugh. People are wonderful, aren't they?

Just look at this family, with its beautiful, bespectacled Mama, mustachioed Papa, and two children, one of whose eyebrows are clearly posing a rather imperious question to Somebody.

Ah, the sixties. Gotta love it. Let's watch The Beverly Hillbillies! And I think Grandma here must've been a total lovely-hilarious character!

Last little charmer, a delight who makes me smile every time I see her:

I'm still not quite ready to unveil the room in all its (har!) glory, but am surprising myself every day with how much I'm enjoying working on it. Filing can be fun? Who knew?!?


Splendid Little Stars said...

These are so cool! I love old photos! Your beaded garland display is so clever!

storybeader said...

gosh, I love filing - that's why I love my job! I'm not as good at home, though...

I see these photographs all the time at work, donations from families who don't want them anymore. They don't know who they are! Now, if people just put descriptions and names on the back of their photographs! Or indexed them. But then, I wouldn't have a job! lol {:-D

Anonymous said...

Now thats a new type of collection! I love old things, and often wonder too at the who, what, where, when, why ... I feel them and try to absorb its history.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

You have some real treasures there!

Athena said...

What a great idea! Although, honestly, I'd find it a little creepy to be stared at by all those people every day, heh. Some of the babies up there look almost like dolls.

Donna said...

I just came across your blog. Love it! You are very creative. Your banner caught my eye because I am a coffee lover.

Love the photos too, what a great idea.


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