Sunday, December 16, 2012

Found Photo - Larry and Jim

I hate seeing old photos in the bins at the thrift outlet store. I know the next stop for these treasures is the shredder.

I found this cute shot of "Larry & Jim Balder", along with several other vintage (1940's and 1950's) photos a couple of years ago.

I never really noticed the shadows before ...
I can almost picture that photographer, with the big clunky camera and the gigantic flash on top ...
Trying to get a couple of kids to stand still!

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Marigold Treasure Chest

I found this "treasure chest" in a bin at the Surplus Store ... and couldn't resist the precious artwork.

These marigold seeds were packaged for the 1986 growing season, and apparently sold to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation of America.
I wonder if they would still grow if I planted them???

I had to smile as well at the hearts I found ... in the leaves of the potted plant; in the spade propped up in the pot just behind the little gardener ...

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dust or Destiny?

Dust or Destiny
An amazing science picture you can't afford to miss..

*Fish that lay eggs on land
*Radar of the bat
*Gyroscopic wing of the fly
*Marvelous mechanism of the human eye and ear

Produced by
Dr. Irwin A. Moon at the
Moody Institute of Science

Litho in U.S.A.

(Apparently this is a classic Moody Sciene film that is still being reproduced - I even found it on DVD)

Bade's Restaurant

As I was going through Dad's photos, I came across a bunch that were dated 1946-1949, Oscoda Air Base, Michigan. Nearly all of them had "Bade's Gang" written on the back.

It wasn't until I came across this particular shot that I realized what "Bade's Gang" was referring to!

When I looked closer, I had to smile at the prices ...

Steak .85
Chop .75
Fish 1.10


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Friday, November 30, 2012

Old Fences in Old Pictures

I found an album dated "1946-1949" from "Selfridge Air Base" in with Dad's papers.

There were so many pictures I have never seen before ... from a time Dad tried to forget ... and struggled to remember at the same time.

These were apparently taken on an "R&R" trip to Boiling Springs PA from Carlisle Barracks PA (Dad went to MP School there in 1947).

These soldiers must be ready to go swimming in the pool behind the fence ... note the rolled up towels under their arms!

It's "Friday Fences" time!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

1940's Photo - "Gibs"

I found this photo of Dad in a tiny photo album.
It was dated "1946 to 1949, Oscoda Air Base, Michigan".
I had never seen these photos before.

Oral Dow "Bud" Gibson

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Europe 1978, Part 2

I couldn't figure out why this picture was included amongst the beautiful travel photos in the "Europe 1978" albums I found at the Goodwill.

Then I saw the sign ... and realized this was a Bed and Breakfast that  "anonymous" apparently stayed at on their whirlwind trip through Europe (in the Ireland portion of their album).

And it's not often I find a photo that encompasses so many of the memes I love ...

There are "hearts" in the fence and gate if you look closely.
 There's the "fence" itself.
There's the B&B "sign".
That bottom window has interesting "reflections" ...
And this is definitely a "Vintage" photo!

Did I miss any?


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Europe 1978, Part 1

I couldn't believe it when I found 2 photo albums at the Goodwill Outlet Store ... full of wonderful pictures from someone's trip to Europe.

On the flyleaf of each album is written  "Europe 1978". There are no other identifying marks. Some of the photos have small typewritten identification tags, but most are missing. I have had a blast trying to identify some of the more famous places!

This is one of the shots taken in Ireland ...don't you just love the contrast of the cart being driven past the car?

The albums include shots from: Ireland, England, France and Italy.
I can't imagine how they ended up at the Goodwill.

But ... someone's loss is my gain!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pepi le Piu

I was grinning at "Beth's Artworx" - and Sissie's whimsical drawing of her 1964 VW Bug.
And I knew what I had to do!!!

I had to search until I found this picture of Sissie and her car (with the most awesome name of "Pepi le Piu Flea Longstock, Jr. (aka stinky little furry feet, the second)" - taken during a snowstorm back in the 70's.

(Check out Jane's "Vintage Weekly" to see more fun old photos!)

And in keeping with the themes ... I just had to add a snowy heart!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Stonehenge (USA) Postcard and Photo

I got this postcard a long time ago, because we used to travel frequently through the Columbia Gorge - and stopped at Stonehenge whenever we could. It has always fascinated me!

"Washington state's replica of Stonehenge was built by entrepreneur Samuel Hill as a memorial to the soldiers of Klickitat County who gave their lives in WWI.  Construction of Stonehenge was started in 1918 and completed in 1929."

More information about Samuel Hill and his contributions to this area can be found at the Maryhill Museum web site.

On one of our trips to Stonehenge, probably in the mid 1980's, I used my small pocket camera to snap these two pictures ... which, thanks to the digital age, I have now stitched together into one shot.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

More Found Negatives!

I finally processed some more of the negatives I found at the Goodwill a couple of months ago. The shots were from a trip someone took to an abandoned quarry. Some of the pictures appear to be from the 1960's or 1970's, so I'm assuming these shots are from that same time frame.

I'm not sure why this picture was taken of the trash can ...but there is nice scenery in the background!

It looks like someone was building something?
Or maybe tearing down an old shed???

I haven't participated in "Vintage Weekly" for a while, but I figured it was about time!!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Found Sign on Graffiti

My friend Matt, who does security work at "The Abandoned", was attempting to weld a metal plate onto the entrance to "the tunnel" - to keep out thrill seekers who think it's haunted ...

He asked me if I could keep an eye on his equipment while he went to the shop to get some more supplies. Of course! - what a wonderful opportunity to hang out and admire some of the artwork in the ruined sanctuary.

I had to laugh, though, when I found this piece of notebook paper taped to one of the large graffiti murals.

"Help Me"

To see signs from around the world, visit Lesley's "Signs, Signs".

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Marriage Proposal ...

It was just a piece of folded yellowed paper, tucked into a book at a thrift store.

When I opened it up and read it, I giggled in awe.
And wondered how someone could have thrown this one away!

I wish I knew the story behind this delightful marriage proposal.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

More B/W Negative Shots

I have finally processed more photos from the black-n-white negative strips I found at the Goodwill.
Here is another shot of the quarry(?).

There were several landscape shots ...

And here.
It looked very desert Southwest ...

There were a few more "people" pictures too.
Don't you just love the look on that kid's face?

There was also an entire series of shots of this guy playing tennis.

Don't you just love his shadow?

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And it's been a long time since I've participated in "Shadow Shot Sunday"!

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Garden Magazine, Nov. 1917

The magazine had no cover, and was ragged and stained.
Still, something about it caught my eye, so I paid my 25 cents and came home with a treasure trove of old advertisements and a glimpse into the world of nearly a hundred years ago!

In total, I came home with tattered and coverless copies of this magazine from 1913, 1914, 1915 and 1917!!!

All for a dollar.

The first thing I scanned from the pages of my treasure was this "Stewarts Iron Fence" advertisement. Because ... It's time for "Fridays Fences"!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Found in a Book ...

I love books!
Reading a book ... a real paper-and-ink publication ... is like losing myself in another world.
Or visiting an old friend.

Sometimes I find treasures tucked between the pages ...

Notes, cards, bookmarks ...

I'm not sure I will ever be comfortable with reading books "electronically".
Because there's more to books than just reading them!
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Saturday, July 14, 2012

More Found Negatives ...

One of the things I can't resist snatching up at the Goodwill Outlet Store are negatives.
It's like finding buried treasure!

I picked up several black and white negative strips the last time I was there, and have been working on digitizing them.


Some of the shots look like they were taken at an old quarry.

Maybe someone's vacation shots?


There were also several views of this old fence.

A late addition to "Fridays Fences"!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Found in Black and White

I picked up several packets of negatives (not 35 mm - they were much larger!) at the thrift store the other day ...
I couldn't wait to digitize them!

On the first strip, I came across someone's memories of a trip to the beach.

And these beautiful girls.
 With a hint as to the time frame of these photos ...
Their outfits are straight out of the 1970's, don't you think?

Whoever took these photos did well at catching something really special ...

Special enough to link up to "Vintage Weekly"!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Celebrated Marseilles Hymn

(I was going through some of the "treasures" I bought at a local thrift store, when I came across this piece of sheet music. I had picked it up because the writing on it looked old. It is in relatively poor shape; the edges are slightly ragged, there are stains throughout, and the writing on the front has begun to fade. It appears that there used to be a cover of some kind, which has been removed)

This is what it says on the front:

The Celebrated
words and music by
Mons. Rouge' de Lille
Officiere du genie, dans l'armie Francaise
Arranged for the Piano Forte by
The original English words with additional
Verses by a

Published by John Cole, Baltimore

Across the bottom is the following statement:

Entered According to Act of Congress Sept. 11th, 1830, by John Cole of the State of Maryland

(There are a total of 3 pages - including the front - 2 are not pictured)
I was curious about this sheet music, and found this Wikipedia Entry. Apparently this song is the National Anthem of France!

Then I did an image search to see if I could find another copy of this sheet music ...
The only one I found (that appears to be identical!) is located
in the Levy Sheet Music Collection

I have no idea if this is an historically significant piece of ephemera or not.
It seems like it may be so!

I'm just not sure where to go from here. If it is a historically significant document, then it should be placed with someone who can preserve it as such. I hear the University of Oregon has our state's largest sheet music collection. I am contemplating contacting them to see if they would know what I should do. 

What do YOU think I should do???

Elvis - Seen at the Thrift Store!!!

I got the opportunity to bring my sister-in-law to a local thrift store yesterday to do a couple hours' shopping.

I came home with some AMAZING treasures (the best of which I will be sharing over the next few days).

One of the treasures I found was this vinyl single ...

Elvis Presley's
"In the Ghetto"

And on the flip side ...
"Any Day Now"


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Big Horn Sheep

 Back in the mid- to late 1990's my (ex) husband and I were stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. One of my co-workers' husband worked with the Forest Service, and we were invited to tag along as they enticed a herd of bighorn sheep down from the hills ... 

We drove up to the site, went through the gate and up to a flat spot just below "The Scar". Those of you who know Colorado Springs know about "The Scar".

The purpose was to medicate these beauties (medicines were laced into the apple parts that were in buckets).

The herd showed up shortly after we did - I had never seen a bighorn sheep up this close - they were powerful and awe inspiring.

More and more of them showed up, racing down "The Scar" for their treats.

My kids and I will never forget that day!

This is a photo I found taken yesterday by a "citizen journalist". This is "The Scar" - where all those bighorn sheep live.

The area is threatened by a huge forest fire - 
Homes and businesses have burned ... or are in peril.
Wild animals are roaming through town.
I wonder if the bighorn sheep are some of them?

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Colorado Springs.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Side of the Road ...

I almost threw this picture away.
I found it in Grandma G's album of a road trip she and Grandpa G took in 1981.

The shot was taken next to a road ...
Somewhere in the Southwest US.
It looked rather boring and plain.

Then I looked closer. At the little windmill in the center. At the dry creek bed, and the tire tracks going up the hill behind ...

I noticed the sagebrush and imagined the scent ...
Then I noticed the split beam guardrail. Wow. No metal here!

I decided this is a picture worth keeping.

And scanning to share on Jane's "Vintage Weekly"!!!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Do You "Can Kerr"?

I've been busy scanning my "found recipe" collection ...

One of the recipe pamphlets I came across is this "Kerr Guide to Home Canning and Freezing" - complete with an advertisement for Kerr canning products.

I haven't canned anything for a couple of years ...
But the last time I went to the store for canning supplies, people looked at me in awe.
Who cans anymore???

You'd think I was an alien whose spaceship was parked just around the corner!

Well ... canning is something I love to do - when I have the time.
There's nothing quite so refreshing as popping open a jar of home canned tomatoes in the dead of winter ...

Monday, June 18, 2012

Home Sweet Home Away From Home ...

I don't know any of these then-young soldiers ...

Since this picture was taken by my (ex) husband ...

Somewhere in the world ...

Sometime in the 1980's or early 1990's ...

These guys are probably retired by now.
Hopefully they returned from the war(s) safe ...

And are now playing cards with their buddies in a larger space!
And maybe a "cold one" at their side!

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Different Kind of "Find"!

I found a pair of kids pants stashed on a shelf in the laundry room ...
The pants were quite ragged - and they no longer fit anyone around here anyway!

I decided to play with them, instead of throwing them away. But what to do???

With the help of a bottle of dishwashing soap, scissors, a button and some thread ...

It's a soap apron!

I'm going to have to see if I can "find" another pair of old kids pants! Or maybe an unused shirt ... or something dug out of the "mending" pile ... or !!!
The possibilities are endless!

Sunday, June 10, 2012


I've always loved this shot taken by my (ex) husband when we were stationed in Germany in the mid to late 1980s.

It looks like the Bradley is trying to hide behind the trees!!!

It's time for Jane's "Vintage Weekly"!!!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Water is On ...

I can't help picking up random pieces of paper next to the road ... I never know what curiosities I will find.

Like this note printed on a torn manilla folder ...

I hope whoever got the note remembered to turn the water back off!!!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Family Photo - 1959

I found this old photo in Grammie's album ...
Dated September 1959, it would appear that my cousin David got a brand new tricycle for his 2nd birthday!!!

My favorite part about this picture though, is Uncle Lawrence.
I always thought, growing up, that he was the most handsome man in the world.

Don't you agree?

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

What Happens When You Don't Pay the Bill ...

I've been going through my collection of hand-written recipes, trying to get them all scanned, and came across this gem. There is a hand-written recipe (in crayon!) on the front side, and that was what had first caught my attention.

When I realized what this was I had to laugh.
It reminds me of the ending of an old joke ...
"If we don't pay the burial bill, up she comes!"

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Italic Cursive Tunafish

I was at a Goodwill store a couple of years ago, trying to score a 3-ring binder that I needed. When I opened one, this paper drifted out.

I didn't end up buying the binder, but I just had to keep the treasure that had been inside!

"Italic Cursive Tunafish"

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bondex Jean Patches

I love old product packaging ...
I'm not sure why.

Something about the simplicity of it intrigues me ...