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!"