I will confess...I have been so slow to update my blog...but i have been soo busy with getting my presents done.. amazing..it is now the 15th of December and I am almost done shopping.. I think it is a first..
and along the way..i found myself at a frame shop.. why..
well, i do have alot of photos...and so many times, i just have to frame them...they are true pieces of art.
There is this one photographer..( THE ABOVE IS ONE OF HIS PHOTOS...he titled it: A head c 1909 and it is for auction this week) named CR Tucker..I don't know anything about him, except that I got these from a woman in the hills of Pennsylvania and she bought them at an estate sale.. well, it appears that he was some local artist..might have been famous in his day..although I have yet to find information on him..
anyhow..the more i see of his stuff...well the more i am a fan..
his photos are simply amazing..
but why they are amazing is why i love them...
the photos he did was when photography was in it's infancy, when photographers were experimenting with all different kinds of styles..
his was primitive in his style..yet there is such a softness to them..so unique and such a contrast to the studio photos that we all find from the early 1900s
anyhow..i will be introducing more of them.. I will confess, I have many sitting in my own collection but after going to the frame shop and looking at my walls i realize there is no way i can keep them all... so be on the lookout...they will be showing up from time to time and these are quite magnificent..and so rare to find...
Hope your holidays are going well..and that you will be surrounded by love, light and laughter.. (oh and yes, just that right amount of art!)
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.
You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.
I love dance photos..maybe because these days, I am older, don't move as fast or as well..but in my soul..there is a dancer inside. It could be a piece of music that makes the dancer within me begin to twirl...or it could looking at a large field in a distance...and picturing running and dancing through it...
The photos of the early 1900s dance..to me are the most beautiful..
this next month, I will be listings some special dance photos from several collections that I have found...
so as you think of what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving, give yourself a moment... dance in your heart as you think of those things...
could this be Jesse? a couple of gun slingers..and in Jesse's gang of outlaws tintype
Belle Starr..Jesse's one true love?
Well, I am so sorry it took me so long to post..but wow, i have been wading thru Jesse James stuff..
So now it is up on Ebay and will be due on Monday, Nov 20
Things began to go so high, that I decided to save some stuff and not list it and give it to the high bidder.. so the highest bidder is in for some real surprises, letters from Jesses grandson, a negative of his wife..and oh so much more..it is crazy all this Jesse stuff.
Years ago, I used to visit St Joseph Missouri..such a neat town. It was where my mother's step fathers 2nd wife (got that? so basically No relation) lived. Well, she never had kids, and her name was Millie . We called her Aunt Millie.
She used to take us to the Patee house, and I remember all the Jesse James things, the pony express things..
well in this historians collection I even found original dees for the Pattee house..crazy!
So this was quite a fun find..
Take a look if you are interested in Jesse...he is in the house right now..but not for long!!
Well this batch is turning out to be a mystery for sure!! I went to the auction bought BOXES of crazy stuff...and there are notes on just about everything..but dont have a clue what it all means!
I do know that the person who loved Jesse James seems to have looked for everyone that looked like him, claimed they were him and so on... so there are so many wild and wierd things...
But this is a batch of cabinet photos..on auction right now.. the one is supposedly Frank and his sister... now is it Frank James?? I do not know really...but it is with all the goodies...
Then there is the Madinger shoe Store..in St Joseph Missouri...what does that mean.. I really dont know..but apparantly alot to this collector..as i found notes and notes on the Madinger family and their shoe store..
well..this is up to you history sleuths..
anyway..these are some pretty neat Cabinet photos!!
So today...i was at an auction... and yes, it actually was a bit spooky!! It was some person whose OBSESSION was with Jesse James.. the criminal.
and they were on some kind of hunt on whether he was actually killed or not...and all the fakes of Jesse James
anyhow..in the next day I will be listing the large lot of crazy and unusual photos, letters, and crazy memorabilia of Jesse James.. (yes, of course i bought it ..it is Halloween..time for a spooky mystery don't you think!!)
i will update as soon as the collection is up!! cathi
Before I was old enough to go to school, I used to go with my mother to her weekly hair appointments. She went to a lady, named Ruth, that had a beauty parlor (as they called it then) set up in her basement. There would be lots of ladies all around at the different stations. It was a place that I can still vividly recall the sights, sounds and the myriad of smells. There were two rooms set up in the basement, as well as a bathroom. I was relegated to the back room, where the hair dryers were and all the magazines and the coloring books for the children that might tag along.
Now the noise level was quite high, with ladies voices chattering away, and the big hairdryers were loud too, so no matter how hard I tried, I learned it was hard to talk to your mother when she was under the hairdryer. Then there was that smell, the scent of permanents, hair dye and lots of hair spray, and the occasional sneak to the bathroom for a smoke. But what I really remember, was looking at all those photos that were posted up on the walls. Photos of beautiful women with all their bubble hair dos! How I wanted to look just like them!!
Not too long ago, when I was getting my own hair done, I thought of those thousands of photos that were given out to all the beauty parlors of the world and wondered where they all went.
Then, the other day, I came upon some wonderful old photos made for Hair Salons in the 60s. They are really incredible..and came from a photographers estate. (It was a photographer in Paris) wonderful because they do not look like they had years of hair spray and cigarette smoke all over them.
Looking at them, I was brought back instantly...to the time when my mother would finally be finished and we could leave. Every week, I would look at her afterward and think she looked so good..even better than the models on the wall.
Now that she is gone, I smile when I see these photos...and remember...
After my mother died, I was cleaning out loads of her things, of course, and I ran across her old Woman's club book from when she was a president. The era: 1950s. She kept a scrapbook and throughout the book were several photos of women dressed up in Black face for programs that they did.
I gave the scrapbook to the ladies of the woman's club today, and some were shocked that this was in their history.. I teased them threatening to show them to the local newspaper!! (i was kidding!!) Yet, as I go thru stacks of other peoples estates..you would be surprised how much I have run into this..not just the 1920s..but all the way to the 50s...
This photo was from another estate..a show that a group was doing..much like my moms womans club..I think it is 40s/50s era...and when i look at these..i am sad that this was our past...but happy that this is no longer our present..i know we have a long way to go...but we have come a long way...
I know this is a strange topic...but when i found this photo, I found it something that I thought i would bring up.
I buy out old estates of people's personal things, so every now and then I run into these photos. The ones of the children..to me ..are so sad..this one, although sad, is a bit different.
At first, when I was scanning this, I didn't realize it was Post -Mortem, I just thought it was an old woman that might have been blind. That was until I saw her hands. And I remembered being at funerals and seeing hands like this. So I was immediately taken back, until I looked at the items all around her. The hymnal in her hand (there is no piano there, why is this a Hymnal?) The china, all different kinds, and stereoscope near her..even the peaceful way she was sitting..this was a loved woman..a woman who was loved by those around her..who cared enough to surround her with the things she loved.
It was a few weeks ago, I ran across the show Chasing Mummies, that is the History channel show all about a famed Archeologist that is finding mummies.. And what happened on the episode i saw, was that the mummy was surrounded by the pets, pottery, utensils..all things that the former person loved and would use in the after life.
I suppose we all grieve in different ways...
The most important thing is how we lived...and for this photo..what I read into it..is this was a woman that was loved..
meaning she learned enough in life to have others love her.
In the song "Nature Boy" that was sung by Nat King Cole refers to this:
Take a listen: These are the Lyrics:
There was a boy A very strange enchanted boy They say he wandered very far, very far Over land and sea A little shy And sad of eye But very wise Was he
And then one day A magic day he passed my way And while we spoke of many things, fools and kings This he said to me
"The greatest thing You'll ever learn Is just to love And be loved In return"
I love this photo...I felt like this yesterday...i had a fashion meltdown... my hubby had all these things for us to do..we had a big event for his business and a party afterwords..and no matter what i just didn't feel like i had the right outfit....
when i saw this photo..i loved it...exactly how one feels sometimes..that the whole room is looking at you..
of course they usually aren't...but it just is that way sometimes..
anyhow..in the old photo world..i find many funny fashions..and definately ones that would cause me a fashion meltdown! i mean those tiny little waist dresses..ugh..those are really tough.. um...this would be ME in those fashions..(not really..but I sure would feel like this!)
ah well..thought i would share these photos with you................cuz sometimes..you do just feel like the room is looking at you smile
How annoying is this? I am posting a Christmas photo!!
But I am posting it BECAUSE NOW is the time to begin to plan to make things..or start to buy things for the holidays..
Why? Because if you do..you will save money!!
It is a proven fact...that the more you plan...and buy things in advance you will SAVE MONEY
soo..i am reminding you..(and myself!!) so that you can begin to look for all those treasures that make a gift a GREAT gift!
Also.. I learned on an eBay powerseller post that if you buy thru some of these rebate companies..you can get a rebate..yep..money back to YOU if you buy thru their website. what is the catch? well..they are advertisers...and everyone today wants more business..so they drive people to the website, you buy thru their portal..and voila..you get a check every month in the mail.. and it is totally TRUE i havent had spam or anything from it..
if you are interested there are alot of sights. but the one I work with is Big Crumbs so if you are interested in checking this out... ( and i mean there are some deals here) go to BIG CRUMBS it is FREE to sign up..
I do apologize for being so late on updating my blog..but oh my...it has been SUMMER and the sun is shining..the flowers are blooming and it is HARD to work!!
anyhow..the other day, I came across this wonderful BIG box of stuff from an estate. It was full of all sorts of unique photos, cabinets and so on..
But then i found..the most interesting thing... a packet of Solio paper photographs from Eastman.
Well, of course that is the Eastman of Eastman Kodak, and the era is early 1900s.
But what is really GREAT about these photos is this. Solio paper is a print out paper..meaning the sun develops them... a neat process but not so good to keep these kinds of images for long periods of time..as there would be lots of fading
And through the years..there have been alot of photographs that have been lost to fading..
But this package was all kept together, in an envelope..for i dont know how long....meaning that the images were crisp and fresh and not as faded as you would expect for 100 years. especially on SOLIO paper.
Rare indeed, So I listed them this week on ebay and these are a few of my favorites.. and it was a history lesson for me..
oh of course..as soon as i listed them..i covered them in archival covers, and put them in a drawer..they dont need any more light if they are going to make it another 100 years.
Well..have a great summer..I hope in your travels this summer you find some good surprises...and take time out and enjoy the sun!
ps....in my spare time, i have been playing with ZAZZLE as you might be able to see..really a lot of fun.. check it out if you like..there are all sorts of cool things on that website
Well, I am back from my overseas trip...and after flying standby and waiting thru 5 different flights til we got on, a broken down train in France..and loads of miles to go..I saw my beautiful international daughters...and am full of mommy love..and am sad to get back home...
i found some really pretty photos..along the way...and had to show them to you!! Isn't this the coolest headpiece??
It was from a studio years ago named Sol Young, which I have found are incredible photos.. Here is an excerpt from an article i found on line about him:
" Sol. Young opened his first photographic studio in Union Square, New York in 1893. By the turn of the century he was operating at six separate premises, starting in Brooklyn, New York and Newark, New Jersey, and later spreading to Philadelphia and Connecticut. By the time of his death on 23 September 1921, there were eighteen studios. He was also one of the pioneers in the pastel and crayon industry."
Sometimes, I randomly run across these kinds of things...and they are simply a step above most other photos..
So this is my 1st Communion girl..guess it was all that visiting churches in France, and looking up family..that made this one catch my eye.. but it is a beauty, eh??
and what about that headpiece!!
have a great summer...........and a happy 4th!! cathi
Ok...so it was a crazy couple of weeks.. Why haven't I posted? Well.....we just happen to live right near where the latest American Idol winner lived... meaning .. we were completely caught up in IDOL mania! From banners to Tshirts, to every restaurant, coffee shop, bakery, you name it..there was no where that his songs weren't playing and VOTE 4 LEE was everywhere!
Oh and when he had his hometown visit...we had a phone call from the police telling us which roads to take that day so that we wouldn't get stuck!! it was crazy ...EVERYONE was caught up in it!! we even got tickets to the hometown event along with 41,000 people in our town!! a paint salesman that worked only minutes from our home and mixed our paint last year in our last reno project...the other night he was on Larry King...what a difference a year makes!
So...it was a crazy time...and soooo much fun!!
and then FINALLY..last week, the finale came and Lee Dewyze won!! ( yes, I LOVED crystal..but this WAS a hometown boy!) Lee's banners were everywhere..the screams were genuine and finally after all these weeks, we all are breathing a collective sigh of relief as summer has come, idol is over and we and our entire town can get back to regular life!!
SO back to photos!!...This week, I am featuring some cool snapshots that i happen to run across..that show the JOY of summer... don't you just love summer??
Today, my hubby and I walked around a lake...with the ducks..kids running around...people out fishing, the wind was in our hair.. and .ahhhh i could taste the freedom that this wonderful weather brings!
anyhow..just wanted to give a short update and wish you ALL a happy healthy summer!! and i will be posting more ideas of things to do with photos.. Listed on this page is ETSY and in it are things I have made with photos during the past few weeks, I keep trying to make some new things and put them up from time to time... hey it is great for mental health!!
SO have a glass of ice tea..put your feet up and enjoy the warm weather! cathi
Well, after helping me out and working on ebay and developing her own stores...my beautiful middle daughter..is going to be moving to Germany with her hubby! They have been offered a Wonderful job..(it is one of those save the world type of jobs) and she is currently liquidating her inventory....This job opportunity came up quickly and it is something that she and her hubby have been waiting for..for a long time...and now, the time has come and she has to leave shortly. (sniff sniff)
The photo above is how Ebay makes us sellers feel these days!
As of March 30th... Everyone's store inventory will be in the CORE ebay sales.
What does that mean? That means there is ALOT of stuff to go through if you are looking for something.
To give an example: I looked at a seller that specialized in Tshirts. At any given time, he has 50 Tshirts up... but he has 135,000 Tshirts in his store!!
ALL 135,000 Tshirts will now be in the Search engine.. so you will have to wade thru his 135,000 tshirts as well as everyone elses.. THIS CAN BE OVERWHELMING!
so what to do??
If you like auctions...
(I still love the hunt!!)
Then go to the tab marked AUCTIONS Then go to place on the upper right that says BEST MATCH and pull it down and put in NEWLY LISTED or ENDING SOONEST
This way..you will see what is new in the area you like to look into.. or what is ending soonest.
NOTE: If for any reason, you are NOT happy with this system..(give it time, there will be some bugs that HAVE to be worked out in the next few days) Then PLEASE write EBAY...they listen to buyers.. Not to us sellers...but they definately listen to YOU the buyers..
Hello... It is the 8th of February and I sit getting ready for a major snow storm about to fall..something that many of you out there are already used to this season...
So...as we "hunker down" I took to reading the discussion boards for us Ebay sellers...and wanted to let you all know one of the latest developments in the Ebay world.
In a few weeks ( about 6 weeks to be exact) all the stores on ebay will be opened up and all the merchandise will be in CORE..which means..that there will be SO MUCH TO SEE! I am not sure the reasoning why this is happening..it was tried many years ago..and it was really cluttered...and we were all afraid the site would crash...soo much stuff....
but Ebay has decided to roll this out once again..
but so YOU know...if you love auctions..(which I DO!) then there is the AUCTION ONLY tab...that you can press..which should make things a little easier to manuver...in fact instead of 74,000 + photographic images that we have now to look at ..you will probably be seeing more like 1,000,000 images...now...that is ALOT OF STUFF... and it could get a bit overwhelming... so practice using the tabs that they have put all over ebay..it should help some...
With all this new competition what is going to set us sellers apart??
Well, that is something that I have been working on these past few months..which brings us to the next subject... Beautiful old photos...
I have decided to continue to STREAMLINE my own store. I will continue to be working on selling QUALITY photos..photos that are beautiful.....focusing on photos before the 1950s
I have been fortunate to find a few large estates full of really fabulous photos.. I mean photos that are in excellent condition..and are old and beautiful...
My main love is to find beautiful photos that look like art... Photos that can stand on their own..and take on a new life...and be hung on a wall ...used in design..put in a frame next to your desk...
This photo that I have pictured here is MILVIA WARNER..and she was a real person..who was a bright woman that worked in Archeology and did some great work.....but before all of that..she was from family that had her picture taken..and all the photos from this family were beautiful......ones that can be framed and hung on any wall..
That is what I love about old photos...photos with a story..and photos that take on a new life as an adorning ornament in a room...
well..the snowstorm is on it's way.....but keep your eyes open to the beautiful photos that we have posted ....
Ok, I admit it...if you have seen my store you must know..I love portraits.. I just love them.
Some people take pictures of places when they have a camera... "oh my, I must take a picture of this statue"
but at the end of the day.. the thing that everyone REALLY wants to see..years later are all the photos of the people. "did little Jerry every really look THAT little?" or "oh..it is ALICE..wow, I miss her..what a great photo!!"
and then there is me.. I have to remind myself.. "Cathi ..take a picture of the place!! you want to remember what this looks like" but instead it is always the people...always about the people..
and when i am hunting for photos.. I ALWAYS or ALMOST ALWAYS 9 times out of 10 come away with photos of PEOPLE
portraits and portraits and more portraits.
and when i sigh about a photo...it is ALWAYS a portrait..
so i have accepted it... if you want to find beautiful portraits...well we will ALWAYS have them... sure some will be different than others..some more breathtaking..some with more character..but Portraits ARE my first love...
I think it is the fact that these faces are like art...done by the GREATEST ARTIST EVER!
now for the other info... JJAY has a blog..it is named Catherine Simms photos...and on her blog she is running a contest on UGLIEST BRIDE
Like hearing an old favorite song, photos stir the emotions, as their memories pour in our hearts.
Some photos are inspirational, calling us to a higher place.
Some photos are like art and can be hung on the wall to be admired by many and not just a few.
and then there are times...
when photos say so much more...that cause us to feel overwhelmed..helpless.. and we want to turn away....
but we can't
today is Thursday, and I sit at a computer with a roof over my head, warmed by a furnace that works. I sit here without hunger or want, knowing that we sleep well in our beds tonight.
and not too very far away...only hours by jet...is a poor country that has had it's share of poverty...without the basics that I take for granted...and now left devastated after an earthquake. with loss that is so unthinkable it is hard to even look at it...
But as we look at the photos of this devastation..and feel oh so helpless to change anything... there is something we CAN do....
We can get behind those who are going to help out in this disaster...those who have the tools and the training to do the best they can..
This is information of how to give to Salvation Army, a group I have long loved and worked with over the years: A text message with the word 'Haiti' to 52000 will make a $10 donation, added on to your cell phone credit card bill.
There are many other organizations...Red Cross, World Vision, Doctors without Borders..and others...they are easy to find...and there are soo many of them that are doing so much good work..
When we look at those photos that are too hard to see...... remember, we can reach out...we can help...we can make a difference.....