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Sunday, May 22, 2011

In Good Company ~

I love to collect cast-off antique photographs.

and I have literally hundreds....

I keep them in trugs and baskets
boxes and bowls...

tuck them into mirror frames and pin them to walls.

I love to look at their expressions,
their surroundings,
their clothing

imagine what their lives were like,
where they lived ~
who they loved...

their faces speak volumes to me,
some happy & innocent,

others not so...
couples, sisters, children with pets...
posed or propped or not.

they keep me company in every room of this humble farmhouse
and I'm never lonely or alone.

...they tell me their stories in whispers of the past,
much inspiration has come from a name penned or penciled
onto the backs of my photographs...

"Abby Brown"

"Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Strauss"

"Henry Chase"

"Fannie Lovenia Proffit"

the stories they tell me keep me charmed and wanting more...
and It's always a pleasure to
be in their company...

(the middle picture with the two photographs of the same little smiling girl
are of my sweet Mom,
Elda Elizabeth Geiste Smith
at age 6 and 8 yrs
...she will be 81 on June 30th of this year...
I Love You Mom)

Blessings from the Farm...


Rebecca said...

I love your old photograph collection. I love to collect them too.
Wish your mother a Happy Birthday and tell her I love her smile.
I'm sure it hasn't changed.

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

Dear Rebecca...thanks for your birthday wishes for Mom...I'll tell her, and no...her smile hasn't changed. In fact, it is even more beautiful now ~

TheCrankyCrow said...

I share you love of old photographs - although my collection is not as extensive as yours...And I, too, hear the whispers. I see such a warm kindness in your mother's eyes...and quite the twinkle! She's beautiful! Robin

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

Thank you Robin...she IS a beautiful woman...inside & out (& a heck of a stitcher too!!!)

Raspberry Lane Primitives said...

What sweet pics of your Mom! I love these types of photos as well...makes one wonder so many things about them as you have stated....
patti :)

Gwen , the vintage seamstress said...

One thing that always gets to me is most are never smiling. Was it vogue not to smile back then or was life much more serious? I love old photos too.

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

Gwen, I think they didn't smile because alot of the time their teeth weren't good....so I think it was a case of vanity !


annie said...

I loved your post! You always have something fascinating going on! One old photo I never stop looking for: a b&w picture of a Dad, Mom, and 6 kids sitting on a set of steps with wooden bannisters on each side. The smallest kid is mad, frowning, and refusing to look at the camera. I still remember that feeling, that was around 1962. I was that kid, it was the War on Poverty in Appalachia. It was the only photo ever taken of all of our family, my Dad died in '67, Mom in '03, the picture disappeared with her death. Don't think any of us will ever stop looking for that! Wish I had it now. Mamma hated that picture because we were so poor, we have no clue what happened to it! Guess that knowledge passed when she did.

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

Annie ~ I hope someday you will be able to find that picture...I'll keep my eye out for it! ~

annie said...

Thanks Lori! You're the greatest!

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

What a wonderful post!
I just recently bought some old pictures. I too wonder what their life was like.
Your mom was/is a beautiful gal.
Thanks for sharing.
Prim Blessings

Jane said...

When I saw that sweet smiling girl, I immediately thought she looked like you! Now I know why!
We have some oldies of our grandparents and seeing their faces always keeps us closer to them!

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