Tuesday, June 23, 2009

seaside 1950

I was just recently having a discussion with someone about how there seemed to be a trend in the late 40's to late 50's of people putting their name in quotes. I think it was supposed to be their nickname, like Bob "Mitch" Mitchell or something like that. Sometimes you see that on gravestones. It make sense, people didn't know him as Bob, you have to put the "Mitch" in. But, the quote part of it seemed to very trendy for a while. I have seen my Mother's signature in her high school and college days as "Judi". She often put the quotes around it.

I got this photo at an Estate Sale at a house in the Hollywood District here in Portland about 4 years ago.

Seaside and Cannon Beach are towns on the coast, a couple of hours away. I love the idea of there being this photo booth where all the girls got their pictures taken and then they all signed them. You can almost hear the talking and laughter as they passed them around.

The signatures are hard to read now, but all the girls made sure to put quotes around their names.
Cannon Beach at 12pm 1950


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Victorian Drag

This photo is interesting in a number of ways. First, because it is a Victorian portrait of a guy in drag, but what is more interesting is that he signed his real name, he seems to have a black eye and he looks incredibly depressed. It is almost humorous. What is your take on it?

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Free Shipping at The Cedar Chest

Hey Pardners! You can get free shipping on any items you get from The Cedar Chest now through June 14th. If there is something you have your eye on, now is the time.

postcard from 1952