Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Twice Told Tuesday - Fire ! Fire ! Fire!

Twice Told Tuesday features a photography related article reprinted from old photography books, magazines, and newspapers.

I attended a reading this weekend where someone asked a question about photographers, their studios, and fire. So today, let's court a little disaster and take a look at fire and its damage in the photographic world of 1914.

Abel's Photographic Weekly

Hutchinson, Kans. Jan. 15. $53,000 fire includes photograph gallery in paths of destruction.

$53,000.00 in 1914 had about the same buying power as $1,144,529.70 in 2010.

Bridgeport, Conn., Jan. 19. Studio of Henry A. Pearlen damaged to extent of $150.00. Fire started by overheated stovepipe.

$150.00 in 1914 had about the same buying power as $3,239.24 in 2010.

Pittsfield, Mass., Jan. 19. Fire starting in studio of F. E. Chittenden burns for three hours, with $40,000 damage to adjoining property. Mr. Chittenden's loss, $10,000, partly covered by insurance.

$40,000.00 in 1914 had about the same buying power as $863,796.00 in 2010.

$10,000.00 in 1914 had about the same buying power as $215,949.00 in 2010.

Charlestown, Mass., Jan. 17. $600.00 damage done to European Photo-Studio, Leon & Garbis, props.

$600.00 in 1914 had about the same buying power as $12,956.94 in 2010.

Madison, Wis., Jan. 13. Curtiss Photograph Studio partially destroyed in fire caused by defective furnace in bank building next door.

Gary Firefighters



Anonymous. "Fire! Fire! Fire!." Abel's Photographic Weekly, 1914.

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Bortz Photo Co. Gary's Fire fighters, 1914. Photographic Print. Digital. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 US. Accessed February 2010.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Carnival's In Town - Smile 20th Edition


Smile For The Camera
16 February 2010

My Valentine this year is you. Yes, you! You who read Shades and you who participate in Smile For The Camera. You are the best group of people with whom I have ever been associated. I send you love and thanks for being so understanding while I have been ill, thanks for your offers of assistance. You are the very best.

While Smiling For The Camera you spread the love around. Old valentines, old loves, treasures, family. You'll find them all pictured here. Family history and its historians have a lot of heart. But you already knew that.

Let's open the cover of this edition of Smile For The Camera's Valentine album and get our ticket punched.

Ada and Leroy Parker were Lifelong Valentines

Dorene from Ohio, The Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay, says that, "From 1900 through the 1950's, Leroy and Ada Parker were longterm Valentines." They were married for over fifty years and gave their family some wonderful memories. Dorene pulls it all together in a very compelling and well-written post.

Our intrepid GeneaExplorer, Becky Wiseman of "Where In The World Is Becky of Kinexxions" fame has given us what she calls the closest thing to a valentine. Well, Becky, we should all get that close. How truly lovely! Becky, last seen in Texas. P.S. Yes, it's very warm here for the Olympics.

Valentine Postcard

Lisa Lisson of Are You My Cousin? has the perfect vintage "Guess Who" Valentine. She also tells us who she liked to think sent the card. Any guesses?

Framed For Life

Kay Bauman of Kay B's Place tells us, "Their first Valentine Day, as a dating couple, was in February 1928 and Claude gave Ottie a framed card. Ottie must have cherished the card since she kept it throughout her life . . ." Perfect title, perfect photograph, perfect match.

"A corny valentine from my grandfather, Bill Knutz, to my grandmother, Lillian Christensen, ca. 1931, during their courtship." Karen of Ancestor Soup has quite the period treasure here. Corny, maybe, but indicative of the times. Kinder gentler times.

Smile For The Camera 20th Edition - Valentine

"Schoolmates since kindergarten and sweethearts after high school graduation--my parents." Linda Hughes Hiser of Flipside introduces us to her parents in their engagement photograph along with the card that accompanied 13 roses on Valentine's Day 1940. I loved this post.

The California Genealogical Society and Library represented by Kathryn Doyle, submits a Valentine from its manuscript collection, stretching ninety linear feet on the shelves. It is neither paper nor person, so you'll just have to visit to view a truly unique family artifact. While you're there, please check out the information on the Carnival of Genealogical Societies first edition - Doin' Things Right! Shine a spotlight on a specific program, project, or publication at a genealogical society and tell us why it worked. Tell an anecdote about how you benefited from a particular genealogical society service. Share a success story and be specific! The deadline for submissions is March 7, 2010.

Smile For The Camera Valentines

Fellow Washingtonian, Charles Hansen of Mikkel's Hus, has a real treat when it comes to a Valentine. Cousin to cousin, child to child. Absolutely adorable. I do love the time before email when mail was mail and waiting was good for you.

"There is only one special Valentine memory for me - and it's an oldie but a goodie! Somehow I found a wonderful woman to share my life with, and have been smiling and laughing ever since." THE romantic of this band of GeneaBloggers is Randy Seaver of GeneaMusings! I love this man, just don't tell the lovely Linda. Sorry about the lipstick. This is a love story not to miss!

Alice Dilts of My Genealogy Research introduces us to her Valentine and a hamburger on a Krispy Kreme bun. Oh, my! I think I'm in love!

Don't you just love Wordless Wednesday; because nobody can be. Wordless that is. Well, neither could Amanda (The Librarian) of ABT UNK, and we're all the richer for it. Amanda post tells us that, "If I had to write my memoir in six words:. . . " I won't spoil Amanda's brilliant answer. Go see for yourself.

Donna Pointkouski of What's Past Is Prologue has a lovely photograph of her grandparents who were each other’s valentines for a long time. Boy, can my friend Donner write; I love the back story. “Her? Oh, she’s just my sister” has probably been said to many a future brother-in-law. Visit Donna and see how the story ended.

Smile For The Camera Be My Valentine

Leave it to one of my favorite bloggers to find that rare sentimental Valentine we must all work so hard to emulate. Pardon me while I remove my tongue from my cheek. Lorine McGinnis Schulze has posted this Valentine at Olive Tree Genealogy saying "One of the oddest Valentine postcards I've seen in terms of sentiment expressed by the sender!" Lorine, where do you get them?

Amanda of A Tale of Two Ancestors shares a Valentine moment and a smile that could light the entire sky. This is such an engaging photograph, you must see it for yourself!

Leslie Ann Ballou of Ancestors Live Here adds the candy hearts and sentiments to a beautiful wedding photograph.

The woman who proudly advertises "I'm Addicted To Genealogy," demonstrates she has one of the required traits. She's a keeper. Pam Taylor of Taylorstales Genealogy kept this handmade valentine from one of her eight children. A family treasure. Yes, that is beautiful handwriting.

Whose Valentine Was She?

"My mom wasn't someone you'd think of as "mysterious" but she had her secrets. I'd love to know more about her beau Mike..." says Jasia of Creative Gene. Jasia has created a beautiful scrapbook page and a very interesting story to accompany it. Some of the information for her submission was gleaned from a Grandparent book. "It's amazing what a grandparent will share with a grandchild." A poignant reminder of our obligation to share.

I love new technology and so does Carol of Reflections From The Fence. She used a free online program to create a scrapbook page of her valentines. Very impressive. She went to, wait, I'll let Carol tell you all about it!

Nancy, My Ancestors & Me, says, "I love seeing the joyful, carefree expressions of young lovers." So will you when you see this wonderful photograph of young love in her family.

Nancy, Fermazin Family, begins the valentine tribute to her mother with the women who came before her. A story of covered wagons, homesteading and the depression. It is this ancestral strength that enabled Grace to overcome a tragic childhood. "I cannot imagine losing a mother at age 12 nor then losing your father and then your sister. How tragic." Nancy has created a magnificent scrapbook page tribute to accompany a well-written story you will find compelling.

foonoteMaven closes the album cover on this edition of Smile For The Camera by saying to every GeneaBlogger and Shades reader who takes the time to participate in Smile for the Camera, "You are my Valentines."

Thank You All!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this fantastic 20th Edition of Smile For The Camera. Welcome to all the first-time contributors. It is evident from each and every photographic submission and accompanying post that a great deal of time, effort, love, and research went into each contribution. As Randy Seaver would say, please take a moment to stop and comment and show your appreciation!

Now The Call For Submissions!


Smile For The Camera
10 March 2010

The word prompt for the 21st Edition of Smile For The Camera is "Give Their Face A Place." March is Women's History month and you are asked to picture women back into history. The unknown, known and unsung women who are often the foundation of our family history. Give their face a place. The interpretation is yours. Admission is free with every photograph!

Your submission may include as many or as few words as you feel are necessary to describe your treasured photograph. Those words may be in the form of an expressive comment, a quote, a journal entry, a poem (your own or a favorite), a scrapbook page, or a heartfelt article. The choice is yours!

Deadline for submission is midnight (PT)
10 March 2010


There are two options:

1. Send an email to the host, footnoteMaven. Include the title and permalink URL of the post you are submitting, your name, and the name of your blog. Put 'Smile For The Camera' clearly in the title of your email!

2. Use the handy submission form provided by Blog Carnival, or select the Bumper Sticker in the upper right hand corner.

See you at the Carnival!


Friday, February 12, 2010

Shades The Magazine - February Issue

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