Friday, July 15, 2011

Shades The Magazine - Occupations - July/August











Thursday, July 14, 2011

Would You Believe -

My Dog Ate My Homework?

No, Hunter pup didn't eat Shades.

It's just plain late. I'm late. I apologize. My time table was shorter than my workload. I'm very close, but I'm not going to give you a specific time. Who wants to look foolish twice? No, not me.

I'm just going back to work and finish.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Historic Market Street 1906

I have seen parts of this film before, not restored and not full length. Last night on 60 Minutes we were treated to the restored researched "A Trip Down Market Street." Shot days before the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 we are transported to another time and permitted to watch the residents of 1906 San Francisco going about their daily lives.

I loved the one second glimpse of a woman negotiating the long skirts of the day as she catches a trolley car. She makes it look easy.

We see the dare devil traffic and the looks on the faces of those who at that moment realize they are being filmed. The end of the film shows a group of young newspaper boys who gather on the tracks to wave and mug for the camera. My favorite scene.

The mystery always has been who shot the film and when. Who were those carefree filmmakers and how did the film survive?

The Library of Congress had dated the film September 1905. Using the tools of any good historian or genealogist, California archivist David Kiehn vowed to solve the mystery. He researched the newly restored film for license plates and weather reports chasing the date into April 1906. Kiehn describes himself as having an incurable curiosity and a love for silent films. Add to that dogged determination.

Then Kiehn found The New York Clipper newspaper articles advertising "A Trip Down Market Street" by the Miles Brothers. The film was made one week before the destruction of every building shown in the film. One of those buildings was the office of the Miles brothers. The film makers had the good fortune to send the film by rail to New York the night before the quake.

I watched the film again. This time with the benefit of Kiehn's research. Now I know what is merely days away. Now I know the sad reality that many of the film's faces probably did not survive the quake and resulting fire.

What struck me was not that these smiling people didn't know what was about to happen to them, but rather that I did. And I am a hundred years too late.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Are you familiar with the blog The premise of the site is to take a picture of an old photo held up in front of the place where the old photograph was originally taken and then post it online at

It is the idea of Canadian Blogger, Taylor Jones. While sifting through a shoebox of old photographs he happened upon one of his brother sitting in a chair. He looked up to find the same chair in front of him. He grabbed his camera and held the old photo up to the chair until it fit with the background.

Thus began a book deal and another internet sensation!

My personal favorite is the photograph below. The caption reads: "Dear photograph, thank you for everything we had."

It's worth a visit and will send you running to look for photos that just might be worth a submission.


Shades Of The Departed Magazine on Digital News Stands July 13, 2011

Shades & Occupational Photographs
On Digital News Stands
July 13, 2011

This issue welcomes the first of Maureen Taylor's "Dressed To The Nines Column," Craig Manson's Appealing Subjects deals with "Occupation: Barber," and Penelope Dreadful is "Saved By Grace," plus many more interesting photographic articles from your favorites both old and new.

Oh, and don't miss the sweet Occupations Centerfold.

Lookin' through Shades Magazine

Found something tucked there in-between

My blood runs cold

My memories have all been sold

Great Grandma is a centerfold
Great Grandma is a centerfold

A part of me has just been ripped

The ages from my mind are stripped

That unnamed woman can't deny it

footnoteMaven had to buy it!

My blood runs cold

My memories have all been sold

Great Grandma is a centerfold
Great Grandma is a centerfold

It's okay, we understand

Not all heirlooms are in our hand

We know that when this issue's gone

Great Grandma’s centerfold lives on

My blood runs cold

My memories have all been sold

Great Grandma is a centerfold
Yes, Great Grandma is a centerfold