A Virtual Tour of The Library of Congress’ Prints & Photographs Online Catalog

Where there's smoke there's fire

“Where there’s smoke there’s fire”, Russell Patterson, circa 192?. Courtesy Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-01589

First of all, I apologize for the lateness of this post. I have been having serious battles with my computer all week (we’re at around 18 kernel panic shutdowns thus far), and today has been no exception. Let’s just all say a quick prayer and cross our fingers that this post is not going to have to tide you over for weeks and weeks. ;) Saving my work has become a serious tic now, though; this seems to me both good and bad.

There have been repeated threats that I was going to talk about an amazing resource for history lovers, art fans, architecture buffs, and really just about any living human being—the Library Of Congress’ Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)—with you, and today seems like a good day to do so.

How this massive online source of art, photographs, old books, sheet music, and more came to my attention I really can’t recall, but it was a most fortuitous day. The collections offered are fairly astounding in their breadth and depth, and if you ever need something worthwhile with which to devour your time, the PPOC is it.

Belle Isle Park, Grand Canal

Belle Isle Park, Grand Canal (Detroit, Michigan). Circa 1880-1899. Detroit Publishing Co., publisher. Courtesy Library of Congress, LC-DIG-det-4a05260

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Lauren Bacall: 1924-2014

My goodness.

Lauren Bacall

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One of the sultriest women Hollywood had to offer—one who could smolder while still being classier than everybody else on (and probably off) the screen—has left us. She was so tough—I sort of never thought I’d see this day. Bacall gave the impression, amongst many other impressions, that she simply had no interest in leaving this mortal coil.

Rest in peace, Lauren.

Monday Escape: Happy Customer

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One of quite a few pollinators I am (finally) seeing in the garden. This bumblebee was really on the move—I had to chase it all over, as it never stayed with one bloom for very long at all (granted, they’re tiny flowers). It’s always worth trying, though. Bumblebees seem to be among the few creatures that don’t seem to mind a camera lens being shoved into their face.

Have a fine Monday!

Abandoned Ohio Chrysler Dealership

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“The Watcher”

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My post about signs in doors on Monday tempted me to post photos I took of an abandoned car dealership (as “Five Star” is from that series), and though they’re autumn photos, since I may have whetted your whistle it seemed kinder to simply go for it today.

They’re older photos (as often happens here), but I am proud of my work, and let’s be honest: an abandoned car dealership with cars still inside? It’s the stuff (some) dreams are made of. To be honest, looking at the photos, it’s kind of hard to believe I took them nearly four years ago next month (and we will not discuss September’s approach—don’t you dare!)

I first read about the East Liverpool, Ohio Chrysler-Dodge-Plymouth-Jeep dealer in Jalopnik. It was not at all far away from where we lived in West Virginia at the time, so off Hubby and I went to check it out; trust me, no vintage car buff could resist that kind of lure…least of all yours truly.

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“Mystery”

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Monday Escape: Signs In Doors

The Utica-Sertoma Velvet Ice Cream Festival

You probably remember my post about the Velvet Ice Cream Festival in Utica. While standing in line waiting for some of Velvet’s delicious ice cream, I, of course, was ceaselessly looking for things to photograph. One of them was this guide-dog-friendly sign.

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“Three Is My Lucky Number”

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“Five Star” East Liverpool, Ohio

Now, first of all, I thought it was nice of Velvet to allow the blind their guide dogs (though the question of how a blind person would see this did occur to me—perhaps this is meant more to remind customers that actual service dogs are a real thing than to reassure the blind in need of such an animal—I’m not trying to be flippant, either).

But it is also an attractive, neat sign, set into the corner of the door’s window in front of the mill’s thick stone wall visible through the glass, and everything is just worn enough. Plus the colours are nice, I think, and the visible grain running up the right side of the frame adds needed texture there.

This is hardly my best ‘just looking around for something to shoot’ photograph, but I am happy with it—and I’d rather be considering and composing shots than just standing around, doing nothing.
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