Posts Tagged "found"

A Letter from St. Ann’s Indian Mission, Written In Remembrance of Lieutenant John W. Cummings, Prisoner of War – 1952

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I don’t know any of the people mentioned, and I haven’t read enough of the other letters to recognize names yet. But found items like this are what attract me to flea markets – these old and misplaced things, these magical objects that provide the briefest of window into other people’s lives.

What I love about old photographs and letters is how they can transport you, how a small bit of paper in your hand can take you a half century or more into the past.

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Found Bracelet, One Year Later

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About a year ago, I noticed a small bracelet, dangling from a small branch on a tree near our apartment. At the time, I thought it was kind of an odd placement (the branch it was on was super small, and I couldn’t tell if it was put there on purpose, or left there accidentally).

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Autograph Book, Page 11

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The more of these pages I scan and transcribe, the more I tend to really appreciate the notes and comments. Finding names and dates might be exciting for genealogists, but they’re just so terribly dry. It’s like someone signing a receipt or bill.

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Autograph Book, Page 10

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This was a tough name to decipher, and even after staring at it for a long time… I’m still not sure if I’ve gotten it correct. My initial impulse is to read the name as “Moom Hegemein.” I’m not sure if I’m reading the first name properly (or if it’s a shorter first name, with “M” as the middle initial). I’m also having a tough time with the last few characters in the last name.

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Autograph Book, Page 7

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Unsure if the first letter is an “E,” but it’s my best guess. Whatever it is, it looks like a very fancy letter to make. If you look at the larger version, you can see that the letter was formed in one stroke, with the circular swirl done as the pen made its way down the letter.

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Autograph Book, Page 4

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This note from Annie was a bit tricky, as it took me a few passes to get acquainted with her letter “M.” The end of the letter has a slight swirl to it, a backwards curl that almost resembles a lower case “q.”

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Autograph Book, Page 3

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I had a tough time reading the letter p in this note, but after comparing a lot of similar words… I feel a lot more confident about words like precepts and point. The one letter I’m still struggling with is in the final attribution (in the bottom left corner of the page). I think it’s “by B. J. Howe,” but I can’t tell for sure what the second initial is.

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Autograph Book, Page 1

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What’s interesting to note is that her last name is spelled “Duryea” on this title page, but in subsequent pages shows up as “Duryee.” In fact, there are several other signatures that appear to be family members – and all of them sign their name “Duryee.”

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Photos of a Pop Singer’s Abandoned House, Japan

The above photo is from a series taken by Tokyo Times, while visiting an abandoned building. Inside, he found the remnants of an old enka singer’s life, a time capsule of sorts. The images are moving in what they suggest – a life of music, and a time that’s since passed. I love these photos for much the same reason…

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