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Ohio River Antique Mall Sampling

There is something for everyone. Three floors of all kinds of items.

I don’t need a single thing and yet I enjoy looking.

Instead, I should be signing up for the attic or basement clean-outs offered.

My friend and I were driving back from the yarn store.  I was stocking up for the winter.

We’d seen this colorful place on the way out to Sewickley and made a stop on the way back.

The huge ornament is from Kaufmann’s Department Store Santa Land and the giant cage belonged to Mrs. Kaufmann’s tropical bird (which outlived her)

santa land ornament

Bill the owner told us the story about the bird and the ornament and you can see how this scene caught our eye as we drove by.


kaufmann christmas tree

Too bad I didn’t have this photo for the WPC Ornate-   Kaufmann’s Christmas Tree


valisesYou know these suitcases (valises) each have a story. Not sure where they’ve been.


Barbie dollsYou know the dolls look at me….or in this case, look away from the lens.


bride doll

Not sure if bride dolls are still manufactured but they were popular at one time.


self portrait in antique mirrorSelf portrait.  There were two more floors but we didn’t have time today to explore.

I bought a handkerchief.  Has a little nursery rhyme in the middle.  Another post just for it another day.

So free consultations for Estate Sales, on site and home appraisals, a licensed precious metal dealer,

if you need a cleanout of attic, basement and or garage or need to rent props for a movie or a play

William Cox is the owner.  4331 Ohio River Blvd.   (right near where you turn to go to Bellevue)

If you’re looking for something specific, email him






Shirley Temple Still in her Box, Toodles, a Nun Doll. a Yo-Yo Doll and Other Childhood Friends

My friend Barb collects all kinds of dolls, most from her childhood,  There’s a photo of her in one of the pics, holding her doll.  She has a glass and wooden cupboard filled with her collection.  The reflection makes it tricky to get a clean shot,  I  looked up Toodles  and she is definitely a contemporary from our childhood years in the ’50’s.  What do you collect?

Shirley Temple Doll



yo-yo doll

Their gaze isn’t always direct, but can be felt sometimes

This weekend I shared Maura’s bedroom in Ohio and Anna joined us, too. We shared some laughs.

Turns out there were more “kids” in the place than just the granddaughters.

The happy boy doll with the open mouth is Baby Michael and he is ALWAYS happy like you see him in the photograph.

If I heard right, he was a score in the Consignment Store.

The tiny baby was Anna’s first doll but she’s almost 11 and so sister Maura has taken over her care now.

baby dolls

A Photo Shoot Idea Results in a Teeth Clench, a Grimace and a Bobblehead Shot

Eight years ago I created a homemade book for granddaughter Anna for her third birthday. You know those blank white books you can buy in an art store or school supply?    I photographed Baby Doll doing all sorts of things around the house and yard and swing set. I even had the photos printed on PAPER and mounted them on the pages and wrote a caption for each shot.

Anna wasn’t  a collaborator then as it was a surprise for her.

You get the idea of the book I made.  And I thought I could make another one, no problem. HA!

Today her sister Maura (5+) thought it would be a great idea to make a book together, starring her Bitty Baby and Chelsea baby dolls and her AG Clare.  I thought it sounded like a good idea, too.

Only problem, Maura suddenly got into some unnatural poses and grimaces and it didn’t look right to me.  Also the dolls seemed to have more vacant stares than good old Baby Doll (originally belonging to their mother Erika) who seemed MUCH more cooperative and responsive to my direction (plus it was my direction alone previously)

But I can learn from the experience of the photo shoot.  The results did not match my vision. But Maura had a blast and likes the pictures and we all had a great laugh.  Erika thinks my efforts are funny.  I think it is good to show the outtakes sometimes, too.

I showed today’s pics to her mother Erika and she said she loved them all.  Her brothers and sisters are the one who said that Maura looks like a Bobblehead in the one (due to Grandma’s angle and perspective)

Maura liked the photographs, just fine by her.

So here is what we came up with and for me it is back to the beginning and reworking the shots and getting Maura to ease up on the posing.  Will see what we come up with on the next attempt.

Maura arranging her”kids”IMG_1811 2




Ooops down one subject



And the Bobblehead shot.


Windows With Signage and/or Things in Them – Gallery 5

They said it was a Weekly Photo Challenge so I turned it into a Week-long Photo Challenge

Today I’m posting Windows with signage or things in them.

When I went to the external hard drives looking for the Infant of Prague in a window (thanks Jack) I saw quite a few windows photos  that could fit in several categories.  Categories with windows pictures reminded me of that old 25,000 Pyramid Game show hosted by Dick Clark.

-Windows with Things to Eat in Them

-Windows with Fashion

-Windows with a View Through Them

-or this time of year  could be Looking Through a Dirty Car Window

Tomorrow will be a new challenge so squeezing in one more gallery of windows.

for scenic view window


South Side Pittsburgh



squirrel window

North Side Window Taxidermy






Gold Sold Here

South Side of Pittsburgh





Doll Window

New York City






Carrick Hardware

Brownsville Road, Carrick  Pittsburgh PA





no public restrooms

South Side





Fort Pitt Art Room WindowFt. Pitt Art Room Window (school now closed)





Betty Boop Window

Betty Boop Window on Carson Street South Side Pittsburgh PA






i hour cleaning

Roanoke Virginia Hat Cleaning Sign





Millvale Window


Millvale PA




shoe and boots window


Shadyside Shoe Store on Walnut Street Pittsburgh PA




No Weapons Window





Urban Madonna in Window

Philadelphia South Ninth Street Window




hardware window (1)

Hardware Store Arlington Avenue Pittsburgh PA



Bloomfield Window

Peace Sign Bloomfield Pittsburgh PA




doll window (1)

Maura wants Aunt Linda’s Dolls









Black and White Weekly Photo Challenge: Toys

I follow a blogger from South Africa at Sonel’s Corner and you may have read some of her lovely comments on my blog.  She hosted Flat Ruthie and introduced FR to the Vervet  Monkeys  .  You can see what a Vervet Monkey looks like at Sonel’s Corner blog post on B and W weekly challenge of Nature here.

She’s started a black and white challenge and I’ve been thinking about participating but kept missing the deadline. The Black and White Weekly Photo Challenge  theme this week is TOYS.  Here I am in Ohio,  visiting the grandchildren and there are plenty of toys.

I shot these toys today specifically for Sonel’s challenge.

Then I converted them into black and white in Aperture and am posting a few from today’s effort. Shot with Canon 5D -50mm 1.2 L series lens. I used the cable remote to avoid camera shake.

My DIL Erika’s Grandmother Marion (Marlene’s mother)  crocheted this doll dress, bonnet and undergarments for this doll I took down from the high shelf in Anna’s room.

Caught the afternoon light on her through the dining room window. I asked Erika if she had a name and she said no.  Crocheted doll clothes were “in”.

Erika's Grandmother Doll


Mark(from Aunt Bobbie) and Erika’s Teddy Bears.  Mark’s Brownie on the left and Erika’s Teddy on the right. Presently residing in their daughter Anna’s room on the high shelf, not getting any “play time”.

Teddy Bears


First DollThis  little doll was given to Anna in 2003 by my dear friend G. Anna’s first doll.  Maura popped into the photo shoot.   She is also in charge of tending this dolly now. I knit the old cotton dishcloth pattern extra large for a dolly blanket. They drape so nicely.


Found the missing puzzle piece today.  Ooops, the puzzle was discarded a long time ago. (this one shot with the iPhone) Always liked those knob puzzles.

missing puzzle piece

Thanks to Sonel’s Corner for the Black and White inspiration.

Raggedy Duo in Public Domain But Does Anyone Play With Them Nowadays?

Never used nowadays lately but had to look it up to be sure I spelled it correctly.

While in Ohio this past weekend, I was helping sort through some toys in the playroom.  Matchbox cars here, a duffel bag of puppets, strollers and baby dolls and a whole tub of action figures like Batman and Star Wars light sabers.  A box of wooden blocks.

The grandchildren are growing up and many of the younger toys aren’t being played with and room needs to be made for new ventures.

These Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls were gifts from Great Aunt Bobbie when Anna(9) was born.  They looked exactly the same way they have smiled at me for all these years. No change in expression.  Just grinning. They looked almost brand new.

I took them upstairs and set them up in my father’s old oak rocker which is now in Mark’s office.  They didn’t object to being photographed.  I started thinking about rag dolls and how they aren’t trendy and I wondered if people are still buying them.  These are lovingly handmade in Kansas City and  I think of them as classics.  Nostalgia sets in.   (more…)

Art Car #2 by Greg Phelps

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Another Art Car spotted in Columbus OH at the Touch-a-Truck Day. Artist wearing blue shirt  in vertical photo. This is his ONLY car. He glues the items on with silicone glue.   He donated his Art Car #1 to Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft.   Check out more photos at his site.  Saw my first Art Car on July 4th.  Let me know when you spot one where you live.

Maura and the Glass Cabinet of Dolls

Putting her fingerprints all over Aunt Linda’s curio cabinet, Maura was so excited. This is from the archives(March) a follow-on to the doll theme from Saturday.  I found this series. None a perfect shot but putting them together you can feel her delight.

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