Throwback Thursday September 1916

Marian Van Sickle Robert E. Van Sickle John R. Van Sickle. My mother with the parasol and her brothers. Unfortunately, I don’t know who the twins are.

Durand, Illinois September 1, 1916

Not a Single Like Clicked on 20 Dec 2009

What Steve Put on the Mantel

A blog post from December 2009

Not a single “like” clicked when first posted 20 December 2009. A few comments but zero likes. It’s one of my favorites.

Thought I’d repost today.

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What Steve Put on the Mantel

Deborah McLaren’s still life is one I purchased at the PERSAD  Celebrate Life Celebrate Art auction held at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh last May (2009).  The other day I sat at the table, looked up and saw Steve’s additions to the decor.  He’s been purchasing RITZ crackers frequently since I bought the painting- subliminal influence?  I wrote to the artist for her permission to post the image of her painting along with his props. Steve’s fun additions- the unexpected sight of them in front of the still life-  I laughed out loud!  

From the archives- Walking in the Apple Orchard

Today’s post is from nine years ago-

“Photo from the archives. V suggested posting an occasional favorite photograph  from before I started the blog.  She requested this one.”

Anna, Erika and Michael walking in the apple orchard. Jack was home napping with Mark. Maura was born Nov 2008 the month after this photo was taken

Ponka Way and Oneida Street- Feb 26, 2015 and Oct 8,1907

Almost all of our snow has disappeared this week but here’s my photo from Mt.Washington, a block from Grandview where I turned from the Duquesne Incline, Feb 26, 2015.

The demolished house structure appears to be the house in the old photo below but not for certain.Oneida St

Here is the link to the Oct. 8, 1907 image I found at and got permission to show on the blog to compare the two views.

Ponka Way and Onedia St 1907

Photo Credit- Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection, 1901-2002, AIS.1971.05, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh.   Thanks to the Media Curator, Miriam, for granting permission. 

Oneida St and Ponka Way

Oneida St and Ponka Way house