From My Grandmother’s Album

No identifying marks on the back of this photograph. What is the story of these two women who lived more than a hundred years ago? I don’t think they are my ancestors. But I don’t know. Illinois   Early 1900’s.

Who was Maurice Stalker of Pond Creek, Oklahoma?

My sister sent me an article Titled The Strange Lure of Other People’s Photos (click title to read) written by Bill Shapiro, “Bill Shapiro is a former editor in chief of Life magazine and a co-author of “What We Keep.” Mr. Shapiro has an enormous collection of “found photos”- from other people’s discarded photographs. He has no idea who is in these images but in the Above article you can read how his viewing and thinking of the subjects affect him.

For Throwback Thursday today I’m posting a “found photo” from a box in my own house. I don’t know who the man is in the photograph. Well I know he is Maurice Stalker. But there’s a story there. I just don’t know what his story is and why his photo is in my family’s things.

At least there is information and a name written on the back of the photograph. And his Track and Field stats.  So many of us have unidentified photographs from the past. Will they end up in a flea market or funky shop after being discarded, or a landfill?

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I found “Pond Creek is a city in Grant County, Oklahoma, along the Salt Fork Arkansas River. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 856, a 4.5 percent decline from 896 at the 2000 by Google and saw Mr. Stalker was President of Pond Creek School board in 1948-1949.
since he was born in 1906 and he’s 19 in the photo, this was taken in 1925. He passed in 1978.

He’s not the Maurice Stalker (with the same name) I found In an old 1945 newspaper in Warren PA who committed a murder of his girlfriend‘s mother and wounded the girlfriend and then killed himself.  Oh my.

 

 

108 years ago today

Born in Durand, Illinois on September 3rd, 1912. It’s the anniversary of my mother’s birth. One hundred eight years ago. Next week marks  twenty years since she passed. The early years, from my grandmother’s album.

Marian Van Sickle Hendricks

Aunt Edna and Friends in 1916

My Great Aunt Edna is on the far left.  Unfortunately, she’s the only woman I can identify. The caption says “Doris Feb. 2, 1916”   My maternal side, from Edna’s sister’s photo album, Charlotte, my grandmother.  Edna was born in 1890 and passed at 100 in 1990. So she’s 26 Years old in this photograph. Durand, Illinois.  Aunt Edna and Uncle Edgar did not have any children. He passed in 1965.

Vintage Cat Postcards

Alfred Mainzer was the postcard publisher not the artist, according to this informative article in the Mousebreath Magazine The artist was Eugen Hartung from Switzerland. I have some unused postcards and I see that they sell on Etsy for up to $15 for a single card.  I also have some written on by my father who was a definite fan of these cat cards.  I know he used to buy them in the ’50s  from a card shop in Montclair New Jersey run by Mr. Bert DeCamp.

The artist signed his initials in the corner in a heart which I never noticed before but I read that on Mousebreath   

The Hartung postcards were first published in Switzerland by Max Kunzli of Zurich and then(from the 1940’s onwards) by the Alfred Mainzer Company of Long Island New York.  Each card is signed with the artist’s monogram, a little heart in the lower right corner. (Because of cropping, sometimes the heart gets chopped off.)

Some are printed in Turkey and some printed in Spain.

LOOK WHO IS KNITTING A SOCK (using double point needles)

anthropomorphic cats

A cat is afraid of a runaway mouse?Fabric background by Firecracker  Fabrics.

One Room Schoolhouse Teachers

My father and mother (b.1912) were teachers in one room schoolhouses in Illinois. And this is BEFORE they went to college, where they met. University of Illinois.

You may have seen these before but I thought these photos were perfect for a Throwback Thursday post.

My mother, back row on the left.