Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday's Postcard: Halloween

Here is a quartet of Antique Halloween Postcards in celebration of Halloween coming up this week!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday's Postcards: Castles

Here we have Balmoral and Edinburgh Castle. I have been lucky enough to visit both of these! Both of these cards are actual photographs from the early 1900s.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Monday's Postcard: Panama Canal Zone

These Postcards are from the Panama Canal Zone circa 1930-1935 according to their postmarks. We have a street scene in Cristobal
The card at the bottom depicts a piece of machinery that was used to dig the canal,  reclaimed by the jungle as trees grow around and through it and it becomes part of the tree! 
 The card on the left is not very politically correct. Here is the text from the back of the card:"Wild Natives and Their Home, Interior of Panama. Thirty miles north of the canal, almost within sight and hearing of the industrious army busily engaged in bisecting a hemisphere for Uncle Sam, the natives are wild. As witnessed by the photograph of the young fellow taken under difficulties in the shade of the almost leafless Paupalla tree on the left, very little consideration is given to the question of clothes." I imagine you would have difficulties taking a picture if you were a white man trying to grab a young, naked black boy and hold him still for a photo!

Monday, October 07, 2013

Monday's Postcards: Yellowstone National Park

This is the Giantess Geyser in Yellowstone National Park from a photo taken in 1887!

This is is the Brink of Lower Falls in Yellowstone's Grand Canyon. The Photo is from 1886

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

September Reading

Books I read in September:

 Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King (library) about the painting I learned a lot
Anne of Windy Poplars by L. M. Montgomery rereading these for the rest of the year. So lovely
Belle Weather by Celia Rivenbark (library)I am serious when I say that I read everything by an author, just discovered Celia Rivenbark and now I have read 4 books by her, I have 2 more on hold at the library and will be waiting with bated breath for the next to be published (it comes out in October, so I don't have to wait that long)
Love All by Callie Wright (library) enjoyed --Peyton Place ish
Europe on 5 Wrong Turns a day by Doug Mack (library) cute, a guy takes the 1960's book "Europe on 5 dollars a day" and tries to follow it today.
Stop Dressing your Six Year Old Like a Skank by Celia Rivenbark (library) more humor from Celia
The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison (library) liked it, not as creepy as Gone Girl, but similar
Until She Comes Home by Lori Roy (library) a missing girl and how the search affects a neighborhood, just okay
Red Water by Judith Freeman (library) about Mormans on the frontier, enjoyed it
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout  did not realize it is different stories all with their focus the title character....okay
She Left Me the Gun by Enma Brockes (library) a daughter researches her mom's family after her mother dies--I liked it a lot recommend it
We're Just Like You Only Prettier by Celia Rivenbark (library) so funny
What was She Thinking by Zoe Heller (library) the movie Notes on a Scandal was based on this book.
Before Gatsby the first 26 stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald (library)
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (library) interesting
The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim Defede (library) OMG, I cried the entire time I was reading this book thank goodness it was only 244 pages. I really should not read 9/11 stuff. Anyway, it was awesome, highly recommend
The White Princess by Philippa Gregory (library) more "war of the roses" history from Gregory
Serena by Ron Rash (library) kinda creepy, NC mountains, logging/timber barons story
The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow (library) man dies and his wife finds that all their money is gone
The Son by Philip Meyer (library) a western story, family saga
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (library)
TV Treasures; A Companion Guide to Gilligan's Island (library) everything you ever wanted to know about every episode. Yes, this is how I spent my formative year, so it was fun to revisit
The Returned by Jason Mott (library) what happens when people start returning from the dead I liked it

23 books read this month