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Still Life

Photographs and Memories

Photographs and Memories

John’s grandmother crocheted the American Flag and passed it on along with her family album.


The Letter

The Letter

John’s dad received this letter dated Dec. 25, 1912 from his uncle, who was a municipal judge.


A Steamy Window

Steamy Window

 

Our kitchen window steamed with the preparation of our evening meal.


A Whiter Shade of Pale

A Whiter Shade o Pale

Another cold night.  Time to bring out the keepsake blanket knitted by John’s mom.


Order

Order

 

Everything stores in Santa: Teddy Bear into red present, red present into present stack, present stack into smaller round base, smaller round base into tree, tree into larger round base, larger round base into Santa.


Pen

Pen

 

Time to take pen in hand and write our Christmas messages.


Sleepy

Sleepy

One of Snow White’s seven friends.


Capture

Capture

 

Checkmate in two moves:  White pawn f3, black pawn e5;  white pawn g4, Black queen h4.

Check and Checkmate, http://www.chess.com/learn-how-to-play-chess

 


Candy Cane

Candy Cane

 

More decorative than tasty.


Tattered

Tattered

John’s treasured 1960 college sweatshirt hanging on his poolroom cue rack with an old cap.


Wicker

Wicker

A wicker bird house seen at the Cottage Garden Farm gift shop near Waupaca, WI.


Coffee

Coffee

Be a coffee-drinking individual – espresso yourself!


Guitar

Guitar

This tenor guitar accompanied numerous folk songs in the 1960s.  Our musical endeavors frequently sent the dog a-howling, but we had fun with lyrics that told all sorts of stories.


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Box

Box


Handmade

Handmade

This handmade crochet bedspread is a treasured reminder of John’s Grandmother. Her hands were always busy creating doilies, rugs and blankets . . . as well as baking the most luscious pull-apart buns.


Camera

Camera

John still has his first SLR camera which he bought in the 1960s.  It is a Pentacon 6 medium format 120/220 roll film camera with interchangeable finders, focusing screens, lenses and various accessories.  We photographed it with pentaprism finder and two Carl Zeiss lenses:  50mm f2.8 and 180mm f2.8.  The telephoto has a 35mm Pentax thread adapter where it functions as approximately 360mm.

For more info and lists of accessories see  http://www.pentaconsix.com/

 


Present

Present

The well loved teddy bear and rag doll are both childhood presents that spend their retirement years in our guest room.


Bell

Bell

A bell’s not a bell ‘til you ring it. A song’s not a song “till you sing it. Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love ‘till you give it away! — Oscar Hammerstein

 


Instrument

Instrument

John played this King trumpet in the 50s and 60s.  It was made by the H. N. White Co. of Cleveland, Ohio and given to John by his great uncle who played it in the earlier 1900s.  It now resides in an antique library case where it has taken a special shine to the mellow sounds of Winton Marsalis emanating from our nearby sound system.


Shades of Grey

Shades of Grey

Old silver dollars rendered in shades of grey.


Coin

Coin

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.

— Carl Sandburg


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Chocolate

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China

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These are two hand made Shekwan ceramic mudmen (1890 – 1919) from Lois’ collection. These original figurines disappeared from the Chinese export market after WWII and were replaced by newer less collectable figurines lacking handmade detail and expressions.  We continue to search antique shops as we travel, but haven’t found another original mudman in over a decade.

For more info see  http://www.edensong.com/mud_men_figures.htm


Religion

Another photo of John’s pipe which is meerschaum carved in a likeness of the ancient Roman Bacchus or Greek Dionysius, god of wine and inebriation.   Although depicted both effeminately young and masculinely mature, he usually wears a headdress of grapes, as in this carving.  Pagan religious Dionysia  festivals evolved into what we now call theatre.