29 December 2009

Young Musicians-Found Negative


This is a really beautiful negative that i found yesterday in the bottom of a box... I don't have the ability to scan anything above 35mm, so i scanned this as reflective, then reversed it in Graphic Converter- tinkering with the levels and contrast, it turned out passable so I could share it. I can't tell you how much I love this photograph.

found/photographer unknown.
2.25" X 3.5" negative
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18 December 2009

10 December 2009


There is EVIL in this house.

I can feel it.
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04 December 2009


If you receive a package of pictures from me, and you suddenly get itchy...

I need help giving this new addition to the Hillbilly family a new name. Please help via xomments.
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23 November 2009

Take Me To The Water: Immersion Baptism
In Vintage Music And Photographs 1880-1950

Take Me to the Water from Dust-to-Digital on Vimeo.


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Take Me To The Water: Immersion Baptism
In Vintage Music And Photographs 1880-1950
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19 November 2009

I am involved in the land of a leonine and brave people, where every foot of the ground is like a wall of steel, confronting my soldier. You have brought only one son into the world, but everyone in this land can be called an Alexander.

Alexander the Great, in a letter to his mother on the insurgency he faced in Afghanistan (via newleft) (via unburyingthelead)

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18 November 2009

Deutscher Schäferhund (and friend)

11.09ND.058 Deutscher Schäferhund (and friend)

A couple more pictures in this wonderful gift of dog pictures, (mostly German Shepherds from one estate), from Stacy.

Thanks, Stacy.
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14 November 2009

11.09ND.047 Vintage Kodachrome

11.09ND.047b Vintage Kodachrome

red border kodachrome Late 1950s
found/photographer unknown

These women were apparently school chums, sisters, etc. who traveled everywhere together, from the shenandoah Valley to Jerusalem.

This one appears to be one of the hams of the group, fishing at the lake.
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11 November 2009

Flying Boats, Water Skiing Elephants and Such

If you think this is crazy, then go on over to Rick's Visual Ephemera for a great history piece on Florida's Ponce De Leon State Park, and the amazing 'Queenie' The Water Skiing Elephant. Thanks, RIck.

Found Kodachrome, Photographer unknown
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11.09ND.028b Vintage Kodachrome

Vintage 1950s-1960s Kodachrome
found/photographer unknown
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25 October 2009

Flea Market Porn

Flea Market Porn  0005

1950s fiberglass/found
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Iris And Jean

10.09ND.179 Iris and Jean

found/photographer unknown
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20 October 2009

Found Freehand Sketches, Florida


Found tucked away in an album of photos I found this weekend. Most look to be free hand drawings of comic book characters, from Steve Canyon, and the like. I like the nude, and 'Smiling Jack'.

found/artist unknown

UDPATE: It appears that this person worked for the city of St. Augustine for a while, as I found that one of these drawings was done on the back of a city petty cash slip. I have personnel records from the Selective Service division in FL in the same scrapbook, but I can't be sure it's the same person.
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19 October 2009

But then artists have violated terms for centuries, and collecting is an art.

(...)It seems the web isn't ready for photographs of women in undress, unless they say nothing about the history of photography, society or culture.

The collector was, and is, proud of the collection. Each was selected and purchased over the years for a specific reason and to make a specific point about humanity, sexual identity, the role and function of shame in our society, the relationship between men and women, photographer and subject, voyeur and exhibitionist, humor and tragedy, choice and coercion and much more.(...)

(...) "But then artists have violated terms for centuries, and collecting is an art."

Jim Linderman, on the censoring of his blog by Google.
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14 October 2009

Musings On The Present Current Future Of Photgraphic Images

"Archiving is a natural thing, I suppose, as is arranging, organizing and documenting. Various content sites such as flickr and a million plus blogs are growing faster than American's waistlines. There is a tendency for humans to share just as there is a tendency for birds to crow. What is usually missed, however, is that social websites have basically created an entire population of content providers, none of whom get paid one penny. In fact, some pay for the privilege. Every image loaded becomes public property of a sort, but it also becomes fodder for search engines to use, manipulate and market. As computerized digital recognition becomes more and more sophisticated, one will be able to specify any characteristic in an image and retrieve it in micro-seconds. "Let's find 50 images which look EXACTLY like Aunt Gertie!" I'm not kidding one bit. (One might also specify a search parameter to find models with their faces obliterated by too much incandescent light, as above) It should give one pause...me? I don't care as I usually retain the originals, and there will always be someone interested in physical objects (at least I think there will). I am also interested in how things age and fall apart more than how they are maintained and preserved. But if you treasure a photo, drawing, painting or doodle with unique characteristics of any kind, you might think about uploading it into the universal brain."

--Jim Linderman [Who makes us all look a little puny]

Untitled (Photographer) Snapshot, c. 1940 Collection Jim Linderman

And so it goes.
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12 October 2009

A Rustic Musician

One of my flickr contacts, josefnovak, made this gif of the stereoview i posted last night. cool.
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06 October 2009

K-9 Inc. Training School

10.09ND.041  K-9
That's a very good dog.

found/photographer unknown
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05 October 2009


In 1990, the United States Congress designated the first week of October Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). They did so to allow supporters and advocates a specific time frame to bring their concerns to light. Educating the public about mental health is an important part of acceptance and benefits those who are not only currently in treatment, but can also encourage others to seek out help for their own benefit.

Mental Illness Awareness Week: October 4–10 (via retropolitics)

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"Little Sister" 1909 [Post Mortem]

10.09ND.036ab Post Mortem

Postmortem, Lynchburg, Tenn.

found/photographer unknown
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30 September 2009

Racial Profiling Is Not Just Morally Reprehensible

"There are constitutional arguments against stopping people based on the fact that they “look Muslim”, but there are also practical arguments—namely that terrorist organizations are quite aware of the lure of racial bias as policy for some Americans, and as far back as 2005 were “looking to create cells of so-called white al Qaeda, non-Arab members who can evade racial profiling used by police forces.” … It’s impossible to get good human intelligence if people see you as the enemy. Were the government to adopt a policy of racial profiling as [Michelle] Malkin suggests, it would alienate the population we’re depending on to feed us information about potential attacks. Also, if you’re worrying about ethnicity rather than evidence, you’re going to waste a lot of resources chasing innocent people. So not only is racial profiling morally reprehensible, it’s also just a bad policy. Unless of course, you see all Muslims as the enemy and you want to punish them for simply existing."

A. Serwer, “Racial Profiling Is Bad Policy,” The American Prospect (via thesmarttart)
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29 September 2009

don't give me that look


don't give me that look you little shit. I know you are seeing someone else.
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25 September 2009



This dude is searching.

found/photographer unknown
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11 September 2009

Remembering Eight Years and Beyond

Sometimes it seems that life is just a process of losing things: innocence, youth, dreams, health, time and life itself. One might wax mystical about it and say that it is the way we achieve freedom from all that binds us to this temporary existence. It sounds good on paper, but it’s a drag when it’s happening.

Days tick by like minutes. They say that old men spend their time looking back. I’m getting older, and I don’t want to slip into that trap, but it’s hard sometimes to stay out of the past, to forget the rush of time and stay focused on what yet needs to be done.

A friend sent me a picture of her daughter who is starting the fourth grade this year. As I looked at the child’s picture, it occurred to me that, in the year I was in the fourth grade, John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Whoa. Talk about “seeing your life flash before your eyes.”

Today we remember another day as traumatic as the Kennedy Assassination, the 9-11 attack. Eight years ago, 19 religious fanatics hijacked commercial airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and into a field in Pennsylvania. I can’t add much to what has already been said about the searing wound this act did to the national psyche. I suppose we will commemorate it for the next fifty years or so, until the memory slowly fades from the collective psyche, in the same way the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941 is fading today.

The 9-11 attack essentially destroyed the Bush presidency. The administration was quick to declare the attack to be “an act of war” and to define itself as a “wartime presidency.” I believe that this was a profound error. In my opinion, the 9-11 attack was a crime perpetrated by a group of suicidal lunatics. When an event is determined to be “an act of war” there are legal implications to such a definition. Civil rights are handled differently during wartime than in peacetime. The president has certain powers during wartime that are not available to peacetime presidents. These include the authority to commit the armed forces to battle and the suspension of habeas corpus. The Bush administration was too quick to seize the opportunity and use 9-11 as the raison d'être to settle old scores in Iraq. It would prove to be their undoing. It resulted in the most unpopular presidency since Reconstruction.

Today, Al Qaeda is a shattered band of renegades scurrying around the tribal areas of Pakistan; Saddam is dead; the Bush presidency is just a bad memory, but the trauma of 9-11 remains. Troops are still deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and we’re still arguing about it. There is still just a big hole where the World Trade Center used to be. We still prattle about “the war on terror.” Has anything been learned, or are we pretty much where we started out, but with a Texas-sized grudge toward all things Islamic?

One thing we obviously haven’t learned is that you cannot wage war against an idea. You can only wage war against people and their governments. You can’t shoot an idea or carpet bomb a concept. It just doesn’t work. We also haven’t seemed to learn that you don’t make friends with people by shooting at them. These things seem like no-brainers to me, but some folks still don’t get it.

I hope we have learned that we can never allow the United States to be governed by fear. Also, I hope we have learned that not all Islamic people share the same ideology with the Al Qaeda nut cases. We’ll see. I’m not at all sure.

A moment of silence for all of those who died in the attack and the wars that followed.

A moment of somber reflection on how stupid we can be.

A moment of hope that good will ultimately triumph over evil, and that maybe, through it all, we will come through it wiser, steadier, and maybe even better.

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09 September 2009

Boorish Behavior in the House

Tonight while President Obama was giving his health care speech, we witnessed something truly appalling. When Obama got to the place where he declared that his health care reform policy did not provide for health care for illegal aliens, Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina shouted, “You lie.” I don’t recall any other president being heckled that way during an address to Congress. Even at his lowest ebb, no one treated George W. Bush that way. Even Bill Clinton at the worst of his tenure was not heckled and insulted like this.

I have been trying to get on www.joewilson.house.gov with no success. Apparently, there are a couple of other folks who are outraged by the representative’s behavior. The intemperate representative quickly issued an apology, saying that “I let my emotions get the best of me…” Sorry, Joe, but that’s not good enough. Barak Obama is our president. He is President of the United States of America. His office and his person demand our respect, regardless of whether we agree with him on policy points or not. An insult to the president is an insult to us all, regardless of our politics or affiliations. I would suggest that Rep. Wilson resign since he is obviously incompetent to hold the office of a United States Representative.

Our culture and society depend upon respect for our traditions and institutions. There is a basic level of respect and civility that we extend to our institutions and representatives, not because of the personalities involved, but because we have recognized that these institutions of society and government are necessary and valuable. I’m not terribly wild about Justice Sonia Maria Sotomayor. I think she’s a racist and sexist, but by golly, she’s also a justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and I’m going to treat the lady with respect regardless of whether I like her positions or not.

When our elected leaders fail to model the respect and decorum required by the institutions of our society, how can we possibly hope to solve the difficult problems facing us? Representative Joe Wilson has brought shame on his party and his state. His behavior was uncivilized to the extent of being barbaric. We can only hope that in the next election, South Carolina will produce a better quality of representation.

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08 September 2009

07 September 2009


Preston 9.7.09a

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03 September 2009



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09 August 2009






I was kind of like the fellow in the middle. boney, shivering, and maybe a foot taller.

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05 August 2009

25 July 2009



Them are oranges on yonder tree.

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[7.09.257] Photohut/Photomat


via: here.

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This is what they were called and looked like in my hood for all of those years. Look over here in the comments for the alternative.

It' beyond cool.

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13 July 2009

[6.09135] 1958-Washington, DC

[6.09135] 1958-Washington, DC

This is only a partial of a 620 negative, due to the fact that I have a cheap scanner.

This one, however, wasn't hurt too much.

Found/Photographer Unknown
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10 July 2009



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26 June 2009



pureblog:daisychainss:11birdsonawire:ramshackledhands:brittlikewoah:stephenkent:stormofgenius: via dylanludwig

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A newcomer by the name of "Prince"

"Frankly, I find the obsequious attitude of some members of the White House staff toward Mr. Jackson’s attendants, and the fawning posture they would have the President of the United States adopt, more than a little embarrassing.

It is also important to consider the precedent that would be set by such a letter. In today’s Post there were already reports that some youngsters were turning away from Mr. Jackson in favor of a newcomer who goes by the name “Prince,” and is apparently planning a Washington concert. Will he receive a Presidential letter? How will we decide which performers do and which do not?

Then associate White House counsel, now Supreme Court Justice, John Roberts on Michael Jackson and his relationship with the Reagan White House. (via mikemorrow) (via kellydeal)
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Michael Jackson Meets Ronnie Reagan, White House, 1984

Title: Michael Jackson with President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan at the White House, Washington D.C., 1984

Published caption: Nancy Reagan looks on as Michael Jackson waves to the big crowd at the White House
Publication: Los Angeles Times
Publication date: May 15, 1984
Subjects: African American musicians
African American singers
Jackson, Michael, 1958-2009
Musicians--United States
Reagan, Nancy, 1923-
Reagan, Ronald, (U.S. President : 1981-1989)
Singers--United States
Washington (D.C.)
Genre: News photographs
Phys. descr.: 1 photograph : b&w negative ; 35 mm.
Source: Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library. Copyright Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Photo ID: uclalat_1429_b1685_300347-2

Los ANgeles Times Photo Archive (UCLA)
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15 June 2009

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