Sunday, September 30, 2012

RANDOM COLLAGES

"l'amérique du sud" 6 x 4.33 inches, collage on paint chip card

"the country wife" 6 x 4.33 inches, collage on paint chip card

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

NEW PUBLICATION

Continuing to publish my series on issuu and MagCloud, here is the newest release which can be read online and downloaded for free. If you purchase a printed copy from MagCloud, I donate all the profit to the Tenement Museum in New York City, which preserves the history of the generations of newcomers who settled in and built lives on the Lower East Side, America's iconic immigrant neighborhood.
"letter to earl" 8 x 8 inch, 24 page, saddle stitched book

What's nice about looking at the publication is that you get to see the whole series together and it includes the complete letter from Ida that the work is based on.

This is the introduction:
Patricia Sahertian bought a stack of forgotten letters. They were written to a soldier, Earl J. Pontius, in 1943 by his mother, Ida. After reading them, one in particular stood out because it referenced so many people from back home in Lewisburg, Ohio. From Sahertian’s collection of random old photos she created a casting call, selecting people to play the characters that she imagined to be the folks from Earl’s hometown.
When you get a chance take a look and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

WILMA'S BLUE DRESS AT JOPLIN 4-H

"wilma and melvin's clothes go to the fair" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

Leafing through the archived news pages for 1942 not only did I find a nice little story about the Joplin 4-H club to support the blue dress, but I also found some other interesting tidbits of information. Did you know that a burger in a basket with lots of shoestring potatoes cost 15¢ back then? And look at the wonderful ad for a pair of slacks just like Melvin's (sold by Goodyear).
Wilma Jean Paul, a member of the Stella club who won top honors in a dress revue at the district 4-H club round-up in Mount Vernon August 13, with a handsome blue plaid dress, is going to wear the garment to the state fair this week to compete with 12 other district winners in a dress competition. Newton county also is sending to the fair clothing exhibits from the Fairview, Stella, Hickory Grove, Ritchey and Saginaw clubs: a food preparation exhibit from the Ritchey club, and a canned food exhibit from the Hickory Grove club.
source: Joplin Globe, August 23, 1942, page 20
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Friday, September 14, 2012

CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT: KNICKERS

"all for knickers" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.
 
The closest I came to golf myself, was playing on the football field at my high school for gym class. I only had to think of my gym suit then (yes, we had a special outfit just for gym). I had no idea that golf clothing could stir up such a controversy:

GOLF DRESS DOES NOT WORRY GENE

Sarazen Advises Those Who Swing Clubs to Play the Game Not "Dress" it

Coral Gables, Fla. – (UP) – Gene Sarazen, British and American open champion believes golfers should buckle down to playing the game instead of trying to "dress the game".

"It's high time golfers put on their knickers and got to work on the game instead of fussing around the course costumed like a couple of love seats," said Sarazen between rounds on the Miami Biltmore course.

"When Johnny Farrell and Walter Hagen were winning championships," he said, "they were wearing knickers and not blue silk shirts, with matching kerchief and cravat. And you don't see Bobby Jones teeing off in slacks and earrings."

CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT

The most controversial subject lately among club members and the gallery is whether it's smarter to wear long pants or knickers. Joe Kirkwood tries both. But Gene Sarazen wishes once and for all that slacks might be conceded to tennis and knickers to golf. He thinks "kangaroos" over six-foot-five, with legs like stilts might be the exception to the knickers rule.

Sarazen believes golfers should dress conservatively, practically and neatly in knickers. He objects to player wearing old, shabby hats, shoes and trousers.

source: Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, March 1, 1933, page 11
Read more about the great Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen in a very informative article by Tom Clavin.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

WORN BY ALL WOMEN WHO WORK

"black smock" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.
The black smock is worn by all women who work outdoors, such as street car employees, street cleaners, market women. It is worn by women who sew, make artificial flowers and do similar handwork in shops.
source: Special Correspondent Laura A. Smith, Paris, April 25, 1920
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HACKED

Go Daddy has been hacked and has temporarily (I hope) taken down my websites and email. here is an alternate email address if you need to get me. Thanks.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

CHEAP IN APPEARANCE

"she detested the orange dress" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.
And why was he always requesting her to wear certain dresses, most of which he had aided in selecting? She detested the orange dress for it was cheap in appearance in spite of its cost.

source: The Queer Mrs. Farnstone, Charleston Gazette, January 10, 1932, page 27
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Saturday, September 8, 2012

MOORHEAD LAUNDRY

"moorhead laundry" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

As usual I was looking through newspaper archives for something inspiring. I came across a 1933 ad for Moorhead Laundry and thought it would make an interesting "layer" for this composition. Of course I just couldn't be satisfied there. Where was Moorhead Laundry? Was there a picture of it anywhere? Who owned it? Well, I got all my questions answered. Here is the story:
In his native Germany, Bruno Kippels learned the trade of a miller and that of a baker and remained there until the summer of 1880, when he came to this country, landing at the port of Baltimore, August 1. A few weeks later he came on out to Minnesota and located at Moorhead...

Mr. Kippels built the public abattoir in Moorhead and he still owns the same. In October, 1914, he bought the Moorhead laundry and has since owned and operated the same with much success, the excellent character of the work turned out at his laundry having recommended the place widely throughout this section.
Mr. Kippels has put on the market three quite successful inventions, a children's merry-go-round, a clothes hanger and a plaiter.

source: Clay and Norman Counties, Minnesota by John Turner and CK Semling, 1918
So now we know when Mr. Kippels bought the store and who he was. This is his photo, with his bride, Martha Mary Kuppich. His inventions also piqued my interest and I found the US patents for two of them here, the dryer and the plaiter.
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Mr. Kippels died in 1940, but Moorhead Laundry was still in business in 1944 when this shot was taken:

Detail of "The Moorhead Laundry of Moorhead, Minnesota" in a shot by David Anderson, photographer, 1943/44 when the Red River of the North flooded the area.

source: Photo Gallery of the NDSU Institute for Regional Studies

And maybe, just maybe, this sweater was washed there...

 "just washed" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

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