Tuesday, December 29, 2009

American Legends: Walker Evans, Photographer.

While in upstate NY I visited the Fenimore Museum in Cooperstown, NY. Besides having one of the most premier collections of folk art, they are currently showing a collection of legendary photographer Walker Evans. The 8x10 photographs have been reprinted beautifully and blown up to much larger sizes, allowing the viewer to see details that were impossible to see prior. I've attached a some of my favorite photos of his just so I can have a small visual archive to look back on.

Walker Evans in 1937

Walker Evans (November 3, 1903 – April 10, 1975) was an American photographer best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration documenting the effects of the Great Depression. Much of Evans's work from the FSA period uses the large-format, 8x10-inch camera. He said that his goal as a photographer was to make pictures that are "literate, authoritative, transcendent".
From Wikipedia.

Antler Candlesticks.

These are goin' on the wishlist.

Roost Polished Aluminum Antler Candlesticks

$50.00 for the small (14")

$58 for the large (17")

from www.velocityartanddesign.com

Childhood Photographs of my Mother.

My Mom showed me her childhood photo album, which is a beautiful green velvet Victorian album complete with exquisite printed pages for the seasons. Like her, her father Raymond, was also a professional photographer.

Baby RaeAnne. The printed bird frames are so wonderful.
Why don't they make things like this anymore?
Little RaeAnne's first car.
Aunt Regina and Mom taking a walk in the woods.
Aunt Regina- ever the proper lady- and little RaeAnne.
That wheel is bigger than Mom!
Aunt Regina and Mom.
That haircut!
Sitting on the stairs.
Bath time.
Mom and one of her cousins.
Gone fishin'.
Uncle Michael looking dapper.
Hunting trip? Uncle Michael and Uncle John.
My mother in her 20s.

The Bone Collection.

Domestic Rabbit.
Canadian Goose.
Coyote- look at those teeth!

Skulls courtesy of Mr. S. Lloyd.

Delware/Otsego County Antiquing.

"Modern Magic", a late 1800s magic trick instruction manual for aspiring illusionists.
Inside page of "Modern Magic". There are so many interesting illustrations. A true find.
Old farm sign and horseshoe found in shack near my parents house.
Patriotic victorian frame with bowed glass and Finnish carving of Native American maiden.
Three vintage pennants.
Pith helmet, vintage gas station sign, and antique kerosene barn lantern.
From the Salvation Army: Two boy's western novels circa 1910, two cheerfully patriotic dish towels, and bullet holding belt made by the George Lawrence Co. George Lawrence partnered with Samuel Sherlock in his Portland, Oregon shop in 1874. Lawrence changed the store name to George C. Lawrence in 1893. The company continued into the 1980's.

I've realized my aesthetic runs somewhere between boy scout, hunting lodge member, catholic priest, funeral parlour director, Victorian librarian, and teepee dweller. I hope I can figure out how to reconcile all of this so my apartment doesn't begin to look like a crazy person's home.

Monday, December 28, 2009


Flag Quilt
Maker, location unknown
1912 or Later
59" x 76"
Nebraska State Historical Society, Source: Mr. and Mrs. Warren Pershing, New York, New York, 7701-11
From www.nebraskahistory.org

I want to make a quilt. A serious undertaking, I understand. If anyone has any suggestions, please do let me know.


In a small town in upstate NY there resides a wonderful man by the name of Mr. Lloyd. Retired, he has fully devoted his time to the cleaning and reconstructing of animal skeletons- not for profit, but for passion. Almost all of the animals have been found post-mortem in the wild or donated from wildlife research centers. Much of his work is for museums, schools, and state environmental agencies for the purpose of education.

The bones are first scraped and dried, then put into a tank with "Museum Beetles", which effectively clean any remaining tissue from the bones within two days. The bones are then immersed in hydrogen peroxide, then reconstructed if needed, and finished. His skill, craftsmanship, professionalism and knowledge is unbelievably admirable.

Deer skulls dried and ready to be immersed in the beetle tanks.

Dermestid, or "Museum" beetles at work. These small bugs have a four month long life cycle and will clean out a skull in two days.

Snake skeleton in the middle of construction.
Various bird skulls.

Deer jaws.
Canadian Goose skeleton.

Iguana skeleton.
Deer skull with broken and stunted antlers (pre-mortem)
Deer skulls.
Bear skulls.

Goose and bear skulls.
Laundry, anyone?
Juvenille Stag skull.
Bear Skull.
Coyote Skulls and Deer Horns.
Snake skeleton ready for assembly.
Work area.
A complete Great Horned Owl skeleton.
A complete Cooper's Hawk skeleton.

Mr. Lloyd generously gifted to me an assortment of skulls. Photos to come.