|1960 Ford F-350 tow vehicle, Sardo's Ansonia CT. Photo by Patti|
Monday, December 31, 2012
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Toby as always hosts the fun architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors where we look for portals of style, interest or whimsy - and not necessarily in that order...
This is during a high school trip, Allegra the 10th grade student, mom Patti a chaperone, the place along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris.The camera date stamp shows 19 Feb 04 at 11:39 (not adjusted from home). As I understand it, Allegra and a friend were allowed to sightsee minus the entire group, and she took a sequence of photos that feel like stop motion along the stylish street. I like the feeling of motion in that one minute - cool. See Toby's meme for more portals of cool...Happy 2013!
Friday, December 28, 2012
Shadow Shot Sunday arrives on the quite special day of 29 December - the birthday of my two favorite ladies, Patti and daughter Allegra. It appears that the baby chose to be exactly one week later than the due date of 22 December 1988 - which made her, of course, the ultimate birthday present. The glow of the happy birthday girls might overpower many a shadow - smiles usually do that...happy birthday!
Monday, December 24, 2012
|25 Dec 1993 - Christmas surprises|
|25 Dec 2002 - Broken but usable...|
On the right, what was to be a tree shaped lawn light decoration - however when the cheap mount broke and it would not stand in the yard, it could be stood upside down on the ramp to equal ruby effect in the swirls of snow. Christmas is made of memories...merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
Sunday, December 23, 2012
|In 1955, Ralph looks to be ready for a round of golf|
Actually it is my grandfather who this day is not at his normal business of leasing and fixing police and fire department radios in local towns in OH and WV. In his play clothes looking as if he was about to attack the front nine at the Steubenville Golf Club even though he didn't play. Windows involved are in his 1955 Plymouth work vehicle and the 1920s houses along Oregon Avenue. He looks like a million amid the neighborhood windows and doors...
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
|3-year-old Cam, 24 Dec 1993|
|Nearly 5-year-old Allegra, 24 Dec 1993|
Monday, December 17, 2012
|Clan Villers of Wickham Drive, 24 December 1975|
Sunday, December 16, 2012
|Chapel, Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio. July, 1999|
Saturday, December 15, 2012
SOOC - Straight out of the Camera - returns us to June 2006 and Allegra's graduation from Ansonia High School. Held outside, before the ceremony it was sunny - during it, there were gray clouds portending rain. However, a mere sprinkle was the precipitation. Yet, a rainbow fell upon Nolan Field and the lucky graduate...straight out of the heavens!
Friday, December 14, 2012
|First day of school, 1995, Ansonia, CT|
The thought of course is what if the worst occurred in our town in our safe schools - we send them off every day not considering and certainly not expecting the very worst. For SSS2, the look of innocence is what I see on a sad day in a nice town 20 miles away...
Patti's former Register colleague lives in Sandy Hook, has a child at that school (not harmed thankfully) - Read her harrowing account of today - it is gripping...
Monday, December 10, 2012
Ruby Tuesday 2 returns and I again look to the past for ruby, a lot or not. I'll go with the minimal red returns us the year 1983. These are sisters Christina and Julie and often the case with siblings close in age for special occasions, moms chose matching outfits.
That occasion was the baptism of their new baby brother Bobby in which many relatives would celebrate...and every attendee did so! Hints of ruby are in their 'uniforms'...cute is a cute does!
(Yes, for those of a certain age, that is a Ford Pinto, clad not in ruby but in that not so attractive brown that cars of the 1970s wore. You had to be there to appreciate what passed for style in the day...
Sunday, December 9, 2012
|Derby CT town green seen from Fifth Street|
Toby hosts the fun Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors in which we look for architectural gems. This is the green of the small (12,500) city of Derby Connecticut. In the northeast of the USA, a white clapboard congregational church sitting near the green is oft repeated. What we see is the the Second Congregational Church (1845). The Civil War monument adds to the historic aura. Note that the pointed steeple is missing - lost in Hurricane Gloria in 1985. If not for the parking meter, this possibly is what the past may have looked like in its day...
Friday, December 7, 2012
|Office Buildings at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft from 1000 ft, East Hartford, CT, August 1984|
At this point, we are at about 1000 ft (305 M) flying over my then employer, big jet engine maker Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford. In the foreground is the building where I worked in purchasing. Normally filled with cars, this was a Sunday with most workers away. Outside shadows and cockpit reflections emanate...
We are about to make a 180° turn to land on Runway 2 at Hartford's Brainard Field. On this warm day the workplace looked and felt way different than Monday to Friday...
Monday, December 3, 2012
|University of Hartford - Alumnae (2010) and Graduate, 12 Dec 2012|
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Toby hosts the fun architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors where we look for the unique. As I have been scanning many old prints, I chose these as different in character than we may be used to. The time is August 1982, the place the charming town of Stadthagen, 40 or so km from Hanover. The buildings date back hundreds of years and look it...I assume that on the left is a tavern - the keg over the door indicates beer is sold - Schaumburger is the local brew, but guess that symbols spoke to those who could not read. To the right is a building of indeterminate use - what appeals here is the date on the building of 1743; I like the herringbone styles upstairs. Windows and doors from long ago were functional when made and stylish now!
Saturday, December 1, 2012
|Swim stadium, USC, L.A., August 1984|
As I have not edited this old print (save for cropping it), I am also adding it to the new SOOC Sunday (Straight out of the Camera), hosted by MMT and Gemma. I like multitasking...