Sunday, June 30, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Old style and spirit

Toby hosts the fun architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors where we look at portals and such of interest. Readers know of my fascination with my family over the decades since I inherited in 1981 the box full of family pictures taken by my grandfather.

As I continue to scan the old B&W prints, I often have to make a guess at where/when they were taken...I think this would be in 1941 as this may have been a 25th anniversary (from 1916). That would be my father at 13 in the steel town of Weirton WV, 32 miles/51 kM west of Pittsburgh. The building behind looks like a typical structure built in the early part of last century, if not earlier. Any guess may explain the mystery...or maybe not!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Driveway meandering

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is back this week - and simple summer shadows were jumping at me with camera in hand...who can resist? The weather has been strange up here with lots of humidity and lots of rain with bold sunny hints on occasion - such as on Thursday where the electrical contractor attaching the wiring on a new utility pole in our yard - and the electricity was wisely shut off. With no lights or computer inside, like kids our playground was moved outside. The flowers, mulberry tree and ramp had shadows both amorphous and well defined which adds another dimension to the usual and ordinary...see more of the shadowy world at SSS2

Monday, June 24, 2013

Ruby Tuesday - Educational rubies ca. 1900

Trap Fall School, built in 1872
The school bus of its day - who needs windows?
Ruby Tuesday 2 is back, and its rules simple: a lot or a little red. For me today, it falling into the 'little' category. Both views were taken at the father's Day car show at the Shelton (CT) History Center with cool items on its grounds. On top is the (1872) one-room Trap Fall schoolhouse, in use until 1911 or so, and moved to its current location in 1971.The bit of red is of course, the brick chimney...the second set of rubies are found on the wheels of this Carryall, the school bus of its day transporting students to school. It seems primitive to our modern eyes - but quite up to date in its day...Happy RT2

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Historical presence


Toby hosts the fun architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors where we look for doors and windows of interest and/or whimsy...our daughter Allegra has a great interest in history, and participates as a docent in two local historical societies in two different eras: to the left, it is for the Derby Historical Society at the 1698 Humphreys House - dressed for the year 1762. On the right, it is for the Shelton (CT) History Center at the 1822 Brownson house where she is in the year 1913 - two different eras are showcased not by just the attire, but also by portals from long ago. History is ignored by most - happily though she helps to maintain a love of the past...

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Plush Packard Panama

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 returns, and a subject such as an old car may be passé to some…obviously not to me! Last Sunday was Father’s Day and the car show and open house at the Shelton History Center.

It was not Just the chrome and size of this 1955 Packard Clipper Super Panama captured my attention, it was the color that brought me over. Not pink, nor mauve, I think it is a dusty rose. Under the slightly overcast gray humid sky and shadows, here it is a rich and understated hue, not at all garish.

Of course today one will not get colors like this and certainly not in two-tone. Nor interesting touches like the ships wheel emblem (for a Clipper ship). However as art, the overstyled and colorful cars were artistic rolling sculptures then…and now

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tina's WW - Large vs. Tiny

Seen in the same parade in May, the really big and the really small shared the same parade route - quite a contrast...See Tina's WW!
Large Pierce Firetruck, Derby CT, 27 May 2013
Tiny Fiat Cinquecento, same day

Monday, June 17, 2013

Tina's Pic Story - Favorite

Tina hosts the fun meme Pic Story, where she provides the weekly theme which this week is your favorite picstory. This picture, posted before - you should carry your camera at all times lest you lose a fun memory.

It is August 1983 at the zoo in Omaha Nebraska, the temperature a stifling 102°F (39°C). However, the furry polar bear was lying on his back, taking it easy in the heat. I still like this bear! Congrats on 100 PicStory posts

Ruby Tuesday 2 - Long, longer and...

Ruby Tuesday 2 reappears, and we look for red in many ways: microscopic or massive. I have chosen the yesterday's Fathers Day car show at the Shelton History Center, I was (as usual) intrigued by the sight of chrome laden 1950s American barges with their styling excesses. 
Especially when I stumbled into this, a massive 1958 Chevrolet Impala painted in acres of red. It was sooooo long that two frames were needed to capture its ruby goodness - there is plenty of it :) See more ruby goodness at RT2

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Whimsical Windows - One room schoolhouse

Toby hosts the fun architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors - we look at interesting architecture, portals and such. Today we attended a Father's Day car show at the Shelton (CT) History Center, about 20 minutes from home. Obviously, I am an old car freak, especially the large, 1950s chrome laden American barges. However, I have an interest in many other subjects as well - such as the one room Trap Fall School. Opened in 1872, this structure harkens back to an agrarian era long gone and was donated to the Society after spending part of its past life as a storage shed - that is stands still reminds us of preserving history as best we can - lest we forget its lessons...

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Fathers past and present...

Father, son, grandson. Brigantine Beach, NJ, 1964
Dad and family, August 1996
Today’s Shadow Shot Sunday 2 arrives the day before Father’s Day in the US, Canada and UK. Some consider it an artificial holiday, but not I. Obviously, we like to show appreciation when we are kids for a dad (last year they grilled salmon, Ciabatta bread and vegetables – a delicious celebration :) 

However, as a father himself, the pride and happiness of our children is to be celebrated too. From the past as a child to the present day, it is a fine holiday. Add shadows, and it becomes a perfect day!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Tina's Pic Story - Liquid

Tina hosts the fun Pic Story, where she kindly supplies the weekly photo theme and we comply with our pics. This week the theme is Liquid and I look to a family meal at a local restaurant. The aperitif drinks offer such liquid, such as the delicious and stylish drinks enjoyed by two in our party - the cosmopolitan (Cosmo), a tart and tasty cocktail that is a nice peach color. The glasses are uniquely stylish too. I am unsure if what was in the other, but it was liquid-y as well. I think that I met the theme :)

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Vertically Challenged

Toby is the host of the fun architectural meme, Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors - we look at interesting bits of buildings. Today is another view of Hartford taken by Patti - who safely is not the driver - from I-91 North. The vertical motif is the theme, from light stanchions to buildings, all seem to be rising to the sky. The more classic building here is the Travelers Insurance tower, opened in 1919 and sits a stately 34 stories high at 527 ft/161 M. The rest of the skyline was built from the late 1960s-1999 and has little of the charm from decades past and is mostly nondescript. But all together compel us to look up (except when driving that is :)

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Urban eclectic

Rotary Tubas in a parade along Elizabeth Patti
Flowering plants alongside a chain-link fence on Third Patti
Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is back, and I offer a couple of items taken in Derby (CT) recently, and both vastly different items have shadows that are defined yet do not jump at us - however compel us to view the entire scene to find them. At least I think so...shadows that may or may not jump at us can be found at SSS2 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Tina's Pic Story - 'P'

Parade, Derby CT, 2013-05-27
Pasta with Peppers, shrimp and tomatoes
The City of Pittsburgh, of course in the state of...Pennsylvania
Our Daughter's 1996 Plymouth Neon

Tina hosts the fun meme Pic Story, and its requirement is simple: She suggests the weekly theme, we match with a photo. This week, the letter 'P' has been chosen, and as I am unable to decide what best meets the theme, I used them all...see more of the letter 'P' at Tina's meme!

Ruby Tuesday - Parade route rubies

Red, white & blue bunting
Old fire trucks...

Dr. Seuss' creation...

Remembering why the day exists
Ruby Tuesday 2 returns - I missed last Monday's post as I was at the Memorial Day parade in our neighboring small city of Derby CT. There are obviously lots of ruby red at a parade, and I captured a mix of those rubies...a bit eclectic in that they are not related to each other as subjects but in hue - always on the lookout for a favorite color at RT2!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Arts Center

Toby hosts the always fun architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors where interesting items are noted. This recent view was taken in front of the Valley Center for the Arts in the small (13,000) city of Derby. This opened in 1924 as the Hotchkiss Hose firehouse - of course, as firetrucks grew in size and the population increased, a more modern building was needed.

Instead of letting a building sit idle, the municipality ultimately deeded it to the non-profit Valley Arts Council in 2008 for its endeavors and hosts art classesclasses with offices are leased to a variety local artists. Patti captured herself and the building with the fire company engraved above the once doors. A solid old building thus has been re-purposed for an excellent organization...

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Playground memory

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 brings us to Ansonia's nearby Prendergast School to a playground dedication in the honor of Catherine Hubbard, one of the Sandy Hook (CT) School killed last December. This playground, one of many planned in the NJ-NY-CT tri-state region, was built by  The Sandy Ground Project as Patti has written and blogged about recently.

In addition to the playground, a memorial garden was assembled for those whose lives were taken. Some parents from Newtown were there, and their grief was palpable. Yet, smiles emerged as the program, dedication, ribbon cut as the assembled students climbed the ramp and slid down the slide on their way back to their classrooms.

Catherine's mother Jennifer spoke and her eloquent talk offered hope to all as seen in some of her excerpts:"What Catherine expects all of us is to be kind...she went to a school where the principal said that 'all you have to do is be kind' you play on your new playground, remember if there is something in your heart you want to say to someone - say it, because you don't know what tomorrow will bring" So true...we feel hopeful as through the kindness of so many, the dreams and hopes of these children continue to live on