Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Hither, Thither and Yon
I have a photograph that's causing me to speculate. Actually, it's the information added to a photograph that's causing my cogitation. The photo is an oval portrait of a lovely young woman circa 1900. It was mounted on heavy, embossed cardstock which has been closely trimmed. Now check out the back side. Areas of the metallic green paper backing have been rubbed away, down to the raw cardboard beneath, and lots of dates and place names inscribed, some handwritten, some stamped. The dates range from November 1899 to January 1907, and include at least one entry for every year between: 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903 A.D., 1904, 1905 and 1906. Places include Cleveland, Chicago, New York, Columbus, Middlefield, and Akron OH,, Big Indian, NY, Stamford, CT and Mt. Clemens, Michigan. It's almost like a passport.
Has anyone ever seen anything similar? Was there a game, sort of a mail art project? Just wondering.
And isn't her lace collar great!