Wednesday, June 5, 2013

#14: A mystery family portrait (Postcard Blogathon 2013)

Title: None.
Publisher: None listed
Used: No.

Comments: This group portrait must be 100 years and is clearly showing its great age, with all of the major creases. ... At one time, it must have been thumb-tacked to a wall or bulletin board, based on the tiny holes along the top. ... The matriarch is seated at the steering wheel of a fake automobile, surrounded by three men and three women. Were they all her children? ... Two of the men are wearing uniforms, but the quality of the image is not good enough to see any details. (Call me crazy, but it almost looks like the initials FTD appear on those caps.) ... I love the terrible drawing of a house that serves as the backdrop for this sitting. ... While the mother is the head of the family, it seems obvious that the photograph's focal point is the woman in the white dress. The focus becomes less sharp as you radiate outward from her. Was the person who tacked this postcard onto the wall her sweetheart?

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Papergreat's Chris Otto is spending June 5, 2013, blogging as many vintage postcards as possible. It's "The Fast and Furious" (and hopefully also "The Fun") for ephemera lovers and deltiologists. Read all of the posts starting here. And check out more ephemera mysteries here.

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