We've explored the idea of Water-Stained Works of Art in the realm of postcards quite a bit.1 Today, I present an old photograph — broken, chipped, water-stained and spotted — that I believe still holds aesthetic value. I find this much more interesting than I would an utterly pristine piece of ephemera from 120 years ago. (Though that might also speak to my spot in the collector/appreciator food chain. I'm not the guy buying or even touching high-end ephemera. But I like my spot on the chain.)
At its widest point, this piece of cardboard with an oval photo mounted on it measures 4 inches wide.
The scrawled notes on the back are difficult to decipher. The person on the right could be Marjorie Simmons, a first cousin of my great-grandmother, Greta Chandler Adams.2 And the person on the left is a "friend," possibly named Alice Poole.
I wonder how they spent their childhood days?
1. Some posts in this category:
- Hudson & Manhattan Subway Terminal
- Princes Point on Orr's Island
- Mt. Washington Club, Maryland
- Two old postcards from Maine
- "The Toboggan Girl" and a message from a "P.C. Friend"