This is another of my favorites from the Early Black Photograph- ers 1840-1940 collection of postcards. I never fail to imagine that this gentleman is writing a letter to someone instead of probably writing an invoice for his services. You see, the man in question is George Freeman Bragg, D.D., ca. 1910. This portrait was done by Arthur Macbeth. Mr. Macbeth studied at the Avery Normal Institute in Charleston, SC., where he opened his first studio in Charleston in 1885, and in 1910 moved to Baltimore, and set up a business there. He operated a second studio in Norfolk, VA, and his photographs won many awards at regional exhibitions. Macbeth was a motion-picture pioneer as well, inventing the "Macbeth Daylight Projecting Screen" for daytime display of stereopticon and motion-picture systems. He was a member of the Photographer's Association of America, while I, myself, am a member of the National Genealogical Society, among a handful of other organizations.
I have pored over this image a number of times, and I am still curious and entertained by what I see. Such a pen. Ink well. Wood stove. So much to see. I like the calendar. Am willing to bet I could read it here on my own wall without my glasses. Do you wonder about the photo and headline on the newspaper? Why has the paint chipped away from those desk legs? I shudder at the images that come to mind: Clients either bit down on a leg . . . No. He's a dentist. They couldn't bite and say "ahh" at the same time, so maybe they kicked off bits? No, that's even sillier. Hmm. BRB. Gonna go for my thread counter.
My life is plagued by drama. When the phone rings on a Sunday night, I say a rosary before I answer, and I'm not even Catholic. What follows is a necessary quickie.
Be my Valentine? Not sure I know what it means these days, but I made this for someone I admire. And, since Valentines were exchanged between lovers and friends, well, mine is fine.
I made this last night for YKW. I hope she gets the humor. It will be mailed along with these . . .
You know the old adage "Measure twice, cut once?" *grin* I bought the band-aids for two purposes: To add to the first aid kit she keeps for the employees, and to add a little art to the moment after the "final cut." Well, maybe not the final, but a little bit of color makes the wound easier to handle, hence my "use fashionably." I know, it's a possible groaner, but they're just for giggles, and fun is where you make it.
Now that I am calmer, I'm off to see if my oldest sister has been admitted to the hospital.