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Holiday Lighthouse

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Holiday Lighthouse Marblehead Neck Lighthouse Marblehead, Massachusetts

Year's End

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Sunset on Danvers River
Beverly, Massachusetts


Lonesome Shadows

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Lonesome Shadows Old Burying Point Salem, Massachusetts
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Happy Holidays!

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Accidental Light

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Accidental Light
Park Street Church Boston, Massachusetts Accidental movement of camera caused this effect. I thought it was a bit artistic.
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It's a Cat Christmas!

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Once a year we cats have to tolerate this humiliation just to amuse our owners.


Merry Christmas from Crazy as a Cool Fox!

Shadow Tree Christmas

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Shadow Tree Christmas First Universalist Church Salem, Massachusetts Shadow Shot Sunday is a weekly feature here at Crazy as a Cool Fox You can find more fine shadow shots by clicking here.

Department Store Santa

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Originally posted December 25, 2010

It seems everywhere we look there is a Santa Claus. Look there he is in a parade! Look there he is riding in on a horse to light the Christmas tree! Look there he is sitting in a mall listening to children's wishes!

Once there was only one Santa Claus that I knew of which was the department store Santa Claus. This Santa Claus was extra special because we would ride the train into the city of Boston. That in itself was a grand occasion for me.

Jordan Marsh Department Store was in the middle of the downtown shopping district. I don't remember how we got there from North Station, perhaps we took a cab. If we took the subway I would have remembered that. Jordan Marsh is now owned by the mega store Macy's and the tradition at the Boston store continues as it does I'm sure at every Macy's around the world.

My mother made her own collage with these photos on red velvet and had surrounded the photos with a gold fabric border. I recently foun…

Last Light

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Sunset Over Boston
Swampscott Harbor Swampscott, Massachusetts
Every Thursday is Thursday Challenge. It's a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers. This week's theme is "light." Go towards the light for more fine photos by other Thursday Challenge bloggers by clicking here.

Gangnum Style Christmas Style

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If you watch all three of these you have a lot of patience.  The first is the a Christmas light show from a home that features a current pop hit every year.  The second one is a parady of the original video which is the third video and the bottom of this post.  Happy Christmas and Happy watching!

Notice to M.I.T. professors:
Your students seem to have a lot of time on their hands
However a grade for creativity would be in order.

For your reference: the original video

Lighthouse Shadows

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Lighthouse Shadows Hospital Point Front Range Light Beverly, Massachusetts Happy Holidays!
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The Kissing Bridge

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The bridge you see in this postcard says it's a rustic bridge. It also has another name; that of "kissing bridge." It got it's name in the early 1900's. Local young people on a stroll through the park would pause to give their sweetheart a peck on the cheek or lips if they were daring.
I never kissed a sweetheart there but as a young hoodlum I would ride my bike in the pool on both sides of,  and under the bridge. This ride was done in the winter when the pool was empty or in the summer when the pool was full. It was a great way to cool off!
Atkinson Park is now known as Atkinson Common. The rustic wooden bridge and tower in the background have been replaced with sleek new modern steel, stone, and concrete construction.

The writer is offering a bit of love herself. In her flowing script she informs "Grace" of her arrival at Brown Square Hotel in Newburyport. She most likely arrived by train as the station is just down the street from the hotel. She offe…

Good Pie

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Good Pie Pumpkin Pie: It's the best for the holidays
Every Thursday we feature Thursday Challenge. It's a photographic, thematic collaboration of bloggers.
This week's theme is "good."
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Cat Politiques

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Somehow this makes a lot of sense!

Snow Shadows

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Garden of Snow
Lynn Union Hospital - Healing Garden Lynn, Massachusetts
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Guard Dog

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The old postcard above shows a lighthouse on a small island off the coast of Lynn, Massachusetts called Egg Rock. If you have ever been there you would agree it is appropriately named as it is only a rock. Today the lighthouse is gone replaced by bouys and other beacons in the area. It is now only a desolate refuge for shore birds.

The first keeper was George B. Taylor of Nahant, who lived at the lighthouse with his wife and five children, along with chickens, goats, a tame crow, and a dog named Milo.

Milo, was a huge Newfoundland-St. Bernard mix. One day, Keeper Taylor was shooting waterfowl on the island, with Milo accompanying him. The keeper shot a duck, which fell to the ocean. The bird was wounded, but not mortally. Milo swam in pursuit, but it took off and flew a short distance. Every time Milo would close in, the bird would take off again.

Taylor watched the chase from shore until Milo and the loon disappeared from sight. Milo wasn't seen again that day. The next day, Mil…

Everyone Has Parking Issues

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Everyone Has Parking Issues Essex St. Salem, Massachusetts Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers. This week's theme is "signs." Follow the signs to Thursday Challenge, by clicking here.

A Trip to the Vet

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Don't you just want to make him happy?

Guard Cat

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Guard Cat Ever get that feeling that someone is watching you?

Shadow Cat

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Shadow Cat Nahant, Massachusetts

This very photogenic cat is a stray living at a highway maintenance facility.
I'm not sure what his name is. He seems to be a staff mascot.
He made a nice shadow in the early morning sun.


Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday. For more great shadow shots click here.

A Boat and a Bridge

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What a perfect match. I have a postcard that has a boat (a paddle steamer) and a bridge suspended with chains. This was an easy one. Yes you old timers might recognize this card as I have blogged here about it in the past. You know my fascination with bridges pervades the bloggersphere.

So I won't expound upon the details of this unique bridge which still stands. I'll just leave the link here if you are interested.

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Giant Bottles

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Giant Bottles
MWRA Waste Water Treatment Facility
Deer Island, Boston, Massachusetts

Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers.
This week's challenge is "bottles."
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Henri II

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Depression lingers on.

Which Road to Follow?

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The Road Not Taken Robert Frost
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth;Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claim,Because it was grassy and wanted wear;Though as for that the passing thereHad worn them really about the same,And both that morning equally layIn leaves no step had trodden black.Oh, I kept the first for another day!Yet knowing how way leads on to way,I doubted if I should ever come back.I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.
The old elm tree which caused this shadow sits on a bluff above the Atlantic Ocean on the grounds of Coolidge Reservation, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. The shadows reminded me of pathways and of that famous Robert Frost poem above.

Brothers Barton

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My answer to the prompt this week is not two girls, but two boys or very young men.

These two dapper gentlemen are barely men. On the left my grandfather Ralph at age 18 in Paris, France. On the right his older brother, my great-uncle Frank.

They were born and brought up in New Brunswick, Canada. Both served in the military for their country and met in Paris for a brief time in the midst of war. I'm not sure which branch my great-uncle was with but my grandfather fought with the Mac Lean's Kilties a part of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces.

In fact you can see Ralph is wearing a kilt!


I hope everyone has had a nice Thanksgiving and are well rested to begin the rigors of the holidays. For many other fine Sepia Saturday posts, click here!

Happy Thanksgiving

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It's one of the great illustrator Norman Rockwell's series on Freedoms. I had a chance to see many of Rockwell's works a few years ago. His museum is not far from here in a beautiful region of the state called the Berkshires.

Rockwell painted all four freedoms that were outlined in a Franklin Delano Roosevelt address to Congress in 1941. Those are Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.
This portrait is probably one of the most iconic of Rockwell's work. It is Freedom from Want. I say its the very vision of family, food, and love during the holidays.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone from Crazy as a Cool Fox!

Thankful for a Beautiful End of Day

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Boston Skyline from Swampscott Harbor, Massachusetts Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers.
This week's theme is "thankful."
I am thankful for the other members of Thursday Challenge from which I find inspiring photography.
Click here to see for what they are thankful.

Turkey Talk

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Henri the Cat

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Someone get this cat some prozac!

A Tale of Two Seasons

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What a difference two seasons make. On the left is a sidewalk covered in freshly fallen apple blossoms from last spring. On the right are the decayed remains of the leaves of those same apple trees, taken on the same sidewalk a few days ago.
The ornate fence is in front of the Peirce-Nichols House part of the Peabody Essex Museum Properties at 80 Federal Street, Salem, Massachusetts. Jerathmiel Peirce owned the original "Friendship of Salem."

Shadows of Honor

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Recently decorated World War II memorial
Salem, Massachusetts


Old School

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The theme this week shows students with books. Where's the best place to find that but at school? In my collection I find this postcard. This is the old Newburyport High School that sat at the corner of High and Green Streets. The church behind the school is Immaculate Conception and is still there. NHS moved up High Street to the new address in 1938 the old school was razed and replaced with a convent for the IC church. 
The card was posted October 30, 1915 at 10:00 PM. Can you imagine postal workers working that late in a small city like Newburyport? 
In the message area the sender is thanking the recipient for a previous card and asking what news he desries.
The new NHS shown below was built in 1938 and refurbished in 2002.
For more fine Sepia Saturday posts click here.

Stationary Boats

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Stationary Boats
The tide is out at Juniper Cover in Salem, Massachusetts
These boats aren't moving anytime soon.


Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers.
This week's theme is "stationary."
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Even Halloween Can Be Depressing :(

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The end is a hoot!

Happy Veteran's Day

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Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes. Napolean Bonaparte

Reflective Shadows

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Reflective Shadows
Essex Street
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday
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Radio Man

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This week's Sepia Saturday prompt is a photo of a huge telephone switchboard and a number of very busy operators forwarding calls. My closest match to that is this photo of my father at his station handling the radio operations for his unit during World War II. Dad was a radio operator for his company who where deployed in North Africa and Italy. I have number of photos he took during that time period but only one shows a distinctive shape of an Italian cathedral. He told us some stories of what he did during the war but none of them were ever told in depth. He did tell me of one incident of when his unit was left stranded on an Italian island in the midst of the Sicilian campaign  They were left for about a week behind enemy lines before being rescued. One story I never heard directly from him was told to me by my grandfather after my dad's death in 1980. I was visiting "Gramp" when the subject of dad's military experience came up. 
Apparently his unit was invo…

Orange Leaf

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Orange Leaf Salem Willows Park Salem, Massachusetts Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers. This week's theme is "orange." For more orange photos click here.

The End of Campaigning - FINALLY!

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Sometimes I feel like this...

Heart of Stone

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Heart of Stone Equniox Park - Phillips Beach Swampscott, Massachusetts
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Safe Surf

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A few weeks ago I posted about  the Salisbury Beach U.S. Lifesaving Station so I thought I would add to that this week. This week's Sepia Saturday prompt has something to do with physical exertion with some men who were playing a game called hurling. So I'll match that with the physical exertion seen here in launching a life boat in the surf.
This lifeboat would have been from the life saving station just across the Merrimack River mouth from the Salisbury Beach Lifesaving Station. Their boats would have been the same as you see here all up and down the coast, and launched the same way; by wheeling it down to the surf and pushing it past the breakers.
Some folks commented on the photo in the Salisbury Beach post showing the carts used to launch the boats looked like it didn't have a rear set of wheels. Perhaps the photographer just airbrushed them out because they didn't get a good photographic exposure. I'm not sure, but all the surf boat sets I have seen have had…

Dressed Up Dogs Say "Happy Halloween!"

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Halloween in Salem even the dogs dress up! Salem, Massachusetts "The Witch City"
Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers. This week's theme is "dress up." For more dressed up folks, click here.

Big Boat

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Shadows in the Park

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Shadows in the Park Salem Willows Salem, Massachusetts
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday
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The Salmon Run

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This week's Sepia Saturday prompt has a bunch of mean looking people looking at a little old woman who seems to be living in a little shack at the side of a river. Perhaps they are not to thrilled that she chose to put her little shack right at their precious fishing hole? Who knows?

From my collection of postcards I found this as a close match: This postcard was in a box of things I inherited from my grandmother. She and my grandfather had living in  New Brunswick and Maine in the early 1900's. She must have purchased a number of postcards from the region and never mailed them. As I recall, my grandfather enjoyed fishing earlier in his life. He once told me that when the salmon ran upriver in New Brunswick you could reach down and scoop them up with your hands.


I have to hand it to the people of New Brunswick for keeping their rivers wild and free. The Miramichi seems to be dam free from source to sea. To the north the Restigouche river has kept its same wilderness characteri…

Autumn School

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Autumn and school go together. This one room schoolhouse is located in Newbury, Massachusetts on the Lower Green. It was one of many throughout town. It was restored in 1976 to it's original 1897 design and is used as a living history lesson for local school children.
Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers.
This week's theme is "autumn."
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Hard Head or Hard Ice?

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Both (warning: stong language) Not only does he land on his butt, but he bangs his head too. Common sense would have on checking the thickness first before trying to crash though. If you can walk on it, it certainly is to thick to break. lol

Swan Shadow

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Swan Shadow
South River
Salem, Massachusetts
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