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11:30 Shadow

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11:30 Shadow
Ropes Mansion Formal Garden
Salem, Massachusetts

The inscription: Hours fly Flowers bloom and die Old days old ways pass by Love stays
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Cooking With Grandmother

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"He was tied to his mother's apron strings." I'm sure you have all heard this phrase. To be honest, that phrase applied to me as a young boy. But it wasn't my mother's apron strings to which I was "attached,"  but to my grandmother's apron strings.  As a very young boy I was cared for by my grandmother during the daytime as my mother worked. Grammie always was cooking, and was at her happiest when she was cooking. She would always include me in her cooking especially when it came to preparing the dessert of the day. She could cook a great meal and probably could put some of today's celebrated chefs to shame. Her mind was full of recipes but when she needed a resource she would refer to the venerable "Betty Crocker Cookbook." That quick glance was all she needed. Grammie never cooked without an apron. As you can see by the photos I found in our family slides she had one for every occasion. She even received aprons as gifts, some lo…

Fun Houses

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Fun Houses
"Stickwork" Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, Massachusetts

"Stickwork" is the museum's first environmental art installation. It was created by the artist Patrick Dougherty. For more information on "Stickwork" click here.

This post was created for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "fun". For more fun photos click here.

Iron Fence Shadows

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Iron Fence Shadows
US Post Office
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Reversed Card

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This week for Sepia Saturday I am using a "Reversed Card." The prompt shows a postcard and mentions something about a reverse situation, so I think I've covered the bases.

What's very interesting here is the short message written by Mary in 1909. She seems to be writing to a friend that lives about 20 miles from her residence. Do you detect a bit of frustration and sarcasm in her message? I gather her friend hasn't replied to a previous message prompting such a tone.
"Perhaps you remember spending a vacation here. Doesn't it look natural? Suppose you write a letter to me so that I can see if your writing looks natural. Love from Mary." The front of the postcard features a hotel on the ocean on an island not to far from Mary's place of residence. Perhaps these two gals had a great time the past summer spending days on the beach and listening to bands on the deck of the hotel.

I hope Mary received her response from Mrs. Plummer in a timely manner …

Springtime Freshness

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Springtime Freshness
Ropes Mansion
Salem, Massachusetts

Thursday's Challenge this week is "spring." To see many other fine springtime photos  click here for Thursday Challenge.

Shade Tree

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Shade Tree
Marian Court College
Swampscott, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

One Wild Ride

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Sepia Saturday's prompt this week has three cues I am using. Safety and danger the other is on the rails.
Look how dangerous it is to be riding that train below. If you ever wanted to take a "bone shaking" ride on a train , you can still ride this one. You almost feel it watching the short video below.

The Mount Washington Cog Railway in New Hampshire is the first "cog" style railroad in the world having taken its first paying customer in 1868. It is one adventurous ride. Since the sepia photo below was shot, the passenger cars and locomotives have had many  improvements.
The cars are now enclosed and everyone has a  seat. As you can see in the photo and in the video, there are actually people standing up on the "Jacob's Ladder" grade which tops out at 37°.
Nowadays the engines are much stronger safer and cleaner as they are using biodiesel fuel instead of coal fired steam engines. They did keep two steam engines which make special trips up the m…

Simply Peaceful

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Simply Peaceful
Winter Island
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "peaceful." For more peaceful pics click here.

Gated Shadows

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Gated Shadows
Long Hill Estate - Sedgwick Gardens
Beverly, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Crude Cow Card

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Going along with the Sepia Saturday theme I dug out this old postcard, not in very good shape, with cows looking very curiously at the photographer.

Old Town Hill is not in Newburyport as the card states, it is in Newbury. Newburyport was once part of Newbury and broke away in 1764. It came to be better known than its parent due to shipping and shipbuilding industry on the banks of the Merrimack River. I suspect the photographer just developed many photos from the Newburyport area and tagged them all "Newburyport."
There are fine views of Plum Island and the ocean from the top. One can still find curious cows on Old Town Hill.


Message: Much love from Isabelle just going to bed good night all. Julia
Addressed to: Mrs G. Muh 89 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn
Postmark: Newburyport, July 21, 1910 7:30 AM


You can find a lot of crude photos at Sepia Saturday by clicking here.

Beautiful Bushes

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Beautiful Bushes
Greenlawn Cemetery
Salem, Massachusetts

This week's Thursday Challenge is "beautiful." For more beautiful photos click here for Thursday Challenge.

Skylight Shadows

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Skylight Shadows
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Two Monsters

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Green Monster - 1950
(Ted Williams and John Pohlmeyer jogging past the Green Monster)


Green Monster - 2013

So why is it called the Green Monster? Well the color is obvious and actually copyrighted. The monster part is because it's the highest fence in Major League Baseball at 37 feet. The ladder was used to collect homerun balls from the screens above. Since the monster seats where installed in 2010 that ladder was left in place for nostalgia.