Friday, December 4, 2009

Some Old Photos

I've had some inquiries about the old photographs on the church pew quilt rack. Here are the two that have old quilts in them. This first one is nicely composed I think. The woman has some blocks she must be quite proud of resting on her lap. I just wonder what is in the basket! It looks like a giant egg. Any guesses? This one is truly one of my favorites. Doesn't he have the sweetest expression? This must be his best, and probably only, suit. I imagine that he is setting off to make his way in the world, and his parents wanted his photo taken, and used his bed quilt as a backdrop. On the reverse, "Greene Co. Kentucky" is written. The quilt is just great, too. I love fan quilting.
This one is a hoot. It is a promotional photo for the film, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers". The quilt/dress in the foreground looks to have been in wonderful condition when it was cut up to make the garment. Remember when that was going on in the early 70's? I have some old magazines that show how to take an old quilt to make a skirt out of it. The examples in those magazines look as if they, too, used quilts in good condition. I suppose they thought "there's more where that came from".


You can just call me...dotty... said...

Maybe that's a round loaf of bread?

Hee ! I don't really think so.
I thought perhaps it could be something used in the darning eggs they used to have, for putting inside a sock while it was being darned. Perhaps something for darning a hat?

Janet said...

I bet someone knows what the round thing is. I loved seeing the old photos. I must be too young to know about the skirts made out of quilts, ;)

Lori said...

I love old photos and these are great! I have no idea what could be in the basket. It is really too big for an egg isn't it? Maybe that is why it is in the photo? Super sized egg!?!

Meredith said...

Great photos thanks for sharing them with us.

Deborah said...

It looks a little big, but there is such a thing as darning eggs. Maybe her husband had big feet! Beautiful photos!

Barb said...

Hi Jan-
I collect old photos too. My niche is photos of sad, old, ugly or tired looking women of the 19C. I feel sorry for them when I see their photos at the flea markets.
thanks for a fun post - I have no idea what the is in the basket, ostrich egg?

Jan said...

Barb, I'll bet you are right about the ostrich egg. I laughed when I read that you collected photos out of pity. The subjects can look quite sad. I've even seen wedding photos like that. Hopefully the marriage was happier!