Miami University class of 1868

I want to share a really cool story. You know I occasionally buy old photos for the shop. Recently I acquired a stack of photos that included quite a few from the mid to late 1800s.  As I went through the stack I noticed that some photos had the same photographer’s logo. I began to put those to the side.  Fortunately, some of these had writing on the backs. A little Google work and my Ancestry.com account connected me to one man related to TWO of these students.  You see, these are all classmates from the 1868 class of Miami University.  It was the sweet words written about A.L McLain on the back of his photo that unlocked the Miami University mystery.

Joseph Matthews Hibben; Dr. James Lafonts McLain; Alvan Leander McLain (died young of consumption); George Robinson; Daniel Addison McMillan; ? Brown; Federick J Picard; James Clinton Boatman.

I know several of you will really appreciate this post! At least a few of us spend significant time trying to preserve old photos!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Run, Forrest, Run

My coworker and I pick on each other with that phrase: Run, Forest, Run!

My oh my, life is busy!  My job has changed dramatically of late. I am very happy to always be learning new things and to continue to work for a great institution until retirement. I love clothes, so choosing outfits for work each day is a joy to me. On the other hand, it’s hard to adjust to change. Suffice it to say that “Ms. Ellie” and I are on the road a lot each week.

Meanwhile, life while off the clock is full of fun, beautiful things!

My dearest Jason and I both enjoy working on our family trees. We’ve been visiting cemeteries and spending lots of time on ancestry.com
I fell in love with this artist’s trading card. It sold as soon as I put it in the shop.
Credit where credit is due. The artist.
Tomatoes from the garden complement eggs and Bass Farm sausage. Best sausage ever besides fresh.
Jason and Stan Lewis play The Roost at Fearrington Village

Today has been a day of just working outside and planning a few days of outings since I have some time off.

Enjoy this day! It won’t be back again!
Lynn

Happy Flag Day!

In honor of Flag Day, June 14, I would like to say HAPPY FLAG DAY! (It is also my firstborn’s birthday.) I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some vintage photos I found recently of school children showing off their United States flags. Oh, if only names and date and location had been written on the backs of these!

I am thinking these photos are from the early 1910s, based on their clothing and the fact that the flag with 48 stars was adopted in 1912. There are so many of you who are more knowledgeable at this stuff, please feel free to offer any thoughts about these photos!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

The Magical Garden: I Shall Never Get Tired of Plants and Garden Whimsy

A few photos from the little whimsical garden outside my shop, Sidetracked:

A planter full of sedums.

Bottles sit atop metal posts.
Bottles in the garden.
A stack of this and that.

I will close with a few photos taken from an antique photograph in the shop currently. There was no information on the back of the photograph, but I sure wish there had been!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Jamming with Friends

I have always wondered what it would be like to get together with a bunch of friends and just jam.  Well, I found out over the weekend.  It was the first of hopefully-many-more-to-come jam sessions.  Eight of us got together to play, sing, and just learn more about music.

Playing my beloved Martin. The Guild is in the shop currently having the frets worked on, the nut repaired, and basically just being set up to ring and sing even better than she does now.

In my apartment, there is this narrow end of a partition wall where some cool old photos and what-nots hang. I was admiring them today, and I thought you might want to see.

Cat’s view.
Old frame with old photo.
Roses. That’s all.
Check out that hat! I love the heart on the frame.
I love cherubs and angels.
Princess of the Universe.

Happy Tuesday to everyone!
ENJOY THIS DAY!
Lynn