Monday, December 31, 2007

Boulevard Madeleine, Paris

Mother and Child 8

Pills and Smiles

House by the Side of the Road, 4


Sunday, December 02, 2007

A Letter at the Keyboard

A Sloop amidst the Icebergs

Friday, August 24, 2007

The Ethereal Tambourine
Costume of the Ukraine

A House by the Side of the Road, 2

Mother and Child, 5
Impatience at the Shoe Store
The Young Heifetz
"He's Comin' Right For Us"

Friday, August 17, 2007

Snowed In
Owing to Washington's wintery weather, the President finds time to kick back, sip hot cocoa, and catch up on his Camus and three Shakespeare's
The Fruit Seller
Edited from an old Postcard

When DC Wasn't PC
This is an official photograph of the execution of Henry Wirz in November of 1865, a mere stones throw from the U.S. Capitol. Wirz was a native of Switzerland who came to the U.S., and joined the Confederate Army. He presided over Camp Sumter, near Andersonville, Georgia, the most brutal and notorious Prisoner of War camp in Civil War History. Although only a handful of War Crimes cases were brought against Confederate Officers, they became the foundation for modern War Crimes prosecution.

Dear Mom

Mother and Child, 4

Joan and Her Strad

Pandora Contemplates the Knot
From an Old Illustration - Artist Unknown

The Littlest Oyster Shucker

Friday, August 10, 2007

The Mother of All Battles
Pretty Eyes and Spiffy Specs
Edited from an old Cabinet Card
A Lovely Gallic Face
Edited from a Naughty French Postcard

The Little Scholar, 1
In the days of the Daguerreotypes, many parents had their daughters sit for the camera accompanied by books or the trappings of scholarship. Many of these pictures are among the finest children's portraits from the era. This is the first in a series.
Allies Take Paris - DeGaulle Gets the Credit

An Edwardian Sunday Afternoon

The Learned Professor

Life in "The Pit"

Flowers from the Forest

Helen Mack was brimming with energy and talent. Most of her movies were "B Pictures", but she managed to share leads with some of the biggest stars in pictures. My favorite Helen Mack picture is "Son of Kong".
Helen Mack, 1

Helen Mack, 2 - with Lassie

Helen Mack, 3
Girls in White Dresses with Blue Satin Sashes

Portrait of Denise

Edited from a Daguerreotype, the portrait is from around 1850. The subjects apparel would have been probably considered "retro" even at that time.

The Garden Party

Friday, August 03, 2007


Edited from an old Cabinet Card

Portrait of Billy Yank

Mother and Child, 3

Dorothy Phillips, Violinist

Play Us a Song. You're the Piano Man

Stairway to Heaven

Separation of Church and State

Today is Your Birthday - You're Gonna Have a Good Time

Song of the Waves

Belles of the Ball
This was derived from an old Daguerreotype. It's not a great picture, of course, but the natural expression of the subjects is truly remarkable, in spite of the many seconds they had to sit before the camera with a "frozen" face .

Walt's Confession

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Years before people could even imagine the DC Metro, another means of public transportation was serving the needs of Washingtonians. It was the D.C. Transit Streetcar System, and it was an important part of the life of the city. During the 1940's, two creative photographers, Esther Bubley and John Collier, captured the following "veritas" portraits.
The Streetcars are long gone. The tracks have been removed. Their refreshing green and white logos have vanished. Many years ago, it was said that "Big Oil" put Streetcar service out of business. I wonder if that's true?
Searching Eyes

Faces on a Streetcar, 1

Finding the Fare