Tag Archives: History

Juneteenth 2020

My husband was picking up packages at our PostNet shop.  A women had these signes printed to pass out to friends, family, and whoever she might meet.  He asked her for one and it it now in our front yard:

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And a Flower to Honor all who have died recently at the hand’s of the Police……..RIP:

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Learn More About Juneteenth Here.…….

Retrospective: Mission Santa Ines

And of course a Door because it is Thursday……The side entry photographed better than the Main Entrance.  You may have noticed that this is Infrared.Mission_Side_Door1Mission_Side_Door2

Mission Santa Ines is located next to Solvang, California.  It was founded in 1804. I was visiting a friend in Santa Barbara back in 2017 when I made this visit.  I decided to use my Nikon-1, which was converted to full spectrum by KolariVision.  I then used an IR filter to limit the exposure to Infrared.

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Church was in session, so I wandered around outside and focussed my photography there.  Obviously a full house with people standing in the doorway.

Views around the Courtyard,  Above Left to Right: St Francis, Shrine to Santa Ines, Jesus.

Finally, below, the Cemetery:

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I had the Nikon-1 converted after much frustration with IR-films.  I do use IR-Sensitive Films and you’ll see some film tests coming soon.

Retrospectives are repostings of significant works from my old Photo Diary……….

And, some thought from yesterday’s Photo Diary on Windows and Walls……

From My 100 Year Old Camera

I recently purchased a Kodak No. 1 Autographic Junior 13340 from Etsy (Patent dates 1910-1913). What could have gone wrong with that!  But low and behold , I am learning to make it work.  And Conveniently this is a version that can accommodate 120 film. I was inspired by old family cameras to buy this one, but that’s another story:

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And the Photos:

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Still learning to focus….but I’m getting there…….next photos should be better.

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And remember to check out the ‘Grand Unboxing‘.

Grand Unboxing: Kodak No. 1 Autographic Junior 13340

You may ask what possessed me to buy a circa 100 year old camera and expect it to work!  Especially one bought on Etsy, right?  Well my next post will allow you to make that judgement for yourself.  But for now, lets enjoy the ‘Grand Unboxing’:

 

A recent Petapixel article discusses a bit about the camera, but see the info for specs at the end.   Now for our first view of the camera:

 

The 120 film model was produced from 1913-1927.  I’m still investigating the exact age of mine, but it appears to be a 1913 model. Excellent!

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Special Autographic Features.  But be aware that you really can’t use this feature anymore.  It required special film.

 

Read the Specs at Camerapedia:

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From An Old Slave Market

This post is inspired by a recent Atlas Obscura article about the Documentation and Preservation of Plantation Slave Cabins.  At the Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio (My Hometown).  It is from a Slave Market in Kentucky.  After the Civil War, with the end of Slavery, the building had been used to cure tobacco.  It was so well constructed, that when the farmer wanted to expand his ‘barn’, he built the new barn around it rather than trying to tear it down.

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When the Museum was under development, the story of the Slave Market Building came to their attention.  The Current Farmer wanted a new barn, but also knew the probable history of the strange building inside the old barn.  Somehow the Farmer and Museum made contact.  The Museum torn down the old barn, removed the historic Market Building, and built the Farmer a new barn. Later, the State of Kentucky was upset to lose this historic structure.  But it is well preserved now in the Museum Lobby.

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Another Place of Interest is the Hermitage Plantation, home of President Andrew Jackson.  This is one of the few plantations where Slave Cabins were openly Preserved and Acknowledged.

Since I found this article at the end of Black History Month,  I am posting it in Honor of my Father’s Birthday Today.  And I think this counts as a #WednesdayWindows posting too.

A Thursday Door from Alcatraz

I have an earlier posting of this Door.  See my complete posting of this Door here.  Bringing it back now that I’ve joined the Thursday Doors Group……..And inspired by a post from Marla on the Move.

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But I’ll give you an alternate view here:

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Inspired By: Bruce Hucko

Cisco Ghost Town, Near Moab, UT:

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Bruce Hucko was the Founder of the Moab Photography Symposium, which ran for 15 years and had its last meeting in 2018.  The results was a wrap up Book containing images from Participants:

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The Featured Image above is one of my book prints.  The others are here below:

 

But more importantly, Bruce worked on local Preservation and Conservation Issues, contributing Photographs and field experiences that were instrumental in the protection of the Bears Ears National Monument, Utah.  This region and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park are now under threat from Fracking and Mining interests.  This prompted a recent Visit to the Grand Staircase and Capitol Reef Parks this past Fall.  We wanted to see them before they were gone……..We start with some scenes from Ruins of the Ancient Ones in New Mexico and Arizona.

 

Aztec Ruins, NM:

 

Pecos Pueblo, NM:

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Casa Rinconada at Chaco Canyon:

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Sears-Kay Ruins, AZ:

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And a view from the Cathedral Trail at Capitol Reef:

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Please Remember the Absolute Necessity of Preserving our Natural Environment.  Give it Some Love!

Happy Valentine’s Day

November #CameraChallenge Part I: The Story of Waneka Lake

Still hanging out with Jason Avery and the @IlfordPhoto gang on Twitter, and during November another #camerachallenge.  For Part I we had a choice between telling a story and looking for patterns.  I chose to tell a story.  Actually two stories; this is the one that I posted for the Challenge.  Both stories were told using my Reality So Subtle 6X6F Pinhole Camera.

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So here we tell the Story of Waneka Lake.  Originally constructed in 1865 by impounding a Natural Spring.  The Waneka Family were ranchers that owned most of the land around the coal mining town of Lafayette, Colorado.  One Ranch Structure, the Granary, remains:

 

The property changed hands several times through 1900 eventually belonging to town founder and local mine owner, Mary Miller (then called Miller and Harmon Lake).  In the early 1900’s the Northern Colorado Power Company struck a deal with Mary Miller to split the cost of building an electrical power plant 50:50.  Opened in 1906 and enlarged in 1908, the Plant supplied 6000 kilowatts of power to the Boulder Area:

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The Power Plant occupied the site of the current Boat House:

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The only evidence that remains are some of the Clinkers, a stoney residue of coal burned in a furnace (husband for scale):

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Here, a Frisbee Golf site has been placed in the Clinkers:

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In the 1920’s this Power Plant was replaced by a larger one outside Boulder:

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The present day City Park is a 147 acre recreational area.  In addition to Frisbee Golf there are boat rentals during the summer months, a 1.2 mile walking/hiking trail, a migratory bird sanctuary and for a small town pretty spectacular 4th of July Fireworks.

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So here ends my Story of Waneka lake.  For more details take a stroll through the Historical Society website.

Armistice 1918-2018: What Have We Learned?

I am Reposting this for Veteran’s Day 2019.  Didn’t quite get the response I had hoped for last year……

Over the past 4 years of the 100th Anniversary of World War I (The War to end all Wars, except that it didn’t).  I had hoped for some thoughtful reflection on the Root Cause of Conflict.  I am aware that some of this occurred Across Europe.  But nothing here in the USA.

WWI History is barely touched upon here.  I know much more than the average America due to an excellent AP European History class I took in High School.  It was taught by one of my most memorable teachers, Mr. Knab, from the perspective of the root cause of conflict and how it directly led to WWII.

An opportunity lost……..

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So I am Honoring My Father’s WWII Service in a Segregated Army, in Italy.  1st Lt Vernon Johnson.  An Army He later helped to Integrate under orders from President Truman.  He worked in the Army Reserve, ‘helping’ white soldiers get used to taking orders from African America Officers. At the out break of The Korean War, he was like other WWII veterans, exempted from further service because he had a wife and child.  At least back them they did not want to make more Widows and Orphans.

Notably my Father was also a Buffalo Soldier…..And he loved the Bob Marley song.  He felt Appreciated and Respected.

 

 

My Father always talked about the Children he met in Italy………

 

 

And Training at Ft Huachuca, Arizona…….

 

 

 

We’ll end with a Photograph of my Mother.  The one that my Father carried with him through the War. I found it in his old foot locker along with many of the images above:

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Mom is still with us at a Feisty 95……

Frugal Film Project: Roll #3

HearseCon 2019:

 

Sort of a Middle-Aged Goth Experience………..

Instagram censored and blurred out the second image with the pick axe.  Tooo Disturbing?