I have no idea why some things call out to me when I am “pickin”.
The postcard below drew me first because of the flowers and beautiful faded colors. Then the letter crammed on both sides, sealed the deal. It was too wonderful to pass up.
I don’t spend much money on these little pieces of ephemera, and they can usually be picked up for a couple of dollars. I have several Atlanta, GA site postcards from the turn of the century that may have some value, but this lilac gem of a “Postkarte” tells a rich story. I think a writer could use it to spawn the next novel and film. The words and phrases from small town Georgia in 1907 are so rich with the times. People caught up with all the news of each other through letters…some on two sides and every corner of a 5×3 inch postcard. Measles, death, preachers, teachers & turnips in Pendergrass, GA. Read the full transcription below.
m L. Norris must have loved the lilac image too, as she was very careful not to mark over it.
Nov 25, 1907
Postage – One Cent
mis Onie Marlow
R F D 9
hellow Onie how all we receive your letter we are all well there is but Sis Caleb of the measel hear. Mr Stargel family is getting long very well John Mack has a case of the measel and there big girl will have them I did not look for you much but come when you can no measel in this house
Front/picture side of postcard:
I heard of Cout (?) death thursday after he was buried was sorry to hear it I am glad Nellie is going to school Minnie to send loueceil to school an learn an make preacher an shool teacher out of them dont sow (?) two heard woodie said she would rite her soon tell aunt mat I am coming to see her turng (?) good by m L. Norris
bring you some turnips when I come to see you so you can turn w/2 (?)
Over 800 squares of concrete were festooned with the most wonderful, creative, technically perfect renderings you have ever seen, or walked on. Public art at its finest.
SCAD students, Alumni, and anyone else who wanted to participate, signed up and chalked up. I may never win a prize, but I will participate as long as I am able. I really should have started long ago. I am probably too old to be drawing on the sidewalk, but if it’s good enough for Dick Van Dyke (remember Mary Poppins?), it’s good enough for me.
The techniques that have been developed for getting sidewalk chalk to mimic paint are spectacular. I made the huge mistake of not doing any research before I arrived. I had never even attended the festival before. My daughter Casey (SCAD Performing Arts Major) told me the artists used water to extend the chalk, so water I brought. I dove in head first and really “winged it”, AND I signed up for 2 panels! (ugh)
My result was a none-too-spectacular impressionistic landscape done from a photo Caseytook while studying abroad in Lacoste, France. A lot of good comments from passers-by (especially SCAD Lacoste students), but when I finally came up for air and walked around to see the other art, I knew I had missed the boat regarding expert chalking technique. What I did accomplish was a more “painterly” technique, but in final result was too soft to have real visual impact. I ran out of steam, or else I would have attempted a bit more refining detail.
I’m a travel videographer and quintilingual translator. To me, it’s great fun to look at beautiful images and read about the accomplishments and passions of people from around the world. It’s also quite a thrill to receive an e-mail with a compliment like “You’re creative” or “You’re cool.” It's easy to send them too, so I spend a great deal of time on…