Sunday, November 28, 2010

48 STAR AMERICAN FLAG- Valley Forge Flag company

This 48 star American flag predates 1959, many were internment flags returning home to be buried with war vets but not this one....

This flag was made by Valley Forge Flag Co., Spring City PA. Founded in 1882, Valley Forge Flag Company, Inc. remains to this day a family-run business. Beginning as a burlap-bag business that later sold World War I surplus, including U.S. flags, the company has evolved and grown over four generations.

During the Depression Era, the company opened its first small sewing factory in Spring City, Pennsylvania to meet the increasing demand for U.S. flags, giving a formal beginning to the Valley Forge Flag brand.

World War II brought an unprecedented demand for U.S. flags. Military and other government contracts soon became the Company’s core business.

This 48 star measures 5' x 9 1/2 ' and is made of wonderful grainy combed Cotton. There are no holes, no rips, and even the brass shanks are in great condition. This flag was probably not an internment flag because of the size of the steel gromet in each corner which is more typical for flags to be raised, it was probably a town really is beautiful and in Very Nice Condition and was found in an attic of an estate sale.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Fishing Bags Not Just For Fish

Great ideas for storing your junk and looking much cooler than you are.
Get your very own at Silence Dogood's right now!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mama don't take my Kodachrome away

Kodachrome is the oldest successfully mass marketed color film in history. When it was introduced 74 years ago they had no idea the impact it would make on photography. Sadly it was discontinued in 2009. You can still buy the film on ebay and in some stores so I suggest snapping it up while u can. Randomly enough, the only lab left in word to process it is in Parson's, Kansas where my boyfriend hales from. We definitely plan on taking advantage of our trip home this holiday season and stop by the labs for a tour and drop of some film for processing!

Check out the Kodachrome Project. Maybe it will inspire you to start your own.

John Yi, an amazingly talented young man I had the pleasure of working with, took these pictures with his Yaschika 35mm and film my BF gave him.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Brighten your morning with some 60s fabric

Aesthetic Transferware- Melbourne pattern

The Aesthetic Movement refers to a period of time in the late 19th century (1870-1900) which was a backlash to the formal Victorian years. I collected this piece from an estate for about $75. Brown is the signature color on many aesthetic designs.

Japanese art had a great influence on Aestheticism. Aesthetic interiors were often decorated with Japanese prints, screens, fans and other objects.
The Aesthetic Movement influenced transferware designs of Asian styled scenes with asymmetric, bold and geometric patterns. Oftentimes the Aesthetic Movement pieces will have a scene inset on the piece like this very large, Circa 1880's platter.
Some are hand painted in areas (hand enameled, clobbered or hand painted/polychrome) over the transfer, adding color.

A new york door

Miners on my mind

Let's face it miners are the new black. But unfortunately they are an almost extinct enterprise that were essential to our countries earliest foundation. Jim Lo Scalzo, a photo journalist for US News and World Report for 16 years, beautifully documents the ghosts of this trade. Thanks for sharing Jean!

Ghosts in the Hollow from Jim Lo Scalzo on Vimeo.