April 14, 2013The Distant Past

I do love little mysteries like this—I mean, who are these dudes my great-grandpa is hanging out with under a number of various photo shooting scenarios? Found in a box at my grandparent’s house, these are going to require a little sleuthing.

Johnny’s Accordion School

March 25, 2013The Distant Past

Click on the above image to look in the window of Johnny’s Accordion School on the second floor. Also in the second photo, I love the Mitzi Shop—a tiny little storefront with all of those mannequin heads in the window. Images courtesy of

Vintage Technology: Before Google Street View

July 18, 2012The Distant Past

I can’t look at the quasi-360 degree scope and everyday details of this image and not think about Google Street View, which keeps coming across my radar in the form of amazing projects—but more on that later. For now let’s look at this incredible daguerreotype from 1848 that shows a panoramic view of Cincinnati’s riverfront … Read More

1936 Roadtrip

August 23, 2011The Distant Past

It’s the end of summer. There is a part of me these last weeks that has longed to be home, to go on a road trip, to be “somewhere in the West”—or at least have a valid Euro-driver’s license that would allow me to do a little adventuring. This road trip taken by my grandma … Read More

Fourth of July.

July 4, 2011The Distant Past

Last year’s Fourth was a scorcher; we picnicked in the Mauerpark with no shade. Afterwards, I went to a birthday party. It was one of those rare Berlin evenings when it stayed warm well past dark…and then a thunderstorm rolled in. Little did we know, but it was to be the beginning of weeks of … Read More

Skating party

December 17, 2010The Distant Past

The E. O. Zimmerman Residence, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1896. I love their coats. Photo: Minnesota Historical Society.