At Play In The Archive
In my great-grandpa Leo’s treasure pile, I came across these super fun novelty postcards dated 1911. There is no writing on the back of either one of them, except for the date and identification of the studio where they were taken.
First is great-grandpa Leo in the pilot’s seat, followed by an unidentified friend. Notice that the background underneath the plane is different in each image. Do you think those locations were specially chosen, or just random? The guys are also wearing the same hat, so it makes me wonder if the photo session included a costume, rather like the old-timey photo studio shoots sometimes available at amusement parks today.
In other news, it’s Robert Burns Day, so turn your hearts to the Highlands, and choke down some haggis if you must. Personally, I’ll be focusing on the shortbread, and of course, the whiskey. My very favorite version of Burns’ poem My Heart’s in the Highlands is set to music by Arvo Pärt, performed by Else Torp and Christopher Bowers. It’s used to great effect in the magnificent movie The Great Beauty, but you can hear it on youtube here.
Until next time, dear People, Slàinte!