Women at Work 100 Years Ago

Poring over images from the New York Public Library digital collections today, I came across these great costume designs by Will R. Barnes.  They were labeled “Women at Work: ‘Doing Our Bit’.” I… Continue reading

Narratives Embedded

“Each artifact has a narrative embedded within…” Ingrid Mida and Alexandra Kim Earlier this year, I got an email from the Texas Historical Commission, asking me if I would like to write about… Continue reading

One Little Scrap of Paper, So Many Stories

I am still spending a lot of time digitizing family photos.  This one doesn’t seem to fit in with any others.  It is from the Aunt Millie and Uncle Hugh collection – Aunt… Continue reading

Amazing Art in Arkansas

Tropical Storm Harvey is still kicking in my area of Southeast Texas.  We have had four days of steady rain, over 20 inches, where I live, but otherwise everything is fine here.  Once… Continue reading

Gigantic and/or Multi-colored Inspiration

Last week we got to visit Fort Smith and Bentonville, Arkansas.  The plan was to drive straight to Bentonville to meet a relics dealer and hand off a collection of my husband’s grandfather… Continue reading

Beautiful Diversity

I usually stay away from politics and current events in this blog, but with the events in Charlottesville, I want to directly state my opposition to the whole idea of white supremacy.  I… Continue reading

All Singing! All Dancing! from the Archives

August is the month where I succumb to the Texas heat, and hide out in the house with cooling beverages.  I use this month to catch up on organizational tasks that don’t take… Continue reading

Eighty Years Ago in Mexico

Finding clues in the most unlikely of places… More beautiful textiles arrived from my mother-in-law’s house.  She told me that her in-laws had traveled to the West and Mexico on camping vacations every… Continue reading

Greek Costume Dolls

As the downsizing continues at my mother-in-law’s house, I am bringing home boxes and boxes of photo albums and souvenirs to sort through.  Not only did I find these five souvenir dolls from… Continue reading

When Pink Was For Boys

More family textiles are coming my way, including some of my father-in-law’s baby clothes, from the late 1920s. This romper has a rare note with it, saying who made it. The construction is… Continue reading