Kneass Philadelphia Magazine for the Blind, January 1903. Printed with a combination of two rival tactile typefaces which were later replaced by dot systems. I find it incredibly difficult to read tactically, but really like the appearance. Last photo is from a book about the Howe Press of Perkins School for the Blind.
There are not many mills left in the United States today. And the ones still operating are not necessarily using the natural, organic fibers we urgently need to convert to for the sake of the environment. For anyone interested in the redevelopment of local manufacturing, I encourage you to check out the Kickstarter campaign for a great project, @hustontextilecompany. You can search “Huston” on Kickstarter to find it. Photo is my own from the former Lowell Mills in Massachusetts. It is a museum now but the machinery is operated for display.
This last batch of negatives had so many great photos. This one is especially cinematic. I get a bit manic when I’m scanning these or maybe it’s something like the flow state :) It’s the same feeling when I uncover new names in my family tree. I love imagining their stories and piecing together locations. I think without getting a bit obsessive, I would never get around to it- I have hundreds of negatives and my scanner only fits two at a time! #antiquephoto #1942 #vintagephoto #inspiration
Scanned some more negatives over the weekend. Here’s a great shot of people out skiing for the day. Based on other photos in the set, I believe this to be 1942.
Love this photo by Lewis W. Hine, taken at the time of the 1905 Russian Revolution. Can be seen, along with others, in the New York Public Library Digital Collection. It was captioned: Young Russian Jewess at Ellis Island, 1905. “Inquiring, tireless, seeking what is yet unfound, But where is what I started for so long ago - And why is it still unfound.” Whitman
The N-01 Tote is back in the shop! And now indigo and natural are available in addition to the original brown. Bags will be sewn and naturally-dyed upon order so please allow up to 6 weeks for completion. Early orders will be finished sooner!
Here’s an old natural linen jacket I bought on eBay. Will serve as a good reference as I continue learning patternmaking. The seller said it is French. Not sure of the age but it seems quite old to me. Doesn’t have any labels and it’s extremely heavy despite its simple design. #vintage #vintageworkwear #vintagefashion #workwear #inspiration
One of my all-time favorite photos: The Mazamas, a Portland, Oregon mountaineering group, on Mt. Hood in 1894. Photo from Mazamas.
Who else feels nostalgic at the start of winter weather? We had rough winters where I grew up in western New York state, but there was also something pleasant about it. Scanned mystery negative, possibly from the 1920s.
A new addition to my canvas shoe collection from @northseaclothing. Love this style- similar to the old LL Bean canvas hiking shoe. The sole on these has more grip and appears it will last longer. I’ve burnt right through to the floor in a couple spots on my LL Bean boots. Will be interesting to see how they age in white.
A stop on this summer’s natural dye workshop tour: A Coruña, Galicia.
Courte-échelle technique (something like short ladder?). Not sure of an English name beyond “give me a boost.” Another scan from the November 1933 La Montagne: Revue du Club Alpin Français.
Happy Halloween 🎃
The road ahead. Scanned from La Montagne: Revue du Club Alpin Français, November 1933.