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Ghost signs & old service stations

If you love the idea of roadside Americana finding new life or old advertising, be sure to pop by the main blog, where I've been very busy this week: first a post about vintage, abandoned filling and service stations being re-used as restaurants and wine bars, as well as a post about ghost signs (a post inspired by a Collector's Weekly article about the resurgence of hand-painted signs). Swing on over!... » Read More

100 Years of Chevrolet's Timeless Bow Tie Nameplate

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Vivien Leigh 100th Birthday Celebration on TCM Tuesday

If you're a fan of Vivien Leigh, you'll love tomorrow's schedule on TCM—to honour the star on the centennial of her birth, the classic film network is dedicating all of November 5 to her work. I'm very much looking forward to it myself, and have the full scoop on what you can look forward to!... » Read More

Preservation of "non-significant" old buildings

My photography features a great many abandoned, crumbling buildings as well as buildings that have benefitted from historic preservation—indeed, these are among my most popular photographs. Thus it should come as no surprise that the saving and maintenance of our physical, architectural heritage is a topic of interest to me, and one I write about fairly regularly. If you, too, are interested in historic preservation, be sure to read my most recent blog post on the topic, which discusses the importance of saving old buildings where "nothing important" happened (and yes, there are plenty of photos!). See you there! ... » Read More

Honey, honey

If you love honey as much as I do, be sure to pop over to my main blog to read about the marvellous Lithopolis Honeyfest!... » Read More

What hotel & motel features make YOU happy?

As you might guess, my work as a documentary photographer, capturing retro Americana from sea to shining sea, means I spend quite a few nights in hotels and motels—and I thought I'd share with you some of the things that make a night's lodging seem that much better to me over at the blog. There are, of course, some vintage motel-related photos, too. Of course.... » Read More

The Story of St. John's Baptist

The photo above, "Silenced", is undoubtedly the best-selling (and unfortunately, also the most-stolen) photograph in my shop, and I often get questions about the pretty, abandoned church half-hidden by the early-spring woods in West Virginia. Friday I wrote a more detailed post about St. John's Baptist of Stotesbury, including more of my photographs of the church, taken prior to its collapse just a few months later in the autumn of 2009. Head on over for a look!... » Read More

Beauty and optimism in America's abandoned places

As you no doubt know, I do all of my blogging at my photography shop's main blog, Victory Rolls and V8s. But just in case you weren't aware of that, or you're new, I wanted to share with you my most recent post: "Finding sanguinity in America's abandoned places". My work includes a great deal of photography featuring abandoned, crumbling places; since I'm not a fan of dystopianism, this often surprises people. I hope my blog post about my love for photographing forsaken locales sheds light on my reasons for that. Do pop over and take a gander!... » Read More

Fantasy shopping come true on the Lincoln Highway Buy-Way

Over at my shop's main blog, Victory Rolls and V8s, I've just published a post about the amazing vintage goodies I picked up at the Lincoln Highway Buy-Way. 1950s Salem "North Star" dishes (only a few dollars for a set!), a killer vintage beaded sweater (just one dollar—just ONE!), an insanely cheap vintage cocktail dress, and more fabulous finds from the 40s and 50s. Be sure to pop over to enjoy some vicarious vintage shopping and yard sale-ing! It's the stuff thrifting dreams are made of. ;) ... » Read More

Do you like the internet?

Yes, me too (obviously). While recuperating from the flu yesterday, I did some catching up with my favourite blogs and whipped up a little roundup post sharing a few favourites with you! Be sure to head over to my main blog for a few terrific-looking recipes, a post about vintage paint-by-numbers, storing vintage sewing patterns that are older than some cities, and more fun. ;) Have a great weekend...and avoid the flu at all costs. ... » Read More

Could the switch to digital film mean a loss of vintage movie theatres—and classic films?

Over at my main blog, I've written a post about the possibility that the coming switch from 35mm to digital movie film could be the real death knell for the gorgeous classic movie palaces and drive-ins so many of us love (and the movie palaces and drive-ins I enjoy photographing, as you can see in the shop!). But could it mean the loss of many classic films, too?Pop on over and check it out!... » Read More

Intellectual property, drive-ins, and why photographers are photographers

If you've not been over to my primary blog, Victory Rolls and V8s yet, you're missing out! Earlier this week, I wrote about artists having earned payment for their work (prompted by a Trichordist post about theft of intellectual property); there's a post about the 79th anniversary of the drive-in movie, too, as well as some of my own (and readers') personal reminisces about trips to the drive-in. Just today I put up a quick post about why I, like many others, am a dedicated photographer.Stop on by, I'd love to have you over! ... » Read More

On Modern Monuments & Memorials

Another fresh post over at my primary blog (though you missed my Mother's Day post and a funny picture of our lady cat) today, this one about the state of monuments and memorials. A pair of my cemetery photographs is included—two of my favourites, actually, taken at the Sewickley Cemetery in Pennsylvania. Do pop on over!... » Read More

Preservation Thoughts

Yes, I've rather abandoned this blog, haven't I? Do check out my main blog, Victory Rolls & V8s; this week, I chatted a little bit about preservation, something I'm of course very interested in as a documentary photographer of Route 66 and other bits of our history; I'd love to hear your thoughts!... » Read More

Fantastic New Art In Detroit

When we went to Michigan to visit my family last month, my husband and I found ourselves on Christmas Day (of all days) with extra time on our hands. Having been told by my father that the Vinsetta Garage on Woodward, near my old apartment in Berkley, might soon be destroyed (grrrrr!) to make room for a drugstore, I decided to head up and photograph it, as well as other Woodward Avenue signs. Somehow we ended up in downtown Detroit, not too hard to do if you're simply cruising along Woodward (one of my favourite pastimes when I lived right off the boulevard!). As we headed back to my parents, I found myself looking up, as I always do, at the buil... » Read More

Horsey post and collection featuring my "Presence" Thoroughbred portrait

I've been a bit under the weather here for the past few weeks, but wanted to point you all to not just a terrific collection featuring one of my horse portraits, but a really great blog post written about the horse and its significance in our culture written by the creator of that collection, ShadowDog Designs.I've always adored horses myself, and have quite a stack of horse books, but the post even taught me a few things! Be sure to go check ShadowDog's post out—learn something new every day, right? And be sure to look at her shop, too; she makes some wonderful jewellry! In addition to a lovely hand-crafted Celtic horse necklace, I'm a big fa... » Read More
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