Saturday, May 5, 2007

A List of Things Found at ALOTT5MA

A List Of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago is a very cool blog. I don't know how long I've been checking in on a regular basis, but because I'm always finding so many cool things there, I keep going back. The latest treasure I've found there is Shorpy: The 100-Year-Old Photo Blog. Shorpy is a "photo blog about what life a hundred years ago was like: How people looked and what they did for a living, back when not having a job usually meant not eating." It is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a boy who worked in an Alabama coal mine near the turn of the century. Here is just a very small sample of the photography from Shorpy, which you should already be bookmarking/blogrolling (click on the images to go to the originals and full-sized versions):

Baby girl of family living on Natchez Trace Project, near Lexington, Tennessee. March 1936. Photograph by Carl Mydans.

I was watching an episode from the second season (1958-59) of "Leave It to Beaver" tonight when I got to the part where Ward reads a note from Beaver's principal, Mrs. Rayburn. If you freeze-frame the note it says: (see the text of the note if you click through!).

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