Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ABC Wednesday: Norma

Norma, June 6, 1940

wonders of wonders,
a babe's studio portrait
by her great-uncle

My family was fortunate
to have an uncle
who owned a photography studio.
Consequently, this portrait of me
was shot by this same uncle,
named Barney H. Kern.
Of course, it was not shot with color film,
since it was taken in the year of my birth, 1940. 
I do not know the process how the coloring 
was done, but I know that it
was hand-colored after the film was developed.
Perhaps you noticed that his logo was also
hand written.
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Vintage Weekly: Easter 1965

Easter 1965 at My Parents' Home
By this time,
my maternal grandmother
had come to live with my parents.  
Standing beside her is a much younger cousin of mine. 
This photo sparks warm memories 
of my parents’ open door policy of welcoming family members 
who were in need of a stopping place 
due to life’s circumstances whether it be financial or health. 
 My grandmother’s age was 71.  
Now, at this time of my life, I am three years older than she was.  

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ABC Wednesday: Masonic

 Stopped by the red light,
out came my cam'ra...ready,
set, click, here it is!

You may be able to perceive the words "MASONIC TEMPLE" 
on the building.  For this magnificent Gothic Revival 
edifice was built for the fraternity of Masons.
Frank Ball, a 33rd degree Mason, offered up $150,000
in order that an auditorium be built within the temple
and be under control of the Masons. 
His expectation was to provide a place for high-level entertainments 
to be held in Muncie and that he saw the building 
of the new Masonic Temple as the ideal place.  
Starting in 1920, with the estimated cost of $250,000, for the project, 
the construction was completed in 1926 
with the final cost of $1,000,000.  
The renowned architect was Cuno Kibele, 
and Gustav S. Brand created twenty-two murals for the building’s interior.
The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
The temple is now primarily used 
by the Cornerstone Center for the Arts.  
It offers classes and events for all ages.

More information about the building
can be found here.

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