Our Lives in Stasis

Pretty nice, love it Matt!

Pics of Then

What it is:

Cabinet card measuring 4.25 x 6.5 inches.

What I know about it:

Photographer is E. Van Patten of Toulon, Illinois.  Otherwise undated and unidentified.


“…fire burn and cauldron bubble.”  Sorry, I know the Shakespeare reference is a little rude, but it pops into my head every time I look at this photo.   What especially struck me this time was the setting.  I often note the backdrops in these old photos, but for some reason today my mind wandered off on that topic.  I had to look up the city name since the font is frilly enough I wasn’t sure if it was Toulon or Foulon.  So I learned that Toulon is a small town of about 1300-1400 people, about an hour outside of Peoria.  With respect, it’s not exactly the center of culture and industry these days, and I can only imagine what it was like…

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5 responses

  1. Love the backdrop.

    March 12, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    • I agreee

      March 12, 2012 at 11:38 pm

  2. Thanks, Chris! Glad you like it.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:10 am

  3. Dear God these women seem to come out a nightmare, these are the kind of women you wouldn’t want for family. There’s no life in them, just dread, sucked out of their life-force.

    March 16, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    • Ain’t!!!!!

      March 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm

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