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shawn

wow! I soooo would have loved to have been there!!! And your home movies sound so fuunn!!!!

Pondering Pig

I loved your review, Michelle. And your sweet heart and sensitivity. I'd also like to know the story of the family in Westchester. If you were Raymond Chandler you could start a great LA detective novel right there at the garage sale where the lady bought the films. A long time ago a friend of mine found a young girl's 1920s scrapbook thrown in a dumpster. We looked at it one night and that same sad and eerie feeling lodged away in my mind. She's been there forty years and now I am writing a story about her. So I'll know what happened.

Michele

Pondering,

I swear if I had more time, I would match lost photos and movies with families. As a matter of fact, one night while perusing e-bay I found a great family album from the early 20th century with a first and last name written on the album. You could clearly see the name in the photos. So, within minutes, I was able to Google the name, find the relatives on a geneaology messg. board and left them a message about this album. They wrote me back saying they won the E-bay bid within minutes of the auction ending.

I was so happy. The album was really a great piece of their family history.

About your 1920s scrapbook - You're writing a story about the girl in the photo album? I'll have to go to your site and see if you have anything posted.

Pondering Pig

I'm putting that in The Big Book of Good Deeds right now. St. Peter will have to know about that one. Once, when I was a young hippie, I found an old 1890s photo album in an Oakland junk store. I bought it for a dollar or something. Featured rich people in white disposing themselves gracefully on the lawn, a la BBC miniseries. After looking at it more closely I realized it these were pictures of the de Young family, the dynasty that founded the San Francisco Chronicle. I was able to contact the dowager of the family, I forget how, and she invited my paramour Linda Lovely and myself to the Hillsborough Country Club for drinks. I was thrilled! It was indeed their album. They had apparently lost it in the craziness after the Earthquake and Fire of 1906. She gave me a thank you note with a check for $50 or something in it, which also thrilled us. Such a mercenary attitude!

Michele

Wow!! I love that story. Ever since I was a kid, I've found such importance in family photos. I've been fortunate my family has always taken lots of them. And, even at a young age, I started taking photos and filling albums. Whenever I look at those images, I am reminded of moments that would've easily been forgotten. And with them I can rememember stories that I pass down to my daughter.

So for the De Young family to have you find a piece of their family's history, I find to be a wonderful thing. With those photos within the family they can recount stories and memories passed to them from previous generations that may have been forgotten.

And your story explains how photos can be separated from a family - i.e., the 1906 earthquake. Great story. Thanks for sharing that!

Pondering Pig

The SF Chronicle ran a nice little story about how they celebrated International Home Movie Day in San Francisco. You can find it here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/08/06/DDKDRB2LO1.DTL

Michele

Oh, cooooool!!! I'll check it out. Thanks, Pig.

Michele

Donna

What a cool thing to do! I would love to see your home movies (I still think you should write a book about the your childhood...)

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