My Banner Photo & Avatar
Yesterday, someone mentioned something to me about the photo I have in my banner and that I use as my avatar (or avi). I thought that maybe other people had wondered too; or maybe they had never even given it a second thought, thinking it was a stock photo from somewhere or what have you.
So I decided to tell the story of my beloved photo. Above, you see the three key elements in a group, then each separate, and the end result. Here, I will break it down, explaining why I chose the items I did and the significance they have to me.
The Angel Wings
I had a Great Pyrenees named Brutus who passed away in 2010. I am one of those who consider my pets family, and BooBear was a very special part of it. It was extremely difficult on us, and especially on me. I had him since he was three months old. I had bonded with him like no other dog I've ever had and we went through a lot together.
I remember one August day, we were on our way home from the groomer. He was loving life in the back of my JEEP Liberty when we were involved in a horrible accident. I can only say it was divine intervention that both he and I walked away from the collision, as both vehicles involved were totaled after being literally airborne. By the grace of God, we were both fine!
I wondered if I would ever be able to think about him again without bursting into tears...I wipe them away again, as I try to type. It's different now though. Nearly four years have passed. I still miss him incredibly, but know that the aggressive form of cancer he had would have made him suffer; something he no longer has to experience. For this I am grateful. I think of him as an angel watching over me. He is the reason I purchased the Christmas ornament made of real white feathers. It hangs in my living room over the corner of his picture.
The Tin-Type Photo
Have you ever come across something, and object or a photo, that just grabs you? You can't quite explain it, but there is something about it... I've had it happen in the past, but not nearly like it did with this little boy. My father purchased a large lot of antique photos (CDVs, cabinet cards, etc.) and this was among them. He knew as soon as he looked at my face that I wasn't going to let him sell it.
I have no clue who this little boy is... only a hunch. Where does that come from? Heaven only knows! As soon as I looked at him, one thing stood out above all others -- his buttons. The buttons on his shirt are actually painted gold. I had read somewhere (quite some time ago) that this was typically done in photos of those who had been soldiers. Was he a drummer boy? I may never know that for fact, but I feel that he was. There is something more to his haunting gaze...almost like he wants someone to tell his story. I'm trying little man... I'm trying! I've been researching Civil War drummer boys, mainly from my state, hoping for a clue...something...anything! Until I figure it out, and probably even after that, his picture will remain in its frame in my 'office.'
There is yet one final thing that I would love to figure out about him. Did he have both of his legs? I have blown it up, cropped it, sharpened it, and tried desperately to see the bottom portion of the photo clearly, to no avail. I've looked at it through magnifying lenses and jewelers' loupes of every magnification I can think of...I still can't answer definitively in either direction. One of our friends feels that what I am seeing is the cuffed part of knickers. However... typically, the knee narrows and the cuff would not be as wide as the remainder of the pant-leg. The truth is that I just don't know. I know what I think and how it appears to me, but nobody else may see or think the same thing. Another thing I find interesting, is why did the photographer cut the frame off where he did? Probably just a coincidence, but it sparked my interest nonetheless.
The Trim, Keys, Button
These are examples of things that I just really like and also sell. This particular piece of trim has metal embellishments, which I'd never seen of this size and weight (on trim). Because it was so unusual, I included it, along with the antique lace on the original card (behind the photo). The beaded trim I have and usually come across is jet or glass beading. Once in a while I encounter a piece with some bullion thread, but until I found this one, I'd never seen anything like it.
So... that is the story behind my banner and avatar photo! Hopefully it entertained you, if only for a few moments.
Until next time,