1st weaving with Fay

We moved camp to a spot on Lake Dallas (Lewisville), and I decided to indulge in a little weaving time. Even though we’re not fully unpacked, and I still have half a gazillion boxes of slides to go through, I deserve a little creative time.

Right? Right. Besides, Herr POTUS who must not be named is liable to start WWIII tonight in Singapore, so drink up, me hearties, and do whatever ye like!

RV park with trees and gnomes

This little park near Denton features beautiful shade trees and miniature residents. I wonder what they’re saying about us?

1st morning in our new house

Today is our first official morning of saying “We live here now.” This is home; the sticks and bricks place is work, for a little longer.

Dancing office

The dance room is now our office. It’s not nearly as much fun, but it does represent progress in moving out.

Teen Delinquents Foiled by Midnight Curfew

…and you won’t mind telling us everything, unless you have something to hide. Straight from the 1950s, when high school kids learned how to go along to get along.

We been robbed

November 1897

The judge said Pops was drunk and don’t get but $300 from the railroad.  Moms cried ’cause that ain’t much.  Shur sounds like a pile o’gold to me, but Moms tol’ me to hush up.











The Flying Keys

If you Google “Flying Keys” today, you’re more likely to get references to a certain wizarding world.  Back in 1935, however, the Flying Keys were famous aviator brothers who made a record-breaking flight of 23 days over Meridian, MS and worked out a way of refueling in the air without setting their plane on fire.  Twenty years later, it seems they displayed the Ole Miss at Meridian’s Key Field one last time before flying her to Washington D.C. and turning her over to the Smithsonian.  My dad was on hand in 1955 and snapped these photos.

Key Bros Ole Miss airplane 1955 04

Key Bros Ole Miss airplane 1955 05

Thanks to Meridian residents who remember these folks, I can identify a few.  The man in the dark suit below, second from the right, was then the Mississippi Attorney General James P. Coleman (later Governor).  Al Key appears in his military uniform, and his brother Fred Key is the tall man beside Al, holding a hat.

Key Bros Ole Miss airplane and dignitaries 1955 01

Below, from left to right are:  Senator John Stennis, Congressman Jamie L. Whitten, unknown 1, Fred Key, Attorney General James P. Coleman, Al Key, unknown 2, unknown 3.

Key Bros Ole Miss airplane and dignitaries 1955 03

Mexican dancing girl hides menacing stranger

Jack W and Nita Hagemeyer abt 1938My archeological dig through family photos continues. Framed pictures offer hope of more photos underneath, maybe younger versions of the old guy on top. In this case the top pic was yet another copy of a particular shot of my dad and his sister as little kids, squinting into the sun.  Don’t they look like the Little Rascals?

Flipping the frame over, I pulled out the rusty nails holding a cardboard backing with this stamped on it:

Mexican picture and mat - Hasty(4)-001

Radio Picture Frame Co.?  Odd.

Under the kids’ photo was the advertised Hand Colored Mexican Picture, although it looks more Spanish to me.Mexican picture and mat - Hasty(1)-001 Mildly interesting but not nearly as exciting as the movie poster that had been cut up to use as backing board.  The fine print says, “Copyright 1936, RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.”  Who was this ruggedly handsome man?  Does he look threatening because someone called him yellow?

RKO Radio Pictures - Yellow

Bears, bears, bears

Oh no! Did the Cracker Jack bears eat the little sailor boy?
Cracker Jack Bears (1)

It turns out the bears came first, so the sailor boy and his dog Bingo must have had bear stew before their Cracker Jacks.  Whew!

Don’t look now, but I think the bears’ friends are preparing for revenge.

“Dressed and ready for hours of fun,
With cavalry horse or battery gun.”

Watch out little sailor boy — they’re coming for ya!



Let’s do the Automat for lunch!

You’re in New York City feeling peckish.  Do you dine in a quirky deli or a fancy restaurant?  How about that nifty new Automat?  Sure, since it’s 1941, and who could pass up the chance to walk inside a giant vending machine?

Automat postcard (1) Automat postcard (2)