Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: P H O T O S

Don't you just love old photos? By old I mean the daguerreotype pictures of the 1800's. The black and white stereographic photographs that came after, and the sepia pictures of my childhood.   Have you ever wonder why some of the truly old daguerreotype sitters look creepy? There are a couple of reasons for the look: in some photos the sitter is actually dead. Another reason is that the sitter(s) had to remain very still for as long as ten minutes while the daguerreotype camera processed the view. 

Vintage photo of girl hold young dog.:

Victorian post mortem photography may seem strange, but for some families it was their only opportunity to have a memento of their loved one as photography was expensive at the time. Sometimes the dead were posed as if alive and sometimes are of children and babies due to the high death rate among this group at the time.:

Adorable siblings...Dennis A. Waters Fine Daguerreotypes:

Close up of little brat. Little brat in training. Obviously spoiled rotten. (love the hat and gloves and the pout):

Ross and Thomson of Edinburgh. 'Unknown little girl sitting on a striped cushion holding a framed portrait of a man, possibly her dead father' 1847-60:

1855 sewing machine.:

chubachus: “ Daguerreotype portrait of an unidentified teacher and her students, American, c. 1840′s/1850′s. Source. ”:

[Unidentified girl in mourning dress holding framed photograph of her father as a cavalryman with sword and Hardee hat]

Daguerreotype Photograph, English / Manchester, 1853, ID'd Isabel Temple Eastall:

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Portrait of a Boy with Gold-Mining Toys; Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916), James M. Ford (American, 1827 - about 1877); March - September 1854; Daguerreotype, hand-colored; 11.3 × 8.3 cm (4 7/16 × 3 1/4 in.); 84.XT.406.1; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California:

The last photos are called stereoscopic pictures. One could see the photos as they are (in two dimension) by looking at it with the naked eye, or with the use of  a stereoscope one would see one image in three dimensions. I think of it sort of like looking through the Mattel Viewmaster of childhood. 

Two great sources for old photographs are The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) and The Library of Congress. Many of the pins on my "Daguerreotype, stereotype, photograph" board are from these two sources.

Quilts with photographs seem to be everywhere. These are just a few that I found on Pinterest.

Custom Made Precious Memories Photo Quilt by MessageQuiltsbyTaffy:

16 Photo Vintage Style Photo Memory Quilt  by MemoriesOnMaterial, $245.00:

LOVE this black and white themed photo quilt in block design:

Creative Family Tree Quilt banners | Tillie Van Sickle sent this picture her beautiful Miller Family Quilt.:

Memory Quilt.:


Vintage cowgirl quilt block set based on photographs of old cowgirls from the early 1900's. These old cowgirl quilt blocks come with a free quilt pattern and make a great western quilt.:

DIY Photo Quilt. A great memory quilt for college student.:

How to make a simple photo memory quilt:

Love this idea by Vicki Chrisman:

I love this quilt! I've seen a variety of memory quilts but this is my favorite.  I wish my parents were around so I could make a similar one for them.:

I hope this post inspires you to look at your photographs just a little differently from now on.

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