Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Ahh-Choo! I Think I've Caught Something

I’ve been tagged, by my favorite GeneaBlogging bookseller and Flutaphone player, Bill West at West in New England for that new contagious non-fiction reading reviewing meme malady going around. You know me, if I can catch something I will, and I have.

The symptoms are:

A) An uncontrollable enthusiasm for non-fiction issues/interests;

B) An elevated temperature requiring the review of books written about those interests;

C) An unquenchable thirst for renumeration brought on by the elevated temperature;

D) Babbling incoherently to friends and family, or spreading the malady through email or blogs;

e) Have I suffered from this malady before?

Take a look over my shoulder and let's see how the contagious non-fiction reading reviewing meme malady affects the footnoteMaven.

Well, I certainly have symptom A. I'm one of those who never met a non-fiction book she didn't like. The malady goes from mild to rampant depending on my current projects. Right now I'm researching old photographs so I'm reading:

An Illustrated History of Hairstyles 1830-1930
by Marian I. Doyle

Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans and Fashion, 1840-1900
by Joan L. Severa

Biographies of Western Photographers 1840-1900
by Carl Mautz

I've just ordered two more new books to help ward off the malady:

Pioneer Photographers of the Far West: A Biographical Dictionary, 1840-1865

by Peter Palmquist & Thomas Kailbourn

Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide: A Biographical Dictionary, 1839-1865
by Peter E. Palmquist & Thomas R. Kailbourn

And if you want to write a book about old photographs you should take the cure by reading two such lovely books:

The Best Dog in the World:
Vintage Portraits of Children and Their Dogs

by Donna Long

A Pony in the Picture:
Vintage Portraits of Children and Ponies

by Victoria Randall

Symptom B is not present in my strain of the malady. I would rather read and work on my vast (read failure to focus) projects than write a review any time. So since Symptom B isn't present, taking money as a cure is totally unnecessary.

Were I to develop a temperature, I'd love to bring it down with that green pill known as MONEY. It would help to pay for the malady. However, I don't see that in my near future.

Do I babble incoherently to friends and family about this malady and spread the virus through blogs and email. Yes, to all of the above. I am very contagious. My friends and family avoid contact through selective deafness and the delete button. Is there no one to listen to me?

Have I suffered from this malady before? The malady yes, the symptom of needed review, no. I discuss my malady by example, several examples were the recipients of a 2007 iGene award and can be found at All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up!


Blogger Lori Thornton said...

Your way is very cool (and illustrated)!

February 19, 2008 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Jasia said...

If it was ever in doubt... You're Back!!!

Vintage fM here! Terrific!

February 20, 2008 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger Lidian said...

It's always a pleasure to read your witty posts!

I might look up some of your photographic history book finds, as it is an interest of mine too (forgot to mention it in the meme, darn!).

February 20, 2008 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Lidian said...

Yes, Craig's - of course. I was trying to Google that, since I had not bookmarked it, which was most remiss of me. Thank you so much for the link. I did find the listing to be pretty inaccurate - in that Lydia is listed as a photographer in the 1870 census, and shows up throughout the 1860s in Lain's Brooklyn directories as such. In the 1865/6 Lain's she and Lemuel are listed both at 160 Grand and she as "widowed"!

Again, many thanks. Your analysis of the Birthday Club photo, BTW, inspired an idea that I am working on (not a photo exactly, but similar modus operandi...)& I will link to the Birthday Club post when I do -

February 20, 2008 at 4:02 PM  

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