Friday, March 6, 2009

Tea With Me - But Who Am I?

This morning while sitting at my desk and having my morning cup of tea I thought I'd discuss the origin of my name, "footnoteMaven." I have discussed this on several occasions, but it is after all Celebrate Your Name Week.

The name was given to me by one of the participants of the Nearby History Writers' Workshop, my friend Cathy. Each of the members of the writing workshop have the opportunity to have their work read and critiqued by all the other participants. When I critiqued, I was a complete pain; always asking for proof, a source, or a note from the person on the hot seat.

I think one week Cathy must have had enough. As she was discussing her work she commented on the fact that she had included citations for the footnoteMaven, and so the name was born and stuck. Thanks Cathy, the name has been so much fun.

Today, I'd like to not only thank Cathy for the name, but for something that arrived in the mail last week. This beautiful photograph of a woman wearing glasses.

By now everyone knows of my "Blind Passion," women wearing glasses. Over the years I've amassed quite a collection. Now I'm focusing on collecting unique glasses, women holding glasses, the illusive lorgnette, and photographs that illustrate just how these glasses were worn.

This is a photograph of the latter. Most photographs view the sitter head on, never showing how the glasses were anchored. These are pince nez (pinch on the nose) glasses. We know the glasses were often connected to a chain that ended in a hairpin and was pinned to a bun at the back of the head. Many of those glasses have survived, been collected and documented. I have never found a photograph that illustrated how the hairpin was used until a package arrived in the mail. There she was, in all her beauty. The perfect illustration.

Cathy had been out to the antiques stores and had found her, bought her, and mailed her to me. Thank you, Cathy, I love her and you! Cathy calls herself my field agent and there never was a better one.

Cathy, you see, has a passion that takes her to the dark confines of antiques stores; old road maps. Isn't that a fascinating hobby? That's how she came across this photograph. To make this photograph even more important to me is the fact it was taken by a Seattle photographer; Lothrop, Walker Bldg., University & Second Ave., Seattle. Lothrop was photographing Seattleites in the Walker Building from 1911 to 1925.

Cathy is an extremely talented photographer, a great writer, and a wonderful friend. She can be found hanging out with a few of my other real life, geneablogger, Nearby History friends at Nearby Norwegians, a great must read blog.

Now many of you who read the footnoteMaven know my real name, but for those who do not, here's a clue.

When I go to sleep I never count sheep!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a treat.... your passion known and acknowledged by a friend with an antique store find!

March 6, 2009 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


So good to hear from you! Love following you on Twitter.

Never a dull moment. I like Twitter much better than facebook, although they both have their purpose.


March 6, 2009 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger familytwigs said...

Wow, fM, what a treasure! What an unusual photo! She's quite lovely.

March 7, 2009 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger Chery Kinnick said...

Ooooooh... I know! I know! (But, I'll never tell.) Kind and accurate words about our mutual and wonderful friend, Cathy. What a great photo she found for you, too! And, thanks for the Nearby Norwegians mention...

March 9, 2009 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Yes, she is very unique and I love her!


March 9, 2009 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


How is it off the mountain?

Cathy is a treasure and I love my Norwegian friends Nearby Blog.


March 9, 2009 at 9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful photograph. She looks so much like my mother (she's not), but mother's family wasn't in Washington until long after 1925. The resemblance gave me an instant affection for this lovely lady, however.

And thank you so very much for your kind comments on my blog. Your words of understanding were very comforting.

March 11, 2009 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger Chery Kinnick said...

Gretel - Off the mountain is fine and dandy, but my unlandscaped yard looms large. Riding the express bus instead of driving gets an A+. But, how to find time for gardening in addition to work, research, writing, and keeping up with all the genealogy folks? Now, that's a quandary...

M.G. (Ex Mountain Girl, now Marysville Girl)

March 11, 2009 at 11:25 AM  

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