Wednesday, February 8, 2012

An Early Valentine to Kim von Aspern

MY FAVORITE HAPPENING at any convention is the interaction with my fellow Genealogy Bloggers. RootsTech was certainly no exception.

Just before leaving I got a FaceBook note from Kim von Aspern, Le Maison Duchamp, saying she wanted to meet in Salt Lake City, as she had a photograph to show me and added the words that get my attention every time - women wearing glasses.

RootsTech is huge, but Kim and I finally bumped into each other and I was treated to a beautiful photograph of seven women, several wearing the eye-wear fashion of the time period, pince nez glasses. Kim explained she had been on a treasure hunt to find a photograph containing seven women, as Kim is one of seven sisters and is starting a blog aptly named Seven Sisters Genealogy. The photograph could not be more perfect.

But wait, there's more to Kim's story of photographs. You see, during her treasure hunt she was bitten. You know what I'm talking about. We've all experienced that bite. The "how could all these wonderful photographs reside in the orphanages we call antiques stores? Aren't they crying out to go home?"

While in an antiques store near her home Kim decided to empty the orphanage by purchasing as many photographs with clues as she could afford, hoping to reunite them with their living relatives. When the store owner discovered Kim's plan he offered her all the photographs she wanted at a very reasonable price. Oh, my!

Over the next two days, in fits and flurries, a very patient Kim teased me with the treasure trove. One photograph in particular took my breath away; a large framed wedding photograph from Paisley, Scotland. And bless her, Kim is going to allow me to stick my finger in the research. Be still my heart.

There's more, much more. Kim has a U.S. Navy "on deck" photograph with everyone in the photograph identified. Amazing! Kim says this will be her first project and I can't wait to see what she finds. Perhaps she'll even write about her finds for Shades Military issue. (Yes, Shades has been given CPR and will be out with "School Days" in March.)

And then came the reason for the valentine. A gift, a very generous gift from Kim to me, the photograph to the left. On the face of it, a very unassuming cabinet card of a middle-aged man. Not a woman wearing glasses. Not a bridal party. No, but when I turned him over. . .

You see, I've outlined three books I'm working on; my goal to see one published this year. They are "women wearing glasses," "visiting cards," and a book on "photographer's imprints."

This is where the man to the left became my valentine from Kim. I have been looking for this particular ornate photographer's imprint on a cabinet card, because it comes with a very sad photographic story.

What, you can't see the imprint on the back? You will, we'll both see you in the bookstore.

Thank you Kim. I LOVE LOVE LOVE you!

Stoic Man. Cabinet Card. Bradley & Rulofson. Original Cabinet Card privately held by the footnoteMaven, [address for private use,] Preston, Washington. 2012

The link to this article can be found by selecting the title "An Early Valentine to Kim von Aspern.


Blogger Becky Thompson said...

Let's believe that this very kind gesture by Kim opens the way to an extremely successful, positive, and blessed year for you AND Mr. M!

February 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

It was so good meeting you at RootsTech! Thank you!

And next time - more chin-wag.


February 9, 2012 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Family Curator said...

I'm so glad I had a chance to peek at Kim's finds too. They are each so very special, and I can't wait to hear what you find in your research.

February 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM  

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