I’ve returned from the flea market with a fresh horn! I’m a sucker for floral motifs on horns, but most hand-painted ones run in the $600 price range. This iris design isn’t hand painted, but is some sort of decal. (I think!)
My original intention was to put an Edison bulb in it and hang it as a lamp, but since it’s so dull on the outside, the alternative plan is to find a cheap Edison machine to attach it to so that it may yawn in decorative glory in my living room.
Meet the Chief! Before his recent trip to Vancouver, Reese and I looked up portable phonographs on Craigslist in Canada. We found a machine being offered up by the first owner, a man in this 90s who had bought it early in his life from a department store in Vancouver.
The potmetal on the reproducer is cracked and shot from so many years of being kept by the ocean, but other than replacing it, the machine is in perfect condition! Look at how beautiful and vibrant the felt is, and the only cosmetic flaw in the inside is on the figure’s headdress where the nub on the turntable has rubbed.
Look closely. What an incredible design! At first we were alarmed, but determined that this machine was very late 20s or early 30s, and would therefore most likely be a Native American sacred symbol.
Swastika’s as decoration or good luck emblems: Clara Bow in a cloche; Native American basketball team jerseys
The swastika shape was used by some Native Americans. It has been found in excavations of Mississippian-era sites in the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys. It is frequently used as a motif on objects associated with the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex (S.E.C.C.). It was also widely used by many southwestern tribes, most notably the Navajo. Among various tribes, the swastika carried different meanings. To the Hopi it represented the wandering Hopi clan; to the Navajo it was one symbol for a whirling log (tsil no’oli), a sacred image representing a legend that was used in healing rituals ).A brightly colored First Nations saddle featuring swastika designs is on display at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Canada.
A few weeks ago, I spent a day with Shari from Charm School Vintage along with Zachary Hunt and Mike Andrick, two local photographers who have a blog called Femme et Velo.
Femme et vélo is a photography project that brings together women, style and bicycles. Started by Austin, Texas-based photographers and cyclists Zachary Hunt and Mike Andrick, we were inspired by vintage images of ladies on two wheels, as well as our love for bicycles. With the help of stylist Shari Gerstenberger of Charm School Vintage, we work with different models and bikes for each shoot. We also combine film and digital for a blend of traditional and contemporary portrait photography. The goal of the project is to celebrate the liberating relationship that exists between a woman and a bicycle, as well as the style that goes along with it.
Styling in these photos by Shari, and photographs by Zachary and Mike.
We chose the hill country for the shoot. The summer drought left the grasses dry and soft. Perfect for lounging in! This floral 1930s dress is now mine, and I paired it with an embroidered cloche I’ve had since I was twenty.I rode merrily on the bicycle while the boys photographed me from the back of a moving truck. It’s not quite chilly enough for beret weather, but I couldn’t resist bringing a stash along for the shoot.The impending thunderclouds made for some incredible colors, and a bit of tension on our end for fear of ruining clothing & equipment. Of all of the days to rain!
We hopped barbed wire fences into cattle pastures, where I narrowly avoided ruining my Remix shoes in cow pies! These flowers were electric green after the sudden thundershower.After the shoot we had dinner at an area vineyard, and I played a windup portable phonograph in the entry way & we danced with full bellies.
Thanks to Femme et Velo and Charm School Vintage!