Tuesday, June 13, 2006

phantom portraiture

Came across some of my great-grandfather's old black-and-white photos today. The man's a bit of a mystery to me. Died before I was born.

Anyway, found maybe six photographs with a child's writing on the back. I'm not sure how old he was when he wrote on them. Now, I know this sounds boring, but wait for the end. It gets good. (Well, it gets better, anyway.)

So here they are, with my great-grandpa's captions. (Actually, I think they called him "Pop.")

My father's parents
Ferdinand Ziebell and
Fredericka Priebe Ziebell


My mother's father and mother
Albert Ziebell* and Elvira [Elvina?]

*I don't think this is correct, actually; both branches of that tree shouldn't have the same surname. God, I hope they didn't.


My uncle Robert Ziebell
Who lived to be 94
He made and played the harp and
could play the zither and guitar

Here's the good one:

My mother Anna and my
oldest sister Ada

The kid with the dog is Pop, far as I can tell.

Ok, here's the good stuff. Take another look at that photograph. See anything you missed the first time?





Look in the window
.

Do you see that?







My mom thinks it looks like a middle-aged woman. I think it looks like a young girl. Either way, she looks damned creepy. We agree, there.

And no, I didn't photoshop her in. Promise.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

the english handshake