In Greensburg we are fortunate to have an historic building that is now home to a very nice antique mall. Practically every little bit of space is stocked and is quite organized with every thing imaginable. Honestly, the amount of items is overwhelming and on some visits I don't even make it to the second floor. On this particular rainy morning I stopped in hoping to run across a fabulously-colored Pyrex dish (one of the very few things I collect) but got sidetracked by a wooden box of old photos. The "Instant Family History" note --a little dry humor that struck a chord--got me thinking: who were these people and how did their images end up here?
Yesterday on my way to a local farmers' market I listened to NPR's full interview with Peter Cohen , an author and collector of old photographs, as he discussed his collection of "orphan photos". According to Cohen, photos stay in the family about 3 generations before they find their way to estate auctions, flea markets, or wherever. Kind of sad, really, since these little snaps of family history just go away.
I went back to Glover's Station to take another look at the photos in the box and noticed there were far fewer pictures. Maybe someone created an "instant family history" or like Cohen, just had an interest in old photos? I didn't buy any but did take some snaps of a few that I liked for no reason in particular other than their simplicity and lack of pretension.