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Red Roomers Blog About Their Favorite Old Photo
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I came across a cache of old photos
And invitations to teenage parties
"Dress in white" one said, with quotations
From someone's wife, a famous writer
In the nineteen-twenties
When you're young you find inspiration
In anyone who's ever gone
And opened up a closing door
She said: "We were never feeling bored."

–"Being Boring," Pet Shop Boys, 1990

From a blurry snapshot of a long-ago event to a random portrait of a stranger found in an antique shop, we asked Red Roomers last week to show in their blogs that that a picture really is worth a thousand words by posting their favorite old photo.

A few entries stood out:

  • A forty-year-old photo of two sisters turning cartwheels in a backyard inspired a sixty-something author Fran Moreland Johns to sign up for circus school. She writes about it inspiringly in "Cartwheeling through Circus 101."
  • Trying to pick among photos, and reading the layers of meaning within them, is part of a writer's job, as member Judith Van Praag demonstrates skillfully in "Stories Photographs Tell or Trigger."

These bloggers will receive books by Red Room authors:

  • In Cheryl Norman's romantic thriller Rebuild My World, a woman—once a confident and successful photographer—returns to her family home, suffering from the agoraphobia that has plagued her since she was brutally attacked in her apartment. A stalked former celebrity, a handsome chief deputy, and old family feud complicate matters, making for an exciting read.
  • Douglas R. Keister makes a special contribution for this creative challenge. His first-ever book, 1985's Driftwood Whimsy: The Sculptures of the Emeryville Flats, launched his career in publishing after San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen gave the book a glowing review. They present a view of a quirky Bay Area landmark fondly remembered.

You can see all the favorite old photo blog entries here. I hope you'll read a lot of them, and leave comments on your favorites. All past blog topic wrap-up post are here. Thanks as always for blogging!

Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room