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My obsession with Martha's Vineyard.. phototography..genealogy and life in general and this and that…


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Photo A Day Challenge: With Letter ‘G’…

Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park – Paterson, New Jersey

 

 

 

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Photo A Day Challenge: Twilight Sparkle…

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https://citysonnet.wordpress.com/2018/12/01/december-colors-and-letters-photo-a-day-challenge/

 


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Photo A Day Challenge: Start With ‘V’…

Thomas Edison’s victrola.  Thomas Edison National Historical Park. West Orange, New Jersey

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Violin from the John & Priscilla Alden house in Duxbury, Ma. circa 1600’s.

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Our Santa…

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My dad was a police officer in Newark, NJ. For many of his years on the force he worked in the Emergency Squad division. During the long hours between calls the guys would keep themselves busy in various ways like cooking. Near the Christmas holidays they always came up with a special project, like candle making for instance.

In 1956 they made Santas.  I still have ours.  Santa stands about 3 and 1/2 feet tall and is made from press board. After the outline was drawn the guys cut out the Santas and my dad set to work drawing the features, clothing and bag of toys.  At that point our Santa came home and my mother and I painted him.  I’m not sure how many coats of paint we used but Santa was spread out on our kitchen table for about a week before he was completely dry.  I don’t know what kind of paint we used either but here it is 59 years later and he’s not chipped or faded.  This was the only time I ever remember the three of us doing a family project together.

I love everything about this Santa, even the buttons being on the wrong side… but the thing I love the most is that he looks like my dad… a self portrait so to speak.

My creation

Below is my daughter Patty age 2 and 1/2 in 1966…… and her daughter (my granddaughter) Tiffany age 2 and 1/2 in 1991.

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Here’s to Christmas memories, old and new. ❤


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Photo A Day Challenge: Brick…

My home town of Newark, New Jersey is known as ‘Brick City’ so how could I not do my post on the city where I was born and raised.

 

This beautiful brick church, the Old First Presbyterian Church was established in 1666 by the founders of Newark, NJ.  My 10 times great-grandfather, Stephen Freeman was one of the founders of Newark and he, along with some of my other ancestors were buried there.

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Newark is referred to as Brick City, and has been for many years. The name is derived from the tall, brick buildings that the city erected as affordable housing for residents in the 1970’s. Today, the entire city adopts the nickname, which can also refer to the tall buildings in the downtown area of the city.

You can read my blog post about the walking tour we took of Newark last April by CLICKING ON THIS LINK

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https://citysonnet.wordpress.com/2018/11/01/november-photo-a-day-challenge/

 


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Tuesday Photo Challenge: Trio…

One of the main focal points on the central Green in Morristown, New Jersey is the life-sized sculptural grouping of General Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Marquis de Lafayette, known as “The Alliance.” It commemorates Lafayette’s arrival with news of French support for the American cause. Washington used Jacob Arnold’s Tavern adjacent to the Green as his headquarters during the winter of 1777. During this winter Washington ordered the inoculation of his soldiers, saving thousands and preserving his army.

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