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David_lees (David_lees)
Username: David_lees

Registered: 12-2011
Posted From: 92.16.241.44
Posted on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 12:11 am:   

"Ossian Brown was a member of the dark, magical electronic music group Coil and is currently in Cyclobe, a duo with his partner Stephen Thrower. Ossian is a strange attractor. Weird things find him. Like his exquisite collection of antique vernacular photographs of Halloweens past. Brown compiled his favorites of the freaky found photos, all dating between 1875 and 1955, into a lovely new book titled Haunted Air. David Lynch wrote the introduction and Geoff Cox the afterword. Here is a glimpse of how the old, weird America celebrated All-Hallows Eve."

http://boingboing.net/2011/10/24/haunted-air-halloween-photos-1.html
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 92.232.244.38
Posted on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 01:21 am:   

Fabulous photos! Weird. Strange. Creepy. I find old photos unsettling, and also strangely fascinating, anyway - without any Halloween connection. I think this quote alongside one of those photos sums up my feelings too:

"These are pictures of the dead: family portraits, mementoes of the treasured, the held-dear-in-heart, now unrecognisable, other. Torn from album pages, sold piecemeal for pennies and scattered, abandoned to melancholy chance and the hands of strangers." Geoff Cox

I used to visit flea markets and collectors' fairs regularly (sadly, I haven't done so for a while now) and flicking through boxes filled with old photos like this always made me feel strange. I always wanted to rescue them. I'm a bit odd.
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David_lees (David_lees)
Username: David_lees

Registered: 12-2011
Posted From: 92.16.241.44
Posted on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 03:11 pm:   

There's quite a few people who feel the same way, actually. A google search for "found photos" or "orphan photos" reveals a few websites dedicated to keeping old pictures alive.

Here's a Flickr group dedicated to them: http://www.flickr.com/groups/47255139@N00/

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