Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Clara Stealey's Diary - January 9, 1910

"January 9. -

Went to church this morning. Down to Aunt Lizzies for dinner. After dinner Lelia and I came up home. Tom phoned and asked us to go sleighing. He and Cecil C. came up in a two seated sleigh. We stayed out two hours and had a delightful time. Went to Lelia's after ward and had lunch. Came home about 6:00. Tom asked me to go to the dance."

found photograph (December 1919)

Sleigh Ride by Winslow Homer at The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA

behind the scenes video tour of Winslow Homer's studio at Prouts Neck, ME, donated to The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME

See Geraldine Fabrikant's article, Winslow Homer's Maine, for more information about Homer's studio.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Clara Stealey's Diary - January 8, 1910

"January 8. -

Went down town a while this afternoon. Came home and ate supper then went down again. Mama went sleighing. Met Tom, we went to the Dreamland, came home; no one here and went back to the Auditorium and the Show. Had a very pleasant evening."

found photograph

Kym Hepworth, Silent Screen Star No. 3, graphite and spray paint on paper, 10 5/8 x 8 1/4 in.

In the video below, author Allen F. Hauss talks about the history of motion-picture palaces in Camden, NJ

Monday, September 28, 2009

Clara Stealey's Diary - January 7, 1910

"January 7 -

Snowed nearly all day. Still got the blues a little. Mama's making my red dress. To-day has almost flown. Went to the show to-night."

found photograph

Kym Hepworth, Poor Little Girl, (sketch) graphite on paper, 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.

I recently re-read a book, Revelations: Diaries of Women, edited by Mary Jane Moffat and Charlotte Painter. The collection includes entries from the diary of a 7 year old Scottish girl, Marjory Fleming, written in the early 1800s. In this excerpt from Marjory's diary, she mentions Isabella - her cousin and tutor - and John - her brother.

"To Day I pronunced a
word which should never
come out of a ladys lips it was
that I called John a Impu-
dent Bitch and Isabella afterwards told
me that I should never say
it even in joke but she kindly
forgave me because I said
that I would not do it again...."

Haven't we all wanted to call our brother an Impudent Bitch at one time or another?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Clara Stealey's Diary - January 6, 1910

"January 6 -

Tried to get some shoes. Orchestral practice after school until 5:00. Had a dandy practice and learned several new pieces. Every one is talking about the dance. Hope I get to go."

Clara Stealey's Diary - January 5, 1910

"January 5 -

Had the blues all day. Came home and laid down for a while. Rained all day."

found photograph (postcard)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Clara Stealey's Diary - January 4, 1910

"January 4 -

Cold as could be all day. Went down to the library to night. Wanted to go to the show but didn't."

found photograph

found photograph

Tilly, the Tomboy, Visits the Poor, 1910, produced by Cecil Hepworth
[Tilly the Tomboy (Alma Taylor) and her sister Sally (Chrissie White) get into mischief, including stealing a laundry van and creating havoc in a bakery.]

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Clara Stealey's Diary - January 3, 1910

"January 3. -

Very bad day. Went to school in the morning and afternoon. Orchestra practiced until 6:00. Saw Tom. He called me up about 8:30 had quite a talk. Seems to be angry with me. Don't know the cause, however."

found photograph

Asta Nielsen in Afgrunden (The Abyss), 1910, directed by Urban Gad

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Clara Stealey's Diary - January 2, 1910

"January - 2 -

Got up sort of early this morning. Went to church; came home for dinner, then went down to Lelia's. Jeanette was there. Cecil C. and Tom came around and stayed until about 6: o' clock. Just had a fine time. Tom was so nice. Seemed to be very happy. To-morrow school begins. Hope it is not such a dismal day as to-day was. Made one feel mean such a drowsy day. "

found photograph

I did a quick check of popular songs of 1910 and was surprised to find I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now. Didn't know the song had been around that long. Well I'll be damned. Here's Ray Charles' version:

happy birthday Bruce!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hesitation Waltz Anniversary

Kym Hepworth / Diary / Acrylic, thread & inkjet on paper / 16 x 10 ½ in. / 2005

Today, dear blog, is our one year anniversary. For my first post, I wrote about the collage, Diary, and how I had stenciled motifs from gravestone rubbings on top of scanned pages of a young woman's diary. I thought about how I'd like to mark the one year anniversary of Hesitation Waltz and I decided to share the complete diary here. The diary is handwritten (in script, in pencil) on an accounts receivable journal. Unfortunately, the hardest word to decipher is the diarist's first name. I believe it's Clara, or some variation of the name Claire. I found the diary in an antiques store. It was written in 1910, almost 100 years ago. If I were a slightly more patient person, I would wait until January 1, 2010 to begin this project and then post her diary entries on the corresponding days. Not a bad idea, huh? Turns out I'm not that patient. I thought I'd also post images of found photographs from roughly around the same time period of the diary. I believe Clara was a teenager, but I have no way of knowing her exact age, what she looked like, or where she lived. Here's Clara's first entry:

"January 1 - 1910

This, the first day of the new year, I begin my Diary. I shall try to put down facts, whether I shall succeed or not is for me to wait and see.
Clara Stealey

Evening -

Uncle John's were all up to New Years dinner; Lelia and I went to "The Show" this afternoon and met Tom; he came up and stayed until after 5:00 o'clock; ate a lunch then went down street and around to the Library; Met Tom, bummed around for a while then went to Dreamland, from there to Uncle John's and then "Home". Enjoyed myself immensely to-day."

found photograph (where I was born)