Friday, February 26, 2010

Clara Stealey's Diary - March 7, 1910

"Mar. 7 -

Mama did not come home to-day. Papa and I are getting our own meals. Had bum orchestra practice this evening after school."

And that, dear blog, is the end. Monday, March 7, 1910 was the last entry in Clara Stealey's diary:

found photograph (ghost image)

found photograph (and I looked, and behold, a pale horse...)

The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows (remix with The Chemical Brothers -Setting Sun)

sweet dreams Clara

Clara Stealey's Diary - March 6, 1910

"March 6 -

I was afraid it was going to rain to-day but it didn't amount to anything. Tom, Cecil and Lelia and I went for a walk this P.M. way down the track to Wells. Didn't get back until late. He (Tom) came around to Le's and came up home with me."

found photograph (altered)

Gillian Welch, David Rawlings and The Old Crow Medicine Show - The Weight

Low - Violence (from Long Division)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Clara Stealey's Diary - March 5, 1910

"March 5 -

Such a delightful day! Janet phoned up this morning for me to get ready to go down to the "Wells" to see Mrs. French this afternoon. We were there all afternoon playing and singing in the parlors. Had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Harrison(?). Was down street bumming around all evening as mama went to Middlebourne. Didn't get home until 11:00. "

found photograph

Bob Dylan - Lay Lady Lay

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Clara Stealey's Diary - March 4, 1910

"March 4 -

Littrary to day! Talk about your nice days well it certainly was nice. Hazel G. and I went for a walk after school. Tom walked home with me and gave me some "good advice". Think I'll have to follow it. Oh, but I want to go to the St. P. dance!"

Alice in Wonderland - Very Good Advice

found photograph (my Alice in Wonderland)

Alice Pleasance Liddell (Hargreaves) (1852-1934) - the original Alice of both Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, written by Lewis Carroll.

left: Alice Liddell as Pomona, 1872, photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron, Albumen print;
right: Homage to Cameron's Pomona, a self-portrait taken while I was in graduate school.

Robert Smith - Very Good Advice

(Robert Smith - photo source: The Cure by Paul Mathur, published by Atalanta Press, London © 1987)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Clara Stealey's Diary - March 3, 1910

"March 3 -

A crowd of us went to the rink to-night. Mama and Mrs. W. went with me. Gee, but we had fun. Tom skated with me! Came back at 10:00. Didn't want to but had to."

found photograph

The Mighty Lemon Drops - Happy Head

Gay Dad - Joy!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Clara Stealey's Diary - March 2, 1910

"March 2 -


Kym Hepworth - no words today

The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again

Monday, February 15, 2010

Clara Stealey's Diary - March 1, 1910

"March 1 -

I felt so mean this morning I didn't go to school. Saw Tom after school but he wouldn't speak to me. Too bad! Sent my ring back to me by Lelia. I hope I shall have nerve enough to give him his silk handkerchief and not send it to him by some one. Lelia said he was going to take Ethel Stephans to the St P. dance. Too bad for poor me!"

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps

Saturday, February 13, 2010

each day is valentines day

happy valentine's day xoxo

Publicity photograph of Rudolph Valentino in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
(photo from my collection)

Rudolph Valentino and Beatrice Dominguez dancing the tango in the silent film, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

Rudolph Valentino (1895-1926) "The Great Lover"

article from Midnight, a magazine published by Bernarr Macfadden, October 28, 1922, Volume 1, Number 11 (my collection)

Valentino's funeral (stay little valentine stay)

Valentino's crypt at Hollywood Forever Memorial Park

Chet Baker - My Funny Valentine

vintage Valentine's Day cards (thanks Claire!)

i love you robin miller

Friday, February 12, 2010

Clara Stealey's Diary - February 28, 1910

"Feb 28 -

Last day of Feb. and it certainly is fearful. Such a heavy fog. We (Aunt J., mama and I) were down to Mrs. Conants this evening."

movie trailer for the horror film, The Fog (1980), directed by John Carpenter

Billie Holiday - Stormy Weather

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Clara Stealey's Diary - February 27, 1910

"Feb 27 -

Did not get up in time to go to church this morning. Tom came up this afternoon. We had a very bad disagreement. He wanted to see you, my dear old Diary, and I wouldn't let him so he is angry."

found photograph (couple on the rocks)

John Lennon - Jealous Guy

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Clara Stealey's Diary - February 26, 1910

"Feb 26 -

Hazel G. phoned up for me to stop as I went down street this evening. I put my new suit on. We went to the show and to Dreamland."

found photograph (The Talented Children of America will perform at the Brooklyn County Fair and Industrial Exposition, 106th Infantry Armory Bedford and Atlantic Avenues. Week of March 26-31 inclusive) Thanks Claire!

Patsy Cline - Sweet Dreams

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Clara Stealey's Diary - February 25, 1910

"Feb 25 -

Stanley and I went down to the nickleodeum this evening nothing else to do."

Kym Hepworth, nothing else to do

Monday, February 8, 2010

Clara Stealey's Diary - February 24, 1910

"Feb 24 -

Fudge hard this morning. Mama and Mrs. W. and Aunt Lizzie went to Wheeling this morning. Stanley and I stayed at home."

found photographs

Hansel and Gretel (1955) film by Lotte Reiniger (1899-1981)

The Archies - Sugar Sugar

Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Clara Stealey's Diary - February 23, 1910

"Feb 23 -

Made some fudge after school this evening. It was simply awful never got hard. Stayed at home this evening."

Chiffon Cake with Fudge-Mint Patty Icing

(recipe from Betty Crocker's "Frankly Fancy" Foods Recipe Book, published by General Mills, Inc. © 1959)

Echo & the Bunnymen - Lips Like Sugar

Clara Stealey's Diary - February 22, 1910

"Feb. 22 -

Went to school to-day and down to Aunt B's afterwards. Bob is the cutest thing. Also went down to the library but did not stay very long."

found photograph

guilty pop pleasures...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

excerpt from Some Children Wander by Mistake by John Connolly

"He followed his parents through the sideshows and rides. There were shooting ranges and hoop toss, games of skill and games of chance. Men and women called out from behind the stalls promising wonderful prizes, but William saw nobody carrying the big stuffed elephants and teddy bears that stood arrayed on the topmost shelves of the game booths, their glass eyes gleaming emptily. In fact, William saw nobody win anything at all. Shots were missed by those who regarded themselves as fairground marksmen. Darts bounced from playing cards, and hoops failed to land around goldfish bowls. All was disappointment and broken promises. William could almost see the smiles beginning to fade, and the cries of unhappy children carried on the breeze. The hucksters exchanged glances and sly grins with one another from their booths as they called to the new arrivals, the ones who still had hope and expectations of success.

Kym Hepworth, games of skill and games of chance

William was not aware of drifting away from his parents. One minute they were beside him, and the next it was as if the whole circus had shifted slightly, moving silently in a great circle so that William no longer stood among the rides and games but at the very periphery of the performers' caravans. He could see the lights of the sideshows and could hear the sound of the children on the merry-go-round, but they were hidden from him by vehicles and tents. These looked more dirty and worn than those close to the big top, the fabric of the tents shabbily mended where it had torn, the panels of the caravans slowly decaying into rust. There were puddles of waste on the ground, and a stale smell of cheap cooked meat hung on the air.

Kym Hepworth, hung on the air

Uncertain, and a little afraid, William began to pick his way carefully back to his parents, stepping over guy ropes and avoiding the tow bars of the caravans, until at last he came to a single yellow tent that stood apart from the others. Outside stood a red jalopy decorated with balloons, its wheels misshapen and its seats balanced on huge springs. William could hear voices speaking inside the tent, and knew that he had found the clowns. He crept closer and lay down on his belly so that he could peer beneath the bottom of the tent, for if he was seen at the entrance, then they would surely send him away and he would learn nothing more about them.

Kym Hepworth / Sock Doll #2 / graphite on paper / 18 x 14 in.

William saw battered dressing tables with brightly lit mirrors above them, the bulbs powered by a humming, unseen generator. Four men sat at the tables, dressed in suits of purple and green, yellow and orange. They had oversized shoes on their feet. Their heads were bald, but they wore no makeup. William was faintly disappointed. They were just men. They were not yet clowns.

Kym Hepworth, they were not yet clowns

Then, while William watched, one of the men took a cloth and doused it in liquid from a black bottle. He looked at himself grimly in the mirror then drew the cloth across his face. Instantly, a line of white appeared, and the rim of a big red mouth. The man wiped himself again, harder now, and circular red cheeks appeared. Finally, he hid his face in the cloth, rubbing furiously, and when the cloth came away it was covered in flesh-covered makeup and a clown stared back from the mirror. The other men were engaged in similar activities, rubbing away the cosmetics that concealed the clown faces beneath.

Kym Hepworth, a clown stared back

But those faces were not in the least bit funny or engaging. True, the men looked like clowns. They had big smiling mouths, and oval shapes around their eyes, and big red circles fixed on their cheeks, but their eyeballs were yellow and their skin looked puckered and diseased. Their bare hands were very white, reminding William of cheap sausages or lengths of uncooked dough. The clowns moved listlessly, and they spoke in a language William had never heard before, more to themselves than to one another. The tongue sounded very old, and very foreign, and William felt himself grow increasingly afraid. A voice in his head seemed to echo their words, as though someone close by were translating for his benefit.

Kym Hepworth, they had big smiling mouths

Children, the voice said. We hate 'em. Foul things. They laugh at what they doesn't understand. They laugh at things they should be afraid of. Oh, but we know. We know what the circus hides. We know what all circuses hide. Foul children. We make them laugh, but when we can . . .

We take 'em!

Kym Hepworth, they laugh at what they doesn't understand

And then the nearest clown turned and stared down at William, and the boy felt moist hands gripping his own as he was dragged beneath the canvas and into the tent. Two clowns, unseen until now, knelt by him, holding him down. William tried to cry out for help, but one of the clowns placed a hand over William's lips, stilling any sound within."

(excerpt from Some Children Wander by Mistake, from the collection of short stories, Nocturnes, written by John Connolly, published by Atria Books, New York, © 2005, 2006)

Bruce Springsteen - Wild Billy's Circus Story
(And the circus boss leans over, whispers into the little boy's ear "Hey son, you want to try the big top?")

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Clara Stealey's Diary - February 21, 1910

"Feb 21 - '10

Didn't have any school to-day. A crowd of us went to the rink. Mrs. W. went with me. Just had a circus skating."

found photographs (images from a scrapbook)

XTC - Dear Madam Barnum

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Clara Stealey's Diary - February 20, 1910

"Feb 20 - '10

Got up and went to church this morning. Tom came up about 3:00 stayed until 6:00."

found photograph - Milano La Cattedrale

found photograph - Milano Piazza del Duomo

a different Thom ...

a different c.r.e.e.p ...

Clara Stealey's Diary - February 19, 1910

"Feb 19 - '10

Went down street this evening and went to the show. Same old song."

found photograph (altered)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Clara Stealey's Diary - February 18, 1910

"Feb 18 - '10

Went to the show with Elsie to-night. Had our concert and it certainly was good. Made $21.05 and took $1.50 a piece. Put the rest in bank for music."

found photograph (I wonder how much money she made?)