Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Ohio Girls, Twins

I LOVE history of all kinds,I just had to blog
About mrwaterslide / John Van Noate on flickr
I was born in Ohio and rasied there until I was 13 when my family moved to Florida, My roots still run deep in Ohio as well as my Love for the Buckeye State, When I came across mrwaterslide / John Van Noate "OHIO GIRLS" Set I fell in love with these yesteryear girls of Ohio! Thinking MAYBE I was even looking at a ancestor of mine!! Hope you enjoy mrwaterslide / John Van Noate pictures! Be sure to go to mrwaterslide / John Van Noate flickr to see his wonderful vintage photos.... Sherrie

About mrwaterslide / John Van Noate Profile:
Back in mrwaterslide's teaching days(before the notion, much less the reality, of mrwaterslide had even been thought of), he used
to read a little essay to his students called something like "A Love Transcending Sadness." The essay was written by Willie
Morris, the Mississippi writer, and appeared in a most unlikely venue: Parade Magazine, yes, that Parade, the newspaper's Sunday
In the essay, Mr. Morris talked about his feelings about graveyards, described cemeteries he'd visited, inscriptions he'd enjoyed
(Here lies Johnny Kongapod/Have mercy on him, gracious God/as he would on you if he was God/And You were Johnny
Kongapod). At the end of the essay, Mr. Morris provides this quote:
"All that we can know about those we have loved and lost," Thornton Wilder wrote, "is that they would wish us to remember them
with a more intensified realization of their reality. What is essential does not die but clarifies. The highest tribute to the dead is not
grief but gratitude."
At some point, this proto-mrwaterslide fellow began collecting photographs, and here, in this photostream, you can see the fruits of
his labors. The 1000 (and counting) photos posted here are but a fraction of the 30.000 (give-or-take) photos in the larger
collection, which grows almost daily.
In posting these photos, I, John, (mrwaterslide's alter ego) do not seek to mock, denigrate, or defame any of these individuals.
Some of the photos may arrive with a bit of attendant tarnish or satirical content, but as many of you have pointed out, there is
majesty in most any life, if one looks for it.
As to himself, mrwaterslide has a bunch of cds (played often) and a bunch of records (mouldering), several thousand plastic
armymen, stored away in boxes, a cat, Ike, who whines a lot and sheds a lot, and a Dream, which does not even qualify, at this
point, as a Preview of Coming Attractions.

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