Several months ago, I went on an eBay spree and bought several old postcards of Alabama scenes, many of them with writing on them. I especially like the type that look like little ink drawings colored in pastels.

I framed these six a while back but never got around to hanging them because I didn’t have a great spot. This spot in the dining room isn’t great, but it will do. I’m glad to have them up finally.

While I toiled with the measuring tape, the level and the electric drill trying to get the stupid frame hung (it’s the kind that requires two screws, ugh), I played one of the records I bought at Agora, a vintage shop in Athens, Georgia, when I visited my sister. I love records the way I love my 1920s toaster and 1960s mixer – they have that vintage-y flavor yet they’re utterly usable. Plus, records have such an authentic, imperfect sound – the closest I’ll get to Bob singing in my dining room – and they remind me of when I was very small and my mom played us records of 1950s hits (“Earth Angel” is a favorite of mine for this reason).

Here’s what I bought at Agora:

The mambo’s for dancing, the bluegrass is for Darwin, and the classic rock – that’s for me.

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4 Responses to “Records and Postcards”

  1. John on May 11th, 2007 7:09 am

    Love the postcards (and the frame). My wife and I have a small collection of vintage New Orleans postcards. My favorite one is from a man to one of his friends were he insinuates that he enjoyed the company of a “dancer” in Storyville.

    I have a thing for old records too. Unfortunately, I don’t have record player so that makes it a difficult passion to indulge. My mom is getting rid of all her records and their is a lot of old rock records (Beatles, Santana, Neil Diamond, ABBA, etc). Would you be interested in them? If so, let me know.

  2. mindy on May 11th, 2007 7:10 am

    Cute postcards – I hate those types of frames, too. They are a pain to hang. But doesn’t it feel good when you get something like that done?

    I am jealous that you have a record player!

  3. Julie on May 12th, 2007 7:08 pm

    Had to chuckle when I saw the album collection. I have the same Dylan album but bought it when it was new! My husband’s record collection is mostly jazz and anything with a big horn section – mine is classic rock with a few juvenile favs – Partridge Family anyone?

  4. Melitta on May 14th, 2007 12:10 pm

    I love your pictures of outfits! Ok, I also like all of the pictures of how far your work has come on the house too. Your blog is quite fun. Thanks

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