Notes from the past…


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The Bache Silhouette Book

The National Portrait Gallery blog has a very interesting post about the Bache Silhouette Book:

In the 1920s, Alice Van Leer Carrick, the pioneering authority on American silhouettes, came upon an album kept by William Bache (1771–1845) as a record of his work and expressed her delight in “turning the pages of this century-old treasure-trove of nearly two thousand shadow portraits.”

There she found images of Chancellor George Wythe, President Thomas Jefferson, and Secretary of State Edmund Randolph, as well as “hundreds of other profiles of everyday people, less well-known, but equally well cut; all of them vivid and interesting.”


Is a profile of your ancestor in this book?

By the way, the National Portrait Gallery’ blog makes for a fascinating read! It is full of tidbits of our American history and heritage!


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It's all about the grandkids (and grand-cats)!

Or so it seems…

I’ve been a little side-tracked the past few days and haven’t done much of anything genealogy…at least not conventional genealogy :) .

My family has had a bit of a medical emergency that took some help to resolve. My granddaughter’s cat Raven got sick to the point that we feared that she would have to be put to sleep, but it turned out that the worst of her illness was a reaction to the medicine that the vet gave her for her original ailment, so once that was resolved, Raven rapidly improved. But it took 3 trips to the vet in 2 days. And since my daughter was at work, Gramma got volunteered to drive the ambulance! But Raven and my granddaughter as both fine now, thank goodness.

Also, ever since I got DSL a few months ago, my granddaughter loves my computer! To the point that some days I can hardly even use it myself :( .

But on Saturday it suddenly occurred to me to get out my old laptop and get it up to speed for my granddaughter to use. So Sunday and Monday were spent updating the old laptop and setting up a wireless network for my house (which was really very easy to do, if you’re thinking about creating one for your home!). And of course I had to go and buy a pink mouse for Stacie to use with her computer!

So today Stacie has her own computer to use, I have my computer back and Raven the Cat has her health. A happy ending for all!