Talking Pictures

21 Feb

I picked up this book by Ransom Riggs for the Mister’s birthday, because he is a photo buff and I thought he might enjoy it. The author is a collector of vintage and antique photos that have writing on the back–little descriptions of the people in the picture or information about them. He finds them at flea markets, mostly, and the book is divided into themes like “Times of Trouble” and “Clowning Around”. The handwritten photo captions are by turns poignant, thought provoking, deeply sad or very funny. It’s an amazing book. I know that some of you who read this blog are collectors of old photos, and if you are–I imagine that you would enjoy this book very, very much if you haven’t read it already. The author starts off with the sentence, “I have an unusual hobby; I collect pictures of people I don’t know.” And all I could think was, well, he really should come to Nashville because he would be in some fine company. xoxo, LaurenT


4 Responses to “Talking Pictures”

  1. Eartha Kitsch February 21, 2013 at 1:04 am #

    Sounds great! I’m going to keep that in mind for Christmas presents this year!

  2. Boomdeeadda February 21, 2013 at 3:33 am #

    Thank you for the heads up and this book, it really sounds awesome. I have spend insane amount of time at antique shows looking at masses of photos of people I don’t know. I especially love photo’s of people with animals. Their horses, cows, turkeys, dogs……we’ll you get it.

  3. rae February 21, 2013 at 4:51 am #

    oooo you know i’m all over that! i have a few books about vintage dog photos that I love to flip through. i’ll check this one out for sure

  4. Lisa February 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    We have it at the library, YES! I just placed a hold on it based on your rec. Thanks for the hot tip! 🙂

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