Happy Labor Day, the most ill-named holiday in America. Labor HoliDay is alright. Labor-less Day makes sense. Labor Day Not! And I am not laboring, I am watercoloring. Here is today’s
work piece, done from a thru-the-fire cabinet card. I had to improvise a lot on this piece due to the condition of the photograph. I wonder if she would recognize herself. I don’t doubt she was beautiful, even from this damaged photo, I can tell that.
I do not know who this woman is, hers is among the damaged photos surviving the fire that claimed the life of my Great Aunt Josephine. I went through this box of photos with my mother a couple of years ago. She told me the names of those she knew and I wrote them down on sticky notes and placed them on the back of the photographs. This photo’s sticky note has “Josephine” written on it. But this isn’t Josephine, the woman looks circa 1900, Josephine wasn’t born until the 1920’s. I wish I had written more than just one word…maybe this is who Josephine was named for.