Photos: Then & Now

Well, I hope everyone’s new year is off to a bang! I’m currently in the process of doing some heavy lifting design-wise in the category of vintage and retro WordPress theme. I have no idea what I’ll do with them, I may auction them off or have a giveaway — more on that story as it develops!

I meant to post this before Christmas but the holidays got away from me, and now that Yule is over and I have a few minutes, I thought I’d get my butt in gear and show off something pretty neat. I know most of us in the vintage and retro biz have seen this great photo of Mary Pickford giving Hollywood Boulevard a Christmas makeover…

Hollywood megastar Mary Pickford symbolically changes Hollywood Blvd's sign to Santa Claus Lane -- And looks fabulous while doing it!

Hollywood megastar Mary Pickford symbolically changes Hollywood Blvd’s sign to Santa Claus Lane — And looks fabulous while doing it!

But I thought I’d take it a step further and see if I could find that exact spot on Google Maps since I thought, for sure, that I recognized at least some of that building in the background. Of course, it took me a good twenty minutes to realize that the Orange Drive sign was in the shot! Here’s what I came up with: 1706 N Orange Drive where it intersects Hollywood.

Is that black street sign on the corner the very same Mary is fixing up? It looks like it, to me, but please correct me if I’m wrong about this – does anyone know for sure? Although, all the image above does is make me wish that Hollywood looked the way it did in it’s gilded era. Oh well, we still have the pictures!

Well, Hollywood’s all fine and good, but what about the town I live in today? As luck would have it my friend Logan sent me this great postcard scan he found (according to him, it’s from 1912 — My house was already a couple of years old!) just off Polk street in the town square looking North towards the water tower which was still under construction. That water tower was only torn down in the last decade or so (it was still standing for most of my life here in Albany) and replaced with a new one:

Polke Street in 1912

And, as luck would have it, I just so happen to live in Albany and took a snapshot of the same spot as best as I could find the location:

Polk Street 2013

Almost 100 years exactly after the postcard was sent, Albany looks about as charming as a hairball.

I have a mighty need to track down more old photographs of Albany and take photos of what it looks like now. There are a few places in Albany that are still lovely, but very few — all of which are spots forgotten by time. It’s about time I go on a hunt — Wish me monsters!

Photos: The Peery House Parlor

For some reason it took until we were gearing up to move to get the mountains (I mean mountains, as in stacked on top of each other mountains) of my mother and step father’s antiques out of this house. They started filling it up with all manner of things that shouldn’t be in here, making it hard for everyone else to live while they’d come up from KC now and then and store yet another thing nobody wants. But a huge lot of us (my step father, a family friend and her sister, my sister and I) are moving as a group to Durango, Colorado and that lit a fire under him but good and he auctioned off the majority of it.

So I finally get to post a few pictures of the blasted Parlor that aren’t stacked sky-high with clutter. It still needs a good dusting, the wood needs to be polished and we’re fitting it for drapes (as well as about to decorate that little Christmas Tree) — but I figured, if I don’t take a few photos now? Step father will show up from KC with another truck load of chairs and magazines to mess it up again! Pardon our dust, but even a little dingy it’s a pretty old house.🙂

Photos: Vicarious Road Trip

I’ve been getting fun, new and old-fashioned correspondence from the ‘rents as they make their way to Idaho and back, including postcards and stories of the things they’ve done and the people they’ve seen.  And every now and then a pic of something neat, like Aliz, this lovely Japanese doll that my mother thought I’d love – and she was right!


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I’ve talked at length to friends and family about the importance of an online presence for your business, but what about for your life? These days everyone is getting the bug, from school sports teams to church organizations, and even your Grandma is using Facebook!

But while I trade in WordPress and I’m used to using it (hence my use of it for ReproGoddess, whereas most of the vintage community uses Blogspot), I realize that for a novice to content management may be confused by it and that will limit their ability to use and customize it.

Well, recently I ran across and saw that they had a 15 day free trial. Since free is the best price ever, I decided to give it a shot – and I wasn’t disappointed!


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  3. Company Bios
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  6. Newsletters
  7. Photo Galleries
  8. More!

And they’re as easy to install as choosing the page you want to put, say, a form into and using the drop-down for ‘Webpage Add-ons’ to select your form and add it to the page. Simple!


I couldn’t help but think this would be a huge problem solver for all those vintage lovelies out there who are looking for an alternative to paying someone an unholy amount of money to do all this for you.

If you’re looking for a fast, easy solution, go to and sign up for their 15 day free trial to see for yourself! If you’ve come across any other websites that will help people get their web presence up fast and easy, please let me know!