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Through the blinds of time...

Posted by
Judy aka L@dybug (Brooksville, FL, United States) on 24 February 2009 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

This plate belonged to my g-g-grandfather, Josiah Barnum Corban, and was carried in his pack as he served in the Civil War in 1864. It seemed fitting to post this in among my reenactment photos.

I own copies of letters Josiah sent to his family while he was away at war. Documentation of his service: Corban, Josiah Barnum Diary, Jan-Nov 1864 (2nd Conn. Art., Co. G), typescript, 48 leaves.

SONY DSLR-A100 1/125 second F/6.3 ISO 100 105 mm (35mm equiv.)

January 1st is around the corner, along with an end to my daily posts, at least for now.
Dementia is so debilitating and Hubby needs more of my time.


* Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." ... <)))><
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Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Dear Judy, what an incredible piece to have!!! A wonderful and beautiful relic from the bloodiest war in our nations history.

24 Feb 2009 5:59am

@Scott Schilling: Thank you, Scott ... it is really a treasure and as I've written before, I use it whenever I can!
You're right about it having been the "bloodiest war" ... so many forget that.

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

How absolutely fascinating and thanks for the link! History is just amazing isn't it? and when its your own family its even more interesting!! Great shot Judy!

24 Feb 2009 6:02am

@Linerberry: Thank you so much!

Peter Miller from Lichfield, United Kingdom

A marvelous piece of memorabilia, to be treasured

24 Feb 2009 9:05am

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

Superb ! It's a great memory and your photo and title give it a marvellous place!

24 Feb 2009 10:52am

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

How very interesting to have such a plate. I like the play of light and shadow, Judy.

24 Feb 2009 2:18pm

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks, Michael ... just working with light coming through the blinds. :D

Rajaa from Washington DC, United States

very creative.

24 Feb 2009 3:25pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Such a wonderful shot with the lines of light and shadow working so well here, and so much history in that plate imagine the stories it could tell if only it could

24 Feb 2009 3:48pm

@JJ: Oh, how I wish it could tell me stories, JJ ... and every time I use the plate I dream of places it's been and situations it saw.........

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I love how you framed it, really enhances it, ;)

24 Feb 2009 4:30pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

What a wonderful connection with your great grandfather and his service to the preservation of the Union.

24 Feb 2009 5:43pm

@Viewfinder: Thank you very much, Glenn ... I fully agree with you!

Chris from South Jersey, United States

a wonderful piece of history - I love the way you photographed this with the light and shadows.....

24 Feb 2009 6:06pm

@Chris: The blinds did the 'work' - I'm happy I spotted the opportunity and had the plate in hand!

Fliss from Melbourne Beach, United States

Wow... what a great thing to have... love all that old stuff...

24 Feb 2009 7:33pm

@Fliss: Thanks, Fliss ... I love the old stuff too.

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

What a great treasure to have. I love the patina on the wonderful old plate. Nice lighting with those shadows.

24 Feb 2009 8:13pm

@Laurie: Thank you, Laurie; I appreciate your comment.

Bookfool from Mississippi, United States

Very cool! You're lucky to have those bits of family history. I've got a little pitcher that my Pennsylvania ancestors buried during the Civil War when they thought the Rebels were coming. It's dented because someone hit it with the shovel when it was unearthed, after the danger passed.

24 Feb 2009 8:39pm

@Bookfool: I'm happy you have your 'little pitcher' and its story ... they are so precious!
I have several other treasures, but this plate touches my heart.

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Oh, Judy... so incredibly wonderful to own such a piece! What history! An excellent shot!

24 Feb 2009 11:59pm

@Betty: Thank you, Betty ....... I really cherish this piece and after doing genealogy work, I connect to its owner!

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

What a fabulous piece of history for you to have, and you've captured it beautifully!!!

25 Feb 2009 12:07am

@Susan: Thank you, Susan ........ it certainly is a treasure!

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

A stunning piece of family history Judy, if it could only talk, what a story it would tell.

25 Feb 2009 1:32am

@MaryB: I only wish it could tell us its stories! :D

Jen from Alpharetta, United States

What a wonderful piece of history and family you have there

25 Feb 2009 2:02am

@Jen: Thank you, Jen ... I agree.

EYES WIDE SHUT from The library of my soul, United Kingdom

The historical significance, not to mention the personal sentimental significance of this amazing item, are immense. Absolutely fascinating, and the photograph is divine with such glorious composition and shadow play. This is a wonderful post, Judy

25 Feb 2009 4:49am

@EYES WIDE SHUT: Thank you, Paul ... I deeply appreciate your comment. As I wrote elsewhere, the sun was streaming through the blinds and lent to a good place to prop my treasured plate.

Krisu from Tampere, Finland

Very precious plate and I love the light in this shot.

25 Feb 2009 8:37am

@Krisu: Thank you, Krisu ... the sun was pouring through the living room blinds, so I propped the plate in a corner.

Barbara from Florida, United States

Certainly a priceless heirloom. It actually has a decorative worn look to the finish.
One can only imagine the journeys this plate has been on.

25 Feb 2009 2:05pm

@Barbara: I only wish it tell me its stories! ;D

Marion from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

That is a really, really (people repeat themselves when they are at a loss for words) wonderful keepsake. The history behind it is so interesting. The photography is great too.

25 Feb 2009 2:47pm

@Marion: I thought you would appreciate this old plate. I use it often, for various things ... but not to eat from.

Tammy/Cricket from Huntsville, United States

What a treasure! Great pic with such a wonderful history.

25 Feb 2009 9:42pm

@Tammy/Cricket: Yes, it truly is a treasure ... I love it, and use it for all kinds of things! :D

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Nice shot, but isn't there a little mistake in the write-up concerning the date of Civil War?

26 Feb 2009 6:36pm

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: Thank you! The American Civil War began on April 12, 1861 and ended on May 26, 1865. Josiah's letters written to his family were dated 1964, NOT 1884 that I had originally written. A grandmother was born in 1884 and I confused the dates!

Magda from Canada

Love the lighting! What a treasure to have..... Wonderful story and mood showing through this image

27 Feb 2009 12:35am

@Magda: I forgot last year, to include a photo of this old plate; I'm happy I remembered this year as it truly IS a treasure!

Bill Jennings from (Bay Area Northern Calif), United States

Well composed - love the light and the background (and really admire the traditions you remember from this heirloom)

23 Jun 2009 6:17am

@Bill Jennings: Thank you, Bill. Working on genealogy has brought so many things to light. We're happy to have a few treasures.

1/125 second
ISO 100
105 mm (35mm equiv.)