3 May 2010

New on my walls

Several members of the Freemantle family, who came to South Africa during the First Anglo-Boer war. The owner of the vintage bookshop where I picked them up said they’d come from suitcases of family memorabilia left to a woman by her godmother (he also thought it was funny that I only wanted the ones with moustaches, and said his wife collects people with unusual facial expressions). All but one of the photos have their names and date of birth/death; Duncan, in the round frame, died of consumption in Madiera at the age of 26.

This print from Eight Hour Day is impossibly beautiful in person, all sugary 50s goodness and shimmering inks. It’s next to my bed with a photo of my mom and aunt, and a little piece of K’s art.