kitchen, 1902

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kitchen, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

A 4×4 glass negative found at the Antiques Garage in Chelsea. Among the provisions on the kitchen counter are a couple of tins of Hooton’s Cocoa.

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russian vernacular photos

chelsea
Ever since the bulk of outdoor flea markets in Chelsea moved to Hell’s Kitchen, I’ve restricted most of my browsing to the Antiques Garage. I’ve ignored the few smaller markets left in the neighborhood, assuming they were closer in spirit to the kind of flea market whose specialties get no more obscure than knock-off designer purses and cheap socks and bootleg dvds. But I was wrong. One day this spring I stopped at one of those weekend parking lot markets that I normally pass by. I found the usual ratio of wheat and chaff but also some genuine antiques action. I was lured into one booth by a plastic photo album that depicted a surfing teddy bear. When I opened up that talismatic plastic ersatz Hawaiiana I was rewarded with a small but remarkable stash of Russian portraits and snapshots. Comrades of all inclinations as well as mail-order bride shoppers will find plenty here to whet the apetite:

where angels fear to tread

give a hoot don't pollute

comrades, a love story

i lost it at the bull pit barbeque

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I don’t know if this was made by the restaurant or by a crafty traveller, but this snapshot came wrapped around a souvenir matchbook (hence the crease) from the Bull Pit Barbeque in Glendale, CA.