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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BRIDGE AT ARGENTEUIL, 1874

Gorey Manor: 1939

Gorey Manor: 1939

1939. "Driveway looking away from William A. Dawson House, Mobile, Alabama. Spring Hill vicinity. Structure dates to 1840." Channeling the art of Edward Gorey. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

When Gomez met Morticia

What a setting for a nice romantic stroll, as long as you're a member of the Addams Family. Or the Munsters.

Not far off

Edward Gorey's actual home (now a museum) on Cape Cod reveals a great deal about his life and art, and this scene reminds me of his garden. There's even a creepy 50-foot-tall magnolia tree.

Takes me home

I used to live near this home and passed by it almost daily.

Colorization not necessary

Not knocking colorizing old photos but, in my opinion, this is a case where the black and white medium makes for a much more evocative and effective image. Beautiful, as well as creepy!

Birds look like turkey vultures

or buzzards as they would be called in Alabama. Not a very noble bird to select as gate guardians.

No way Jose

You couldnt pay me to walk down that road at night

Flying contest

"I'll race you the end of the lane"

"You're on!"

Eagles? Ravens?

Whatever those Goreyesque birds are, they look like they're sharing a joke.

The dinosaur in the yard

Okay, the stone birds in this photo have completely convinced me that birds did in fact evolve from dinosaurs. In fact, it looks like these two evolved just a little while ago.

Beautiful!

I REALLY like a tunnel of trees

Ruh-roh!

This looks like the start of nearly every episode of Scooby Doo.

They check in

But they don't check out!

 
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