So while we’ve all had fun with Mary and Ellison so far, a large part of my new job yields nothing of interest. It’s a lot of spreadsheet work, adding dates and tags and the like to make the items searchable online. And a lot of the items I’m adding metadata to aren’t anything of importance. One might think.
Take this photo for example.
The title is “Gathering inside Sherman Station, first phone or “party line” in the area in the background, 1909-1910“. Nothing too exciting. What we can take away from this however, is that people from 1910 aren’t too different from people a hundred years later. The very unimportance of the scene reminds us that they too had forced family photos, had daily routines, crying babies, worried about…if they needed to wash clothes this weekend….sorry something in the photo distracted me.
Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that we can’t put the present on a pedestal just because we own it. Lives that are now just photographs and mentions on paper were once….
Okay but seriously what is going on here.
Is that a…polar bear? A stuffed polar bear? Why is he holding a stuffed polar bear? And why is he holding a stuffed polar bear while staring so intently at the camera? Half the group has their eyes closed, and most of the other half isn’t even bothering to LOOK at the camera. But there’s Mr. Creepy Dude, looking deep into our souls and presenting a stuffed polar bear.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN.
I think this guy knew. I think he knew too much.