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    Need a Hero?

    It’s true — there are still heroes looking out for the rest of us!

    I’d like to give a big shout-out to David Lingren of Fair Trade Judaica, author of the Media Library Assistant plugin for WordPress. If you take a peek at the support threads for the plugin, you can see how diligent David is about solving the problems his users have.

    Recently I’ve been looking for a few plugins to solve some other issues. I always look at the support threads first. For one thing, you can see if a plugin has been abandoned. But, and more importantly, you can also see how the developer handles issues — and how users are treated. It’s pretty discouraging to see some of the responses. The conversations back and forth get more and more heated and the thread is closed, usually without resolution. And . . . [Yes! There’s more!]

    Oops!

    Well, I was trying to get fancy — actually just consistent, but lately that’s fancy 🙂 — and made a mess of the thumbnails on the Media Library page. No worries! The links still work, it’s just ugly right now and, as luck would have it, I have a very important date. Should be all good by tomorrow. 🙂

    Rescued Photo: Breitzmann – Renlarque or Remarque Family Photo 1872

    Shelley Cardiel rescues photographs from flea markets, eBay, you name it. She does what research she can to identify the family and then posts her findings on mailing lists, message boards, and photo sites in an attempt to reunite the pictures with family. What she does is awesome. I contacted her recently to see if she thought including them here might help. I hope it does! Please contact Shelley if you have information about her photos or project.

    I’ve “rescued” an old photograph identified as Robert BREITZMANN which was taken at the Cramer Studio in San Francisco, CA. The photograph is dated 24 Dec 1872 with a note to “Mrs. PIERCE” and “Santa Barbara, CA” also noted on the back of the photograph. Robert appears to be in his 30’s at the time the photograph was taken. Based on limited research I was able to locate the following . . . [Yes! There’s more!]

    Rescued Photo: Ballweg-Block Family Photo

    Shelley Cardiel rescues photographs from flea markets, eBay, you name it. She does what research she can to identify the family and then posts her findings on mailing lists, message boards, and photo sites in an attempt to reunite the pictures with family. What she does is awesome. I contacted her recently to see if she thought including them here might help. I hope it does! Please contact Shelley if you have information about her photos or project.

    I’ve “rescued” an old photograph of Louise BALLWEG BLOCK which was taken sometime in the 1880’s. The photograph was taken at the Arcade Gallery Studio in Peoria, IL with Louise appearing to be in her early teens at the time. In addition to her name someone has written “Aunt Lou” and “Nana’s Sister” and “born about 1873” on the back of the photograph. Based on limited research I was able . . . [Yes! There’s more!]

    Rescued Photo: Medley Family Photo

    Shelley Cardiel rescues photographs from flea markets, eBay, you name it. She does what research she can to identify the family and then posts her findings on mailing lists, message boards, and photo sites in an attempt to reunite the pictures with family. What she does is awesome. I contacted her recently to see if she thought including them here might help. I hope it does! Please contact Shelley if you have information about her photos or project.

    Rescued 000-006: Eleanor E. Medley c. early 1900s

    I’ve “rescued” an old photograph identified as Luther MEDLEY’S Baby which was taken at the Sextus Ross Studio in Marshall, IL. The photograph appears to have been taken in the early 1900’s with the baby about 1 year old at the time the photograph was taken. I believe that this is a photograph of Luther’s daughter . . . [Yes! There’s more!]

    Rescued Photo: Brown Family Photo

    Shelley Cardiel rescues photographs from flea markets, eBay, you name it. She does what research she can to identify the family and then posts her findings on mailing lists, message boards, and photo sites in an attempt to reunite the pictures with family. What she does is awesome. I contacted her recently to see if she thought including them here might help. I hope it does! Please contact Shelley if you have information about her photos or project.

    Rescued 000-005: Albert, Les and Stanley Brown

    I’ve “rescued” an old photograph of Albert, Les, and Stanley BROWN which was taken at the Partain Studio. There is no location indicated and I had a difficult time finding studio information though I did find mention of a Studio by that name in Parma, ID and also in Center, Indian Territory in what is now . . . [Yes! There’s more!]

    It Sure Rains A Lot!

    Monica Schirmer Eshelman has sent in her abstract of the 1888 deaths mentioned in the St. Joseph Missouri Herald, Gazette and Daily News. More rainy days mean more goodies for us!

    1888 Death Notices in the St. Joseph, Missouri Herald, Gazette and Daily News