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Photo of the Day: The Elephant

The first in an occasional series I'm calling "Things I Found in My Mother-in-Law's House."This is the head of a brass elephant, obviously. It's one of two, on marble stands, obviously intended as book ends. The question is, why is there a matching candlestick holder? Would you put it in the middle of a line of books? Surely not. Would you read by it? Well, these things are a few decades old, but they hardly predate electricity.At ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 4:26, October 25th, 2006 under Blog | Comment now »

Photo of the Day: The Bear

From my new photo series, "Things I Found in My Mother-in-Law's House."The bottom of this handsome bear says "Hand Carved by Kadian Crafts, Canada."More photos here.

Posted by Edward Willett at 4:18, November 2nd, 2006 under Blog | Comment now »

Photo of the Day: The Totem

From the "things I found in my mother-in-law's house" series, this tiny totem pole is labeled, "Made in Canada by Ellen Neel and the Totem Carvers - Kwakiutl Indians."It may be one of the 5,000 tiny totem poles Ellen Neel and the Totem Carvers once made for the Hudson Bay Company.Then again, it may not, since there's no HBC logo on it anywhere.Here's an interesting article on totem poles of the Pacific Northwest.There's a book by Phil Nuytten called The Totem Carvers. This page about the book provides quite a bit of background about Neel ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 5:06, November 4th, 2006 under Blog | 4 Comments »

Photo of the Day: Alabaster Orange

From the "things I found in my mother-in-law's house" series: an alabaster orange in a really lovely alabaster pedestal fruit bowl, both bearing small labels proclaiming them to have been "hand-carved in Italy."More photos here.

Posted by Edward Willett at 4:37, November 12th, 2006 under Blog | 1 Comment »

Photo of the Day: Scottie, Beaming Up

A slipware Scottish terrier, from the "things I found in my mother-in-law's house series."The only notation on the bottom is England 83. I don't know anything else about it, but he's a cute little feller, ain't he?What's that? You were expecting something about Star Trek instead of a picture of a happy dog looking upward?Weird.More photos here.

Posted by Edward Willett at 3:29, November 21st, 2006 under Blog | Comment now »

Photo of the Day: Buddha Riding a Lion

At least, I think this is a Buddha riding a lion, mainly because when I Googled "Buddha riding a lion" I ended up here, which explains that "the mystical lion...symbolizes the guardian of Buddhist doctrines."In any event, a very nice hand-carved piece, part of the "things I found in my mother-in-law's house" series.More photos here.

Posted by Edward Willett at 5:52, November 30th, 2006 under Blog | Comment now »

Disney is bringing back hand-drawn animation

This makes me happy.

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:11, February 9th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

Free 2007 science fiction swimsuit calendar!

Every year The Web Site @ the End of the Universe creates a free downloadable science fiction calendar. This year, it's the swimsuit edition! (That's Miss January at left.)

Posted by Edward Willett at 18:30, February 20th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

My apologies for the light blogging…

...I've been struggling with computer problems that culminated today in my taking my desktop machine to the shop. Then I spent several more hours getting my laptop (on which I'm writing this) set up as my temporary desktop machine.By way of making amends, I offer several photos taken while I was strolling around the Cathedral district of Regina Friday taking pictures for my upcoming book Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw (Red Deer Press).That's Holy Rosary Cathedral, of course, built in 1913. It was designed by Joseph Fortin, who also designed the cathedrals in Saskatoon and Gravelbourg....

Posted by Edward Willett at 3:55, February 27th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

Here’s something you don’t see everyday…

...but when you do see it, you think, "Cool!"It's a collection of 19th century shipping posters.I like this one because of the name of the ship (natch).(Via Drawn.)

Posted by Edward Willett at 4:22, March 13th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »