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In Purging Mode

First I sold the Aibo robot dog on ebay. Then a pair of pants. (Thanks, Randy, for your help)

Then my old computer monitor on Craigslist (which went with the CPU that was flooded at Best Buy). Then I sold some speakers.

Now I’m selling my CD rack since, in another act of purging, I’ve transfered all of my CD’s into a portable carrying case to save space (and since I never use CD’s anymore…but don’t want to get rid of them, just in case). A woman is coming by on Saturday to take it away. This should open up space in my living room.

And I’ve been working on that photo scanning project to get rid of my photo albums. I’m down to the last stack of photos to scan (FINALLY) and these loose photos take up a LOT less space than my photo albums did. Now I just need to find a water-tight box to put them in and I’m all set.

This feels good.  I like cleaning things up. Out with the old, in the with the new. Though, I must admit I’m rather fond of these old (mostly) black and white photos I scanned earlier this week.

1938 – My Mom in the 1930’s

300000 Mom in Everett MA in the 1930s.jpg

1940’s – My Mom and my grandmother (can you tell my Mom was a tomboy…dressing like a man even in the 40’ Katherine Hepburn!

400000 Mom Nana in the 1940s Everett MA 01.jpg 

1940’s – My Mom’s family at a cottage in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

400000 Mom Carl Nana Verna Dottie Bernie Iseman in the 1940s White Mountains.jpg

1950’s – My Mom on vacation in Atlantic City (I love this photo)

500000 Mom in 1950s Atlantic City.jpg

1950’s – Osterville (where I was raised)

500000 Osterville postcard from 1950s.jpg

1979 – My third grade picture

790000 Karl 3rd grade.jpg 




  1. Comment by Randy on March 30, 2007 10:43 am

    Karl keep these BW photos and lets rescan on my scanner it can fix some of these errors… scrathes and dust. otherwise keep purging.

  2. Comment by Will on March 30, 2007 11:51 am

    I got a quick shock when I scrolled to that picture of your mother at Atlantic City–in that hair and with that expression, she looks startlingly like my mother.

  3. Comment by Dave in Chicago (2) on March 30, 2007 11:52 am

    Love the old photos….a pathway into yesteryear. The photo of your Mom @ Atlantic City is priceless (that’s a compliment!).

  4. Comment by Fred on April 2, 2007 9:12 am

    Really cool old photos, Karl! Where are the 1930s/40s ones taken? Somewhere in New England, I assume, from the buildings. Another note on the 1950s one of your Mom in Atlantic City, which is probably obvious to you and anyone who grew up with you/knows her/etc. – the expression and with her hair up, ’tis clear that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Hope all’s great, this rainy/crummy-looking week – happy purging!

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