Thursday, June 7, 2018

Minnie Holsinger, The Farmer's Wife #14, Phil Dike (?)

This is image #14 of my on-going series sharing the pages of the scrap book of Minnie Holsinger, which she collected in the 30s and 40s while she and my Grandfather Charlie Holsinger were saving to buy a farm.

I speculate that this is the same artist who executed the watercolor posted in Farmer’s Wife #13. I’d judge that this work has some gouache (opaque watercolor) involved as well. Phil Dike? Probably not, but whatever signature there might have been was unceremoniously cropped into oblivion 70+ years ago.

Although I am frustrated by the crudity of preservation involved in my late grandmother’s scrapbooking enterprise, it would be churlish of my to complain; at least SOMETHING was saved, diligently, over a period of years and changing (and possibly challenging) circumstances. Plus, I can only imagine the conditions  under which she worked. I assume she didn’t work with an Exacto knife and a straight edge. Did she cut everything out with scissors? Were they the same scissors she used in the sewing and mending? It was the Depression, after all, and new clothes were an infrequent luxury. Mother has reported that the family never went without, but there weren’t a lot of frills. I’m surprised they splurged on a multi-year subscription to Country Gentleman Magazine.

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