|Comedian Harold Lloyd as a giant papier mache head.|
For the sisters, the love of old photographs began with their grandmother, whose collection of family members, contemporaries and chums kept the girls engrossed and quiet for hours on end, listening to stories, gossip and opinion concerning every face they studied. Their mother inherited the stockpile and, knowing they'd learned to tread gently among the fragile portraits and snapshots, let the girls visit their ancestors as they wished. In its way, the collection was a time machine. They did love to look at some of their mother's almost-historic discoveries, referred to as The Archives, too, especially the giant heads, though they took equal delight in her vintage photographs of balloons from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. None of them had yet devised a way to replicate those great floating beings but they were not ready to give up on the possibility.
|Laurel and Hardy, from The Archives.|