|According to the internet this is a Columbian Lithograph. I could not find a date for it, but it is like the one that hung in my Mamaw's front room just above Uncle Charlo's chair. As Uncle Charlo was blind I assumed he did not know it was there. It was Uncle Charlo who nicknamed me Chatterbox, after what was to him my most notable characteristic. By notable I mean the thing that made me stand out from my 35 cousins. If he had not lost his eyesight in a coal mine explosion long before I was born, he could have just as easily dubbed me Bruisy or Bedhead or Stickyface. |
When I was a chattery little mite I firmly believed this little girl in the litho was a photograph of my mama as a child. This in spite of the fact that I had seen actual bona fide photographs of my mama as a child, her extremely curly hair was never longer than her earlobes and certainly not long enough to braid, and the phoptographs were all in black and white while this child is clearly rendered in some old-timey semblence of living color. Logic was never my strong suit. In her later years Mama and I got on the subject of Mamaw's house one day, and she told me, "There was a little picture of a girl watching a bird, which hung on the wall over Uncle Charlo's chair. I imagine it was cut out of a magazine, but when I was little I always thought it was me, and Uncle Charlo said of course it was, look at that red hair!"
From this story we may surmise that:
1-Chatterbox had no grasp of the historical development of the art of photography or lithography.
2-Chatterbox and her Mama both fancied themselves the center of the known universe.
3-Great Uncles tell charming fibs to little children.
4-Our Irish ancestry lives on in the form of flaming hair generation after generation.
5-Clearly someone had told Uncle Charlo there was a picture of a little girl hanging above him and he felt no objection to this because either he felt very secure in his manhood or he didn't give a flying fig about cutesy-poo baby art.
Discuss this amongst yourselves.
(I love saying amongst.)