Antigua, Guatemala


Detail of ornamentation, Church of Merced, Antigua, Guatemala, Monument of America. Land of eternal spring.

The photo I took of the church:

Ruins of La Recoleccion Church, Antigua

I took the same photo with my mother featured in front:

Chapel of the Hermano Pedro in the church of San Francisco, Antigua

South Dakota

August 1994

Greetings from out west. We’ve had a great trip so far. Nice weekend with Peder and Mary on their ranch. Spent today climbing around Devil’s Tower. Tomorrow aft will move on to Teddy Roosevelt Park in N.D. then on to Brainerd. See you soon.

Love, Tom

South Dakota is rich in history from its seed houses and farm buildings to cowboys who still work the ranches.

Livingston, Montana

These postcards are from the turn of the century (1900). It was apparently all the rage to make your photographs into postcards and send them to people.

This one is also to my great aunt in Waterloo, Iowa.

November 1914

The beginning of the postcard is not legible.

…. They told me you have my old room and some of my left overs no doubt. Well, be good to them. How is your mother? There have been some Sunday afternoons I have thought I must run in.
Love to all, Clara

I’m pretty sure, Clara was her first cousin.

Zurich, Switzerland

Freitag Shop, Zurich

Summer 2011

In 2011 I visited my brother who was living just outside Zurich, Switzerland.  One of our activities was to take a trip to the recycling center.  We gathered up all the (cloth) shopping bags we could find and loaded them with the glass, plastic, paper, and aluminum that had been collecting in the kitchen and headed out to the shopping center.  At one end of the parking garage were large bins labeled for all the different types of items.  We managed to get rid of everything although some of the pictures were a little confusing.

According to the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs:

The Swiss are champion recyclers. In 2003, 47% of all urban waste was recycled – a new Swiss record. They recycled 70% of paper, 95% of glass, 71% of plastic bottles, 85-90% of aluminum cans and 75% of tin cans. 

So recycling has become a Swiss way of life.

We discovered a company called Freitag that produced purses, messenger bags, tote bags, wallets, backpacks and even iPhone sleeves all made from recycled goods. They use old truck tarpaulins, used bicycle tires, seatbelts. Every bag is hand made. Even their shop is made out of old semi containers.

The bags are a common sight across Switzerland.

Purse and wallet

Messenger bag

San Francisco, CA

1950, Golden Gate Park

Comprising 1,013 acres, Golden Gate Park is the largest man-made park in the world. It extends four miles through residential districts ending at the Pacific Ocean. There are miles of bridal paths, motor roads, foot trails as well as museums and animal runs in the Park.

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