2017 – The Last Christmas of Kmart in Danville, Virginia
January 2018, Kmart in Danville, Virginia closed its doors for the last time. The store opened in 1962 and was the source of a lot of toys for local Danville area children over the years. Lots of Mego action figures were purchased there in the 1970s for me, not to mention the 45 RPM of Neil Diamond’s “America” I bought there in 1981, of which I still have.
I will miss Kmart. Walmart could not hold a candle to this store, in my opinion. I would gladly pay a little extra for Kmart merchandise to avoid Walmart.
Here are a few photos I snapped with my cellphone on November 25, 2017……. Danville Kmart’s last Christmas.
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Life Mask Photoshop Reconstructions
Before photography, life masks gave us the perfect likeness of people. Plaster was applied to the head and sometimes upper torso to create a mold to cast the life mask of a person. Using life masks, I was able to complete a forensic/academic study of how the subjects most likely appeared using Adobe Photoshop to add flesh, hair, and other details.
Lost Photos of History
“Fake” historical photographs using life masks. In an age before photography, life masks give us a chance to see the likeness of some famous folks from history.
Intimate History Tours
Intimate History Tours sprang from an Adobe Photoshop graphic novel I created using James Madison as a fictional character. The graphic novel became too long and challenging, so I decided to focus on shorter blog posts with different personages from history. I visit a historical location and then “Photoshop” a virtual tour in which you and I get to meet folks from history.
The Madison Project
It all started with a graphic novel aimed at a Star Trek, Star Wars fan base who may not otherwise consider historical fiction. One could read this novel and get a historically accurate account of James Madison intertwined with a good science fiction story. The Madison project is a series of blog posts featuring select images from that effort as well as a Second Amendment meme centered around Madison.
What started as a fictional graphic novel has led me to an in-depth study and curiosity to know everything about him, including what he looked like. Anyway, doing all this research on Madison and making at least two trips to Montpelier, I feel as if I’ve gotten to know the little fellow and Dolley too!
It’s been fun.
Another Photoshop hobby of mine is restoring and colorizing old photos.
All things Presidents of the United States.
Blast From the Past
Blast from the past is a series of posts about tidbits from the past that I find interesting. Anything could show up here!