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Adalbert is a forum for me, to post ephemera, photography, poetry, occasional travel notes, and various spontaneous motions. Cover photo: Parsonage where my great-grandfather spent his early years. Taken near Liegnitz, Silesia, ca. 1870.


Thursday, November 29, 2012


I entered a few of the words from the inscription on the back of this family postcard photo online and found, as I suspected, that the language, and names mentioned, are Finnish. A Väinämöinen-sent luminiscence washes the room in 1935.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Koo-Koo the Bird Girl and Dwarf

Postcard depicting Koo-Koo the Bird Girl, noted for her part in Tod Browning's Freaks (1932). I recently re-watched this claustrophic, dark film.

Friday, November 16, 2012


Bird walking on wings in foam, in the tidal and receding cave. The omens, gusts of moving sand.
Fallen brook, ribboned and covered with black tadpoles.  Green-grey, drained leaves, burrs, lava roads.  Away the farm row of beeches, portend horizon winds sounding.  In the mowed fields of alfalfa, two shades walk above with heads edged with gold.
One robe grows large in the void grounded by the black-topped building.
JF late 1980s
Photo:  Wroclaw, Poland.  Twilight of the Prussians

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Multnomah Falls

Touring car from the 1910s, perpendicular to Multnomah Falls, with an unknown traveler. Not only does the steep ascent to the top of the falls pay off with views, if one keeps going on the trail one will eventually reach the summit of Larch Mountain (a day climb). (Or one can also drive there before the road is seasonally closed.)   From stony Sherrard Point at the top, one can dwell visually on the slopes of Mt. Hood and other mountains, depending on clarity -- but the depths of the Columbia Gorge itself are concealed by the lay of the land.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill Cody

This postcard shews Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux leader Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill Cody in 1885, during a tour of the Wild West, before a studio backdrop typical of the time. Their body languages and miens are opposed to each other.  Buffalo Bill looks upward as if seeing into the future, his hands arranged dramatically, one holding a rifle. Sitting Bull is pensive and his gaze turns inward.  The chief only lived another five years after this photograph was taken.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Apache War Chief Geronimo

Geronimo as a prisoner of war in Mobile, Alabama, 1890, following the Apache Campaign, .  A few years ago I read his autobiography, which he dictated to S.M. Barrett through an interpreter : http://www.ibiblio.org/ebooks/Geronimo/GerStory.htm  (I read it in a paperback reprint, without photos.)
The autobiography is a dignified and potent work, whether or not it is absolutely complete and accurate.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012