Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Little Time Capsules

Holiday Decor in the Gold Rush Steak House and Copper Cafe

In the age of smart phones - which house literally thousands of images, while making the photographic venture possible with little more than thumbs - it's easy to underestimate the value of a real, tangible, printed picture... one that was produced with care and kept for generations.
Before the days of portrait mode, a quality photo required a considerable amount of time (and likely some strong neck muscles if you packed your camera around hands-free)!
What's more: absent cloud storage, these precious prints could be easily lost or forgotten if not catalogued, stored, and passed down over the years.

Mr. and Mrs. Madonna entertain guests in the Gold Rush Steak House during the Holiday Season.

Happily for me, I am often the recipient of some such relics - photo memories from guests who enjoyed the Inn with their parents, children, or lovers - and have now decided to share them with our family and staff.

Construction continues on Building Three

In this set, graciously sent by a guest named Joanie, I was taken not only by the fabulous hair-dos (hair styling is another place that may have demanded more of our time in earlier years), but also by the essential spirit of the Madonna Inn that has been so lovingly preserved since the 1950s' and 60s'.

Room #195 - Tack Room
 Apart from some changes in carpeting, cars, and clothing it seems like these photos could have been taken just last year - a feat that I can only credit to the family and team that has worked to keep the original vision for the Inn intact. Inside these little time capsules, it feels as if nothing has changed, even though time has, indeed, managed to pass.

Take care of your photographs and memories, friends. They are treasures.

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