This terrifying, decaying figure was carved from fruitwood in the second half of the 17th century. It would have provided its owner with a grim reminder of the universality of death and the fleetingness of earthly pleasures. It was sold from the collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge in 2009.
Last summer I stopped by an antique auction and found an old album of photographs laying in a tub filled with rain water. (Kinda pissed they had left the photos and an American flag out over night to be rained on...) Anyway, I'll be sharing some of the photos here. I've always been fascinated with old photographs in pawn shops and this particular collection is visually intriguing. The pictures really do tell a story from a different decade, like a time capsule, and shows a perspective of the human experience
This is an official U.S Army photograph. The back reads: "Major Sem L. Moore, Jr., newly assigned unit advisor for the 450th Engr. Bn. at San Pablo, California."
Date: 19 November 1956
Photographer: Sgt. N. Atwood
California Military District Prreidio of San Francisco, CA.
Credit: "U.S. Army Photograph