Dreams and Nightmares

A few nights ago I dreamed that I found the ONLY image of Izannah Walker existing. There are no images of Izannah Walker that we know of, only her work is existing.  The image had a little plate on the frame that said I. F. Walker, which is how she was identified in the Central Falls Directory of 1877.  

In my dream I washed the Izannah Walker photo image in the washing machine.  I'm not sure if it was a  tintype, ambrotype or daguerrotype.  But the washing erased the image.  The type identifying the person was still there. What a bad dream!  I was so glad when I woke up to find it wasn't true.  Phew! 

I've been studying Izannah Walker's folk art dolls for six years now.  If I found something that important, I would hope I wouldn't wash it.  Maybe there is a photograph out there somewhere of Izannah Walker.  Please don't wash it in the washing machine! 

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden




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