04 September 2012

The Opera House Collection, Pt. 1


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photos by Tom b. and me

A couple of weeks ago Tom and I drove to Connecticut to photograph an old opera house that has sat empty for nearly seventy years.  The Sterling Opera House is in line for restoration and our admission fees went towards helping those efforts.  We were allowed to roam freely through the building's four stories, backstage and auditorium.  Every nook held a little bit of history, from the battered posters that still clung in pieces to the dressing room walls to the 1930s era signatures that were uncovered on the stage walls.

Everyone from Harry Houdini to Bing Crosby had once performed on the stage.  There was a trap door in the middle of the stage and I could imagine Houdini disappearing through the floor to the delight of the audience.  I was mostly there as an assistant to Tom (who really didn't need any assistance at all) but I also took a few things to photograph before listing them in the shop.  Consider this the official launch of autumn in the Etsy shop

In the shop:  Houdini Knit Dress, Latisse Leather Purse, Orange Blossom Skirt, Amelia Knit Top, Sterling Woven Tote

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5 comments:

Arielle-HumblePieVintage said...

Wow, you're so lucky to get to see inside of such a historical place!

GirlRural.com said...

Was this the theater featured on an episode of American Pickers. It looks so family. So fun to imagine all the performances that happened there.

Kristian said...

Fantastic photos and a great way to show the merchandise!

Hope Adela Pasztor said...

Cool artwork! =)

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justicepirate.com said...

It is sad to see such beautiful places that were once bursting with activity just abandoned like that. How amazing.
+Victoria+