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Cornflower Girl

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She was always the Cornflower Girl, sitting on my mother’s mantel. Made in Canada, a working class woman’s precious memory of younger days, the late 1930’s or 40’s. The Cornflower Girl, a southern belle or a French Queen playing at being a milk-maid ? The Cornflower Girl, what is her secret ?

corn flower girl

The Cornflower Girl is that her name ? I seem to recall my mother’s voice, something about corn flour. Was that the secret past, a product endorsement ? A give-a-way ? A prize from the Toronto CNE ? She stands amongst other memories dimly remembered, in a curio cabinet in our hall. My heart gently aches at the sight of one who has always been there, the Cornflower Girl.

corn flower girl antique oval MTf


12 responses

  1. leecleland

    Our heartstrings pull at certain sights of things only half remembered from the distant past. They tease us because we no longer remember, or maybe we never did.

    August 12, 2013 at 7:14 am

    • elmediat

      Memories are constructed realities, like mass media & art. They contain certainties on which we layer emotions. We grow attached to objects by their constant presence. They become part of our physical & embed themselves into our emotional environment.

      August 12, 2013 at 1:28 pm

  2. That first image makes me smile – memories? Tony

    August 12, 2013 at 8:32 am

    • elmediat

      An emotional resonance, an echo of a childhood moment locked away in a personal cabinet of curiosities. 🙂

      August 12, 2013 at 1:30 pm

  3. She is lovely. At first I thought she might be one of those Royal Dalton pieces that were popular in my Mother’s day. But your Corn Flower girl is much more interesting and unique. A wonderful treasure.

    August 12, 2013 at 8:51 am

    • elmediat

      My mother had a few of those, not many. I sometimes wonder what future generations will treasure. We seem to have left them a world of digital artifacts & plastic doodads. Perhaps that explains the fascination with alternative photography, faux effects, srapbooking & quilting. Younger generation has to recycle older mass media to create memories. I guess I’m back on my Necro-media hobby horse again. We old folks just keep harping on the same subject like a seal. 😀

      August 12, 2013 at 1:37 pm

  4. I really enjoyed your back-story here… I think it adds an extra, personal dimension to these wonderful images…

    August 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    • elmediat

      Most glad you enjoyed. 🙂

      August 12, 2013 at 1:37 pm

  5. Such an enjoyable stroll down memory lane. The first image is the type of art that appeals to the artist deep within my soul. Thank you.

    August 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    • elmediat

      So glad you enjoyed the post and found the first image so powerful. many thanks for you support & comments. 🙂

      August 14, 2013 at 6:25 pm

  6. She’s lovely, Joseph.

    August 14, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    • elmediat


      August 14, 2013 at 9:13 pm

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