Barbara J. Dombach

This Is A House That No One Lives In

 

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When we moved my mother into her new home next door to us we prepared her old home, where I had grown up, for real estate listing. Before the sell was finalized I photographed it.  I really had no thought of what I will ever do with the negatives, perhaps just to hold onto memories.

 

Many years later I attended a public auction in a nearby town.  A box of old envelopes and cards was handed to the auctioneer, he called for a bid but no one responded, for some strange reason I raised my hand and then had second thoughts.  Never expecting to find anything of value, I waited till I was home to examine the contents.  I carefully opened an envelope dated, Jan 23 1956, which held an old greeting card with a treasure inside. 

 

Falling from the card was a folded sheet of tablet paper that was deteriorating turning brown and brittle.  Carefully I unfolded it and discovered a child’s drawing of an unusual dome shaped house with a red roof, stone driveway and a lollipop tree in the front yard.   On the back someone had written, “This is a house that no one lives in.”

 

I have to say I was taken by surprise, although this paper did not reveal a map to a hidden box of cash, it did inspire me to revisit my buried negatives I had taken of the house I grew up in and explore many other house’s where no one lives.  Thus, this project reflects places of past experience, growth and the cycle of life in a place we call a house.

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