A Disaster of Insect Proportions ~ Real Insect with Unusual Old Photo of Flood Damaged Houses
This strange old photograph was discovered with no explanation of the subject or it's whereabouts. Two white houses are shown to be severely damaged by something I assume to be a flood by the large amount of water shown in the foreground. Doors and windows are broken and the homes appear to be tilted and sinking into the earth around them. The chimney of the house on the right is barely visible in the mud and water in front of it. I can only imagine who the photographer was, perhaps he was the home owner devastated by the disaster, taking a photograph as one last memory of his beloved home (or maybe for insurance purposes).
The photograph's corners are creased and well worn, and someone left their well defined dirty fingerprints in a few areas of the photo. There is no year marked on the photo but judging by the photo paper and the building architecture I believe it was taken in the 1930s or 1940s. The photograph lays on a backdrop of a faded beige and gray wallpaper pattern that could have been the same type seen in these old houses.
Displayed on the photograph is a real preserved Stag Beetle, Locanus formosanus. It appears as if walking across the photograph, sure to shock those that come in for a closer look unaware of the frame's contents.
The shadowbox frame is sturdy black acrylic with a glass front that is ready to hang and measures 6" x 8" with a depth of just over 1".