There are some words I just love the sound of. Often they’re unusual words and they only fit in rare circumstances.
For example, the word anachronism. It means something or someone who exists out of its proper time and place in history. Imagine walking down the street where you live and a pterodactyl happened to fly overhead. Or if a flapper walked into the Salem Witch Trials. (Who do you think would be more terrified? The flapper or the colonial settlers?) Arnold Genthe’s autochrome photographs were anachronistic because color photographs were not the norm in 1906!
I love the misty look Genthe’s photos have. It reminds me of that song Summer Breeze–a 1972 hit by Seals & Croft!
Another word I like is juxtaposition, or putting contrasting things together, like those peanut butter and banana sandwiches Elvis loved.
So I’m juxtaposing Arnold Genthe’s anachronistic photographs with Summer Breeze and another song from 1959 called Sleep Walk by Santo & Johnny for you to enjoy together. And there you have it: it’s all tied together! And it seems like it works.
In the last photograph, Genthe photographed people dressed up in eighteenth century clothing. That’s anachronism2
all photos are courtesy of the Library of Congress