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Dec. 22nd, 2010 | 06:47 pm
posted by: dark_fetus in abandonedplaces

What makes a house a home? I suppose this question is not an original one, nor is it one that is easily answered.
It is, however, a relevant question to ponder before viewing these images and accompanying video.

This old farmhouse has been abandoned for some years now. Nature and man have had their time with it in no gentle way,
and it would be realistic to believe that it's days as a home are behind it now.
Perhaps this is why the items found inside seem so poignant, as if catching the last glimpse of what this place was at one time,
and what a difference several simple years can make...

As is commonplace with abandoned houses, looting has taken place here.
Nearly anything of real cash value has long-since been taken, leaving behind nothing but debris and personal belongings.
Funny that these things left behind, though of no real value outside of these walls, are of the most important things in the house.
Family pictures, letters, Christmas cards, the things that tell the story of the last life to call this place “home”.

What may at first appear to be garbage strewn in all directions is, in actuality, the house's memories torn asunder.
If you take the time to understand what you see before you, a story comes together with little effort on your part,
as if the house itself is reciting, very loudly, that it was once quite dear to someone not long ago.
This “someone”, was an elderly woman and one who was very fond of her family, and of cats.
It seems likely that her husband passed away some time ago, and she found companionship in her feline friends.
Many items throughout the former residence are cat-themed in one way or another. Be it the handmade tissue-box covers,
embroidered bath towels, or seat cushions. Most of the Christmas cards scattered around are feline-themed as well, so her fondness of cats was clearly not a private one.
Just looking at the house from outside presents it as the home of a cat-lover. Numerous cat-coops sit empty upon its sagging front porch,
their straw bedding dances around the house's front, riding the winter winds.

The events that bring the house to its current state are unknown to me, though it looks as if the elderly woman may well have passed away.
Why her family never came to claim her possessions, I really cannot say. It surprises me though, being as it seems she had a very close relationship them.
Regardless, here sits a house tired and worn from years of neglect, filled with memories sentenced to decay along with it.
Is this a sad thing? Maybe. It is also uplifting to know that the last life here was a warm one, well lived, and with what appears to be much love.



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By now everyone knows the drill, but credit where credit is due:
Filmed by my girlfriend/partner Christina, and edited by the both of us.
Slightly depressed as we were...





As always, thanks for looking.
Also, happy holidays!
~Rusty

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Winking Kodak Whore

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from: laughingnahga
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
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Very lovely photos and I especially like the colors.

These remind me of photos I've seen of abandoned houses near Chernobyl. The families were forced to leave everything behind on short notice.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
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I can see how things would be similar there.
Also similar to a few condemned buildings I've visited where they had a 48-hour window to leave the premises.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
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Right?
I noticed that fireplace as soon as we entered the door...

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midnight21

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from: midnight21
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
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Very well put together! There's a haunting story that is clearly told through your pictures and video that a sweet elderly lady once lived in this old house and she had passed away to join her husband. Of course, her children weren't farmers so old family farm traditions seem to melt away into history of the days gone by. It sort of makes me think of my grandmother who passed away last year, but her house isn't nearly as fancy....but it it was indeed a farm house. Either way, I think someone should buy the property and try to save it... if it was updated with new flooring and things, it could become a lovely home once again.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
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It reminded me of my grandmother as well, and how I spent days with my family packing up her old belongings.
We took everything she saved, all the old photos and the like. I cannot believe that no family member wished to save the stuff left in this farmhouse.
Very sad...

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Anlimarey

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from: vodkabeforenoon
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
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Was this by Buffalo, NY?

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
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Nowhere near Buffalo.
It's in NY, but not far out of NJ...

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Jill

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from: unowncafe
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
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What a lovely video. It's clear that this used to be such a pretty house.

The swinging spatula in the beginning is kind of creepy, cause it's like someone had just finished using it and they were putting it back.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
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I had to give up of photographing that swinging spatula because it wouldn't sit still.
I think just being on the floor was causing the door it was on to move...

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traballenguas

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from: traballenguas
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
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Yes, so much... stuff. It would be odd to abandon so much untouched, but especially the pictures and holiday things. Makes one think that the kids got into some kind of trouble and never made it back to the place, or didn't have the means to save any of it.

"Christmas 1982". I was a sophomore in high school. This abandonment and decay happened in my lifetime. Makes you think.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
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I understand not being able to save a lot of things, but photographs and things like that...

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jamie28

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from: jamie28
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
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i love to look at old, abandoned places, but when there are so many mementos of a life, it can be so beautiful it hurts. thank you.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
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It's sad, and somehow (to me anyway) sadly suiting to the holiday season.

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pickleboot

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from: pickleboot
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
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wow. that house has so much potential. i am amazed that tub has not been reclaimed. the house has great bones.

i have some of those chairs, and that doll, she is worth some serious money in that shape. i was playing spot the mc coy, and noted at least 3k worth of it. it's nuts. it's like someone walked out and left, never looking back, and left all of this amazing stuff, including all of this collectible stuff, a 25th anniversary thing, and so much else. how sad. what a statement on what is really important.

i only know about this doll and the mc coy because i collect it.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
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I actually plan to find the owners and inquire about saving that tub, funny you should mention it.
I typically never take things from places, but i feel as if I would be saving the tub from certain doom...

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Shannon

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from: shannon_elaine
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
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What a beautiful home. It's so sad that relatives just left everything to rot instead of cherishing the mementos and memories.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
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There must be a good reason, but there's no way to really know what happened.
All one can do is speculate...

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Cee

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from: paragraphs
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
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I'm so new to this comm, have loved all the posts here...but this one is definitely one of the most heartbreaking. Beautiful old home--it must've been gorgeous in its day! My heart lurched at the piano books...music lived there. I learned from several of those books. All the Christmas cards...wedding portraits, all the little things left behind. Cats! Such a love of cats! It makes me think of my grandmother's house.

We truly are just little puffs of dust in time aren't we.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
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I agree with the "heartbreaking" comment.
We actually went there to film something more lighthearted, but upon looking the stuff over, the house had something more important to say...

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thisprairielife

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from: thisprairielife
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
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I like all of these a lot. The door leaning against the wall in the blue room made me catch my breath, that blue is beautiful.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
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It is a beautiful blue, even with the strange discoloration that seems to be occurring...
Strange color for a bedroom (which it was), I would find it a bit hard to sleep...

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poetryshewrote

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from: poetryshewrote
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
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It seems so sad that this beautiful house isn't being used. Do you ever know what happened to the families or why it's been abandoned?

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
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All I know is included in the above text.
I have no idea about why it was abandoned, and why it is that no one has claimed the items/property.
I'm looking into it though, and any updates will be posted...

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kindredspirit75

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from: kindredspirit75
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
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This post brought a tear to my eye and your video actually made me spill. So many treasures left behind, but the house itself... I would love to have it.

No one seems to cherish much in these days of high tech stuff, so this was particularly poignant for me.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 08:19 am (UTC)
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It was a very humbling location to film.
That's the thing I enjoy most about working with abandoned places, how they can unexpectedly effect you, in often profound ways.

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athousandsmiles

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from: athousandsmiles
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
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I see the past, the present and can easily imagine the future in that house. So much potential there. The fireplace is gorgeous. Give me an old farmhouse any day over new construction. I love speculating about the people that lived there and what their lives might have been like, and this one provides so much fuel for the imagination. Such a bittersweet entry. Thanks again for sharing.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 08:20 am (UTC)
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I have no idea who the past resident was, but I somehow feel as if I know her now...

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Anti Laci

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from: anti_laci
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
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it seems to sad to see the family photos left behind but at least it seems the old women had a happy life.

also, i love that red wallpaper.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
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I love the wallpaper as well, that's why I did the detail shots.
As for the left behind belongings, perhaps that is one of the blessings of death, we don't have to worry about our stuff anymore...

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