Time, my Neck, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

I recently read the late Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About my Neck. I’m sorting books again today, and the clocks on the cover of this sci-fi novel made me think of the passage of time, which leads to the loss of physical energy and firm youthful skin — and now, I’m feeling bad about my neck.

Earth is Room Enough by Isacc Asimov

Time: it’s as fleeting and elusive as thin air.

Some women-of-a-certain age have plastic surgery. Some wear flowing scarves around their necks. But it occurs to me that there’s another solution — rooted in the past …

Portrait of a Woman 1633, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Portrait of a Woman 1633, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Photo courtesy of Web Gallery of Art)

Here’s my solution to the neck-thing — bring back the ruff! Too much trouble to launder, set, and starch, you say? No servants to help out? No problem — in the 21st century we have something better — 3D Printers.

Window display: 3d Printing display with Ruff potential

I saw this window display in Amsterdam (of course), and they aren’t ruffs, just examples of creativity in printing… still, see the potential?

At the Amsterdam Museum, there’s a corner where you can “take a photo of yourself as a member of the civic guard”…

Amsterdam Museum

Check it out: no turkey-neck! (but why is my ruff drooping on one side?)

Amsterdam Museum: Sam as Civic Guard

Sam’s turn.

What do you think of my idea? April Fool? (well maybe, but only a little bit)

Now it’s back to downsizing, and time to start sorting out the next shelf of books, but first, here’s the attribution for the book cover detail above.

Earth is Room Enough by Isaac Asimov, cover by Tony Palladino

Earth is Room Enough by Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), cover design by Tony Palladino (1930-2014), award winning designer and illustrator known for creating the book jacket and movie title typography for Psycho.

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14 thoughts on “Time, my Neck, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

    • Yes! one of those extra-wide ones, and when bored, I could sneakily look down and catch up on my reading. Meanwhile, I read a little more about ruffs and was surprised to see they came in colors — seems to me all the paintings show white ones.

  1. Interesting way to cover up our necks. Never really noticed it before until you pointed it out. I always thought it was worn as a fashion accessory to keep necks warm, but to hide a neck for the way it looks, that’s something new to me but something very believable too. You have a very good sense of humour, posing with that costume. Not sure if it’s something you’d wear every day. Comfort over fashion, I say everyday 🙂

    • I wasn’t thinking about it when I posted on ruffs, but here’s some synchronicity — I was looking through a stack of old Smithsonian magazines I found, and read an article about the history of mens’ neckties. Warmth, fashion, extra material available for bandages, “chest display” — all kinds of reasons for wearing them, but they didn’t go into collars and ruffs. Funny that neckties have prevailed so long when men always say how uncomfortable they are.

      • I suppose neckties are uncomfortable because they don’t allow air down the neck, and you’ll feel hotter than you are on a summer’s day wearing one. Funny how rufflers are rather acceptable on women and not neckties, ties and bowties. For instance, if I’d wear a tie to work along with my suit, I’d get stared at.

      • Here’s synchronicity! I did a little (just a little) closet delving yesterday and found a couple of the neck ties we used to wear with our ‘power’ suits and heels — I’d totally forgotten them! Yes, ties for women. It was a ‘thing’ for a while, not sure when exactly. They were short floppy silk ties, not tied like men’s but, still ties. I tried googling for a photo but they’ve apparently been erased from history — good thing, those suits were the bad-old-days.

      • What an interesting find in your closet, ties for women. They sound very fashionable and decorative. As you said, floppy, so maybe it has a smooth look about them. I hope they still look good on you…and with what you wear 🙂

      • My suits are long gone (and so is any place to wear them) but I did consider keeping one silk tie to wear as a belt. It’s basically just a length of fabric, not long, and not shaped like men’s ties, so should be just about right.

  2. Hands, neck, forehead, beside my eyes, just a few of the places I need to wear a ruff.

    Kate was my first thought too, about how to handle the neck.

    Garden & Be Well, XO T

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