Wednesday, April 28, 2010
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Saturday, April 24, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Sepia Scenes brings me to the past (again - how unusual!), and that is 204-07 35th Avenue in Bayside Queens, the photo date stamped APR-57. Like a recent post, the trip to ‘the City’ , you dressed the part. NY in 1957.
Grandpa always liked to chronicle the event, be it grown-ups or grandkids.
The B-W film was the accepted way for photos back then due to cost. Therefore, these are always great to transport into the soft monochrome.
It seems we kids are happy at the prospect of taking a trip! See sepia art at Mary's excellent meme
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Today we are looking at wheelchair height at the Ansonia (CT) Public Library in the town in which we reside. This lovely building, clad in Longmeadow redstone was designed by noted architect George Keller, and was completed in 1892.
Patti and I went meme hunting on a nice day. The classic style of this building under a sunny sky leaves a shadow that Is nicely pronounced on the angular tower and pyramid roof.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Sepia Scenes is a great meme that allows us to add this artistic monochrome to any subject to add an artistic touch. Like to this fountain on the grounds of the classic Ansonia Library. The history below was taken from hmdb.org and I happily learned something new too...
Caroline Phelps Stokes, the granddaughter of Anson Phelps, who founded Ansonia, provided the funding for the Ansonia Library. Stokes was a life member of the American Humane Education Society, and her love of horses inspired her to supplement her gift of Ansonia's library building with a public drinking fountain. Located in the shadow of the library, the fountain was placed in memory of Anna Sewell, author of the novel, “Black Beauty” who died in 1878. The fountain, "with water flowing constantly," had a trough on the street side for horses, and a small basin on the library side "from which the human family may quench their thirst."
Four decades ago, this fountain was vandalized and the repairs then were substandard. So a local group has been soliciting contributions to bring the fountain back to its original condition. Restoration should begin later this year. The look is classic, and sepia works quite well here. See more sepia art at Mary’s meme...
Monday, April 12, 2010
The Ansonia Library was built in 1891-92. The exterior walls were constructed of red Longmeadow freestone from western Massachusetts. The foundation walls were constructed of granite from quarries in Ansonia.
Details abound, with a pyramid shaped roof, a dramatic arched entrance was located at one corner of the building next to a large rounded, arched entrance, and leaded glass windows. The interior is beautiful too, with plenty of oak, a stone fireplace and vaulted ceilings (itself worthy of a future blog post I’d say :>)
The library - was dedicated in 1892. However it sat vacant for four years because the town fathers refused to provide the $1,500 per year toward the operating expenses. The administrators relented in 1896 by finally voting the annual $1,500 appropriation. Government was no less accommodating then...
Saturday, April 10, 2010
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010
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Saturday, April 3, 2010
While waiting for my passengers, I aimed the at the outside mirror at nothing in particular, hoping for the appearance of shadows.