Tagged: 1920s

This Week

A weekly round-up of my favorite preservation related stories from around the web and in the newsClick on the title of each story to jump through to the original article/blog post.

Paris Then and Now – Voyage Voyage


Porte Saint-Denis, 1914. Image via Apartment Therapy

Who doesn’t love side by side comparisons of historical photos and present day places?  The descriptions here are in French, but it doesn’t matter. The slide show is delightful. It is amazing how much has stayed the same and how much has changed over the last 100 years in the City of Light.


In the Box – Three Months by Car

Among the post cards sent home by Dotty during her 3 month long, cross country road trip in 1929, was a newspaper clipping about a wild fire in Los Angeles that destroyed 500 acres. At the top of the clipping she wrote, “We saw this fire.”  Not only is  the clipping an interesting bit of ephemera, an interesting bit of history, and an interesting anecdote from their trip, it also exposes a difference in the way we communicate today as opposed to 1929.  Today, it would have been necessary for Dotty send home a newspaper clipping to let her family know about a major event, her family would probably already know about the fire (and likely would have been calling/texting her to make sure she and her friends were ok!) from any number of national news outlets and social media: tv, radio, internet, Facebook, Twitter, etc.


17th Century Prison in UK Closes – BBC


“‘I never used to feel scared by any ghosts,’ says former Shepton Mallet prison officer Francis Disney” Image via The Telegraph (click through to read the article)

Shepton Mallet Prison has run the gamete of  prison history in England. Prison historian, Francis Disney said of the prison’s early days,  “There were times that were very terrible in the early days. The prisoners had no segregation, they were all mixed in together, men, women and children from nine years of age upwards and that carried on for many years until the prison reform act came in.” During World War II, the prison’s imposing 75-ft high stone walls housed the Magna Carta, the Domesday Book and the Logs of Nelson’s Flagship HMS Victory for protection. When it closed this week due to budget cuts, it was one of the country’s top rehabilitative institutions. It is unclear what will happen to the facility in the future.


Versailles Gets Spiffed-Up On Its Day Off – NPR


“Restorer Nicoletta Rinaldi works on the ceiling of the Hall of Mirrors at the Versailles Palace, west of Paris, in 2007.” Image via NPR

Fascinating story! Every Monday, conservators spend time cleaning, repairing, and maintaining the grandiose 17th century chateau and its collections. “There’s always an equilibrium to be struck between preserving the history of the palace and operating in the 21st century, a constant pull between conservation and creation,” Catherine Pegard, president of Versailles, says. “But the better the conservation is, the more creative we can be.” The team at Versailles also spends a good deal of time tracking down lost artifacts. During the Revolution, the house was emptied – pieces can be found all over the world! Versailles’ curators eagerly scour estate sales and auctions looking for items from the palace  – they found Marie Antoinette’s brocade bedspread in New York in the 1960s!



This Week

A weekly round-up of my favorite preservation related stories from around the web and in the newsClick on the title of each story to jump through to the original article/blog post.

Sorry for the radio silence on Brick + Mortar this week! I’ve started a couple of new exciting projects and getting them off of the ground has been taking up a lot of my time. I’m hoping to get back to a regular schedule next week. Thanks for your patience and, as always, thanks for reading!

Want to Take a Trip to 1940s New York? Step into Mishkin’s Drugs – Scouting New York


Mishkin’s Drugs in New York City is a time capsule. Image via Scouting New York

“When people think of New York’s classic pharmacies, the Kiehl’s stores, founded in 1851, are usually the first to come to mind. But what I love about Mishkin is that it’s managed to survive without feeling like a museum piece, or worse, a historical gem repurposed with hollow modern flare and minus the wear and tear of decades that is its soul. In other words, take this scene: an old wooden ladder on wheels. A stooped-over hulk of a radiator. A rusting stamp machine. A dirty white-tiled floor. This shouldn’t exist in the 21st century, save for some nostalgic store recreation.”

WWII Lard Washes Ashore – BBC


A woman examines the WWII era lard that washed up on the beach this week. Image via LiveScience

“Staff at St Cyrus nature reserve said four large, barrel-shaped pieces of lard have appeared on the shore. The fat is believed to have escaped from the wreck of a merchant vessel that was bombed in WW II. Scottish Natural Heritage said the lard was still a brilliant white and smelled ‘good enough to have a fry up with.'” – This has to be one of the weirdest things I’ve ever heard!

New Frescoes Found at Colosseum – AP

Colosseum Graffiti

An ancient graffiti, in background red, covered by tourist’s graffiti, is seen inside a gallery of Rome’s Colosseum. (Gregorio Borgia/Associated Press)

“A long-delayed restoration of the Colosseum’s only intact internal passageway has yielded ancient traces of red, black, green and blue frescoes — as well as graffiti and drawings of phallic symbols — indicating that the arena where gladiators fought was far more colorful than previously thought.”

Dr. T.T. Wendell – The Kentucky Historical Society’s blog History Burgoo


Dr. T. T. Wendell. Image via the Kentucky Historical Society

“Born in 1877, the son of former slaves, Dr. Wendell hailed from Nashville, Tennessee. Within the same city as his birth, he received both his medical and pharmaceutical degrees from Meharry Medical College. Soon after receiving his degrees, he and his wife, Mary Alice, along with their two children, relocated to Lexington where he set up an office. This move marked the beginning of a long, successful career, as well as a new chapter in Lexington’s African-American Community.”

Three Months by Car – Preservation and Place

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Maria’s grandmother, Dorothy. Image via Three Months by Car

Maria from Preservation and Place has begun a new project, Three Months by Car.   The blog chronicles the journey of her grandmother and two friends  who embarked on a three month long road trip in 1929.  The girls, all in their early twenties, traveled 12,353 miles  cross country.  “They autocamped, stayed in hotels, and occasionally stayed with relatives. Taking $450, they returned home to Bridgeport, CT with 47 cents.”  To learn more about these amazing women and the journey they took, check out Three Months by Car!