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Thanks for the story and insight Pecay. Those people did try to get it right, working with the tools and thinking available at that time. And I have no doubts that these places did work for some for some period of time, at least early-on, at least getting people who really needed help up and out and away from the possibly miserable situation they might've been living in in some busted garret or stuffy basement in the East End or wherever. A promise of life on a hill somewhere with a breeze and sun sounds far better than shabby scratchings in coal-soot-soaked Londontown. But the future is a harsh judge, and I have no doubt that we here in our present will be seen as barbarians in many areas, not the least of which is the treatment of people in our societies who need help to live their live sand aren't given it. (There's the whole thing about letting people starve to death too, but that's another story.) For the record I did did a little volunteer work (1974) at St. Elizabeth's in D.C., a massive and mostly antiquarian institution on a beautiful piece of somewhat elevated land just outside of the Federal downtown, across the river. A beautiful setting, really, but one of the scariest places I've ever been, on the inside. I understood at the time that you get "used to 'it' ", but I didn't last long enough (I'm sorry to say) to give "it" a try. The one thing I take away from that experience, still, was the jangling of massive key rings that seemed to be on every other person's belt loop--it seemed constant to me, loud in the rooms and hallways that seemed built to create echoes, even over the constant noise. I imagined living there, hearing those bloody keys, hearing them mostly as they receded, moving away, like a taunting reminder that one might never get out of that place. There's just so much that can go wrong in places like that, even when you have no idea that the wrong stuff is happening.
Toggle Commented May 6, 2011 on Architecture of Insanity at JF Ptak Science Books
Thanks, redtart! I missed that completely, and will now do a little updating.
Thanks for the help, Dominik! I corrected the mistake. John
Terry--good points, esp the convenience v pleasure part. Flipping back to see the picture from the previous page would be tough, especially with chubby fingers. All in all, what would happen if there were kindles for kids and not books?
Intuitive--you've probably given the Kindle et alia folks a new marketing bit for developing FLUFFY SKINZ for their devices, making them happy for little fingers. Just like a nice, cuddly wire monkey.
Michael--I guess that means that over collapsed time the book industry will cater to the <8 set. That's fine by me.
Yup, thanks Ray, something like that. Lead melts at a pretty low temp--boiling is another point, something like 1700 degrees C. In any event, it would've been bad to come into contact with it.
Thank you so much for that compliment!
Thanks very much for sharing your father's Burma/helmet narrative, Chris. Interesting perspective that you've provided by a penetrating photo interpretation.
Yes, you're right--I don't know what I was thinking.
TO Ike's immediate left is George Patton; the four star on the right I think is Omar Bradley; I'm not sure about the two star. To his everlasting credit Eisenhower was insistent on high-ranking whoever witnessing the camps otherwise he (Ike) might not be believed.
Well, yes and no.There's quite a telltale heart to paper, and all manner of ways to determine whether it makes sense for ink to be on them, or not. This is true particularly of older paper, say before 1800, when you can find a translucent signature of the paper's origins, faint footprints of the metal used in the frame to make the paper and so on. It would make much more sense to forge letters and autograph more so than prints. // There are ways to determine how long ink has been in/on paper, but it is an expensive and slightly destructive test. /// Overall its a complicated issue. But the point is well taken that it is *very* difficult to find old unused paper. In my own case I wasn't trying to match up paper to the age of the art; I just liked the look of it with the subject, particularly the tissue with the FSA photos.
Well, not everyone can say that their brother is a "thatcher" and not a former PM. Good on him!
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2010 on Modern Antique Occupations at JF Ptak Science Books
Thanks John McKay for the Paris Gun clarification/correction! I like the sight on the space cannon too.
Hi Wow--all of these are available through my store. Send along an email if you'd like one/some.
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