29 October 2015

Hartford CT

updated 23 December 2016

Stretch!
Our family trips used to go through Hartford on our way to visit Earl J. Arnold in Waltham MA. In the 1950s, it was a prosperous city with a thriving insurance industry. In 2015, only one insurance company remains headquartered in Hartford, Phoenix.

Due to the prosperity of the city, Hartford bulldozed much of its industrial history in the process of making room for new construction. This makes finding 19th century addresses difficult. Even if you don't find what you're seeking, what you do find here will be rewarding. Hartford has become a destination.

Several angles present 114 Asylum Street, former home of the Hartford One-Price Clothing Company in good light in these July 2015 Google Street View derivations:

a century
contrast
distinction
Asylum, it turns out, is quite the Hartford address!

Seeking Asylum
Google Street View of the Goodwin Hotel building, June 2011
found while looking for the Domestic Sewing Machine offices for
page 38 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection.
(Seeking asylum is what I'm doing here, after a fruitless search for a 19th century Hartford business with an Asylum St. address. The contrast in design and color caught my eye.)

A Life Reflected
Phoenix headquarters building, Hartford CT
edited in Picasa

I am drawn to reflections and thus fall into the "traps" architects set for us so that we stop to admire their buildings. As you can imagine, in cities I can be quite the distracted driver. Thanks to Google Street View, those Hartford streets are a lot safer now! I thought this detail was of particular interest:

Abstraction
(sourced from photo above)
Yet another advantage of Street View. You always get a second chance to find something exciting.
Speaking of which, did you notice the little "wow" in the reflection? I think we've caught "Abstraction" admiring its own reflection. (Hope you're pleased with it, too!)


Phoenix Insurance has deep roots in Hartford. Here's a souvenir of the early days;



The People's Bank (755 Main St. or One Financial Plaza) also has dramatic reflections. Click the image captions to visit the original Google Street View location.

"Painted Wall"

"Whose the fairest?"

Google Street View cameras at work - all 15 at once.
Way before GPS, I always got lost. Turns out I have a great talent for going in circles. So here I am, lost once more in a virtual world while searching for Lincoln, Seyms & Co., importers of tea, coffee and spice for page 61 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection - 1885. Seems Hartford is a great place for losing oneself. Being lost is a lot more fun than knowing where you're going! At least in Hartford.

Market Row
(Google Street View, June 2011)

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25 October 2015

Dubuque IA

updated 25 October 2015

Wandering around looking for traces of Myers, Tice & Co., cigar makers, for page 56 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection - 1885, I found the classy Dubuque City Hall.

punctuation
(Google Street View, September 2013)
Around the corner Google Street View unconsciously caught the interplay of shadow and reflection of City Hall spire on a neighboring building.

playful invitation
layers
Google Street View of a special Dubuque landmark
Gaming the light is what photographers do. Many play with photoshop. I play with Street View and Picasa.

Join the fun! Come out and play!

12 October 2015

Burlington VT

The Wells-Richardson building is refurbished and looking pretty spiffy. Looking directly at it in Street View gives one the standard, ordinary view of the facade.


Now there's a typical view!  Many would take that home and say that's good enough. It is. But, if you rotated Google Street View just a bit, you would find a remarkable, suitable-for-framing view of the same building from the other side of the street. It also contains what has become a favorite feature of my derivative works, a streetlight.

Here's what I found. Click the image for a full-size view. Leaf peepers will appreciate the time of year. This just has to be Vermont! The original appears on page 59 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection.

rear view mirror

02 October 2015

Boston MA

updated 7 June 2016

Boston. It's been 60 years since I visited there in person. I remember the science museum, the trolleys and trolley busses, but not much else about Boston, so it's nice to be able to return via Google Street View. Those young eyes of mine never saw anything like this!

"at liberty"
Google Street View rarely captures wildlife.
...or maybe we just never see it...
The Herring Gull celebrates Boston's maritime character.
From page 32 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection.
The colors were warmed using Google Picasa.
Second Summer
from Google Street View
While revising page 50 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection - 1885,
I took another look in the vicinity of 105 Summer St. in September 2014.
(click photo for full effect)
This Boston neighborhood seems to be a particularly good place for some great reflections. One wonders how many of these light shows were anticipated by architects. I see the sights but do not hear the sounds. Gershwin says I'm missing something....

from YouTube

Twofold
isolation from Google View above, reflecting my favorite shot, below:
Shadows on Summer Street
(Near the former headquarters of the Double Thread Sewing Company)
Later, I decided Summer Street might be worth a second look. Here's what I found:

Boston Convention Center
Architect Rafael Viñoly Beceiro is an expert on the Making of Public Space (PDF).
See the Center at its best. Street View gives just a hint of the beauty here.
This Magic Forest is actually just a couple of trees on a plaza without seating.
Nonetheless, it provides a commercial incentive by identifying some unique personal space.

Related Poem Content Details

I think that I shall never see 
A poem lovely as a tree. 

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest 
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; 

A tree that looks at God all day, 
And lifts her leafy arms to pray; 

A tree that may in Summer wear 
A nest of robins in her hair; 

Upon whose bosom snow has lain; 
Who intimately lives with rain. 

Poems are made by fools like me, 
But only God can make a tree.


Trees by Oscar Rasbach,
performed by Julian Lloyd Webber and John Lenehan from the CD Unexpected Songs
YouTube (~2 min.)
Missing History
Will you be texting when Google Street View passes by?
Sharing worlds is an acquired skill.
Altered perceptions: the many facets of windows
Heritage
reminiscent of hats worn in the 1890s
There's lots to see in Boston!


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