Showing posts from November, 2015

Demorest's Paris

A search for the business address for Demorest, page 83 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection, led to a Street View visit to Paris.

Here's where I started:

And here's where Google Street View took me:
About a block down the Rue, one comes upon this most imposing building:

Around the corner to the left above, I spotted 11 Rue Scribe:

Then I found myself on Rue Auber (getting lost at this point):

Getting lost in Paris is not easily done, as the streets are laid out in orderly fashion. However I am not an orderly person. Confused by the uniformly beautiful architecture, I went back to Google Maps to look for the usual landmarks. Here's what I found:
origins of the Arc (YouTube)
But of course, with sites so often visited, Street View's ability to show us unique perspectives is limited. The best shots of Paris come from professional photographers such as Martijn Baudoin, whose panorama of the Eiffel Tower at sunset is extraordinary.

The author of this blog has a…

Into Temptation: A Street View Hudson Promenade

Take a break! Work and play in the virtual world taxes the mind. While consulting Google Street View for the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection - 1885, I became distracted and went on a long detour. The shots below are derived from Google Street View along NYC's Hudson River Park. Click the captions to see the original Street View images. Click the photos to enlarge. Allow me to lead you into temptation!

(From YouTube & Wolfe Hight)
The next video should make you a fan of virtual travel if you aren't already!
"How to get to the Little Red Lighthouse" With a tip o' my hat to YouTube and Crazeenydriver

Rochester NY, Powers Building

updated 30 January 2018

I went to Rochester via Google Street View looking for the New York One-Price Clothing House at 10 West Main St. for page 68 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection - 1885. Here's what I found nearby:

You can listen to a history of this location before the Powers Building (above) was built on the Democrat & Chronicle's RocRoots site
The Monroe County Library System details the construction history of the Powers Building.
Special thanks to New York City developer Value Properties, Inc. for their successful renovation of this outstanding Rochester landmark, as detailed in the New York Times.

Before and after pictures of the renovation are featured on
In 2013, Ashley Management offered the opportunity to locate your business here:
Hans Padelt's photos (Library of Congress) give a historic view of the interior. 
Interested in seeing a contemporary view of the great stairway and a view from the top? See below:

Bridgeport CT

updated 15 June 2019

updated 11 Nov 2016

The history of American industry sometimes looks like industrial "slash and burn."

For instance, here's the Lansing NY Penn-Dixie story as related by Lansing Historian, Louise Bement:
"A labor strike at the plant in 1946 precipitated the decision by the management of Penn-Dixie (which had succeeded the founding Portland Point Cement Company in 1910) to shutter the plant and take the operation elsewhere. When the mill was closed in 1947, the homes at Portland Point — all of which, except the then-standing Hancy residence, had been built by the company on land it owned — were razed and theformer employees and their families were scattered, homeless, across the Town of Lansing." Who were the people made homeless by Penn-Dixie? Bement tells us,
“They were all newcomers and the children of newcomers—many southern Europeans and lots of Hungarians, all recruited by Portland Cement to work in the mill. For the longest time they wer…