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Classic Americana

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When I spotted this greenish two-story frame home in the German Village neighborhood of Columbus I was reminded of the John Mellencamp song “Little Pink Houses,” even though this house is not pink.

It represents in some ways a slice of Americana, although seemingly from a different era when many people lived in cities rather than suburbs or exurbs.

It represents a style of architecture once common, but now only created as a novelty. Does anyone build from the ground up frame homes with this design?

What caught my eye about the home, though, was the American flag attached to the middle column of the front porch portico.

Everything about this house suggests being neat and tidy and the flag adds a touch of color. It’s classic Americana.


City of Bridges (And Boats)

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Pittsburgh is known for its rives, given that it is where the Allegheny and the Monongahela come together to form the Ohio River

With so many waterways the city also has a lot of bridges.

Show above is the cruise boat Dutchess plying the waters of the Allegheny as it takes patrons on a sightseeing tour beneath the bridges.

Written by csanders429

June 21, 2018 at 6:04 am

Rectangular Spotlight

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Suki has discovered that on sunny winter days the sunlight coming through one of the bedroom windows forms a spotlight on the floor. That must seem to a cat like an ideal place to nap.

Written by csanders429

June 15, 2018 at 9:09 am

Still Some Time Left

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There were two theaters in my hometown of Mattoon, Illinois, as I was growing up. They sat across the street from each other and were owned by the same company, Frisina Amusements. The Mattoon Theater was closed in 1996 and the building later demolished. The Time Theater stopped showing movies in the 1980s.

It opened on Dec. 19, 1910, as the Grand Theater but was damaged by fire in 1938. It was rebuilt into an art-deco design and reopened as the Time Theater. Reportedly a local church now uses the building to stage live dramas.

Paint My Picture

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Somehow, I think that the idea of getting a portrait made was not the idea of this tot but was the doings of his parents.

Dad is holding the child in Jackson Square in New Orleans as a street artist creates a rendering.

View From Edgwater Park

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At the far west end of Edgewater Park is a bluff overlooking Lake Erie and downtown Cleveland. Although not shown in these images, the bluff features a script “Cleveland” sign that has proven to be quite popular.

With summer finally here, the number of visitors to the site will increase as will those visiting the park’s beach, which can be seen in both images.

Edgewater Park is also a good place to watch boats on adjacent Lake Erie and catch a sunset.

These images were made in late day light in late September on an unusually warm day.

End of an Era

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I was driving north on Ohio Route 4 through the small town of Chatfield when I saw a sign announcing that the owner of the town’s hardware store was retiring the store was closing.

I doubled back and parked in the empty lot to get this image. It was a Sunday and the store was closed.

Local hardware stores everywhere are having a hard time staying in business in a world in which such big box stores as Home Depot, Walmart and Lowes are around.

You won’t find big box stores in Chatfield, but you won’t find many customers, either.

I don’t know the story behind this store, such as who the owner is, who is retiring, and how long he or she has owned the store.

A Google search failed to turn up any news stories about the store closing.

Perhaps the owner sought to sell the store but had no takers or serious offers.

It is not hard to imagine that once the store is gone it’s gone. There is not much commercial activity left in Chatfield, a village of 189 that lies at the junction of two railroads.

On Route 4 there are the remains of what looks like it used to be a car dealership or implement dealer that has been vacant and abandoned for years. The roof has caved in over the former shop area.

People in Chatfield will simply drive to Bucyrus or Bellevue when they need what they used to buy at Chatfield Hardware.

Perhaps those benches out front will remain and maybe guys will gather there to solve the world’s problems and talk about farming, sports teams and other guy things. But I wouldn’t bet on it.

Written by csanders429

June 2, 2018 at 9:56 am