Modernization, Aesthetics and Respect for History

Disclosure:  This post appeared originally in different form on a private social media page. This post addresses exterior changes in a historic car dealership building located at the southwest corner of Van Ness Ave. and Bush Street in San Francisco.  The dealership was founded by Ellis Brooks during the 1930s, and originally sold REOs, and then Hudsons to families whose daughters were reading early Nancy Drew mysteries.  The business went through many changes before moving to a smaller storefront around the corner.  If you’ve been curious about the fate of the historic Ellis Brooks Chevrolet neon sign at Bush & … Continue reading Modernization, Aesthetics and Respect for History

Fred W. McDarrah’s Images of New York City

Earlier this year, The Village Voice ceased operating. People have positive and negative memories of that paper.  Regardless, if you looked at it often enough you found some impressive photos. An exhibit titled Fred W. McDarrah: New York Scenes is at Steven Kasher Gallery, 515 W. 26th Street in Manhattan through November 3. Here’s a link to an article by Jen Carlson about Mr. McDarrah’s work on Gothamist’s site.  Please read the article and click the images to recall his work. http://gothamist.com/2018/09/21/fred_w_mcdarrah_old_nyc_photos.php#photo-1 Continue reading Fred W. McDarrah’s Images of New York City

Sugar-Coated Nostalgia

Even during the 1950s, at least one cereal manufacturer was adding sugar to raisins: Judging by the lack of graphic art on the box, a different commercial for the same brand (shown below) may have been produced earlier. It doesn’t mention sugar on the raisins. The U.S. English vernacular may have been different from the way it is now, too.  Seriously, someone who did creative work at an ad agency believed the American Public would buy cereal endorsed by Jake the Flake, and the agency’s client approved it.  If this commercial were produced now, we’d call the name of the … Continue reading Sugar-Coated Nostalgia

An Afternoon in the Castro District, San Francisco

Today I did some grocery shopping, walking, sightseeing and general farting around in one of my favorite neighborhoods, the Castro in San Francisco. The intersection of Market and Castro is roughly two miles away from my home (confirmation of the exact distance may depend on which app you’re using), but finding fresh produce in an independent store is easier in the Castro than in my neck of the woods.  Good vegies are one of many excuses to visit a neighborhood which is safer than the area right outside my front doorstep. Usually, I get the subway.  Walking used to be … Continue reading An Afternoon in the Castro District, San Francisco