Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Monumental Fictions #2, Manhattan #23

"Nowel Amsterdam en l'Amerique" (in fact Lisbon) Gérard Jollian or François Jollian, engraver (1672?)

Manhattan #22

Could I begin life again, knowing what I now know, and had money to invest, I would buy every foot of land on the Island of Manhattan.

John Jacob Astor (1848)

Friday, May 25, 2007

Dead Presidents #21

Opening prayer, Republican National Convention, Chicago, Illinois, at the Chicago Coliseum (June 21, 1904)

Thursday, May 24, 2007

The Sporting Life #1, Panorama #5, The Outer Boroughs #4

Brooklyn Dodgers (1911)

Aviation #7, Panorama #4

1st National Aviation Meet, Indianapolis Motor Speedway (June 13-18, 1910)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Manhattan #21

"Keep Your Fire Escapes Clear," Tenement House Dept. of the City of New York (1937)

Monday, May 21, 2007

Cinema #17, Dark Satanic Mills #1

Destruction of Standard Oil Company's plant at Bayonne, N.J., by fire on July 5th, 1900

This picture shows a street scene at Constable Hook, Bayonne, N.J. In the background rise immense volumes of dense black smoke from the burning oil, reaching high in the heavens. Outlined against this dense oil smoke is seen some of a lighter color. This is from the fire engines and from the houses of the unfortunate residents, whom we see fleeing before the destructive march of this element of fire. Some of them are bringing out what remains of their homes, and they have pressed into service all manner of vehicles, men in some cases taking the place of horses. Some have saved so little that they can readily carry out all that remains of their goods. 150 feet. $22.50.

Edison Manufacturing Co (July 5, 1900)

Friday, May 18, 2007

Manhattan #20, Architecture #14

New York Public Library under construction; plaster model of marble on south end of the Fifth Avenue facade, looking north. (November 1, 1902)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Archaeology of the Music Video #4, Scopitone #21

France Gall, "Laisse tomber les filles," words and music, Serge Gainsbourg (1964)

Monday, May 14, 2007

America #19, Architecture #13

Farmhouse, Nicholas County, Kentucky, John Vachon, photographer (1940)

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Dead Presidents #20, The Animal Kingdom #6

President William McKinley receives an ursine toast. (1900)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Architecture #12, America #18

Great Northern Elevator, Superior, Wisconsin

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Apocalypse #10, Manhattan #19

The Trade Center towers could be the start of a new skyscraper age or the biggest tombstones in the world.

Ada Louis Huxtable, New York Times, May 29, 1966

Dead Presidents #19

Warren G. Harding immortalized in three dimensions.