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Nipper's Love Nest: 1920

Nipper's Love Nest: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Jordan Piano Co. window." National Photo usually shot its window displays at night to avoid the kind of glare seen here; close study will reveal a number of spectral reflections inhabiting the scene, as well as a row of employees behind the latticework. Plus, Nipper center stage. View full size.

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Dove Rest

Dovecote doesn't rhyme, so it's a dove rest. It's a large sort of bird house for doves or pigeons; raise them, collect the eggs, eat the birds, harvest the dung for fertilizer.

The Victrola

My Grandparents had that model in their parlor when I was a child, and it passed to my uncle in the 70's. Sadly, it fell victim to Katrina in 2005, along with his house and that of my parents.

Arthur Jordan

Weary Doves

The lyric is actually:
"Just a love nest
Cozy with charm,
Like a dove rest
Down on a farm."

Don't ask me what a dove rest is, but I have the sheet music and that's what is says.

The song is originally from the musical "Mary" (1920), music by Louis A. Hirsch and lyrics by Otto Harbach.

Scurrying Ghosts

Looks like a couple people tried to scram out of the frame, the one on the left looks like Cousin Itt.

Actually a lovely song

... filled with beautiful sentiment! It was also the theme song for The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show in the 1950's!

Many builders there have been
Since the world began;
Palace, cottage, mansion, inn,
They have built for man.
Some were small and some were tall:
Long or wide or low.
But the best one of them all
Jack built long ago.
'Twas built in bygone days,
Yet millions sing its praise.

Just a love nest
Cozy with charm,
Like a dove nest
Down on a farm.
A veranda with some sort of clinging vine,
Then a kitchen where some rambler roses twine.
Then a small room,
Tea set of blue;
Best of all, room—
Dream room for two.
Better than a palace with a gilded dome,
Is a love nest
You can call home.

Building houses still goes on
Now as well as then.
Ancient Jack and Jill are gone,
Yet return again.
Ever comes the question old:
Shall we build for pride,
Or shall brick and mortar hold
Warmth and love inside?
The answer you may know:
Jack solved it long ago.


Today, a music download can be had for about a buck. In 1920, as the sign to the right indicates, it was 85 cents! Not too bad considering the inflation of other goods since then!

The employees behind the lattice look so creepy watching the photographer through the window.

A cloying little ditty

"Love Nest," composed by Louis Hirsch and recorded by the Joseph Smith Orchestra on May 25, 1920. Victor 18678.

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