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Conservation Room: 1963

Conservation Room: 1963

April 4, 1963. "Morgan Library, East 36th Street, New York City. Conservation room. Alexander P. Morgan, architect." A clean, well-lighted workspace. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.


Very Clean

Such a tidy room, with the exception of what appears to be an ashtray on the back counter. It's hard to imagine anyone being allowed to smoke in a space like that.

Curse those lights

I worked at a drafting table under fluorescent lighting for years, had to get glasses, the worst type of lighting available but they are cheap, I got my own incadescent lamp and things improve, I still curse fluorescent lighting.

Must be restoring

a 1933 issue of Scribner's Magazine.

Luxo longa

A simple design, well executed. Luxo lamps are also a fairly old design that can still be purchased for much higher prices than back then, but good design and quality trump cost every time. They last. The Luxo lamp I bought in 1963 or so is still doing the same job it did then: Lighting the drafting board I use.

Dazor desk lamp

That desk lamp next to the typewriter was made by Dazor. I have the same lamp. I'm delighted to report that you can still purchase them new from Dazor. For between $300 and $350. Gulp!

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