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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Frank Lloyd Wright PO: 1962

Frank Lloyd Wright PO: 1962

I thought I'd get on the Frank Lloyd Wright bandwagon with this Kodachrome I took in December 1962 of the only federal government building Wright designed. It's the Post Office at the Marin County Civic Center, itself one of Wright's last projects. That's my brother adding a human interest angle. The neat half globe fell victim to vandalism long ago and was never replaced. I apologize for the lack of a Pontiac Bonneville parked provocatively in the foreground. View full size.

Are you sure it was vandalism?

I understood that the plastic half-globe simply deteriorated over time and was removed.

My first post office

I remember going to this post office frequently as a child and looking at the globe while my mother waited in line. Also the first place I saw a "wanted" poster, which was fascinating. And just a short walk from Civic Center lake, which was great fun.

Something about the color of the light

I grew up in the East Bay, and back in the late 60's early 70's, I remember this color of light, about 5:30 p.m.

Maybe it is the way the sun's light is refracted, but this picture brings back the memories. Especially the eucalyptus tree leaves in the foreground.

Makes me feel like I better get home to dinner!

So cool

I'm a huge fan of the deco area for the curvilinear designs [no little places for dust balls to hide]; this is the eyeball design. Shame about that half-globe, shame about any wanton destruction. Photo must have been taken before brother took up the pipe. Tterrance, if I don't get another chance, Merry Christmas to your family--you have given me so much pleasure this year and that's a good thing.

Bender!

It must be a generational thing, Anonymous Tipster - I was thinking that the facade looked like Bender, the robot from "Futurama."

Paul, never mind the absent gas guzzler...

How about Mr Lloyd Wright's clever use of a postage stamp perforation theme on the canopy edge? And that's a nice bit of weeping willow framing you've got there.

Old Olds instead

I'd suggest an Oldsmobile instead of a Pontiac with that half globe in the picture.

Danger! Danger!

Looks like the visor of Robbie the Robot from "Forbidden Planet."

 
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