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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

The Pompeia: 1901

The Pompeia: 1901

Saratoga Springs, New York, circa 1901. "Atrium in the House of Pansa." Replica of an ancient Roman home at the Pompeia, a museum in the upstate New York resort town of Saratoga Springs offering "Illustrations of History and Art." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Before Palio

In the years before Palio this was the lobby of a furniture store. I think it was Saratoga Signature Interiors. I used to love to go browsing there because I got to wander through this fabulous lobby. Wish I could get in now. Maybe I'll have to go find a job at Palio.

Always a movie angle

At first I thought it was a set from The Loved One.

Pompeia unearthed

Jo Berry's history of Smith and his Pompeia reads like a T. Coraghessan Boyle novel. Such dreams of historical and personal grandeur, of a lasting legacy stretching the the ancient Romans to the modern Saratogians. . . quite moving.

It makes me doubly glad that the Gardner Museum remains intact, if one doesn't count the 1990 theft.

Fancy schmantzy

Is what it was.

Beautiful

I never imagined such luxury back in those days but it obviously existed!

Not accurate

Where's the nekkid wimmin? I lerned my histry real good from Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

An archeologist looks at the Pompeia

Jo Berry did some research into this museum at Blogging Pompeii.

 
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