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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BRIDGE AT ARGENTEUIL, 1874

Security Mutual Life: 1905

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Security Mutual Life: 1905

Binghamton, New York, circa 1905. "Security Mutual Life Insurance building." Rising amid a web of wires. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Vertigo

Freaky Coincidence. Yesterday morning I searched for building using Bing Birdseye View and got the same view as the posting above. There's the green dome to the right and to the left on the other side of court street is a whitish trapezoidal building, not shown above.

So last night, my wife and I watched the beginning of the 1991 movie "Liebestraum" (with Kim Novak) and about 2 minutes in a man walks out of a shower and across a room to stand in front of a window. The camera pans left and it's this building!

We didn't watch past that point, we weren't in the mood for a dark, mysterious movie. And be forewarned, it's pretty explicit up to that point. NSFW or Family.

What?

No awnings.

My Home Town

Thanks for the Binghamton photo! I grew up around this area and love seeing old photos of the place. I'm sorry I never wandered into the lobby of this building.

http://nyslandmarks.com/treasures/10jan.htm

With all those gargoyles

I feel more secure already.

Still there!

Amazingly, the company and the building are still there. Which is saying something for most upstate NY cities.

http://www.smlny.com/history.asp

Laurel & Hardy do the Windows

I can't even stand to look at these guys, much less think about doing what they're doing!

Did anyone notice that building there?

I think Monty Python.

 
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