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Beauty Cafe: 1937

Beauty Cafe: 1937

1937. "Tavern, Calhoun Street, Charleston, South Carolina." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

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Weak masonry?

The two porcelain knobs supporting the electrical service drop at upper left have come loose, and ditto the rain gutter above. When the gutter finally falls, it will fall on the wires, creating an electrocution hazard. I presume all of these were secured with lead anchors, but I've read somewhere that stucco over 19th century brick is an indication that inferior brick was used in the first place.

I can't look at this without knowing the electrician who secured those knobs used a star drill. I've never used one, and I don't even want to think about the huge amount of labor involved. The electrician who trained me in the mid-90s told me he started out using one, before electric hammer-drills became common, and he started in 1970. Here is a picture of my grandfather's star drill, which was in a box of tools that my dad recently gave me.

The Arch Building

85 Calhoun St, and still extant.

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