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Laundry Legs: 1940

Laundry Legs: 1940

September 1940. "Old house in Silverton, Colorado. This was the type of house built by mine and mill operators in the early mining days and indicates that the owners felt that the mining operations would be of a permanent nature." Acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Spatially-challenged dept.

I’m wondering if anyone else had a problem with that horizontal board running the width of the house, separating upper from lower floor. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how, at the front of the house, it was in the same plane on the left as on the right, where the porch appears to jut out. So I consulted a carpenter friend, who patiently and charitably pointed out to me that the outer edge of the porch is in fact on the very same plane as the two windows on the left, due to the fact that the doorway is inset. Just to the left of the single window in the center, the façade dives in on a diagonal, creating the setback of the porch. Sometimes I really don’t know what I’m looking at, and it helps to have friends who are not similarly afflicted.

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In case you missed it, here are the Laundry Legs, with well-turned ankles and fashionable shoes to match.

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Ice-free eaves, anyone?

I like this early answer to the ice-dam problem: start with about 3 feet of a smooth material (probably sheet metal), then shingle the rest of the way to the peak. Snow may pile up on the roof, but ice and snow will slide off that slippery colder area over the eaves. Pretty slick. (pun intended)

All hail the Queen

Lovely example of the Queen Anne style. Love the dotted-Swiss curtains in the parlor. Bet that upstairs bedroom is hot in the summer as evidenced by the expanding screen in the window.

Looks like one or more fireplaces have been closed up in the present-day picture as evidenced by the missing chimneys. Note that the front porch has also been enclosed into the body of the house.

Even older now

Amazingly, still there. Heavily modified but same old bones and main features still recognizable. The 1940 photo would make a wonderful reference if the owner ever wanted to bring it back.

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