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Viny Houses: 1902

Viny Houses: 1902

1902. "Characteristic employees' home, National Cash Register, Dayton, O." Along with two characteristic employees. 8x10 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

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Tendrils of Doom

I always cringe when I see vines growing unchecked on buildings. Even though some people think it makes the building look neat, the long-term damage is cringeworthy.

Meanwhile, a couple miles west

Orville and Wilbur are planning their next trip to North Carolina.

And the total is

We know from a previous post National Cash Register had a pretty impressive attraction at the 1939 New York World's Fair.

I'm impressed with the two curves in the wooden walk in the foreground. It took more time but makes for a much nicer look than what you'd probably see today.

The lady on the left has a really good expression. Her look makes me think the man in the background called out something rude to the two women and she has just decided to turn around and give him a response so shocking it will cause the woman on the right to drop her handbag.

Would you like to come over for tea?

It's just a bit earlier than Randy Newman's song "Dayton, Ohio 1903" but it does look like a nice place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

The vines growing over the houses also has me thinking of end times when the natural world is taking over.

She and she and Kaye

Or make that "K", as in the street ( looking west to Rubicon as best as I can tell)
Sadly, this picturesque assemblage - brick veneered on first floors of the furthest five (tho you wouldn't know it!) - didn't last long: the ever expanding factory complex had replaced it within a few years. Today the scene is as depressing as one might fear, if not worse: something that reflects none of the charm of this scene, or of the history of the site in the century since...it's Parking Lot D.

[Chimneys excepted, no bricks here. - Dave]

The map shows a row of six and five so veneered (the nearest one being an exception). I'll not vouch for what secrets the foliage hides, but if one embiggens the porch area of the second house, there seems to be the rectangular pattern of brickwork. N

[Indeed! - Dave]

Nice characteristics!

Them was the days, not an ankle showing!

What is the tall stack? The plant?

I came in second in the 7th grade spelling bee, because I left out the first C in the word. Characteristic mistake.

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