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Specialist in Moving

3 September, 2015

At first glance, the Author thought the cat was holding a murdered mouse in it’s mouth, which seemed rather grisly for an advertisement. However, a cat holding a kitten makes a bit more sense! Still, an odd mascot for a moving company, but a lovely example of ghost advertisement.
Specialist in moving

This Fence Shall Not Pass

31 August, 2015
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A stubborn tree rebuffs the attempted approach of an iron fence.

You Shall Not Pass NOLA

New Orleans, February 2014

National Dog Day!

26 August, 2015
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To celebrate National Dog Day, the Author (who once penned a poem titled ‘I am a Dog Loving Fourth Grader’) would like to share some of the beloved pups she’s met in her day.


Bailey and Willow, who are greatly missed

Festive Willow

Willow at her most festive

A Tigger in the Grass

The famous Tigger Sousa


Jette had an interesting way of lying down.

Civil War general

A Civil War general Scottie the Author met briefly

Frankie Underbite

Wonderful Underbite Frankie

Honorable mention Macduff, Goose, Eli, Lindy, Clare and the many other dogs the Author has adored but of whom she doesn’t have photos readily available.

And a few previous pup posts to peruse (couldn’t resist the alliteration):
Omama Greets a Dalmation
A Pup Who Frequents Picnics and Military Camps
An Uninterested Afghan Hound
Omama’s Unidentified Childhood Dog

Garment Wear Arcade

25 August, 2015

Midtown West might be one of a most miserable sectionS of Manhattan–a perfect storm of commuters’ aggressive sidewalk maneuvers and tourists’ dawdling and map unfolding in the hellish triangle of Times Square, Port Authority and Penn Station–but here and there one can find bits of charming details from the pre-glass highrise era.

One such detail is the Garment Wear Arcade on West 36th Street by 8th Avenue: an unusual Medieval/Renaissance-y typography (the Author is open to more qualified guesses), decorative cast iron grate and odd collection of words. Garment Wear Arcade? In any case, there are some things worth slowing down and looking up for.Garment Wear Arcade

Boldog Születésnapot, Opapa

8 August, 2015
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Looking Up on East 38th Street

21 July, 2015

The Author took a stroll along East 38th Street in Manhattan, craning her neck upwards to view curiosities on high, of which there are certainly plenty.

The author wonders: why does this former carriage house feature a bust of a bulldog at the top? The horses flanking the entrance make sense, but the bulldog perplexes (but delights!) her. Another curiosity: the house has undergone a very interesting interior conversion, which has been characterized as ‘Miami Vice meets Bond villain‘. A slight departure from the Flemish exterior, to be sure.

carriage house with bulldog

Dog detail Horse detail

The Art Deco Towne House apartment building is more spectacular the higher you look, with very cheerfully colored details on the tower.

Towne House

Superior detail photo borrowed from
Towne House detail 2

Here we have the Jolly Madison hotel. Horrible name, but lovely Italianate tower. The Author’s new favorite website, NewYorkitecture, has links to a 1924 New York Times advertisement and an undated but probably 1920s photograph from the New York Library Digital Collection of the building, originally the ‘New York Fraternity Clubs Building’.

Jolly Madison hotel

The Corinthian apartment building certainly isn’t lacking in bay windows and reminds the author of the ‘corncob’ buildings in Chicago (formally known as Marina City)

A Pig Who Loves Pork

16 July, 2015

The Author found this advertisement outside a butcher shop in Midtown Manhattan to be slightly unnerving. Is the pig licking it’s lips at the thought of eating sausages?
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