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Sunday 31 July 2005

How the other half lived

My thanks to Paul Giambarba for a link to an online version of Jacob Riis’s How the other half lives.

Bunks

Bunks in a seven-cent lodging-house, Pell Street, from Chapter VIII, The cheap lodging-houses. [See this picture in context].
Jacob A Riis, a police-court reporter on The New York Tribune, believing that the camera is a mightier weapon than the pen for attacking the bad conditions that lead to crime, took between 1887 and 1892 a poignant series of photographs to point out to society its obligations to the poor. With his books How the other half lives (1890) and Children of the poor (1892) Riis awakened the conscience of New Yorkers and influenced the Governor of New York State, Theodore Roosevelt, to undertake a number of social reforms, including the wiping our of notorious tenements at Mulberry Bend, Today the Jacob A Riis Neighbourhood Settlement comemorates the photographer’s great work. [Helmut and Alison Gernsheim, A concise history of photography (London: Thames and Hudson, 1965), page 148.]
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Thursday 14 July 2005

More awards for the Illustrated Burra Charter

Today Margie and I attended the National Trust of Queensland’s 2005 heritage award presentation. On behalf of Australia ICOMOS I carried away these two awards for The Illustrated Burra Charter: Good Practice for Heritage Places:

The Bendigo Bank Gold Award for excellence in heritage conservation works of action (top award for works by community organisations).

The John Herbert Memorial Award (the top award overall).

Framed award certificates

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Sunday 10 July 2005

Sewer history

On sewerhistory.org you’ll find writings and images illustrating the history of sewerage systems. It’s based on the work of Jon Schladweiler, historian of the Arizona Water & Pollution Control Association. (Thanks to Pruned for pointing this out.)Postcard

Banquet Hall in the Dry Run Sewer, Waterloo, Iowa. In 1904, Waterloo, tired of cleaning up after floods, decided to enclose Dry Run Creek in a large storm sewer. To celebrate its completion, the Iowa League of Municipalities then held its annual banquet within the sewer. Guests entered at points between Randolph and Wellington and found a sumptuous feast laid for 400. [Text and image of a commemorative postcard from the sewerhistory.org website].

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Saturday 9 July 2005

The well-dressed mower

Among the accessories offered by the Scythe Supply Co (Maine, USA) is this cow horn whetstone holder. Not keeping your scythe sharp is the way to frustration. Tradition (and good sense) dictates that you carry a sharpening stone in a holder on your belt, and stop from time to time to touch up the edge. If you find a galvanised steel holder too plain, and a plastic one too gauche, consider this alternative. As the blurb says:

It will make a marvelous accent to your mowing costume. A frivolity, but a pretty one. You will be the envy of your mowing friends.

Cow horn whetstone holder

Image from scythesupply.com.

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