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Brasserie Wielemans-Ceuppens – Brouwerij Wielemans Ceuppens – Brewery – Brussel, BE – Lowlands Correspondent, Gaia Son

Former brewery is now the Contemporary Art Center in Brussels © Gaia Son

Spread over a century, from 1880 to 1980, the history of Wielemans-Ceuppens…merges with that of the beer industry in Belgium: exponential growth, constant adaptation to modern technology and demand market purchase of competing breweries followed by absorption by a larger, decline and closure. In 1978 the brewery was taken over by Stella Artois. The business was phased out from 1980 and on September 29, 1988 the last Wieleman Beer was brewed. The Centre was opened in 2007 in the old [Deco] building for contemporary art, after restoration and renovation works were started in 2005. – Wikipedia

Prosper Wielemans opened the Café Métropole to sell his beer. Prosper then decided to build a hotel: the Hotel Métropole, designed by Alban Chambon. © Wikipedia Commons

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L’Alliance Anvers – Antwerpen Alliance – BP Motor Spirit – Aalst – © Inventaris  Onroerend Erfgoed (Belgium)

BP Motor Spirit – Vlassenbroek – © Inventaris Onroerend Erfgoed (Belgium)

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Featured Fade – General Painting Enterprise – Thomas Ommeganck – Brussel, BE – KovelSon

At Number 20 © KovelSon

20, Rue de la Grande Île à Bruxelles © KovelSon

© KovelSon

© KovelSon

Featured Fade – Duco-Dulux – DuPont – Brussels, Belgium – Kovel/Son

Bergense Steenweg/Chaussée de Mons © Kovel/Son

© Kovel/Son

© Kovel/Son

DuPont has been using Dulux enamel in automotive coatings since 1926. Dulux actually owes its existence to a flaw in its more famous cousin, Duco. This nitrocellulose lacquer first brought color to automobiles when General Motors used it in 1923. It was thick and quick drying, which pleased carmakers, but frustrating for consumers who couldn’t apply it like the oil-based paints they were used to. So DuPont researchers tried mixing synthetic alkyd resins with oil and found that the resulting enamel’s drying time was slower than Duco but faster than that of traditional oil paint. Dulux alkyd resin, named in 1926, also had a pleasing high-gloss look. By the early 1930s it won over consumers under the label Dulux “Brush” Duco.

Dulux high-gloss enamels were also used widely in the 1930s on refrigerators and washing machines, outdoor signs, gasoline service stations and pumps, and railroad cars. Once tried as an undercoating for Duco auto paint, Dulux also found a niche as a low-cost alternative to Duco auto finishes. In 1954 some automobile manufacturers chose an improved Dulux alkyd enamel over Duco, and over DuPont’s new water-based Lucite® acrylic lacquer. However, Lucite® soon pulled ahead in household sales, and after DuPont developed a new acrylic polymer in 1957, Lucite® also outshone Dulux in the appliance and industrial markets. DuPont sold its consumer paint business in 1983. – DuPont dot com

Black Peter in Post-Colonial Flanders & France – Zwarte Piet – Brussels & Antwerpen, Belgium

Shop window in Brussels © Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Bar on Grote Markt in Brussels © Frank H. Jump

 Could not help being reminded of lynching © Frank H. Jump

Restaurant sign in Antwerpen © Frank H. Jump

Gallery window in Brussels © Frank H. Jump

For the West, the Black man is a savage.

Along the Seine across Notre Dame (Rive Gauche) at an art kiosk © Frank H. Jump

Josephine Baker – Le Tumulte Noir – CLICK

Other Internet resources:

  • Zwarte Piet – Wikipedia
  • Zwarte Piet Blog – links and references about the Zwarte Piet tradition
  • Post-Colonial Theory (PDF)- Childs, Peter. Williams, Patrick. An Introduction to Postcolonial. Theory  unthinkingly conceded that the black man is the colour of evil.