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Boland’s Flour Mills – Dublin, Ireland – Andrea Newmark

© Andrea Newmark

© Andrea Newmark

cropped © Andrea Newmark

cropped © Andrea Newmark

Plans for the €150 million redevelopment of the historic Boland’s Mill site in Dublin’s docklands, including the construction of a 15-storey apartment block, have been approved by Dublin City Council. The Nama-backed development involves the construction of three new office and residential blocks and the restoration of the five original, but now derelict, mill buildings.

However the reference to the “mill” has been removed from the title of the development which will be called “Boland’s Quay”. The development is one of the first schemes undertaken though the fast-track planning system for the docklands. – Irish Times, Olivia Kelly – July 2015

Beshar’s Rugs & Antiques – Robert P. Beshar Obituary – NYTimes – Bronx, NY – J. O’Shaughnessy

© J. O'Shaughnessy

© J. O’Shaughnessy

Robert Peter Beshar, 86, died peacefully at home in Somers, New York on April 16, 2014…In 1993, Bob became President of his family’s rug and antiques business, Beshar’s, in New York City. Bob’s interests were varied and intense. A love of decorative arts — bronzes, china, jewelry, clocks. He liked to say: “the hand shapes the mind.” Reading novels late into the night — convinced there was more truth in fiction than in non-fiction. Telling a great story over dinner and challenging children, grandchildren and startled guests to “sing for their supper.”  – NYTimes Obituary

The Historic Shops & Restaurants of New York By Ellen Williams, Steve Radlauer

The Historic Shops & Restaurants of New York
By Ellen Williams, Steve Radlauer (The Little Bookroom, 2002)

Home of the [Beautiful] Rug Cleaning Lusterlog Revisited – East 138th & Canal Place – Bronx, NY – J. O’Shaughnessy

© J. O’Shaughnessy

Coquina Clams on Rockaway Beach (Donax fossor) – Frank H. Jump

These bivalves rarely exceed an inch long and are indicators of a healthy beach. – Beach Chair Scientist

Music by Philip Glass based on Bowie’s V2-Schneider – Heroes

© Frank H. Jump

La Compagnie Singer – Machines à Coudre – The Singer Company – Sewing Machines – Saint-Plaisir, FR – Gaia Son

© Gaia Son

Moulins, 5 Rue Wagram (now a Samsonite store) © Gaia Son

Author : Chéret, Jules (1836-1932). Illustrator -Editor : [imp. J. Chéret] [Paris] – Format : lithography ; 130 x 94 cm

Wikipedia Commons

Glimpses from Ridgewood’s Past – Long Island Business School – Deutsch Bros. Furniture – Sarah Feldman (Ridgewood Social)

Ridgewood Social © Sarah Feldman (CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE)

Ridgewood Social © Sarah Feldman (CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE)

Ridgewood Social © Sarah Feldman (CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE)

Instagram video by Sarah Feldman while riding the J Train going towards Myrtle/Wyckoff station.

The uncovering of these ads was brought to my attention two weeks ago by Sarah Feldman of the blog Ridgewood Social where they were posted for the first time in an effort to glean information from the public. From research that was conducted by Anne Broecker and Ron Rayher, these signs were apparently painted around 1919. Various sources point to this as the probable year they were created.

As found on the Brownstoner website – Brooklyn Eagle, 1904

According to The Brownstoner, The Long Island Business School, located at 143 South 8th Street operated from 1899 to 1921, so this sign would have been painted the just a few years before they ceased operations.

Furniture World, Volume 50, No. 1275 – Thursday, September 4, 1919 – (CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE)

The Deutsch Brothers Furniture Store specialized in Grand Rapids Furniture and also sold clothing and phonographs. According to September 4, 1919 edition of The Furniture World Magazine:

The Brooklyn store of Deutsch Bros., at 1480 Broadway, suffered by a serious fire which started in the basement December 18 and considerably damaged the stock on three floors. Damage is estimated at $30,000.

On the website Collectors Weekly, one commenter under the screen name DizzyDave stated in a comment six years ago:

They were located in Chicago, and apparently closed sometime from 1920-1927 due to bankruptcy from a fire in their warehouse. It is later noted that the Deutsch Brothers were commissioned in 1961 by Jacquelyn Kennedy to design furniture in the Louis XV style for the East Room of the White House.

Collectors Weekly (CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE)


No Fishing, Crabbing or Swimming From Bridge – Selfie Silhouette – Fedora Hat & Feather – Lewes, DE

© Frank H. Jump

Bull Durham Uncovered & Renovated – Carriages, Wagons, Farm Implements – Grand Island, NE – Jerry Heidelk


© Jerry Heidelk

© Jerry Heidelk

© Jerry Heidelk

Nancy Bennett from Wall Dog Public Art painted it for us. – J. Heidelk

O. Frumin & Sons – Scrap Iron – Metals – Chattanooga, TN

© Frank H. Jump

Institute of Scrap Iron & Steel, 1949

Frumin, Sylvia
Family Operated Frumin Scrap Metal
Friday, March 12, 2004
Sylvia Sher Frumin, 89, died Thursday, March 11, 2004.

Born on June 27, 1914, in New York, Mrs. Frumin lived in Birmingham, Ala., from infancy until 1937, when she married Abe Frumin and moved to Chattanooga. She currently resided in Sugar Land, Texas, near Houston.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Abe. Abe Frumin, along with his late brother Jake, operated Frumin Scrap Metal in Chattanooga for many years.

Survivors include sons, Harvey Frumin and wife, Rita of Farmington Hills, Mich., Fulton “Butch” Frumin and wife, Susan of Dothan, Ala., Marshall Frumin and wife, Charlett of Sugar Land; grandchildren, Steven, Jeffrey, Beth, Zaron, Jonathan and Kim Frumin and Dori Frumin Kirshner and husband, David; brother, Frank Sher and wife, Marilee of Memphis; sisters-in-law, Sally Sher of Birmingham and Sema Frumin of Coconut Creek, Fla.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at B’nai Zion Cemetery in Chattanooga with Rabbi Joseph Davidson of Congregation B’nai Zion officiating.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Hadassah or to Congregation B’nai Zion. – The Chattanoogan dot com

F.W. Woolworth’s Repaint Revisited – Carbondale, PA

This has faded considerably since I first posted it over 8 years ago on this blog © Frank H. Jump

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