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Skylight Shadows

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Skylight Shadows
Salem Armory
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

It's Fun to Stay at the YMCA

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For this week's Sepia Saturday prompt we see a stately building on the corner of two streets. That photo reminds me of the the days spent at the old YMCA on State Street in Newburyport, Massachusetts. As you can see it too is a stately building on the corner but not quite as big.

The old YMCA was an amazingly archaic structure both inside and out. During the summer it was our "rainy day" destination. Exploring it's nooks and crannies, it could spook even the bravest of us young boys. An this was during the daytime! There were many mysterious doorways that seemed to lead to nowhere that none of us dared to open.

The building itself was considered an architectural marvel. It was designed by the famed architect, Henry Hobson Richardson, he same architect to design Trinity Church of Boston, an impressive building in it's own right.

The old YMCA had Richardsons' signature brownstone, arches, cornices and turrets.

A fire on a cold winter night in 1982 ended it'…

Singing Beach

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Singing Beach
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts

This week's Thursday Challenge theme is "beach." This is Singing Beach, so named because when you walk on this sand is makes an unusual sound.
For many more beach themed photos click here.

Shadows in the Courtyard

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Shadows in the Courtyard
Boston Public Library
Boston, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

The Typewriter Isn't Dead Yet

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Image via Wikipedia And we thought it was dead. Quash that rumor that the typewriter is dead. The typewriter is still alive and kicking! But I'm so sorry typewriters, this post was done on a computer. Check out these links:
Dry Your Eyes, the Typewriter Isn't Dead Yet | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
Related articlesThe Typewriter Is Not Dead - It's Alive and Well (blippitt.com)Typewriter Myth of the Day (geeks.thedailywh.at)Rumors of the Typewriter's Death: Greatly Exggerated (technologizer.com)Typewriters Not Dead ... Yet (foxnews.com)Shadows of the Court (crazyasacoolfox.blogspot.com)Theme Thursday - A Staircase to Freedom (crazyasacoolfox.blogspot.com)It's not an old pic of a typewriter it's a pic of an old typewriter. Here's the link to Sepia Saturday.

Trinity Church Courtyard

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Trinity Church Courtyard
Copley Square
Boston, Massachusetts

Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers. This week's theme is "lines." For more photos of lines click here for Thursday Challenge.

Shadow of Horse Sculpture

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Shadow of Horse Sculpture
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Tiny Tunnel

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Does this short hole in the ground really qualify as a tunnel? It's more like a roadway bridge. I found these postcards in my collection to use as a match to this week's Sepia Saturday prompt. (see below)
This postcard shows the B&M (Boston & Maine) railroad tunnel under High Street in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The view is looking south toward Boston and toward the round house which was just past the tunnel.

The postcard below is of the same tunnel just looking north toward Maine and toward the passenger station in Newburyport. Notice the two dapper gentlemen posing in front of their shack. Presumably they were switch tenders awaiting orders for the switch in the foreground. 

At some point the tunnel deemed a bottleneck, was widened to service two sets of tracks: one for northbound trains and one for southbound trains. 
In 1965 the tracks north of Newburyport were abandoned and left to grow over. Just recently the rail line was converted to a rail trail providing re…

Beautiful Sunset

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Beautiful Sunset
Danvers River Beverly, Massachusetts

Thursday's Challenge this week is "beautiful." For many more beautiful photos click here.

Shady Rest

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Shady Rest
Ropes Mansion Garden
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Checkmated for a Kiss

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This stereograph generates a lot of questions. First there is that amazing dress supported by what I assume is a hoop skirt. (I'm not an expert in such things.) Second we see a puppy resting beside the woman with the skirt. What is the relationship of the woman looking on? But what's with the kiss? Does the winner or loser of the chess match get a kiss? And who was the winner and who was the loser? This photo was obviously set up due to the limits of photographic equipment of the day, but if this were a candid shot I would sense someone set themselves up to be checkmated in order to get a kiss.
What are your thoughts?

North Station Signs

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North Station Signs
MBTA - North Station
Boston, Massachusetts

Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers. This week's theme is "signs." For more sign photographs click here for Thursday Challenge