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Postby scowsa » Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:48 pm

Liverpool is my home town and scowsa is the phonetic version of scouser, a person from Liverpool -- also know as a Liverpudlian.

"Lewis’s Department Store is a Liverpool landmark and its history and character has been the inspiration for a series of newly commissioned photographs by Stephen King, capturing Lewis’s fifth floor and the people that worked there.

The fifth floor reopened in 1953 after being damaged during the Blitz. It housed three restaurants as well as a hair salon and it closed to the public in the 1980s. What remains is an evocative space complete with original period fixtures and fittings from the 50s, 60s and 1970s."

In 2008 artist, Stephen King began a photography project around the fifth floor of Lewis’s. Stephen was interested in the idea of a forgotten space and its history.

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Postby Futura Girl » Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:32 pm

woweeeeeee. love those hair chairs!

and that mural!!!!!
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Postby rockland » Thu Feb 25, 2010 3:53 am

Wow! Fantastic!
Is a link available for more images?

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Postby scowsa » Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:49 am

Here's a link to the photographer's web site. He has a book out so obviously he limits the number on online photos.

http://www.stephenkingphotography.co.uk/portfolio/?c=35
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Postby scowsa » Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:03 am

On a different but similar note, there is a great book of John Hinde's photos of Butlins Holiday Camps -- a peculiarly British Institution
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Butlin

Martin Parr, my favorite British photographer, worked for Hinde in the 70's and this apparently influenced his "pop color" style.

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More at http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/7410,in-pictures,arts-fashion,john-hinde039s-butlins-photographs-at-the-hasted-hunt-gallery
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Postby nichols » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:46 pm

That book is great! I went to the exhibition in Santa Monica in 2003.

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http://www.amazon.com/Our-True-Intent-Y ... 0954281306

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Postby sky » Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:41 pm

Stephen King, hmmm? Those are awesome shots by any name.

Since you've finally shared the mystery of "scowsa," I will share this with you ... soon after I started posting here, I saw a Bertoia chair, and told someone I was with that I thought it was called a Scowsa.

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I want to keep the next post in context since I change avatars about as often as I change my shorts. My avatar this day:
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Postby scowsa » Sat Feb 27, 2010 12:26 pm

Thanks for the scowsa story and it's perceived link to my avatar. Bertoia dining chairs were our first ever dining chairs, bought from Terrance Conran's Habitat store in Liverpool, and we still own them. Habitat was a large chain across Europe and played a key part in introducing Brits to modernism. When we first came to the US there was also one in Boston (now closed) and we bought Bertoia's Diamond chair in a great vintage store in Boston, Machine Age.

It's a strange coincidence that I read your post just after posting the Quincy Jones house for Gray Cooper, who is your avatar.

http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic ... highlight=
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Postby Mod Betty / RetroRoadmap » Sat Mar 13, 2010 7:07 am

Thanks for sharing the links to these great photos, it boggles the mind that there are such places just locked up and forgotten about. That's probably one of the things that keeps us "urban archeologists" going, the thought of finding the King Tut's Tomb of MCM!
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Postby rockland » Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:07 am

Yes, thanks for the link! (I lost power that weekend and never responded)

I find myself in vacant NYC almost daily. I need to carry my better camera,
but i've got so much already in my pack.
Here is the Rainbow Room a couple months ago.
(i should do a 'guess the pic?' SKY style)

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Postby Mod Betty / RetroRoadmap » Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:35 am

Now that is gorgeous photo of The Rainbow Room! I'm not up on my history, but what's the latest going on with that space, do you know?
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Postby sky » Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:12 pm

rockland wrote:(i should do a 'guess the pic?' SKY style)

Yes, you should have! (I never get to play.)

You know, sometimes you just might be in a game and you don't even know it!

http://lrd.bigdogwebpages.com/qcheck.php?quizno=5

It's just like being on double secret probation.

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Postby rockland » Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:15 am

:D

modbetty. Not sure about the Rainbow Room. It was bit by the economy?
(or just combined with bad dated food?)
Who knows about it's future.

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Postby sky » Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:03 am

There's still some points to win here:

http://lrd.bigdogwebpages.com/qcheck.php?quizno=5

Rockland's Mom, can Rockland can out and play? (Where have you been you old horse thief?)

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Postby scowsa » Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:08 pm

Well, a Sky (aka Space Cadet) posting connected to an old thread of mine. Also a link to a quiz that I am apparently leading in, but did not know I had entered. Somewhat Lewis Carroll.

OK, I will try for more points by stating that Leo Fender (RIP) was the maker of the Stratocaster. Oddly enough, I learned that on a visit to Fullerton's city museum to see some Schulman photos as part of its display on the “Forever House” tract designed by A. Quincy Jones and Fredrick E. Emmons.

Mr. Fender was a native son of Fullerton.
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Postby sky » Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:47 pm

Scowsa shoots, and he scores!

You're quite right that the quiz was not exactly on the up and up when it started. Still, we will all rejoice in your victory if that is how it is to be. (But there are still 400 points yet to be earned!)


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