June 3, 2016

What to do when your own face hates you

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QAPA :: Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance

So yesterday I watched the Mass House of Representatives debate and ultimately pass HB 1577, a bill we affectionately call the Trans Equal Access Bill. I have worked on this bill for over 6 years, and I have spoken about it at length before. This bill would protect transgender people from discrimination in all public accommodations, a legal term for spaces like libraries, restaurants, hospitals and parks. In short, every place that isn’t your home, workplace or school.

Those spaces also sometimes include locker rooms, and often times include bathrooms, so of course it has been derided as “The Bathroom Bill” by the opposition. They argue that predators posing as transgender women would use this bill as a cover to prey on women in bathrooms. They forget that criminal activity perpetrated by anyone in a bathroom is already a crime. But the root of their fear is the passive crimes:…

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August 24, 2014

Henney Motor Company

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10615400_10202431039405540_6759488673154938935_nThe Henney Motor Company had a showroom at 1265 Boylston Street in Boston in 1940. The Henney signs are still in the sidewalk in front of what is now Jerry Remy’s.

Apparently Henney made mostly hearses and ambulances and had merged with Packard by 1940. No wonder I’ve never heard of them.

August 7, 2014

What a 19th century manhole cover has to say

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Ephemeral New York

New York sidewalks and streets are a treasure of old manhole covers. Some are utilitarian, others decorative, but most are emblazoned with the name of the ironworks where they were made.


But this one, on the sidewalk on 11th Street east of Fifth Avenue, is more like a cast-iron advertisement for the M. J. Dempsey Foundry, located on West 55th Street.

Dempsey made furnace grates, coal hole covers, boiler castings, and dumping grates. It’s a small reminder of the great infrastructure advances (steam heat, coal delivery, furnaces) that helped make the city an manufacturing and industrial powerhouse.

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July 14, 2014

Anne T. Hardings Brickyarns and the brickyards of Montague, Mass.

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Anne T. Hardings Brickyarns.

May 20, 2014

Blocks in the Wild: Short North (Columbus, OH)

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street paver blocks

I found this interesting patio in front of a very ordinary apartment building while I was walking back to my parked car. This patio was a definite labor of love by someone long ago and it has a sidewalk paver I have never seen before. The sidewalk pavers included in this patio include Haydenville Bullseye Pavers, 9 square Haydenville Sidewalk / Street Pavers, a few Nelsonville Star Pavers and several “mystery Pavers” – with the raised parallel lines. With the exception of the 9 square all of the pavers have been cut in half to make easy to lay squares. If you have any information on the pavers with the raised parallel lines, drop me a line here.

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Blocks of Athens: Installment III, Blocks in the Blood

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Athens Ohio is where I was bitten by the bricking bug. It is an easy place to get sucked in. Athens is located near the epicenter of block and brick production in the Hocking Valley. The legacy of that era remains throughout Athens where the community embraces the past by reusing and repurposing blocks that were previously discarded and forgotten.

A few examples below are from a restaurant called Purple Chopstix.





And while strolling up and down the streets I saw plenty of examples of blocks and bricks being reused. One some streets, I saw something at each house. A few examples are shown below.



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Glouster, O

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Dimensions: 9 1/4 inches long, 3 3/4 inches wide, 3 1/2 inches height

Location Found: Italian Village (Columbus)

Weight: 10 lbs

Notes: The coloring, size, etc., of this block reminds me of the 20th Century Paver and one of my mysterious blocks which I think is a Rock Run Paver. I’ve never encountered this block name before so I was happy to find it in good condition. Glouster is the name of a town a few miles away from Athens Ohio. For more information on block production in that area read -> THIS.

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December 10, 2012

Brickfrog at tumblr. Or not.

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The Venture Brothers’ idea of a Brick Frog. For this reason the name Brickfrog is already taken at tumblr. Argh!

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December 1, 2012

Blocks of Athens: Installment II

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Bricks of Ohio Blog (B.O.B)

Downtown Athens is still paved with blocks from the turn of the 20th Century.  Most of the block pavers I have noticed are either Hocking Block or Athens Block.  Located near the intersection of Court Street and Union Street, by Brennan’s, there is an alleyway of Athens Blocks that are a bit less common than the rest.  I have not encountered many with rectangle lugs – but this pathway is full of them.  If you are visiting Ohio University this can be added into your itinerary with a trip to the book store and the Burrito Buggy.

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