In today’s “Folders that do not merit a subsite,” we have a contender for the 80s Decade Project. Perhaps if I got more, I’d add more. But I don’t have more.


The last time I saw Oxenberg was on a documentary about a sex cult, in which we met her mother, an actual princess.

The whole magazine is boring, but I’m not the target market.

  "Hunger-strike mime who survived an exploding hay bale" was a popular look
  As was the uncut-lawn look, best paired with items from a carnival ring toss
  A style popular only in Pennsylvania, for obvious reasons, although it was adopted elsewhere by suspicious women who worked as receptionists for Heinz executives.

The cowgirl look is in! For about 45 minutes

This was much more popular, because you could get it at Sears:

The hair in the small picture above was very 80s, but rare. This was was 89% of 80s hair.

The poor horse looks stoned:

She looks as if she expected this to be a retro shoot about old airplanes with propellers, and is coping best as she can.

The genetic test that combined a young Gillian Anderson, Madonna, and Boy George was quite successful. It lived for three weeks, during which it had a chart-topping hit and a popular video.

You know, that could be Gillian Anderson.

What is the point of those things? To keep your jeans from getting dirty? On a farm?

Finally, an ad, with all the basics of the fitness craze: the stripes, the headbands, the mesh.

Aside from the nuclear dread, it was fun. If you’re interested in more 80s, may I recommend our very own site on the subject.

Now, this year's Above-the Fold Kul-chah Feature, or ATFKF.


View of Houses in Delft, Known as ‘The Little Street’, Johannes Vermeer, c. 1658

Says the museum:

This is an unusual painting in Vermeer’s oeuvre, and remarkable for its time as a portrait of ordinary houses. The composition is as exciting as it is balanced. The old walls with their bricks, whitewash, and cracks are almost tangible. The location is Vlamingstraat 40–42 in Delft. Vermeer’s aunt Ariaentgen Claes lived in the house at the right, with her children, from around 1645 until her death in 1670.

The site today. Is that the old alley?









Nine thousand souls in an old, old town: pre-Columbian settlers were here in 12000 BCE, but didn’t do much to improve the place. Wikipedia:

Lock Haven began in 1833 as a timber town and a haven for loggers, boatmen, and other travelers on the river or the West Branch Canal. Resource extraction and efficient transportation financed much of the city's growth through the end of the 19th century. In the 20th century, a light-aircraft factory, a college, and a paper mill, along with many smaller enterprises, drove the economy.

This is the town whose paper we perused yesterday. It feels very old and very East-Coast in its downtown density.

The Roxy! Every town should have a Roxy. Cinema Treasures:


Built in 1924 by George Huff as the Dreamland Theatre, later renamed the State Theatre in 1928, and finally became Roxy Theatre in 1931.

It suffered a flood in 36, which provided an opportunity for remodeling. Take a look at the interior. Sigh.


Next door:

The Garden Theater. It was damaged in the '36 and '72 flood.

Gummint offices now. 


On Sundays the spires go up and down all through the service, powering the organ. They never stop in quite the same place!


By the way, speaking of floods . . .

I’m no hydrologist, but wouldn’t the water just spill over this point and make the levees useless?

Ah, no, there’s a slot for adding extra protection. I assume they put in the last segment well in advance, and no one’s struggling at the last moment, or looking for the keys to the shed where they keep it.

By the way, this entire area is a historical zone known as the Water Street District. Well, yeah.

Two eras of storefront rehab. The one on the right was for classy places like fur stores. The plainer, the classier.


There’s a lot of this downtown; Local businesses that have a useful purpose; nice sidewalks; well-maintained brick. Nothing that stands out, architecturally, but the whole is satisfying. .


There’s a brute.

And another: it was a two-and-done kinda town when it came to Roman columns.


f you’re going to lie about the facade, do it mid block. This is like Toto pulling back the curtain as Oz works the levers.


Finally: an alley, nothing special, but you see the appeal of the place - the long view to the hills, through old parts of town that have taken the worst the river can deal, and still stand.




That'll do! Enjoy your Thursday, or rather the Thursday, since it's not the sort of thing any of us can possess.



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