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Building a Glass Museum by the Numbers

Building a Glass Museum by the Numbers

The West Virginia Museum of American Glass at 25 By Tom Felt Dreams can be compelling and when the dream is big, the outcome can be truly exciting. Imagine a museum that celebrates everything that was made in American glass, from the very earliest years to today’s studio art glass movement. Does that sound audacious? […]

The Big Dawgs of Salvage

The Big Dawgs of Salvage

An interview with Mile Whiteside of Black Dog Architectural Salvage If one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, than Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside, co-founders of Black Dog Architectural Salvage in Roanoke, Virginia, are rich men, indeed. Since the two teamed up in 1999 and opened their salvage business, they have seen their business evolve […]

Know Your Architectural Elements

Know Your Architectural Elements

How to Tell Greek Revival from Colonial Revival and More Excerpts from the Architectural Style Guide reprinted with permission from Historic New England, historicnewengland.org This Architectural Style Guide is intended as a general introduction to American domestic architecture, and common stylistic trends of New England architecture, beginning with seventeenth-century colonial architecture through the Colonial Revival […]

Stories of the Past

Stories of the Past

By Matthew Webster and Dani Jaworski When studying the building history of 18th-century Williamsburg, architectural fragments have proven to be valuable and fascinating research tools. Since the 1920s, architectural fragments associated with Williamsburg, Virginia were actively collected and studied. With the core collection pertaining largely to the Williamsburg, Virginia area, the collection also has important […]

Starry-Eyed: Collectible Movie Star Ads

Starry-Eyed: Collectible Movie Star Ads

Story & Photos by Donald-Brian Johnson Editor’s Note: During the infancy of Hollywood Glamour photography, the studios wanted their audience to believe that their stars were born. But in reality, they were “made” – molded, refined, packaged – by the studios that held their contract. Creating a star’s image involved producers, directors, make-up men, and […]

Drawing with Light

Drawing with Light

The First Hundred Years of Photography By Erica Lome The concept of photography has deep historical roots. In ancient Greece and China, mathematicians experimented with the effects of light streaming through a small hole in a dark room. Unknowingly, they established the foundational principles of the camera obscura. It wouldn’t be until the eleventh century […]

Early Photos Defined

Early Photos Defined

The very idea of capturing a picture by reflecting an image onto a light-sensitive surface in order to create a more permanent image vs. simply creating a temporary reflection truly started to materialize in the early 19th century. Putting the two together happened by observing how reflections of an object could be “fixed” onto a […]

Collectible Photographers

Collectible Photographers

Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) “In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” Alfred Stieglitz was the oldest of six children born to a part-Jewish German family that had emigrated to the U.S. in 1849. The civil war had come to an end when he was born in Hoboken, New […]

Keeping Perfect Time

Keeping Perfect Time

The Evolution of the Metronome By Maxine Carter-Lome If you ever took music lessons chances are you are familiar with the metronome; the audible task master that helped you to keep time with the music. While digital software has replaced the need for the box with the swinging pendulum, it remains an endearing and “old […]

High Fidelity

High Fidelity

The Charm of Vintage Record Players By Erica Lome If you were to stroll into an Urban Outfitters today you might be surprised to find portable turntables enclosed in a purple velvet container alongside boxes of vinyl records by contemporary artists. Now offering Bluetooth and other modern amenities, modern record players promise to provide “analog […]