Saturday, August 26, 2006

FW: This is so cute!! :)

I just noticed that my little truck is never cuter than when it's loaded all up with stuff.

It's basically the truck equivalent of the classic "Baby in a too big baseball cap":

So be sure to e-mail that truck photo to all of your colleagues with an appropriate subject line about cuteness.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

The Industrial Revolution Hits 1923 Mills

Yup, still makin' windows.

Monday, August 07, 2006

We'd like to make an announcement.

Here's what happened:

We got ourselves the right equipment.

Then we got some materials.

Then we practiced a lot...

...because practice makes half-decent.

And now Sarah and I couldn't be more excited to announce the arrival of our first window!

Welcome to the world little window

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

1923 Mills Avenue: A History

As you can see 1923 Mills Avenue was built for Art Blum in 1934 but what did Art Blum do? What was the original purpose of this building?

One nicely romantic rumor told to me by some Norwood locals is that it had originally been a candy factory. A candy factory! How charming is that? Charming indeed but not the least bit true.

Somehow I found this envelope amid the rubble. Two truckloads of old paper, almost all of it mouse eaten and flooded but somehow this envelope survived. As you can see, 1923 Mills Avenue was a garage from the beginning and Art Blum presumably a mechanic.

Let's take a look at what the 1934 model year looked like:

Pretty damn classy.

I like to think of men pulling their Packards and Deusenbergs in and Mr. Blum welcoming them and opening up the hoods to take a look, gloves hanging out the back pocket of his coveralls. The coal furnace kept things comfortable in the winter but in the summer months the men and their cars would have to stick around for a while because you just can't hurry in that kind of heat. They'd appreciate the effort though and would stop by the next day with a pie or a batch of cookies from the wife.

"Thanks Art."