JF Ptak Science Books LLC Post 992
not sure exactly what Solomon Butcher told his subjects when he photographed them
outside of their frontier houses out there in the
(Who was it, I wonder, who came up with the initial idea of displaying all of the family’s possessions: did Butcher set out with that idea, or did it happen spontaneously? I wonder what it was the families thought as Butcher was packing up his equipment, his horse fed, his cameras stowed away, climbing up onto the driver’s bench. Did they wait until he was a spot on the horizon to put away their things? Did they gather everything up as Butcher gathered up his own material, or did they just wait for the stranger to disappear before pulling the family back together? Sitting their surrounded by the things that they owned, did these families feel a quiet pride, or were they embarrassed have their pictures made together with their frontier opulence? I suspect that the idea for display did not begin with the families.)
On another part of the luxury spectrum is this floor plan for a “No-Lux Hotel”, a 2x3 metre/room place for folks to stay cheaply/inexpensively. There were 50 rooms packed into a 36x24 metre footprint,
leaving precious little room for hardly anything else, like hallways (which seem very narrow), stairways (actually a singular, as there is but one) and bathrooms (one with 8 sinks and four toilets per floor).
The center of the structure seems curiously blank in the top plan. The bottom one is confounding, a mysterious mystery: why on earth would there be musical notation written backwards (via “Arabic Notation”) in the center of the plan? No doubt the architect was on the iconoclastic side to have included such a thing; but its inclusion no doubt meant something to the author, though it is now lost to his/her dust. Pity.
is Latin for something like “extravagance”.
“De luxe” appeared in