Old Curiosity Shop

In about 1958 my mother went to The Old Curiosity Shop in London and bought this book for me. A large 9 by 11 inch version of the sad story of The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens. The illustrations by Frank Reynolds, R. I. are priceless. I can’t find a publishing date in it or anything else about the book.

The book is one of the few things I have left from my mother and from that time. I remember reading it in a flat in Queensborough Terrace, Kensington, in my bedroom. My room used to be the old larder behind the kitchen and had no heat except for a small kerosene heater – very Dickensian. I loved the little moss garden in the gutter outside the window.

Click on the first one to enlarge and run the slide show. This is for you Derrick.

West Point Foundry Preserve

There are ruins and a few buildings left over form when the foundry was active. I was hoping for a waterfall but didn’t find it. Here’s a link to some of its history. Sometime I would like to visit the Putnam Museum.

New Paltz Doors

The Huguenot settlement in New Paltz was founded in 1677 on land purchased from the Munsee. Here’s a bit of native American history in the region.

For Norm’s Thursday Doors.

New Paltz

After viewing a house in Kerhonkson, NY we drove to New Paltz. There is a 10-acre National Historic Landmark District in New Paltz, Ulster County, with over 300 years of history. More about that will be in my post on Thursday. At the bottom is a painting of what it looked like in 1685.

Wood Siding

A couple of old houses

The late 18 c. or early 19th 121 Charles Street (link: brick underground.com) has a fascinating history. GVHS also has an excellent write-up on 121 Charles Street.

Ac cross the street from 121 is a building with a huge roof garden. I love how it spills over the walls.

132 Charles Street was built in the 1899. Both these old houses have wooden sidings, as do a only a few others in Greenwich Village.