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What a surprise to not only find new galleries, but a whole new look to a favorite site! This must have been what Mr. Motts was working on for a while! Happy New Year to you and thanks for the new stuff! Now I'm off to enjoy. . . .
Ashes to ashes, ceiling tiles to dirt. . .
I recently bought one of these along with a huge film collection. This was made to run 16mm sound film. I've heard they are work horses, but I haven't had the guts yet to plug mine in and try it. Also in trying to put a value on it, there are several on eBay and they all seem to be "non working or sold as is" and priced around the $300 mark. Don't know if any of them sold or how much a working one would fetch but they were supposed to be good pieces of machinery in their day.
Here I am! Gad, how did I miss this one? Beautiful old beast, I really want one of these things. The 16mm ones I have just don't cut it!
I'm pretty sure the horns and blood was added after the place closed by some explorer thinking he or she was being funny, not by any patients while the place was in operation.
It could be they covered the pillars with wood to make it look flat and octagonal. They did this in an old clothing store I worked in, they covered the original pillars when they did a "remodel" some years back. After the store closed and they were gutting it, they peeled off the wood and found the original thinner pillar. Now the place is a condo, yuck!!
I hope this poor cat still has seven or eight lives left and his next one he comes back to a loving owner who will take care of him and give him a long and happy life.
You have to remember that when these insitiutions were built, many before the turn of the 20th Century, there was no such thing as central heat, central air conditioning and electric lighting that could be turned on with the flip of a switch. Many places were fitted with gas lamps and chandeliers for lighting, and these fireplaces helped to heat the massive rooms. The ceilings were usually 15' high or more so I imagine it was difficult to heat and probably very draughty in the dead of winter. I read in one institutions history where they had an ice house and would manufacture and cut huge blocks of ice to put in front of fans to cool the buildings in summertime. Thank god for modern inventions and retrofitting that made these places just a little bit more livable.
Gee, we don't have anything like that here in America. . . (just a touch of sarcasm)