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A Hidden House with quite a History

Hidden behind a four-story brick apartment block built in the early twentieth century on lower Essex Street is a much older, much-altered house which has the appearance of a Georgian cottage. It’s not quite that, but close. The Christopher Babb...
by streets of salem on Aug 8, 2016

Political Poplars?

I suspect that most of my colleagues who teach American history dislike Thomas Jefferson. I don’t really get into it with them; I prefer to play naive and impressionistic when it comes to American history (because I am), but I have heard and se...
by streets of salem on Apr 16, 2016

BONUS BLOG POST ~~~ It’s National #Library Week in the USA!

It’s a good thing I have multiple sources of information bombarding my e-mail in-box or I might have missed National Library Week.  And, even though I haven’t been in a library for years, I’ve had plenty of visits in my nearly 7 de...
by Notes from An Alien on Apr 10, 2016

Lafayette, We are Here

Over this past weekend I caught many references to the storied phrase “Lafayette, we are here” on my twitter feed and the radio, so many that I woke up on Monday morning with it ringing in my ears! I can appreciate the American-Lafayette...
by streets of salem on Nov 17, 2015

Go Down, Moses

For a time, I tried to write down family tradition. My family was somewhat unusual in that regard. Family saying came generally from my maternal grandparents—my father wasn’t around for my childhood years—and since my grandparents died when I w...

‘The Big Lebowski,’ ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ ‘Ferris Bueller,’ More Added To National Film Registry

Every year since 1989 the Library of Congress' National Film Registry has selected twenty-five short films and full-length features to be recognized, in the words of the librarian of Congress James H. Billington, as "cultural, historical, or aestheti...
by Geeks of Doom on Dec 17, 2014

Lessons in Legerdemain

A by-product of the scholarly research that I’m doing on wonder and science in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries has been my exposure to texts on more practical magic that creates “artificial conclusions”, to use the words of...
by streets of salem on Sep 26, 2014

Visit Washington DC

Washington, D.C. is of course the capital of the United States and thus, home to a magnitude of sights related to the federal government. But it is also a cultural center offering amazing museums and entertainment. A visit to Washington, D.C. should...
by eTravelTrips on Aug 20, 2014

President Obama Signs Bill Making It Legal to Unlock Cell Phones

Good news for consumers. Last month both the Senate and House of representatives passed a bill which allows customers to unlock their cellphone so it isn’t tethered to a specific service provider. President Obama has now signed the legislation...
by Debt Free Living Guru on Aug 2, 2014

Paper Shadows

When I found the hand shadow trade card for Salem furrier T.N. Covell below I thought I had stumbled onto something unique, but it turns out that shadowgraphy, ombromanie, or “Ombres Chinoises” was just another Victorian fad, like phrenol...
by streets of salem on Jul 22, 2014

Reading Room Interior Design to Make Your Study More Comfortable

When reading, of course, we are looking for a fairly quiet location, comfortable, not noisy, and equipped with adequate lighting and adequate access to reading materials. However, searching the location is really ideal for reading certainly is not ea...
by 4 Home Interior on Jun 7, 2014

Book Fetish: Volume 105

Let’s accessorize for this week’s Book Fetish, shall we?     I guess technically boots aren’t an accessory, but go with me here. Check out these awesome Marvel comic book boots. You can get them in this style here.  ...
by Book Riot on Mar 27, 2014

Of Human Bondage

William Somerset Maughan (1874-1965) was a famous British playwright and novelist, and it is said that he was the highest paid writer in the 1930s. During his lifetime, as well as afterwards, many of his stories were adapted to film, such as “The M...
by DVD Reviews and More on Feb 9, 2014

Library of Congress CLOSED Due to Winter Storm #DCSnowmageddon2014

Posted in community affairsnewswashington dcThe Library is CLOSED today, Jan. 21, in anticipation of the coming snowstorm. All events canceled. Please take care & stay inside today.— Library of Congress (@librarycongress) January 21, 2014...
by Carlyle Community on Jan 21, 2014

So Many Gables

It would be fine with me if the House of the Seven Gables was the iconic symbol of Salem rather than the witch: it seems to me that these two images were competing for that role in the earlier part of the twentieth century, but the witch definitely w...
by streets of salem on Nov 14, 2013

Government Shutdowns and Three Other Things I Didn't Learn in High School

In case you missed it, the United States Government shut down today. This is because a group of assholes decided to play the "I'm taking my toys and going home" game because they couldn't agree on healthcare reform, even though that reform was not af...
by Zero Decorum on Oct 1, 2013

Fenced In

While taking a twilight stroll around Salem the other day/night, it seemed to me as if the street-fronting fences were straining to contain the abundant shrubs, flowers and vines within. September is such an abundant time–even in the city. Sale...
by streets of salem on Sep 22, 2013

Orphans and Multiples

A photographic essay in the Huffington Post from a few days ago entitled “10 Orphan Row Houses So Lonely You’ll Want To Take Them Home With You” did indeed make me sad. A sampling of photographer Ben Marcin’s work, the photogr...
by streets of salem on Sep 7, 2013

Cleaning Out The Closet . . .

Regular readers know I use a number of sources for possible blog posts—I even use myself on the Friday Behind The Scenes posts :-) I gather possibilities without deciding if they’ll actually turn into a post—some I just can’t...
by Notes from An Alien on Aug 14, 2013

Cleaning Out The Closet . . .

Regular readers know I use a number of sources for possible blog posts—I even use myself on the Friday Behind The Scenes posts :-) I gather possibilities without deciding if they’ll actually turn into a post—some I just can’t...
by Notes from An Alien on Aug 14, 2013


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