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HISTORY - The Saybrook Apartments

This stone was once a part of the ornamental facade of The Saybrook Apartments in Oakland at Craft Avenue and Kennett Square.
And this old architectural stone has a twin.



And the twins had been separated since April 1984 when The Saybrook Apartments were demolished.
One twin lived in a garden on Winthrop Street in Oakland.
The other twin lived in a garden on Parkman Avenue in Schenley Farms, Oakland.
Flash ahead to September 2016 and the twin stones were reunited once again in a garden on Lytton Avenue in Schenley Farms...thanks to the generosity of my nice neighbor Barbara B.

Funny how life is...and inanimate objects move around via humans.
I bet a lot of antiques have a strange little history like these twin stones.

For years I've been looking for a photo of The Saybrook (an old article from 1919 say it was formerly Buckingham Apartments,. I found newspaper ads that had it listed as Buckingham in 1907 and Saybrook by 1909 , but I have a vague memory of Saybrook in stone above the door...am I imagining that?)

The only photo I can find is this one, during one of the many fires that cursed this grand old apartment building.
So far fires in 1943, 1966 (two), 1979, 1980...but considering it had hundreds of people living in it and was around since at least 1903 and maybe earlier, not that unusual.

Some of the ornamental stones can be seen above the windows in this photo, which is the side of the building- not the front which would have had the most ornamentation.




source- https://news.google.com/newspapers?sjid=jEwEAAAAIBAJ&nid=1144&dat=19430803&pg=4768%2C5609340&hl=en&id=1i8bAAAAIBAJ

I was in The Saybrook once, it had to be the late 1970s because it had it's last fire November 13, 1980. Then demolished in 1984.
It had seen better days, and I was young and not looking for clues of it's once great beauty, just looking for a birthday party, that Marshall and I were invited to.
But one thing I do remember was it's super wide hallways, 15-18 feet wide and each apartment had a screen door to the hall.
Those features were grand yet quaint, because those kind of big homey architectural details in apartment living are long gone.

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ARTIST - Edward Okun (1872–1945)

So essentially Wikipedia says he was Polish and born into a noble family, but became an orphan at an early age so his grandparents raised him.
At some point he inherited a lot of money, and took drawing and painting lessons.

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source- http://atelierentomologica.tumblr.com

Edward Okun,self portrait with butterfly) c.1902


Eventually he designed magazine covers, and illustrations for magazines such as the German magazine Jugend which translates as "Youth" which was a really cool art magazine.
He was also an art professor and member of other art related societies and an artist colony.

At an annual art opening called Salon Incentives, Poland's first president was assassinated, and Edward Okun and one of the presidents aides caught the assassin.


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source- http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/full.php?ID=81076

Mother Mushroom, circa 1900


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source- https://www.flickr.com/photos/hauksven/10001026144

In the Lemon Orchard, circa 1900


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source- https://www.pinterest.com/gwazdka/edward-okuń/

Fraulein Leopardus, circa 1906

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Dream

A few nights ago I had a fairly lucid dream.
I've forgotten the surrounding scenes but this stood out-


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LND's: White Buffalo
I was on a narrow path with steep yet sloping hillside-cliff-like walls on each side.
A white buffalo was on the path behind me and I had to let it pass as it moved faster than me and no room to share the path.
There was no fear, only natural concern to let such a big creature moving faster than me to have the path.
I held on to the steep hillside and let it pass and could so clearly see it's curly mane between it's horns, as if it had been damp.
It was a creamy tan color and beautiful.
It felt like somewhat of an honor to share the path with that amazing creature, and to be so close that I could have touched it.


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source/artist- http://www.electricscotland.com/history/america/donna/art/white_buffalo.htm

UPDATE Late May or Early June 2019:
I had another dream of a buffalo but a normal brown one. I was on a narrow path and had to let it pass by me, it was so close we touched. There was no fear, but a feeling of caution and amazement.
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Inspired But Not Motivated

I get a nice feeling from the kitchen in this photo.
It's ceilings are much higher but the layout reminds me of my kitchen.
It inspires me to mentally prepare myself for our dreaded kitchen renovation.

kitchen with a nice feeling

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And this photo is what doing a kitchen renovation feels like.

kitchen renovations feels like this
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Duane Irate Jones - Party on Lytton Ave.

Video Clips Added-

May Day Marching Band-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzpW-fE1Y7E

Queer Scouts-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfot4qBW1UE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu4NcrVwT3E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cyy549s4PjU

Franny Moon-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-rcj2kyWCU
Also at https://frannymoon.bandcamp.com

Karma House-
no clip yet
Also at https://soundcloud.com/marshall-goodwin-827424022


The birthday boy cuts the cake-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxodt2hQ1-s




Photos from the party!
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Duane- I don't have everyones email so please pass this link on, and links to YouTube videos soon to be added at the top of this post of Queer Scouts, May Day Marching Band, Franny Moon, Daryl Flemming, Karma House and assorted jams.
Thanks for coming everyone it was a blast! (my apologies for not getting photos of all of you, I now realize a few of you are missing in photos. I don't know how you got away from me and my camera!)

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Beautiful Old Book

Witch Hill: A History of Salem Witchcraft Including Illustrative Sketches of Person and Places by Z.A. Mudge, published in 1870.

It's just frightening how so called witches were killed...not so long ago.
Salem Witch Trials on Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salem_witch_trials

This rather rare old book can be read online here:
https://books.google.com/books?id=quPG4TNRadsC&pg=PA150&lpg=PA150&dq=witch+hill,+reverend+z.+a.+mudge&source=bl&ots=T3MoAdr5Ov&sig=ijAJdSeoXN80f5mmbC6JH6mrSQ4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjGjfywsZfLAhVKeD4KHRprCM4Q6AEIJjAC#v=onepage&q=witch%20hill%2C%20reverend%20z.%20a.%20mudge&f=false

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Description:
(from eBay)
Sections Include:

Witch Knowledge, Witch Marks, Imps, Victims of Witchcraft, The Witch Finder General-His Bloody Deeds, William Penn and Witchcraft, Boston Cases, The Possessed Girl and Her Pastor, The Pranks of the Spirit, Arrests for Witchcraft, The Girls Begin to be Afflicted, The Accusers Strike Higher, Specter Blood Flows, The Circle Girls are Called and see Visions, An Afflicted Horse, A Blue Boar, A Fatal Result, etc. etc.

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Green Envy

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http://www.alaintruong.com/archives/2012/01/12/23231380.html

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Green

Color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility.
Strong emotional correspondence with safety.
Dark green is also commonly associated with money.
Has great healing power.
Green suggests stability and endurance.
Color of the sea. It is often associated with depth and stability.
Symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.
Considered beneficial to the mind and body.
Slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect.
Strongly associated with tranquility and calmness.
Used to symbolize piety and sincerity.

source- http://www.colorpsychology.org


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