Monthly Archives: March 2009

Floppy-ear blooms

I’m excited to see the flower season bursting out at last. Advertisements

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60s clawfoot tragedy

As disinclined as I am to poke fun at someone else’s idea of a stunning remodel, lest my grand schemes be held up for judgment someday, I saw pictures today that knocked my jaw so far down, my tongue just … Continue reading

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With gardening season rapidly approaching, I offer you this glimpse of a whimsical program from across the pond. It’s devoted to people who grow oversize veg, as they call them (and I think I’m going to adopt the term—much sleeker … Continue reading

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The New York Times writes about the “Spite House,” an intriguing 1830 house in Alexandria, Va., that is only 7 feet wide. Be sure to check out the slideshow. I can see the charm in such a modest abode, particularly … Continue reading

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Wartime Roper brochure

My fascination with and confusion about proper dating of Roper stoves is well-documented on this site. Here’s a brochure that may help somewhat. Either way, it’s got great period details Below is an interesting bit of info: a letter from … Continue reading

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Roper from Newark, New Jersey

Available now! It’s got the lamp, timer, S&P shakers, I think! And appears to have all knobs and handles. Seller writes: Antique Roper Stove – 6 burner with fold down covers. 2 ovens, broiler, warming drawer. May need a little TLC but still … Continue reading

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