Thursday, April 29, 2010
This beautiful brick I found sticking out the bank of the heavily polluted Mill Creek behind Union Terminal in Cincinnati while canoeing with my son, Jasper. This and the next several bricks that follow are not listed in the data base compiled by long time International Brick Collectors Association secretary/librarian Jim Graves. I am sending him these images.
This brick and its cousin '4' came from behind a packrat's house being torn down on Draper St. off Spring Grove Ave. in an old industrial part of Cincinnati. I was there picking up sandstone steps with the Bobkitten in a deal I had made with Jimmy, the demolition man.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Sasha is a close friend who was a musician for many years in Cincinnati, before returning to St. Petersburg to be a guide. He was very encouraging to me at the beginning of my Russian career. He gave me some great music to listen to and I still remember his enthusiasm when he taught me the word 'mecto' (place). Near the end of our month in Russia Becky and I arrived in St. Petersburg. I was still looking for a Russian brick. Could the great guide help me out?
Sasha took us to the Hermitage but we got there late, only an hour to see all the masterpieces. But he more than made up for it, when he guided through the off limits basement. Here is my type of gal: a cat lover crazy/ historical researcher feeding some of the 100 cats who roam the basement.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
And here it is, after searching all over Russia a brick with Russian letters. We found this in a rubble pile beside a 1700's palace in St. Petersburg. Later Sasha found a website that dated this brick from late 1800's. I tried to carry this over-sized brick onto the plane at the Frankfurt, but the authorities thought it might be a weapon or bomb. Finally, after Xraying and dusting it, they checked it through and let me proceed.
Monday, April 26, 2010
And here is Ira herself, hard at work at Angelina's Deli at Findlay Market. Ira was born in Moscow and moved to the Ukraine as a young bride. After that Greenwich, Connecticut and finally Covington where she fell for her husband, Scott. She is Becky's role model for what woman should look like.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Supposedly the owners couldn't decide whose name should go first, so they made this brick reversible and either the H or S can go first. This came out of a sidewalk in Boston, Mass. where they are the largest maker of bricks. In fact, I have a daughter who lives there and she claims that there are no other bricks to be had in the area.
A very famous brick. A doctor in Kansas figured out that people with tuberculosis would spit on the sidewalk and the women would walk by in their long dresses and pick up the germs. I am especially proud that Terry Taraba gave it to me.
At Beatrice's office. Behind us is Augustina's mural. Beatrice is a full-time working mother, dermatologist and journalist. She is ever the perfectionist, so it was amusing, at least to me, to learn that the red welt on her forehead came from her curling iron when she got in a hurry doing her hair.