June 25, 2021

Apple Tower Theatre Opening

Yesterday the Apple Store in the Tower Theatre (first in L.A. to be wired for talkies, hosted sneak preview of The Jazz Singer, first in L.A. to be air conditioned, 1927) in downtown Los Angeles opened. The building had been sitting unused since 1988. This certainly seemed like a worthy event to travel to. I've wanted to see the interior of this theater for years, I'd never been to an Apple Store opening, and this one promised to be a bit more than the opening on El Paseo in La Quinta. So I got up early and drove to Rialto to get Metrolink. This is the first time I've tried parking at Rialto and it was totally fine. The parking lots were about three-quarters empty. And, it's not San Bernardino. Metrolink is still requiring masks for everyone on their trains (and even platforms), but they appear to permit eating and drinking on board?!

Union Station is looking pretty nice. I took some shots on film and continued shooting film as I walked to the Apple Store. I got there about 10:30 and the line to enter was not long at all and moved very quickly. They actually did the applause thing as our bunch walked in. And then I switched to my digital camera, because I just wanted to shoot a lot of photos under a wide variety of lighting situations. So I just walked everywhere and took pictures of everything. It was easy to spot Tim Cook - it was like finding the queen bee in a hive. Just look for all the congestion and wiggling abdomens.

Once I felt I had seen and photographed everything, I switched back to my film camera and walked around taking more photos. There's a chance I may have gotten an okay shot of Tim Cook on film...but I'm finding my film predictions are often wildly wrong.

Here's a nice, short article about the store.

Walked back to Union Station, made the train with like five minutes to spare, got to Rialto and the truck was fine and even in the shade!

The complete set of photos (so far) from Apple Tower Theatre is here. And here are some of them:

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (2188)
Apple Tower Theatre shot with my iPhone

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (2190)
A look down at Tim Cook from the balcony

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6520)

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6498)

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6492)

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6468)
They restored the drinking fountains, and they work

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Part of the ceiling over a balcony that overlooks the entrance lobby.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6459)
The loftier parts of the entrance lobby

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6429)
I can't imagine the theater actually had windows along 8th Street
, unless they were just for display cases where they'd put their movie posters. These are hinged, but I don't think you'll find them standing open while the store is operating.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6424)
THe proscenium

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6410)
The big, main false skylight
. There's another, smaller one over the balcony, mostly obscured in this shot.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6379)

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June 23, 2021

Four More In Massachusetts

Visit Our Organ Bar
Somewhere in Boston
, 1983.

Gate of Heaven - South Boston
Gate of Heaven Roman Catholic church in South Boston
, 1982.

Nantucket Lightship (2)
Nantucket Lightship in Nantucket
during my one and only trip there. Kodachrome, 1982.

Old South Meetinghouse (1)
Old South Meetinghouse
, Agfachrome, 1984. Some history.

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June 18, 2021

Two in DC, Two in Maine

Lamp on US Capitol Grounds (1)
A light on the U.S. Capitol grounds
. I couldn't find any information about this lamp (there is probably more than one) such as designer or the year of installation. If you have more info about it please leave a comment. Kodachrome, 2001.

Stephenson Grand Army of the Republic Memorial
Stephenson Grand Army of the Republic Memorial in Washington
, Kodachrome, 2001.

Lower South Branch Pond (2)
Lower South Branch Pond in Baxter State Park, Maine
. This was my usual campground when I went to Baxter State Park. Kodachrome, 1987.

Maine Woods (2)
Maine - probably Baxter State Park
, Kodachrome, 1987.

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June 14, 2021

The 20th Century Will Never Go Away

South Korea and Japan posturing over a border dispute. But of course, North Korea claims an interest as well.

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June 9, 2021

How Did I Come Up With Five?

Comm Ave at Packard's Corner
The view along Commonwealth Avenue from Packard's Corner in Allston towards the Prudential in the Back Bay
, Kodachrome, 2001.

BU Bridge with Traffic (2)
BU Bridge
, Agfa Scala black & white slide film.

Zakim Bridge (30)
Zakim Bridge when it was opened for pedestrian visitors before opening for traffic
, Kodachrome, 2002.

Mrs. Sarah Clap
Mrs. Sarah Clap, deceased 1826, in Dorchester North Burying Ground (Boston)
, Kodachrome, 1990.

Succulent Flower (2)
Flowering succulent
, Kodachrome, 1989.

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June 1, 2021

Three Bostons and a Houston

Boston University School of Law (1)
Boston University Law School (among other things)
, Agfachrome, 1984.

TC Energy Center (4)
TC Energy Center in Houston
, Kodachrome, 1989.

View From 530 Atlantic Avenue
Looking out from the entryway at 530 Atlantic Avenue in Boston
, Kodachrome, 1989.

20 Pinckney Street, Beacon Hill
20 Pinckney Street on Beacon Hill
, Kodachrome, 1982. This was the home of Louisa May Alcott and her family from 1852 to 1855.

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May 28, 2021

Some Unknowns Here

World Trade Center 1985 (1)

JFK's Childhood Home (1)
JFK's childhood home in Brookline
, Agfachrome, 1983.

Public Garden Gate (1)
Entrance to the Public Garden
, Ektachrome, but I don't know what year.

Sunrise seen from a boat
Date unknown, don't recognize the boat and there are no landmarks on shore
, but I can tell you it's Ektachrome.

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May 21, 2021

The Republicans

Insurrection Tour

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Four From Washington DC

Lincoln Memorial (4)
Lincoln Memorial
, Kodachrome, 2001.

Washington Monument seen from the Lincoln Memorial (1)
Washington Monument seen from the Lincoln Memorial
, Kodachrome, 2001.

Church Building (1)
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington
, Kodachrome, 2001.

Gettysburg Address at the Lincoln Memorial
The Gettysburg Address at the Lincoln Memorial
, Kodachrome, 2001.

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May 14, 2021

War Deaths, Military and Civilian

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May 2, 2021

Two Hoover Dams, Two Bostons

Hoover Dam (2)
Hoover Dam
, Kodachrome, 2001.

Hoover Dam (1)
Hoover Dam
, Kodachrome, 2001.

Winthrop Building (1)
The Winthrop Building, the first steel frame skyscraper in Boston, 1894.
Kodachrome, 2002.

Old State House - Boston
Old State House, Boston
, Kodachrome, 2002.

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April 28, 2021

Yet More Kodachrome

Niels Esperson Building (4)
The Niels Esperson Building in Houston
, Kodachrome, 1989.

Calm Water
Kodachrome, 1990

Grave (1)
A cast iron tombstone
, but I don't recall the location. Kodachrome, 1990.

Miss Hannah Goddard
Miss Hannah Goddard, deceased 1786
, Walnut Street cemetery, Brookline, Massachusetts. Kodachrome, 1989.

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April 21, 2021

Kodachrome Outdoors

Footbridge Over a Brook
Kodachrome, 1990

Hammond Pond Reservation in Snow (4)
Kodachrome, 1990

Old Harbor U.S. Life Saving Station
Old Harbor U.S. Life Saving Station on Cape Cod
, Kodachrome, 1990.

Brick Building in Autumn (1)
I've been unable to identify this building
. The photo was shot about the time I was in Baltimore, so it might be around there. Or, of course, somewhere in New England. Kodachrome, 1989.

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April 18, 2021

Kodachromes From All Over

Forbes (2)
Maple Cemetery in Royalston, Massachusetts
, Kodachrome, 1989.

Pond Reflecting New England Woods (1)
Kodachrome, 1990

Cascade at the Wortham (1)
, Kodachrome, 1989.

Chesapeake Lightship with Flagpoles
Baltimore Inner Harbor
, Kodachrome, 1989.

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April 5, 2021

Photos From The Lodz Ghetto

Forty-eight photos by Henryk Ross. Wikipedia: Starting in 1940, Ross had been employed by the Department of Statistics for the Jewish Council within the Łódź Ghetto during the Holocaust in occupied Poland. Daringly, working as staff photographer, Ross also documented Nazi atrocities (such as public hangings) while remaining officially in the good graces of the German occupational administration. Ross gifted the photos to Lova Szmuszkowicz. They passed from him to his son, who sold them in 2018 to Howard Greenberg who in turn donated them to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston which has digitized them and made them available to the public.

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Four Grave Photos

Hunter - Evergreen Cemetery
In Evergreen Cemetery in Brighton, Massachusetts
, Kodachrome, 1990.

Forbes (1)
In Maple Cemetery in Royalston, Massachusetts
,, Kodachrome, 1989.

Kennedy Family Plot
The Kennedy family plot in Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline
, Kodachrome, 1990.

Eunice Clark - Copp's Hill
Eunice Clark, deceased 1724, in Copps Hill Burying Ground, Boston
, Kodachrome, 1989.

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March 26, 2021

Four More

Paul Knot - Swan Point Cemetery
The grave of Paul Knot in Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, Rhode Island
, 2001.

John Stanton Slocum - Swan Point Cemetery
John Stanton Slocum, also in Swan Point Cemetery
, 2001.

Historical Building (1)
Some historical building that I do not recall and have been unable to identify so far
. If you have a clue, please leave a comment below. Kodachrome, 1992.

Interior (1)
Interior of another unidentified building
, Kodachrome, 1992.

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March 25, 2021

Under the Lincoln Memorial

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March 24, 2021

A Variety

Manhattan (1)
Manhattan, but I can't say exactly where
, Kodachrome, 1994.

125 Summer Street - Boston (2)
125 Summer Street, Boston
, Kodachrome, 1991.

Flowering Succulent (1)
A succulent flowering on my windowsill in Boston
, Kodachrome, 1990. I have this type growing in my front yard in Desert Hot Springs now.

Soldier of the Revolution
Wagon Master General, a soldier of the revolution
, Kodachrome,f 1989.

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March 17, 2021

Old Ones From New England

Flowing Water (2)
Somewhere in New England
, 1986.

Workers Atop The Old John Hancock Building
The beacon atop the old John Hancock building in Boston
, Kodachrome, 1988.

Tulips and Shadows

Sculpture (1)
Some historical figure in Boston
, but I don't recall who, nor do I recall the location. If you recognize him, please leave a comment. Agfachrome, 1983.

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