I moved into my present apartment back in 2004. It’s a little bungalow (about 500 square feet). There are a number of these small bungalows on a double lot. All of them look the same on the exterior and they were built sometime in the 1920s.
This is a photograph from 2004 when I had just moved in.
This is looking away from the fireplace. The living room area is 23 feet by 9 feet.
These are photographs circa 2008.
This is toward the fireplace. The movie on the television is Death on the Nile.
Another one looking toward the fireplace but from farther back. The Titanic poster is from the 1954 Clifton Webb/Barbara Stanwyck version.
The back of these photos says 2010.
The image on the TV is from a Miss Marple episode. I forget which one but I think it’s Murder is Served. The image above the fireplace is The Light of the World. It’s an engraving based on Holman Hunt’s painting of the same name. Hunt was one of the Pre-Ralphaelites. You can see a portion of my souvenir building collection on the mantel.
This is looking in the other direction. The painting reminds me of someone who should be in an Edith Wharton novel. This section of the room looks a little cluttered. What was I thinking?
These photos are from 2013.
I took them on the spur of the moment. I should have cleaned the glass on all the cabinets and dusted first but I didn’t.
I took this photo in the morning with just the venetian blinds open. The image on the TV is Chinatown.
This is the clock on the mantel. I’ve seen lots of these types of figural mantel clocks but most of them have classical figures or famous men like Shakespeare. This is the first clock of this type that I’ve seen with the I WILL woman from the Chicago World’s Fair of 1933; A Century of Progress. (I collect world’s fair items too.)
A book I bought years ago had her image on the cover.
Hanging above her on the wall is our martyred president — James A. Garfield. It’s a 19th century Puck image.
I like the sentiment in the sampler. The two mermaids might be too girlie for a middle aged bachelor’s apartment or maybe just right.
His name is Algernon and he died from old age. I bought the crown for him. He didn’t bring it with him.
This is looking in the other direction away from the fireplace.
On and in the desk are these three items which I am immensely fond of.
He’s a French president from the last quarter of the nineteenth century.
It’s Atlas holding a clock. I wish they sold reductions of the Atlas at Rockefeller Center.
I guess this would be an affirmation.
On the wall opposite the front door is this bookcase.
It’s a mission bookcase.
The statue’s a scout. I saw this same statue in the 1950 Edmond O’Brien movie: D.O.A. It’s in Mr. Halliday’s office. (Halliday works for the Philips Import Export Company which is located in the Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles.) The item behind him is a copper relief image of President U.S. Grant with the high-points of his life at each corner and in-between the corners too.
This is on the way to the kitchen and behind that green paisley chair. The statue is titled La Source du Pactole and is inscribed and dedicated on the side facing the IKEA DVD holder. The title of the print above him is Killing Pace. The man is holding up a glass of champagne. They’re drinking and driving. It is copyrighted 1903. It was missing some of the ribbon when I bought it so I’m attempting to fix it.
Above is the inscription on La Source du Pactole. J. Stuart Blackton was one of the founders of Vitagraph. He’s pretty much forgotten in film history but he is mentioned extensively in a 1952 book called Two Reels and a Crank which was written by one of his partners at Vitagraph, Albert E. Smith. J. Stuart Blackton was hit by a car and died while crossing a Los Angeles street in the mid 1940s.
Here is a picture of him from the Motion Picture Studio Directory and Trade Annual from 1921.
In an effort to get more organized I bought this display case from IKEA. I had a poster of Uncle Sam in this space but moved him to the closet. I’m using the display case to house my souvenir buildings. I’m very happy with it.
This is the top shelf.
This is the middle shelf.
This is the bottom shelf.
My book was released on December 16, 2013. It’s called The Odd Fellows.