*This will be a part of a three part series on American victorian architecture and an economic and political history of what is shaping housing. This will be part 3 that focuses on the history of exterior paints. To view part 1 click here.

A typical multi-colored paint scheme plan you can find on a victorian style period American home.

When looking up at a towering Queen Anne or Italianate at the corbels, cupolas, and widow’s walks you may often ask yourself how on earth did victorian people paint their homes in the way they did without modern technology? One of the most stunning aspect about victorian architecture can be the way they are painted. You…


*This will be a part of a three part series on American victorian architecture and an economic and political history of what is shaping housing. This will be part 2 that focuses on the interior of older homes. To view part 3 click here.

Hello again. Let us continue our discussion around victorian architecture, and why we are witnessing city and countryside landscapes changing so drastically. Maybe the better question would be, what ever happened to honest wood? Today there is a huge discussion around making homes energy efficient, because using wood to build homes is environmentally destructive and does…


Dette er en historie, jeg udfordrede mig selv til at skrive om i nogen tid. Hvis du er en babyboomer, kan du huske at tage en ekskursion til en af ​​disse. Da jeg voksede op i New England, hørte jeg ofte historier fra mine slægtninge om de store atomkraftværker, der engang stod i nordøst og forsynede os med energi. Det eneste bevis, jeg havde med mig, var de historier og folklore, som jeg ofte hørte fra min barndom ved middagsbordet og høytidssamlingen. Det sværeste ved fremtidige generationer, der forsker i dette emne i New England’s historie, er selve mystikken, de…


*This will be a part of a three part series on American victorian architecture and an economic and political history of what is shaping housing. This will be part 1 that focuses on history and community activism. View Part 2.

There is a great phenomenon happening today, and that is a giant change of landscape around American roads and cities. It is the disappearance of turrets and towers, mortgage buttons, guilloche, corbels, cupolas, widow’s walks, courtyards, carriage houses, jerkinheads, newels, or in better terms victorian architecture. However in this article I’m not really going to talk about the history of…


1949 Chesterfield advert featuring Hollywood actress Joan Crawford for upcoming Flamingo Road.

Luckies taste better! Winston tastes good like a cigarette should. The new cigarette that doesn’t cop out on flavor. Only the flavor touches your lips. Pall Mall. OUTSTANDING…and they are MILD! These were slogans that were once heard in every American household on radio and television sets. It was once a family tradition at every holiday gathering at the dinner table. It was at one point the flavor that every man smoked that got him through the day. It relaxed and eased anxiety for our boys out at the battlefield. It helped you focus in school, made your breath smell…


Remaining New England Factories…

1.) Somerville Ford Assembly (Converted)

Address: 5 Middlesex Ave, Somerville, MA 02145

Today Somerville Assembly has been torn down and converted into the Assembly Square shopping mall complex. It’s the actual original mill where they produced Ford cars during the 1950’s and 60's.

2.) Framingham Assembly (Converted)


This is a story I challenged myself to write about for some time. If you are a baby boomer you may remember taking a field trip to one of these. Growing up in New England I would often hear stories from my relatives about the grand nuclear plants that once lined the Northeast and provided us with energy. The only proof I had with me was the stories and folklore I would often hear from my childhood at the dinner table and holiday gatherings. The most difficult aspect about future generations researching this topic of New England history is the…


When you think of the American universities that are pumping out our lawyers, doctors, and engineers into this century what words come to mind? “prestige”, “educated”, “smart”? Do you ever consider the phrase tax shelter? Many politicians and outspoken advocates on both sides of the aisle argue against and for free tuition, student loan forgiveness, overcrowding, raised testing standards. However almost everyone on both sides will say that higher education is good. Do know what any of this means though? In all of this noise is anyone arguing, why are we shifting the blame to students? Why are we shifting…


Look around you in America today. You may be feeling angry, confused, and have a hard time separating from what is truth and what is fiction. You may have lost complete confidence in the institutions you once respected and cherished, and better yet you are asking yourself if these feelings are okay. I am here to tell you that these feelings are very real and they are happening. Today I want to talk with you about the greatest tragedy that would ever happen to our free democracy, and it happened to us in the middle of the night while we…


There is a serious debate happening right now in the field of energy, and that is over the obligation of reducing carbon to reverse the threat of climate change and warming of the climate known as ‘global warming”. In this virtuous endeavor we have witnessed the substantial increase around the world of alternative energy forms in the category of renewable energies such as wind and solar. …

Ben Kleschinsky

Independent writer outside of Boston.

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