1. The Apartment doors of famous Chelsea Hotel Residents for Sale
Through exhaustive research, roughly half of these large wooden doors can be traced to the iconic individuals who lived behind them, including Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jack Kerouac, Bob Marley, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Humphrey Bogart.
On April 12th at the Ricco/Maresca Gallery in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood, Guernsey’s will be conducting an unprecedented auction of fifty-five original doors to residences within the fabled Chelsea Hotel.
On April 12th at the Ricco/Maresca Gallery in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood, Guernsey’s will be conducting an unprecedented auction of fifty-five original doors to residences within the fabled Chelsea Hotel. How ironic it is that a once-homeless man, in search of a roof overhead, ended up with the Chelsea doors which, though well worn, white-washed, and plain, were the portals to the rooms of famed writers, artists, musicians and trend-setters. That formerly homeless man is indeed the consignor of the doors of such great musicians and writers as Bob Dylan, Tennessee Williams and Mark Twain.
2. Antique “Microwaves”
Found on Pinterest
3. Victorian “Penny Lick” Glasses
In Victorian times, ice cream was sold in small quantities called a ‘penny lick,’ wherein a small amount of ice cream was placed onto a licking glass, which the customer would lick clean and return. It was banned due to concerns about spreading TB, as the glass was not washed between customers.
Found on Wikipedia.
4. The Uninhabitable Plum Island Pink House
In 1925, a wife in a divorcing couple forced her ex-husband to build a replica of their family home as part of the divorce settlement. She didn’t specify the location, so he built it in the middle of a salt marsh and plumbed it solely with salt water. It’s uninhabitable.
It is now a historical landmark in Massachusetts (find it on Google maps).
Found on the New York Times.
5. An entire town that lives in a single building
There is a town in Alaska called Whittier, with 217 residents and everybody lives in the same 14 story building. It includes a school, hospital, church, and grocery store.
The two buildings that dominate the town were built after World War II. The 14-story Begich Towers (pictured top) was completed in 1957 and contains 150 two- and three-bedroom apartments. The Whittier School was connected by a tunnel at the base of the west tower so students could safely access school on days with bad weather.
The other main structure in town, the Buckner Building (picture above and below) was completed in 1953, and was called the “city under one roof”.
The Buckner Building was eventually abandoned. Buckner and Begich Towers were at one time the largest buildings in Alaska.
6. Cincinatti’s subway system was built, never used, and left abandoned
The Cincinnati Subway is a set of incomplete, derelict tunnels and stations for a rapid transit system beneath the streets of Cincinnati, Ohio. It is recognized as the largest abandoned subway tunnel in the United States. It was built in the early twentieth century as an upgrade to the Cincinnati streetcar system, but was abandoned due to escalating costs, the collapse of funding amidst political bickering, and the Great Depression during the 1920s and 1930s.
Found on Wikipedia.
7. Just a three-storey 7th Century Cave
In Maharashtra, India, the Ellora Caves is one of the largest rock-cut monastery-temple cave complexes in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monuments, and artwork, dating from the 600-1000 CE period. There are over 100 caves at the site, all excavated from the basalt cliffs in the Charanandri Hills, 34 of which are open to public
Found on the British Library.
8. La Gruta Restaurant, nestled in a volcanic cave in Mexico
“claiming to have been around since 1906 … the restaurant serves Mexican and Pre-Hispanic food, and it’s a bit pricey by Mexico’s standards– but well worth it for the atmosphere and some relaxation after a climb up the pyramids.”
Found on Thought and Sight.
9. The Adventurer Trekking from Mongolia to London by Camel
Baigalmaa Norjmaa is a 30-year-old adventurer embarking on a 12,000km trek from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital, all the way to London. It’ll take three years, encompass 14 countries and require enduring temperatures as low as -50 degrees. “It’s not hard for me,” she says bullishly. “I’m Mongolian – I’m used to harsh weather.”
Found on Huck magazine.
10. The Story behind these Paintings (yes, paintings)
“Near the end of 2014, I purchased a few amateur slide on ebay, the main subjects of which were one amazing woman with jet balck hair, mod dresses, and a wonderful smile…and her husband, a handsome man with a wonderful smile of his own. I inquired with the seller for more info about the slides, and was only told they came from a very large collection, which she had purchased at an estate sale in Indiana.” – painter Robert Townsend.
Discover the story…
11. Allied Radio with built in screen, circa 1948
Found on X-Ray Delta One.
12. It’s Springtime in China
They cherry blossoms have bloomed and it’s magical.
Found on Bored Panda.