July 16, 2013

love this quote...

This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing in from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. This storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress. 

 ~ Walter Benjamin ~

July 8, 2013


i snapped this pic as i was driving around some back roads, trying to find access to this building:

i'm going to have to climb under a fence to get to this building!

July 3, 2013

cleveland history...

i pass this building on the way to work every day.  i wonder about the history, who worked there, what they made, why they closed.  cleveland was a manufacturing giant from the early 1900's through the 70's.  then it all went bust.

here's a photo of what it looked like inside, 1912.

there's a remediation project to save the building.  i hope they can pull it off!

the history:

The WARNER & SWASEY CO. was once a leading manufacturer of machine tools, with a world-wide reputation for its telescopes and precision instruments. New England machinists WORCESTER P. WARNER and AMBROSE SWASEY formed a partnership in Chicago in 1880 but moved to Cleveland, opening a machine tool shop on Carnegie Ave. near E. 55th St. in Aug. 1881. With the advent of the sewing machine, bicycle, and automobile industries, the firm began to focus on producing turret lathes. Utilizing the same techniques and machinery used to produce machine tools, the firm also produced telescopes--due primarily to Warner's interest in astronomy. The company gained international fame in 1886 by building the largest telescope at the time for the Lick Observatory in California, and later completed large telescopes for the U.S. Naval Observatory and the Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin. While the company used its astronomical instruments to gain publicity, most of its profit came from machine tools. 

 After incorporation in 1900, Warner & Swasey placed more emphasis on its profitable turret lathe business and became the world's leading manufacturer of such lathes by 1928. During World War II, the company employed 7,000 people and produced half of the turret lathes manufactured in the U.S. After the war, it diversified into textile machinery construction equipment and the electronics industry through internal growth and acquisitions. By 1965 Warner & Swasey employed 2,000 people and began to move several operations to SOLON. Its headquarters relocated to UNIVERSITY CIRCLE in 1968. During the business recession in the early 1980s, Bendix Corp., which had purchased the company in 1980, closed several of its plants in the Cleveland area and implemented large-scale layoffs. In 1983 Bendix was taken over by the Allied Corp. of New Jersey, which sold Warner & Swasey to Cross & Trecker, a Michigan machinery firm, in 1984. Cross & Trecker was absorbed by Giddings & Lewis, a Wisconsin tool company, which shut down Warner & Swasey's only remaining plant in Solon in Jan. 1992, closing out 110 years of operation in the Cleveland area.

ultra-wide angle fun

July 1, 2013

new lens fun!

i gave myself a bad face 

i gave my mom a "man hand" 

this pic is my favorite.  my mom being bossy.