Clock at Grand Central Terminal

This shot of the iconic clock at Grand Central Terminal was one of the first ever from my Panasonic LX-3.

According to Wikipedia:

The 18-sided main information booth — originally the “information bureau” — is in the center of the concourse. Its attendants provide train schedules and other information to the public;[40] in 2015, they fielded more than 1,000 questions an hour, according to an MTA spokesman. A door within the marble and brass pagoda conceals a spiral staircase down to a similar booth on the station’s Dining Concourse.

The booth is topped by a four-faced brass clock that may be Grand Central’s most recognizable icon. The clock was designed by Henry Edward Bedford and cast in Waterbury, Connecticut. Each 24-inch (61 cm) face is made from opalescent glass, now often called opal glass or milk glass. (Urban legend says the faces are actually opal, valued by Sotheby’s or Christie’s between $10 million and $20 million.) The clock was first stopped for repairs in 1954, after it was found to be losing a minute or two per day.

Along with the rest of the New York Central Railroad system’s clocks, it was formerly set to a clock in the train dispatcher’s office at Grand Central.[45] Through the 1980s, they were set to a master clock at a workshop in Grand Central. Since 2004, they have been set to the United States Naval Observatory’s atomic clock, accurate to a billionth of a second.

For more information (e.g. including its use in movies) on the clock see New York’s Most Famous Clock.

Chrysler Building

An early (taken a couple of days after I bought it) picture taken with the Panasonic Lumix LX-3. Among its many impressive features the camera was known for its dynamic black and white mode.

According to Wikipedia:

The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco–style skyscraper located on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan in New York City, at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Manhattan. At 1,046 feet (318.9 m), the structure was the world’s tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. It is the tallest brick building in the world with a steel framework. As of 2018, the Chrysler is the eighth-tallest building in the city, tied with The New York Times Building.

Originally a project of real estate developer and former New York State Senator William H. Reynolds, the building was constructed by Walter Chrysler, the head of the Chrysler Corporation, and served as the corporation’s headquarters from 1930 until the mid-1950s. The Chrysler Building’s construction was characterized by a competition with 40 Wall Street and the Empire State Building to become the world’s tallest building. Although the Chrysler Building was built and designed specifically for the car manufacturer, the corporation did not pay for its construction and never owned it, as Walter Chrysler decided to pay for it himself, so that his children could inherit it.

When the Chrysler Building opened, there were mixed reviews of the building’s design, ranging from its being inane and unoriginal to that it was modernist and iconic. Perceptions of the building have slowly evolved into its now being seen as a paragon of the Art Deco architectural style; and in 2007, it was ranked ninth on the List of America’s Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.

This building was only about four blocks from where I worked. I walked past it every day and yet I have very few pictures of it. The tragedy of modern life (particularly in New York City). Everything moves so quickly that you have no time to “smell the roses”.

Sleeping Beauty

Our younger daughter, who lives some distance away, asked us to look for some of her old albums, find some pictures of her friend, scan them and send them to her. This we dutifully did.

On going through the albums we inevitably came across a number of pictures we’d forgotten, but which seemed worth scanning. This is one of them.

It’s a picture of me at a party many moons ago. I was in my early twenties at the time – was I ever this young?

I guess the party must have gotten too much for me.

Clearly I didn’t take the picture, but it was taken with my camera and so was almost certainly taken by my wife.

Taken with a Minolta Hi-matic 7sii (if memory serves me well.)