Thursday, November 20, 2008

Grand Old Lady


For those of you who have grown up in Birmingham, this building is instantly recognizable. This wonderful Art Deco detailing is from Loveman's Department Store in downtown Birmingham.  This grand old lady evokes many fond memories.... eating lunch on the Mezzanine,  the glove department, the elevators with attendants in white gloves, the fabulous Christmas windows...and so many more.  This building now houses the  McWane Science Center.  

Bottom Photo:  Musee du Louvre
Paris, 2007

I am in Paris this week.  I am preposting while I am gone.  In addition to the Birmingham photo each day, I am adding a Paris photo from my last trip in March, 2007.  From time to time I may leave a comment from Paris. Thank you for stopping by.

14 comments:

Wayne said...

Is this a new banner? Or have I not been paying attention?

I wonder how old one has to be to actually have seen elevator operators in a department store wearing white gloves and matching uniforms? It sounds like something from another century but I remember it very well in to my late teens.

Olivier said...

toujours se ton s├ępia, superbe. les ombres sous la porte du Louvre magnifique.

always sepia tone, superb. shadows under the door of Louvre, it's the magnificent

babooshka said...

"For those of you who have grown up in Birmingham, this building is instantly recognizable" made me laugh. You've seen my Brimingham and no nothing as gorgeous. Adore art deco, we could have done with a spot of this around my old city. Love the muted tones in the second, the darkly silhoueted figures disappearing into the light is quite eerie.

Happy snapping, french style.

Karen said...

I do remember elevator attendants but I think they disapeared while I was a teenager. We did have some great Department stores in New Jersey back then, too.

Hope you are having a wonderful time in Paris and that it's not too cold.. Eric said there may be snow..

Halcyon said...

Lovely photos. Hope you are enjoying Paris... I'm sure you are!

I just got back from China last night. The flight is loooong, but so worth it! I'll have some peeks into Chinese culture next week on my blog.

Mary said...

My friend Barbara (www.paristalks.com) wrote to say that you had a fabulous time yesterday in the Marais! Hope that you're stopping at EVERY patisserie for a quick nibble, they're hard to resist, n'est-ce pas?
xx,
M

Eki Akhwan said...

The angle and composition of the Paris photo at the bottom is soooo wonderful, V.

How's your trip going? Can't wait to hear about it and see the photos ....


Have a great time, V!

Petrea said...

Catching up today, Virginia, and enjoying your 2007 Paris photos. I hope you're having a terrific vacation! I echo Eki Akhwan, I'm looking forward to hearing about it and seeing your great pictures!

D.C. Confidential said...

I love the juxtaposition of these photos, VJ.

So, this evening, I took the blog with me to the National Portrait Gallery. We listened to jazz in the Kogod Courtyard. It still misses you, but is doing better today! ;-)

Webradio said...

Hello Virginia !

La couleur est vraiment jolie !

Virginia said...

DC, My blog is going to be spoiled rotten and not fit ot live with ! Well neither am I. I have taken tons of photos and a few may be blog worthy. Peter and I did a night photo shoot and well let's just say his are blog worthy and mine.... PITIFUL!

My photo tour with Barbara (Paris Talks.com) was Fab! I took a zillion photos and had a blast.

I love Paris and am trying to get a visa and stay so I can give Peter an Erice a run for their money. BTW. NO SNOW in sight.

Virginia said...

Wayne,
I didn't say I REMEMBERED the elevator operators! I jsut said old folks like you would remember.
Just wait till I get home.....
V

Petrea said...

A Paris night shoot! Sounds like a dream.

Virginia said...

A Paris nightshootis only a dream when you can get one out of 100 photos that are decent, Let's just say Peter's photos were much much better and I had the better tripod! Whoo hooo! A good time was had by all regardless of the photos!