Edward Congdon (everyone called him Ned) was in his 20s when the Glensheen was finally ready to live in. And in fact, Ned moved in before anyone else – he slept in his room for several nights before anyone else moved in. Here is his room:
And here’s the historical view of his room (at night, for some reason):
The doorknob and escutcheon is a beautiful hammered copper:
The light switch has a copper faceplate with brass screws:
I’m a fan of the wallpaper pattern underneath the faceplate.
This was Ned’s bed. There’s not an immediate Celtic connection in either Chester’s or Clara’s family, so the Celtic cross on the bed is probably just a design element, vs. a nod to familiar roots:
Ned’s room is full of fumed oak (you expose wood to ammonia fumes, which draws out the grain), and this cabinet is a nice example:
This coat rack is simple but authoritative in its design. Do you notice that ‘hammered copper’ theme continued? No, it’s not hammered copper, but it does continue the appearance of a theme:
There are a few bookshelves in Ned’s room. “This Simian World” caught my eye here. It was written in 1920 by Clarence Day. Here’s a passage from it: “It is possible that our race may be an accident in a meaningless universe living its brief life, uncared for on this dark, cooling star.” Rather dark, eh?
This just looks like an enjoyable selection all around:
If I had to guess, I’d say this was a photograph of Ned and Walter (Robert was born several years later):
Here is Ned’s desk:
Ned was, by all accounts, the family photographer, and he has an impressive collection of old cameras and photographic equipment. This is an old Eastman Kodak camera:
Here’s that camera from the side. You can see how it collapses into its own carrying case:
Here’s a ‘Kodak Vest Pocket Camera.’ You can see the eight blades in the aperture (the hole through which the light goes in):
This #8 Portrait Attachment is a small lens that fits onto the Kodak Vest Pocket Camera (as seen above):
This is a movie camera. I tried to show both sides, by focusing the back side of the movie camera’s reflection in the mirror:
Here’s an little Brownie camera. I’m sure many of you had Brownies – there were all the rage for many years. You can see how the years have started to cause the glass to become pitted:
“C. B. Congdon” would refer to Clara Bannister Congdon, so apparently Clara was taking photos as well!
This is in Ned’s darkroom (between his bedroom and the Infirmary bathroom). Do you suppose the ‘Zimmerman Brothers’ were relatives of Robert Zimmerman (better known as Bob Dylan)? Today, 330 W Superior Street would have been where the Providence Building is located. The Providence Building was built well before Glensheen, so perhaps the Zimmerman Brothers Eastman Kodak Company was located inside the Providence Building:
These are very old rolls of film :
Transparent oil colors would have been used to hand-color prints:
And these little devices were used for cutting negatives smoothly:
Leaving the darkroom, this lamp caught my eye just because of its blooming flower leaf base:
This is a detail from Ned’s fireplace, which, similar to the infirmary, uses Grueby Faience Company tiles (and hammered copper):
And this is a fun little find – it’s a hockey stick, apparently sold by the Northern Hardware Company:
Later, I’ll be sharing a photo of one of the head gardener’s sons, playing hockey on the frozen Tischer Creek, with the mansion in the background. Perhaps he was using this very stick!