Saturday, July 27, 2013

SEPIA SATURDAY (172)

I had way too many ideas for this week's Sepia Saturday
where the prompt picture invites us to talk about books, 
very old books. 
So I had too many ideas and so very little time, 
so I decided to take my second idea, 
libraries as keepers of the written word, 
but sticking to some place closer, 
so close it was literally staring me [and you too!!] in the face 
every time I looked at my blog... 
Let me explain!!


You all recognize this, 
as it's been the header of my blog for quite some time now. 
I took the original picture a few years back, 
in the French Quarters (Quartier Latin). 
Being an Aries
I was naturally drawn to this ram that is at the base of a lamp post. 
It commands your attention as you walk by the building, 
being at the top of a staircase, 
a lamp post flanking it on each side.


Here's a detail taken just above a window, 
a prime example of the Beaux-Arts style in the heydays of Montreal 
when architecture was a true art form.


What is this building, 
you may ask?... 
La Bibliotheque St Sulpice!! 
Inaugurated in 1915, 
this was apparently the first French language library in the nation. 
It closed in the 1960s 
and its collection was moved to the Bibliotheque et Archives Nationales du Quebec
(which was my original plan for today...), 
and the building was frequently vacant, 
with only a few fleeting moments of activities throughout the years. 
The books are safe, 
but what destiny lies behind those walls, 
no one knows... 

If you look closely at the picture above, 
you'll see the staircase leading to the main entrance, 
flanked by those lamp posts I previously mentioned. 
:)~


Now that I've shed some light on that mystery ram, 
time for me to guide you back to 
to find out more about the written word. 
:)~


I'll leave you with this, 
a vintage ad, 
about computers, 
the new keepers of the written words, 
among other things. 
Looking at this ad, 
one can't help but be amazed at how far we've come, 
from computers the size of a football field, 
to something you can hold in the palm of your hand!! 
And to think they thought themselves pretty cool with those. 
If only they could see us now!!! 
:D~ 
HUGZ

30 comments:

  1. Great job. I too feel I have too many ideas about what I could post today.

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    1. It's often my problem,
      which explains why I often have lengthy posts.
      Not this time though!!
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  2. That is indeed a fine building. What's happening in there now?

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    1. Everything I read is old news,
      but there was an intent to turn this into a music center.
      Whether this is still true,
      I have no idea...
      It'd be a shame to see it go to waste...
      :/~
      HUGZ

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  3. A marvelous building. Hope it is being saved & used.

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    1. Safe, yes, as in was recognized years ago as an heritage piece.
      Used, not that I know...
      So far!!
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  4. I'd be hard put to find a library building close to us as impressive as La Bibliotheque St Sulpice. Modern buildings just seem to be sheets of glass with no character at all.

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    1. Yeah, you'd love our new bibliotheque...
      All steel and glass, with panes crashing down...
      I think they fixed the problem but it was a safety hazard for a while...
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  5. Great post. Love the story behind the ram's head.

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    1. There's always a story,
      but I'm not always sharing...
      ;)~
      HUGZ

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  6. I'm glad to learn the story behind your ram's head. And I do barely see the steps.

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    1. I know, details are faint...
      That's the best I could find.
      Sorry!!
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  7. I remember viewing still & moving pictures of computers taking up a whole room - floor to ceiling - with multiple reel-to-reel tapes rolling. My cousin had a fine job as a punch card operator until 'modern' computers took over & her job went out the window! :->

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    1. No pun intended, right?!?
      "Out to 'Windows'"...
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  8. I have always been taken with the ram in your header ---and now I know even more. Thanks.

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    1. I'm an Aries, so there's a natural attraction for these things,
      and this is a fine example.
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  9. Thanks for the explanation about your blog header. I agree with the others - beautiful building. The architecture announces the importance of what is or was inside.

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    1. I only hope it will have a revival!!
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  10. I've always admired that image and wondered why you had chosen it. Architectural art, that is the decorative elements and designs that are applied to the exteriors, is sadly missing from contemporary buildings. The craftsmen are gone and it is too expensive to add a ram's head to a light fixture now.

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    1. The new library is quite modern,
      but fortunately, there are a few art pieces and a urban garden on its grounds.
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  11. Well, it's good to be given an explanation of the ram's head, but above all, I'm impressed with the library building as a keeper of the written word.

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    1. Fortunately,
      its content was transferred for preservation to the new library.
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  12. Impressive as usual.
    Your part of the world has hit our local Victorian TV news service twice lately - first the dreadful train crash several weeks ago, and yesterday an article about the proposed tightening of French language laws. I'm glad your blog is written in English:)

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    1. French has always been a sore subject here,
      and managing the laws protecting our language has not always been done gracefully,
      but on the other hand, there are always those who will push the envelope
      to defy the laws.

      As for me, I have my political ideals and stand by them,
      but I find it useful to be able to address the anglophones on their own terms...
      ;)~
      HUGZ

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  13. Wow, now I know the whole story. Very cool, and so amazing and something ALL should treasure!

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  14. I always wondered where that ram came from. Now I know. So is that building just standing empty now? What a shame. Maybe if they decide to tear it down, you can purchase the ram from the salvage yard.
    Nancy

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    1. It cannot be torn down because how its patrimonial value.
      Those lamp posts would look massive in my livingroom...
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  15. I love the idea and design of the computer ad.

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    1. It was good back then, and it would still be good now.
      Understated, focused on the product, with a catchy slogan.
      :)~
      HUGZ

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