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Arcades

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The Arcade, Cleveland (c. 1901).

More arcade fetishism courtesy of the Library of Congress photo archives. The black-and-white prints can be downloaded in enormous high-res versions if you’re as compelled as I am to scrutinise the details.

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St. Hubert’s gallery, Brussels.

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Colonial Arcade, Cleveland, Ohio (c. 1908).

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Rotterdam.

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The Arcade, Cleveland, Ohio (c. 1910–1920).

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  1. #2 posted by John

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    Yeah, that’s a good one. Always nice to find these places still active. Many of the ones I went looking for in Paris were either closed for the day or pretty empty. We have a couple here but they’re only small covered passages between streets.

  2. #3 posted by Gabriel McCann

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    This is the only historical photo I can find online. Not dated though it’s held by the library where I work

    http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemLarge.aspx?itemID=170741

  3. #5 posted by Gabriel McCann

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    It’s full of nice expensive foodshops for the tourists such as
    http://www.thesydneycbd.com.au/index.php?c=20

    Underground in the basement is a JB-HI Fi where I buy cheap DVDs and CD’s etc.

  4. #6 posted by Gabriel McCann

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    Your online searching skills are obviously much better than mine ;-)

  5. #7 posted by Gabriel McCann

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    PS no wait the Royal Arcade is probably one of the other 5 arcades that used to exist in Sydney but are now no longer there in their former glory.
    Another good place is the Queen Victoria Building. Much bigger, more shops and an even bigger tourist trap

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Victoria_Building

    http://www.qvb.com.au/About-QVB

  6. #8 posted by John

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    Nah, I just went to Flickr Commons to see what might be there.

    Coffee shops and expensive food shops seem to be the mandatory establishments of the contemporary arcade. I wonder if Walter Benjamin discussed the estaminet in The Arcades Project? I’ll have to look. Funny how arcades are such a bourgeois thing today, when they first opened in Paris they were rather disreputable on account of all the prostitutes who could trawl for trade whatever the weather.

  7. #9 posted by Gabriel McCann

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    If you’re looking for prositutes plying their trade outdoors in Sydney you have to go to King’s Cross.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kings_Cross_Sydney

  8. #10 posted by Gabriel McCann

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  9. #11 posted by Piotr

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    Nice perspectives. A famous french writer, none other than Louis-Ferdinand Céline, grew up in one of these parisian passages : passage Choiseul. And before him, there was also Alphonse Lemerre, publisher of fine poets (Baudelaire, Verlaine to name a few).

 


 

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