Thursday, October 3, 2013

Retiring the Neighborhood Archive Blog

Friends and neighbors, the blog portion of the Neighborhood Archive is being retired.

Over the past several months, traffic on the blog has been dwindling as comments on updates have redirected to Facebook, Twitter, and the Neighborhood Archive message board. More and more, I’m finding that the blog is becoming an unnecessary extra step in sharing new content.

The Neighborhood Archive began as a blog so part of me hates to see it go – but in order to keep up with current trends in the most efficient way possible, I feel like this is the right decision.

Everything else will remain the same – Twitter, Facebook, the message board, and of course, regular updates to the Neighborhood Archive itself!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Trolley Pictures

Hundreds of times we've seen Mister Rogers open his closet door and either change into or out of his sweater for a daily visit with his television neighbors. Over the course of these visits, I'm sure your eyes have occasionally wandered to the decor of his house -- the curtains, the painting inside the front door, the trolley pictures framed by the closet...

Recently, Neighborhood Archive pal Guy Hutchinson and his sharp eye have done it again and he's helped me get my hands on what appear to be the same trolley prints framed in Mister Rogers house. You know the ones I'm talking about.


In the early 1950's, a series of trolley prints were produced by the New York company Autoprints. The set of prints included eight images -- "Color Prints of Early American Trolley Cars." Autoprints also produced a similar set at this time featuring prints of train engines.

You'll quickly recognize that four images from this Autoprints set were framed and hung beside Mister Rogers' closet for years. For the record, I'm positive about two of the four images (the middle two), fairly certain of a third (the top one), and about 50/50 on the fourth (the bottom image). Look for yourself...

Here's a little closer look at the prints if you're interested.

Now if I could just find some of that curtain fabric...