Sunday, November 13, 2005

1877 West 38th Street, To-day

If Luedeman was so hot to play dry cleaner, he could have used Stoddard’s Solvent, introduced in 1926; considerably less flammable than gasoline. Or some delicious nonflammable perchloroethylene, 1930s darling of the Industry. Tell me what, if anything, has the allure and majesty of an afternoon of dry cleaning?

Where Luedeman ignited:

(…gone are the wooden columnar ionic porch supports, and there's bevel clapboard under that stucco, but you get the picture.)

Dry cleaning? Wash without water, huh? Of course, look where it got that Ed Crane fellow.

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