Linda Tate on August 29th, 2011

Tweet Thanks to alert Wellston Loop reader Maud Essen for sending me info about a new St. Louis documentary that’s out now and screening this weekend at Off Broadway, 3517 Lemp Avenue (Friday and Saturday nights, 7:00 both nights). In Brick by Chance and Fortune, filmmaker Bill Streeter explores St. Louis’s rich brick history (yes! it has […]

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Linda Tate on August 29th, 2011

Tweet This week, I’m captivated by a radio essay by local St. Louisan Sean Collins. Aired on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” the piece highlights a “sound of summer” — in Collins’s case, the sound of the train at the St. Louis Zoo. This is an iconic sound for me as well, and I especially home […]

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Linda Tate on August 22nd, 2011

Tweet Last week, I featured Raleigh Cigarettes, with their coupons that could be saved to purchase special items. An even more popular way to save toward something special was to collect Eagle Stamps and Green Stamps. Retailers – such as grocery stores and department stores – would give these stamps out at the checkout counter, […]

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Linda Tate on August 15th, 2011

Tweet Raleigh Cigarettes by DwightFrye The last two weeks, I’ve written about my grandfather’s favorite beers – Falstaff and Stag. Now it’s time to immortalize his favorite cigarettes: Raleighs. Made by Brown & Williamson, Raleigh Cigarettes were the sponsor for Red Skelton’s popular Raleigh Cigarettes Program. (I remember watching Red Skelton with my grandparents but […]

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Linda Tate on August 8th, 2011

Tweet Last week, I wrote about one of my grandfather’s favorite beers – Falstaff. But the beer I associate him with even more is Stag, a St. Louis-area favorite. Grandpa had his particular way of referring to this beloved beverage: “Stag. Stag Beer.” (Those readers who heard Grandpa say this will know exactly what I […]

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Linda Tate on July 4th, 2011

Tweet In honor of the Fourth of July, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on St. Louis summer weather – infamous St. Louis summer weather. Though there are many things I miss about St. Louis (most notably my family), among the things I do not miss is the hot, humid weather that settles […]

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Tweet For the past three weeks, I’ve been providing highlights from Colin Gordon’s provocative study, Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City (Penn Press, 2008). This week, I thought I’d take a look at what Gordon has to say about Wellston and about Wagner Electric. Gordon traces the development and then […]

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Linda Tate on June 13th, 2011

Tweet Another event worth attending: Modern-StL’s talk: “Public Housing in St. Louis: Vanishing Mid-Century Architecture.” It will be held Thursday, June 23, 7:00 p.m., at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. Learn more at http://www.modern-stl.com/our-next-event-public-housing-in-st-louis-vanishing-mid-century-modern-architecture/. Thanks once again to Wellston Loop reader Dave Durham for calling my attention to this event.

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Linda Tate on June 13th, 2011

Tweet For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been providing highlights from Colin Gordon’s provocative study, Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City (Penn Press, 2008). This week, I’ll continue recapping some of Gordon’s salient points, with a focus this time on what he terms “hypersegregation.” As with other phenomena related […]

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Linda Tate on June 9th, 2011

Tweet Earlier this week, while reading Cindy Brown’s excellent site/blog, Girls’ Guide to Swagger, I learned about architect-in-the-making Alicia Ajayi. Alicia’s journey to architecture is inspiring — and I’m especially moved by her quest to participate in the design-build program, CityStudioSTL, to be led this summer by Theaster Gates Jr.,  a prominent artist and social activist. With […]

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