Saturday, June 27, 2009

The GC Murphy Building

One of the activities of the American National Standard and its affiliates is to document, analyze, and preserve aspects of the American cultural and creative output and present it to new audiences. One of our specialities is documentation of American Commercial Architecture from the time period of the 1920's to 1976. 
It is our contention that buildings, clothing, style, typography, and other forms of design have been in decline ever since. We no longer shed tears for the demise of this era for it disappears more and more everyday. We are steeled in our resolve to unleash the considerable photo-documentation in our archives and encourage our affiliated research centers to do the same. You may want to peruse some of the efforts of our Berlin branch who are undertaking a painstaking effort to bring a fresh viewpoint to the heritage of this city.

Introducing the first installment to this effort: the GC Murphy Building, formerly located in the Clarendon area of Arlington Virginia. 
Seen here shortly before its downfall in 1986, the Standard sent an emergency photodoc unit to record its essential characteristics. We must caution the casual viewer of historic images that there is no substitute for visiting and experiencing these structures and building sites first hand. We note that in the digital age there is an ubiquity of imagery, but less analysis and discourse concerning what is depicted.

One may note in the image above that the facade of this structure takes on a particular aerodynamic shape with its pointed roof line and strips of glass windows. The front entrance is oriented down toward the Federal City as it scoops up potential customers into its mighty maw of commerce. Once inside patrons were confronted by a dizzying array of products pausing at its luncheon counter for a BLT and a Coke for refreshment. 

Notice below that this building's rear facade illustrates that the architects and designers considered all facets of the building as a complete structure. Unlike today where design and material choices are made only to maximize profit.
Linked to its sister structure the Hecht Company building in the Parkington Shopping Center further up the mid-20th century Wilson Boulevard commercial corridor in Ballston,
 and Anchored by the Radio Building to the South in the Courthouse Section. 

We hope this brief foray into our archives has stimulated and informed you of the vast heritage of the American built environment. We wish that there is no lapse into needless sentimentality about days gone by, but to instead re-invigorate the concept of the impact of design on the the urban scene and one's interaction in it.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Parkington '51

In 1984 we made one of our first successful art products, the Super-8 movie "Parkington '51". It has been showcased many times in the local independent movie scene in Federarlington, District of Corruption. In 2008-9 it was re-issued and offered up to the internets.

We are stunned today to learn that our research team in our
Metropolitan Continuity Division has discovered a processing error affecting several of the films created by our Lee Hiway Productions Film Division.  As you can see here the motion picture, "Parkington '51" is by and large originally shot and processed in negative.

The evidence is in and we must admit that the integrity of our film efforts have been compromised and must be re-processed. It must be done for scenes such as this one rely upon negative imagery for emotional impact and statement.
In particular, the scene starring William Peters is greatly enhanced in its original negative polarity. It was this sequence in particular that caught the eye of Mr. Clyde Randall who had remembered the original theatrical release in 1984 and noticed that the re-issued version had lost its original polarity.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

We take all reports seriously

Our friends over at the Otto Mannix Report have experienced a catastrophic computer failure that has had the Standard scrambling for its Business Continutity Plan. We take all reports seriously. In fact we staff a 24/7 help line shown here to field all of your calls. 
In the event that we have a disruption of service, our Computer analysis datalab is fully equiped to initiate backup sequence Delta-5.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


To: Shareholders
From: American National Standard, Warehouse Division, Sub-facility Management Team
Subject: Downsizing

To Avert an impending Government forced restructuring of our business operations we are shutting down our Berwyn Heights storage facility effective immediately. Please inform all staff that surplus office furniture, holiday decorations, vital business records, supplies, and obsolete equipment will be discarded at the close of business tomorrow. The facility pictured here will be shut down and locked up until further notice. Trespassing, vandalism, and strange photographers will not be tolerated.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Back from Vacation

Well now we are back from our much deserved vacation visiting the back roads of this great country. Here are some snapshots of the fine establishments we stayed at while on the road.