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A cookie for you![edit]

--L235 (talk) Ping when replying 22:55, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

Editor of the Week[edit]

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Your ongoing efforts to improve the encyclopedia have not gone unnoticed: You have been selected as Editor of the Week for 95% of edits to article space, including outstanding work on Gettysburg articles. Thank you for the great contributions! (courtesy of the Wikipedia Editor Retention Project)

User:Carptrash submitted the following nomination for Editor of the Week:

It is with a deep feeling of respect, almost approaching reverence, that I nominate User: BoringHistoryGuy for the Editor of the Week Award. A quick review of his work is even more impressive than I had imagined. Particularly noteworthy to me is his 95% edits in articles, as opposed to editors who do that much on talk pages. The reason (opinion) for this high number is that BHG does his editing in the trenches where a lot of talk is not needed, just sweat, blood and mostly, toil. I have crossed paths with him many times and have always found him to be an extremely easy editor to work with. He has put together several impressive Lists, but the one I want to offer as a good example of his work, and the one I have spent the most time side-by-side with him is List of monuments of the Gettysburg Battlefield where his hard work, impeccable scholarship and dedication to the wikipedia ideals can be fairly easily seen. Thanks for your consideration,

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Editor of the Week
for the week beginning January 18, 2015
To BoringHistoryGuy, Wikipedia is an avocation. He will "research the hell out of a subject" and create or contribute to an article, many with a tie to Philadelphia. Just last week he was acknowledged as a pending changes reviewer and a trusted user and creator of referenced articles (autopatrolled).
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Thanks again for your efforts! Go Phightins! 17:24, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

  • Thanks for your efforts on behalf of the readers and end-users of Wikipedia.Buster Seven Talk 17:29, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
Wow! Thank you, folks. I didn't know there was such a thing. And thank you to User:Carptrash for nominating me. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 17:54, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
Congratulations!!! 7&6=thirteen () 20:55, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
You already have lived up to it. That's the point. Carptrash (talk) 01:35, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

I hadn't remembered that Daniel Pabst was the first article I started on Wikipedia — 6-1/2 years ago. Thanks for reminding me, and for all the good wishes. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 20:46, 20 January 2015 (UTC)


...for your continued work on Trumbauer. EEng (talk) 16:04, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

And since you seem to appreciate careful research on relatively obscure subjects, here's another dead Harvard graduate. I was marveling at that Roosevelt room shown here at right. I see the caption says it's been demolished. The reason it was demolished is all the dusting it required. EEng (talk) 16:06, 28 January 2015 (UTC)
Hello again. Good to see you're still at it. EEng 19:31, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

A bowl of strawberries for you![edit]

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Any relation?[edit]

Any relation?

congrats on the Editor of the week above. Smallbones(smalltalk) 19:12, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

BTW - could that award be viewed as your Pabst Blue Ribbon? Smallbones(smalltalk) 19:13, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
@Smallbones, very nice, and thanks. I don't aspire to be that Boring. Although I am partial to the Phila architect John Dull. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 12:12, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
@Smallbones, I wonder what's happening in the image you recently uploaded of the York Presbyterian Church. The sanctuary and the building behind it appear to be in a totally different style. I suspect that the belltower and wrap-around vestibule/corridor may be additions to an existing church building. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 12:12, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

5 Million: We celebrate your contribution[edit]

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We couldn't have done it without you
Well, maybe. Eventually. But the encyclopedia would not be as good.

Celebrate 7&6=thirteen () 13:41, 1 November 2015 (UTC)

Nicely done, User:7&6=thirteen. Congratulations, right back atcha. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 22:24, 1 November 2015 (UTC)


The Dripping History Award

Yes, but "obsessive" is harder to do an image for. Hancock book only gives "overall" height. I will search the text when I get home. Carptrash (talk) 22:09, 5 November 2015 (UTC)
this [1] seems to suggest that the angel alone is 37 feet, but . . . . . .......Carptrash (talk) 21:00, 7 November 2015 (UTC)
Then there is this, "the bronze sculpture of an angel lifting a solider that sits at the east end of 30th Street Station and soars 39 feet from its base to the tips of its wings —" [2] Carptrash (talk) 21:10, 7 November 2015 (UTC)
drip, drip, drip Carptrash (talk) 20:31, 11 November 2015 (UTC)
yes, let us not go there. Carptrash (talk) 20:30, 12 November 2015 (UTC)

Nicola D'Ascenzo[edit]

is one of the 7 wonders of the Wikipedia World and that's on day 1. I can only imagine what it will be on Day 7, when you rest. Carptrash (talk) 17:53, 20 November 2015 (UTC)

I feel some photography coming on, but have no idea when I'll be able to do it. Do you want to try to download the Will Price windows? Usually the window itself is considered flat enough to be 2-dimensional, but I might have to crop the plain frames. BTW1 any chance Nicola lived in Rose Valley? - I could probably look it up at the Wallingford library if you don't know. BTW2 stained glass windows are particularly difficult for me to snap, so maybe I'll learn something. Smallbones(smalltalk) 18:09, 20 November 2015 (UTC)
I realize that I have pictures of the windows in 3 or 4 of his churches, but they are slides and deciding exactly what windows are what might be beyond my current station in life. But tempting none-the-less. Carptrash (talk) 17:13, 22 November 2015 (UTC)

ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Temple Gold Medal. Nicely done! 7&6=thirteen () 15:15, 27 November 2015 (UTC)
I'd throw in a piece of cheesecake, but there are none left. Smallbones(smalltalk) 15:51, 27 November 2015 (UTC)
User:7&6=thirteen. Thank you. On some level this article is insider baseball, even for a Philadelphian. But on another, the medals track what artists on the jury judged to be the best work by their peers, year-by-year. And it offered the opportunity to retell a gruffly amusing Thomas Eakins anecdote (although I left out his wearing red bicycle pants). Thanks also for the torte. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 17:59, 27 November 2015 (UTC)
User:Smallbones. Glad you liked the cheesecake. We have half of ours left over from last night, but it's going quickly. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 17:59, 27 November 2015 (UTC)
User:Smallbones. I just discovered the W. M. Chase image. Nice find! == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 18:07, 27 November 2015 (UTC)

A Dobos torte for you![edit]

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If cheesecake is unavailable, perhaps this will do! 7&6=thirteen () 15:56, 27 November 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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I give you this barnstar for your important work on Hercules (chef). The article has become highly relevant, and has helped a lot of people get real historical knowledge about Hercules. I wish Ramin Ganeshram had read it before writing her book.·maunus · snunɐɯ· 21:35, 19 January 2016 (UTC)
·maunus. Thank you for the kind words (and the barnstar). I hope that a book about Hercules is written, one that doesn't downplay or sugarcoat the historical facts. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 03:38, 20 January 2016 (UTC)
Congratulations on the well deserved recognition. Carptrash (talk) 04:33, 21 January 2016 (UTC)

DYK nomination of Twelfth Street Meeting House[edit]

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DYK for Twelfth Street Meeting House[edit]

Updated DYK query.svg On 4 May 2016, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Twelfth Street Meeting House, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the roof trusses from Philadelphia's 1755 Great Meeting House (demolished 1812) have been recycled twice? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Twelfth Street Meeting House. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Twelfth Street Meeting House), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

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For you[edit]

Carptrash (talk) 06:38, 19 August 2016 (UTC)

What a pleasant surprise. Thank you, Carptrash. And additional thanks for all the reference materials you provided. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 12:45, 19 August 2016 (UTC)
And if you don't slow down you are going to force me to award you another one for Brenda Putnam. Carptrash (talk) 02:00, 29 August 2016 (UTC)
Carptrash. It IS turning into something. I started out unenthusiastic about her, but am becoming a fan. Is there no biography of her? == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 02:15, 29 August 2016 (UTC)
Not that I am aware of. Her book, "The Sculptor's Way," besides drawings by Marion Sanford and some photographs by Laura Gilpin, shows a fair amount of her work, as well as work by other sculptors, but it definitely in NOT a book about her. The book has been reissued by Dover Publications, which suggested that it is out of copyright, but who knows. I wrote Dover years ago about the copyright of a book that they had reprinted and got back a "Who knows?" reply. Carptrash (talk) 02:21, 29 August 2016 (UTC)
Carptrash. I added a section to Brenda Putnam which raises the question of her sexuality. Leave it or delete it? Please let me know what you think. Thanks. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 00:02, 30 August 2016 (UTC)

Marion Sanford, another associate of Putnam's had a long term relationship with Cornelia Chapin (she is a blue link, somewhere) to the point of donating their combined papers to the Smithsonian. Somewhat confirming your thoughts. Somewhat. I'm going to look around for someone (or two, or more) at the Women in red project and put the question to them. I suspect the answer is "Go with the sources," in which case - we need some. Carptrash (talk) 00:10, 30 August 2016 (UTC)

More food for thought, Category:Lesbian artists

Wikipedia Visiting Scholar: Temple University[edit]

Saw this and thought of you: Wikipedia:Visiting_Scholars/Participating_institutions/Temple_University. TuckerResearch (talk) 14:32, 24 August 2016 (UTC)

I am struggling mightily[edit]

with a bad case of LBS or "Lost Book Syndrome" (AKA, "Where the F Did I Put That Book Syndrome") regarding a book about Cranbrook that has at least 2 or 3 good pages on Lily Saarinen. I have done the once all over, then a second look and will not return until the third go round is complete. Wish me luck. Carptrash (talk) 18:41, 25 August 2016 (UTC)

FOUND, in the Michigan section, where it belongs, and it turns out that most of what I hoped to find was about Loja Saarinen, (hmmm, red link?) but there should be a reference or two that can be used. After I read it, of course. Carptrash (talk) 18:54, 25 August 2016 (UTC)
Carptrash. Your bookshelves are better organized than mine. I read the transcript of the Archives of American Art interview with Saarinen, and came away disappointed. Was she always that scatterbrained? Also, AAA's biographical sketch lists work by her in an Evanston, IL post office. I'll let you verify that. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 19:08, 25 August 2016 (UTC)
So far I have two sculptures at the Evanston PO, neither by her. I spent an interesting day in Evanston once, looking for a bank with some Parducci work on it, only to discover after several hours of road work, that it had been demolished in 1968 or something. But I digress. Carptrash (talk) 19:26, 25 August 2016 (UTC)

Thunderbird Lodge, Rose Valley[edit]

They are fixing the place up, much less brush, a few trees gone. And I got inside! (pretty much blew it though). Let me know if you want a specific exterior shot or angle. This will all be dependent on the time of day because of all the light and shadows there, but I can go anytime.

I'll be uploading more from today, but this is the best from the inside.

If you want to get involved in an American Archive of Public Broadcasting project, let me know.

Smallbones(smalltalk) 18:17, 13 September 2016 (UTC)

Smallbones. It's great to see color photos of the interior! I was in the house once, about 1980, on a tour by GET. I remember the his-and-hers studios and the winding staircase. I have GET's book on Price, if you want to borrow it. Best, == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 19:33, 13 September 2016 (UTC)

Where'd you find that image?[edit]

Also I seem to be making a mess at Karl Bitter, probably St. Paul should just go in the gallery, but my bro and his keeper (Cosmo) just arrived so ... later. Carptrash (talk) 16:19, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

Carptrash. Not sure what image you mean. I like your St. Paul photo, although a close-up might better show the figures. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 16:53, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
Closer up would be just one figure- but, okay.Carptrash (talk) 17:34, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
Oh, the Henry Philip Tappan image. There is a once article on that work somewhere in the Carpchives that would make an article about it possible. Carptrash (talk) 17:36, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
Carptrash. I found an image of Tappan thru Google Books, but couldn't grab it. Did you see what I found about Bitter's work at Biltmore? == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 17:43, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
I need to take a deep breath. This is so exciting. Bitter has some great woodcarvings inside Biltmore, but one can't take pictures there. I have a Tappan pic somewhere but I suspect it's a slide and that mean . . .work to get it. Which sucks. (To quote your friend on the bus). I saw a pic from Biltmore, did you add text too? I'll look. Carptrash (talk) 17:50, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
Carptrash. I'm going to back off and let you work on Bitter. Do you know what medium the Tappan relief is made of? bronze? == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 18:10, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

Yes, bronze, and don't back off. This is your initiative and I need to think about pictures. Carptrash (talk) 18:41, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

Carptrash. Okay, thanks. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 18:45, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For writing encyclopedic content that makes this a better encyclopedia, at George Washington's tent and many, many other pages. E.M.Gregory (talk) 09:10, 5 October 2016 (UTC)
E.M.Gregory. Thank you very much. And thank you for starting the article. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 13:54, 5 October 2016 (UTC)

I got up this morning[edit]

and your Pedimental sculptures in the United States brought tears to my eyes. Since it is hard to type with tears in my eyes . . . ....... later. Carptrash (talk) 16:28, 27 October 2016 (UTC)

Best I got[edit]

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This is nearly identical to the upper left hand tile in the photo you showed me (uneven glaze in different areas let's you tell them apart). But obviously the same mold, same glaze. If you want a better pic, just cut that other one down to size. BTW I estimated the size as 2' x 2' in the description - perhaps you could edit that and other info there. Smallbones(smalltalk) 21:19, 20 November 2016 (UTC)

the old pic
The tile is about 12.75 in. tall and wide, and about 1.5 in. deep. Still don't know if it was from the Chinese or Japanese Pavilion. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 16:24, 21 November 2016 (UTC)

Season's greetings![edit]

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Merry Christmas[edit]

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Smallbones(smalltalk) 05:16, 20 December 2016 (UTC)

Merry, merry![edit]

From the icy Canajian north; to you and yours! FWiW Bzuk (talk) 21:28, 25 December 2016 (UTC) Lights ablaze.JPG

Merry Christmas[edit]

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Merry Christmas BoringHistoryGuy!!
Hi BoringHistoryGuy, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year,

Thanks for all your help on the 'pedia! Face-smile.svg

   –Davey2010 Merry Xmas / Happy New Year 00:19, 26 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Sorry it's a bit late but shhh late's better than never :), Hope you had a great Xmas an I hope you have a great New Year :) –Davey2010 Merry Xmas / Happy New Year 00:19, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

Awaking from my food coma...[edit] say thank you kindly. And Parrish the thought, whatever the thought may be. Ahahahaahahahohoahahahaha.

Happy 2017, and happy editing in the new year! --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 02:10, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

Ser Amantio di Nicolao. Ahahahaahahahohoahahahaha, etc., back atcha. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 12:24, 26 December 2016 (UTC)
Well, I woke up from the coma, so something's going right. Unless I'm dreaming this conversation.
(Fun fact. I have actually dreamed about editing Wikipedia before. That's not normal, right?) --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 17:41, 26 December 2016 (UTC)
Ser Amantio di Nicolao. It depends on the context of your dreams: Is Wikipedia a productive activity that brings satisfaction (and thus is relaxing) OR a negative activity that causes anxiety. If it's the first context, I'd say that's not abnormal (but maybe a bit weird). If it's the second context, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING HERE? == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 18:07, 26 December 2016 (UTC)
"What the hell am I doing here?"...I keep asking myself that question. Maybe one of these days I'll have a satisfactory answer.
Actually, as I recall it was more of a nightmare than a dream...I had the overwhelming sense that no matter how much I do, there's always so much more left to do. Not that different from reality, actually. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 18:19, 26 December 2016 (UTC)
Ser Amantio di Nicolao. Very true, AND funny. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 18:26, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

Dreaming about problems and challenges is absolutely normal. In fact, I recently had a Wikipedia problem (with some edits and an editor) and dreamed up the answer. See Shinola. 7&6=thirteen () 18:12, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

7&6=thirteen. Very nice additions to the article. I'd heard the term, "You don't know shit from Shinola," but didn't understand the reference. Glad you got inspired (by a dream?). == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 18:26, 26 December 2016 (UTC)
Shinola (shoe polish) He's back! WP:PP lapsed. 7&6=thirteen () 20:33, 26 December 2016 (UTC)
Related dispute 7&6=thirteen () 21:33, 26 December 2016 (UTC)
7&6=thirteen. How lovely that the spirit of the season has such a conciliatory effect on us all. == 22:53, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

Season's Greetings[edit]

I appreciate the Best Wishes! We were just in Philly on Nov 4 (quick day trip) for opening day of PAFA's World War I and American Art exhibit. Happy Holidays to you, and a Happy New Year! Londonjackbooks (talk) 14:13, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

Londonjackbooks. Thank you. I haven't seen the exhibit yet, but am looking forward to it soon. PAFA's shop is one of my favorite places to buy Xmas presents. Best, == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 14:47, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

Holiday Greetings! BHG[edit]

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Thank you for helping make Wikipedia a better place. Blessings. May we all have peace in the coming year. 7&6=thirteen () 15:11, 26 December 2016 (UTC)
7&6=thirteen. Thank you, and Amen. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 15:15, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

Best wishes!![edit]

All the best for you and your loved ones! --Afernand74 (talk) 16:36, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

best wishes[edit]

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Hello BHG, all best wishes for the season, and let's hope the coming year brings more discussion about.. well, pediments, the Maenes, the shadowy (to me) Professor Plasscheart, and other delights of Philadelphia, where I should spend more time in careful looking. All best! --Lockley (talk) 18:55, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

Thank you, Lockley. I have a nephew (and fiancée) moving to the Pacific Northwest in the spring, so I look forward to seeing that territory. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 19:01, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

Happy holidays[edit]

Thanks for the nice note and card. Best wishes to you in the coming year. Finetooth (talk) 20:44, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

On a quiet New Year's Eve[edit]

Happy New Year's Eve

Carptrash (talk) 02:42, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

Carptrash. Thank you. I wish you the very best in the new year.
I think you may like what I've been working on.[3] == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 04:18, 1 January 2017 (UTC)
Never mind. I see you've already seen it. == Best, BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 04:19, 1 January 2017 (UTC)
Well I always like you showing up at the dinky-dink articles I start because you will always turn it into a thing of substance. Now to figure out how to stay awake until midnight. Carptrash (talk) 04:23, 1 January 2017 (UTC)
I may not make it here. I was at a party earlier tonight, but an hour plus of non-stop Irish folk music (played on vintage instruments) drove out about half of the guests. When I realized there wasn't anyone left I wanted to kiss at midnight, I left too. 'night. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 04:31, 1 January 2017 (UTC)
It could have been worse. Bluegrass. The kissing part, I get. My choices are my brother and or my dog. Carptrash (talk) 04:40, 1 January 2017 (UTC)
Kiss your dog. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 13:29, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

Happy New Year, BoringHistoryGuy![edit]

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Davey2010. Thank you. I wish the same to you. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 13:31, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

Happy New Year[edit]

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Another year; another edit. Best wishes 7&6=thirteen () 20:38, 1 January 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, 7&6=thirteen. Best wishes back atcha. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 00:53, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

A beer for you![edit]

Export hell seidel steiner.png For making George Washington's tent into a well-written, thoroughly non-boring article. E.M.Gregory (talk) 17:29, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, E.M.Gregory. I'd intended to start an article about the tent a couple years ago, but couldn't find a Public Domain image of it. Once I found a PD image, I also found you'd written a solid beginning to the article. The well-written parts are mostly yours, the Boring parts are mine. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 19:17, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

The Working Wikipedian's Barnstar[edit]

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This Working Wikipedian's Barnstar goes out to BoringHistoryGuy for his inspired work at List of monuments of the Gettysburg Battlefield. Having discovered that over time the National Park Service was changing its web locations for over a thousand monuments he soldiered through all of them, making the necessary corrections where needed. Wikipedia might never die, but it can kill you so don't attempt this sort of thing yourself at home. BoringHistoryGuy is a highly not paid professional. Carptrash (talk) 16:30, 20 January 2017 (UTC)
Thank you, Carptrash. Several of us put in so much work on that list that it seemed important to update the links with NPS's new URLs. I agree on "don't attempt this sort of thing yourself at home," unless you're also a bit obsessive (or more than a bit). == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 19:15, 20 January 2017 (UTC)
NPS's changes are real improvements. They added letters to the MN numbers to indentify multiple parts of a monument. For instance: XXX-A might be the monument itself; XXX-B might be the fence surrounding it; XXX-C might be the placard beside it. Very logical. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 17:19, 21 January 2017 (UTC)

Move from Evergreen Cemetery (Adams County, Pennsylvania) to Evergreen Cemetery (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)[edit]


Glad to see you working on this. I'd puttered around a bit with this and Evergreen Cemetery gatehouse, which should be merged into the larger article. There's also a Cemetery Hill article and probably some others. There's an old deletion request for the gatehouse article you should read. Technically, the cemetery is in Cumberland Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania which may be why it's not listed as in Gettysburg, even though it's only 5-10 blocks from the center of town. If I can make the move I'll try to do it tonight. Smallbones(smalltalk) 01:36, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

I got the same message as you. I'll ping Nyttend who should be able to do the move. If there's any issue with the move please just contact me. Smallbones(smalltalk) 01:48, 29 January 2017 (UTC)
But it does have 2 Gettysburg addresses! (joke). Smallbones(smalltalk) 01:52, 29 January 2017 (UTC)
Context please :-) Nyttend (talk) 05:10, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

Nyttend. For the first 5+ years, 2006 to 2011, this article had the name Evergreen Cemetery (Gettysburg, PA) or Evergreen Cemetery (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania). That changed in November 2011:[4]

While just outside Gettysburg Borough, the cemetery is part of the Gettysburg Battlefield, is an island surrounded by Gettysburg National Military Park, and shares a long border with Soldiers' National Cemetery. In fact, Abraham Lincoln was standing on the Evergreen Cemetery side of the border when he delivered his Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the National Cemetery.

It's long bothered me that the article was so convoluted and densely written. I've tried to take info out of the footnotes and place it in the body of the article, and make the whole thing more readable.

I think that the original name, Evergreen Cemetery (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania), is a lot more useful to the average reader than the current name. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 20:58, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for the pointer! I wondered if the page had been moved, but I didn't see anything upon searching a few years of history, so I ended up guessing that it had never been at any other title. I agree — we often use a nearby community for parenthetical disambiguation, even in everywhere-is-incorporated states like Pennsylvania. Old Homestead (Enon Valley, Pennsylvania) and Hughes House (Jefferson, Pennsylvania) are typical examples. This is particularly useful here because Gettysburg is well known, much more well known than Enon Valley or Jefferson. Nyttend (talk) 22:01, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

As long as the Cemetery and Gatehouse articles remain separate, the photo (Evercemadams 121512.jpg) taken from the backside of the Gatehouse towards the Soldiers National Monument remains a better selection for the infobox than the current photo (Pennsylvania, Gettysburg, Gateway of Cemetery - NARA - 533313.jpg). The latter photo is taken from a distance and nicely shows the relationship between two lunettes (across Baltimore Street) and the Gatehouse, but it reveals almost nothing about the Cemetery behind the Gatehouse. The former photo shows both Evergreen Cemetery and its relationship to the adjacent Gettysburg National Cemetery, and since it shows most of Section A at Evergreen, it shows most of the headstones that would have been present during the Battle. These comments have been written by a landowner in Section A, Donaldecoho (talk) 14:11, 5 March 2017 (UTC)

What is it[edit]

with these [citation needed] people. They don't have google on their computers? Carptrash (talk) 03:43, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

As soon as I saw[edit]

that Harriet Whitney Frishmuth was from Philly I knew that I'd find you in the article's history. However I was disappointed that none of her many nudes had their own article because I need to add something to the Nude sculpture category! Carptrash (talk) 05:09, 12 March 2017 (UTC)

I am guessing that these count? Carptrash (talk) 05:17, 12 March 2017 (UTC)
Carptrash. "It's beginning to look a lot like ... Frishmuth." She didn't die until 1980, so her works won't be unchallengably PD for a long time. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 12:08, 12 March 2017 (UTC)
I was once walking around the Saginaw MI water filtration plant (or something) taking pictures of the sculpture on the outside of the building and noticed a naked girl peeking at me from inside. it turned out to be a statue by Frishmuth that had been in a park but was getting vandalized so had been moved into the plant. The folks there were very friendly but i can't find my pictures. I am in Embudo, struggling with my old Mac and it's system that is not designed for the modern world. I sometimes suspect that the same is true about me. Carptrash (talk) 15:57, 29 April 2017 (UTC)

Re: Nude sculptures[edit]

Thanks again for creating this category. I am surprised this category did not already exist. I went ahead and created some country subcategories (see Category:Nude sculptures by country). I noticed some museum/collection/building articles were tagged with the "Nude sculptures" category, but did not mention the word 'nude' or focus on nude sculpture, so I removed the category. Some articles in the category don't mention the word 'nude' (ideally, they would in order to be tagged as such), but I left the category if I could see that the work was a nude. Looking forward to populating this category further and then hopefully working on the similar category for paintings, too! --Another Believer (Talk) 18:50, 12 March 2017 (UTC)

Re: Category:Sculptures of Venus: I'm not sure this entire category should be classified as nude sculptures, when at least one entry (Head of Arles) does not seem to be a nude sculpture. ---Another Believer (Talk) 19:55, 12 March 2017 (UTC)
Another Believer. I saw that, but thought that the advantages of having the Venus sculptures grouped together in a single category outweighed having an exception or two. I suspect the building articles had nudes in their pedimental sculptures. Maybe nudes in architectural sculpture can eventually be placed in a subcategory.
Re: Category:Nude paintings -- Since there are probably many more times as many articles for individual paintings as for individual sculptures, would it make sense to just leave the paintings under Category:Nude art? == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 22:57, 12 March 2017 (UTC)
Actually, I'd say the large number of applicable paintings helps justify the need for the subcategory. ---Another Believer (Talk) 22:59, 12 March 2017 (UTC)

Warm regards[edit]

1stLordClifford.jpg Welcome to the CABAL
Congratulations on being recognized as a member off the Cabal. 7&6=thirteen () 15:14, 10 May 2017 (UTC)
Hmmmm. Since "cabal" is an acronym, "carptrash" is easily found, as is "BoringHistoryGuy", but where is "7, 6", or "13"? Carptrash (talk) 15:22, 10 May 2017 (UTC)
I had the exact same thought.
Sorry, no matter how I try to parse my user name, other aliases, alter ego, nom de plume or nom de guerre, I can't get there from here. Did not anticipate this problem when I started editing long ago. 7&6=thirteen () 15:29, 10 May 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, 7&6=thirteen. The best acronym I could come up with was GEEPS (which is a Sheep–goat chimera). SPEEG sounds dirty, and TLKED doesn't have quite the same ring to it. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 15:52, 10 May 2017 (UTC)
Well, keep trying. There is a wonderful page or two (perhaps more) in War and Peace in which Pierre trys to figure out how Napoleon's name can be numerically calculated as 666. As I recall he eventually succeeds by using a Corsican spelling. So don't give up, it's there somewhere. Carptrash (talk) 18:27, 10 May 2017 (UTC)
7&6=thirteen, Carptrash. I like GEEPS. But even initials may be too indiscrete for someone who wishes to remain anonymous.
BTW, someone really wants to preserve the Samuel Fraunces discussion. I put in a template for a 3-month hold on archiving, but a bot changed it to 10 years. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 19:02, 10 May 2017 (UTC)
I've always thought that there were 37.5 English-Wikipedias, and 42.3 Cabals to go with them, but I've never actually known anybody in one of the cabals. In fact somebody told me that if you are accused of being in a cabal when you actually are, that cabal rule #1 says that you are automatically banned from Wikipedia. In any case it's good to see the article stabilized. Smallbones(smalltalk) 20:45, 10 May 2017 (UTC)

Daycare center & sex club[edit]

Tacony Music Hall, Philadelphia, PA, NRHP #90000413

Smallbones, 7&6=thirteen, Carptrash, TuckerResearch, Lockley, Ser Amantio di Nicolao, Buster7,
Now THAT'S multipurpose use of a historic building.[5] == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 23:20, 10 May 2017 (UTC)

There's some kind of metaphor in there for contemporary American society, I can't help but think. Also the human condition, but that goes without saying. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 00:36, 11 May 2017 (UTC)
And some people think that history is boring! Actually the 2 contending parties on Wikipedia calmed down after one day. Smallbones(smalltalk) 01:15, 11 May 2017 (UTC)
Ser Amantio di Nicolao has gently admonished me that history is not boring. But that's not the only reading of my Username. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 02:15, 11 May 2017 (UTC)
"Honey. Can you watch the kids this afternoon?"
"Sure, Dollface. I'll take them to that new day care center downtown. There's lots to play with there!"
Buster Seven Talk 02:55, 11 May 2017 (UTC)
You're story is not boring. Can't speak for anyone else's, though. :-)
(Also, talking about "boring" in this context is hilarious.) --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 05:15, 11 May 2017 (UTC)
Buster7, love the vignette. A couple years ago, a voyeurs club on South Street was shut down. The stud in their live shows turned out to be a police officer. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 11:42, 11 May 2017 (UTC)

So I read the link BHG sent and discovered, "it will be a private membership-based club where sexual activity will not be banned." This got me to thinking about Duffeeland Dog Park Club, of which I am the Vice President. I got out the charter and by-laws and goals and all that stuff and guess what I discovered? That's right, no where does it state that sexual activity is banned! Holy Cow. Wait until I bring this up at the next General Membership Meeting. Carptrash (talk) 14:50, 11 May 2017 (UTC)

Carptrash, Fido's Retreat? == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 15:41, 11 May 2017 (UTC)

Lotta Crabtree House[edit]

Great article, happy to see more Furness (and Philly-related) content!--MainlyTwelve (talk) 23:25, 3 June 2017 (UTC)

MainlyTwelve. Thank you. I agree (on more Philly/Furness). Glad Wiki Commons had a good image. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 23:38, 3 June 2017 (UTC)

Template:Did you know nominations/Modern Gothic cabinet (Metropolitan Museum of Art)[edit]

Could you tweak this? Thanks. 7&6=thirteen () 10:52, 24 June 2017 (UTC)

Invitation to join WikiProject Organized crime[edit]

Hello, BoringHistoryGuy.

You are invited to join WikiProject Organized crime, a WikiProject and resource dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of Organized crime topics.
Please check out the project, and if interested feel free to join by adding your name to the member list. North America1000 21:38, 24 June 2017 (UTC)

DYK for Modern Gothic cabinet[edit]

Updated DYK query.svg On 3 July 2017, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Modern Gothic cabinet, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Modern Gothic cabinet (pictured) is considered one of the finest American examples of the style? You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Modern Gothic cabinet), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 00:02, 3 July 2017 (UTC)

Request review of new article[edit]

Greetings. Wasn't sure who else to ask, but since you have an interest in things Philadelphia, I was wondering if you might look over an article I created for errors, suggestions, etc. WP article writing is not my cup of tea, especially citations. The subject is Philadelphia lawyer George Hussey Earle, Sr.—father of poet Florence Earle Coates. Hoping it passes the "notability" test. Thanks much if you can, and at your leisure, Londonjackbooks (talk) 21:16, 8 July 2017 (UTC)

Have had on my bookshelf A History of the Friends in America (A. Thomas, R. Thomas, 1919 [5th ed.])... Found a great section on Hicks vs. Elders in Philadelphia in Chapter Five. It is available at IA. Does not reference Earle's, however. Londonjackbooks (talk) 23:48, 12 July 2017 (UTC)
Londonjackbooks. My concern is that using the term "Free Quaker" for Earle will cause unnecessary confusion. BTW, I did make it to World War I in American Art, and thought it was terrific. Best, == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 00:06, 13 July 2017 (UTC)
I have no qualms with simply "Quaker." Thank you for your input! Glad you made the exhibit! I am no art critic, but I liked it as well. Very well-rounded with many different perspectives. Wish I could view the current Richards exhibit. Londonjackbooks (talk) 00:23, 13 July 2017 (UTC)
Londonjackbooks. An antiquarian after my own heart! Richards made a strong showing at the Philadelphia Antiques Show, back in April. Two vendors – Vareika[6] and another – had a big selection. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 00:40, 13 July 2017 (UTC)
I think I once mentioned I thought Richards' Old Ocean's Gray inspired FE Coates' poem "Mid-Ocean"... Came to find a Richards painting entitled "Mid-Ocean" in a book I proofread at WS. Likely the true source of inspiration! Londonjackbooks (talk) 00:54, 13 July 2017 (UTC)
Londonjackbooks. Interesting. I was pleased to see Old Ocean's Gray and some other favorites when I was there in March. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 01:25, 13 July 2017 (UTC)

pix mix[edit]

Fatlands II MontCo PA Planning 713d5b o.jpg Fatlands Mansion MontCo PA Planning 4a909 o.jpg Smallbones(smalltalk) 00:28, 20 July 2017 (UTC)