Saturday, January 12, 2013

Ahhhchooo!

(A Weekly Top Shot entry)

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The back of the snuff mill...in color...

Nope, don’t have a cold.  I was just thinking about snuff. You know what snuff is, right? Well, according to Wikipedia, snuff is a product made from ground tobacco, inhaled through the nose, and used as an alternative to tobacco.  It can be scented or flavored and has been in existence since sometime in the fourteen hundreds.  Not looked upon by many as an attractive habit, many objected to the use of snuff…Tsar Michael, at one point, removed the nose of those who used snuff. Hmmmm, think he knew something about the perils of tobacco use?
 
and in black and white.

So, why was I thinking about snuff?  I’m drawn to an area not far from my home where an old snuff mill stands…Helme Products Inc., Manufacturers of Snuff & Tobacco. The story surrounding the mill is extremely interesting and the area surrounding the mill is extremely beautiful but, lately, I’ve had my eye on the building itself and not the flora and fauna of the area.
 
I would hate to see this old structure come down. It stands as a testament to the past when the United States was a manufacturing giant, jobs were plentiful, and employers were involved with and cared for their employees.  But, if that day should come, who knows?...I just may toy with the idea of moving to a community planned for that very spot. Until then, I will revisit with my camera and try to capture the working class spirit that haunts that beautiful old brick.

18 comments:

  1. The colors in the first photo are fantastic. I do hope they decide to keep it. What a great structure! (And no, I didn't really know what snuff is/was. Ewww.)

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  2. It's a neat, old building. Looks like it could make a great apartment building.

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  3. These are wonderful photos, Helene.
    I wonder what the inside looks like. :-)

    Unfortunately, there are so many buildings in the same situation, and it really is so sad.

    Wishing you a fantastic weekend!

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  4. Great old building. I love the colorful doors and windows. I didn't know about the inhaling, so that's a big "duh" for me. That's why they called it "snuff". I thought I was following your blog, but I wasn't.

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  5. as effective as the monochrome is, i prefer the color version

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  6. Lots of character here! Great shot!

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  7. That is a beautiful building and should be preserved even as a condo! Why is it that new commercial buildings have no soul?

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  8. What an irresistible place! Exactly the sort of place I'd love to explore (preferrably inside!). No thank you on the snuff, though.

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  9. A great old building! It would be a shame to pull it down, but that's progress. You have preserved it for all time with this shot!

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  10. I do hate that in the US our architecture is destroyed and replaced by modern structures which in turn someday etc. etc. What if European countries had done this to the beautiful building of the past.

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  11. How interesting! Snuff is really an old concept and how very cool these wonderful building still exist. I love the one in color, I have to say. So many aspects to love and blue windows, red windows and pinkish windows. If only windows could talk what a tale they could tell us! Love this.

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  12. Nicely captured. I can't decide if I like the black and white, or the color version better. At least if they do tear it down you've recorded it, and a little bit of its history. It would be nice if someone renovated it and made it useful again while keeping the old feel.

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  13. Very interesting capture. I too would hate to see such an intriguing building torn down.

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  14. nice capture! both these versions are lovely! my town is also a big producer of tobacco products, which came as a surprise even to me when i moved here 20 years ago. folks don't really associate wisconsin with growing tobacco, but the fields are full in fall. someone is currently turning one of our old warehouses into condos, but it hasn't happened too fast due to the economy.

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  15. I love it... I'd love to see a close up of the doors and windows... I'm so glad you came by to share on Weekly Top Shot #65!

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  16. Un beau témoignage...
    J'aime beaucoup ces vieilles architectures industrielles,
    Belle journée,

    Pierre

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  17. Black-and-white photos often have a lot of character. In this case, though, I prefer the color photo. The doors and windows add a high amount of interest to the building.

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