These shots come from a random post-apartment-viewing walk in Eastern London.  After stumbling upon the Geffrye Museum, or the "Museum of the Home" it was fascinating to see period rooms designed to show the evolution of English housing and domestic interiors from 1600 to the present. These were all displayed in an 18th century almshouse surrounded by beautiful gardens and stuck amid what is generally considered industrial East London.  Having just weathered the recent hurricane in the US with no toilets for several days, one can certainly appreciate the move from drop toilet outhouses to city water and functional indoor plumbing!  Otherwise, the “more clutter is better” concept was clearly full on for many years in England, with development of more stylish and comfortable furniture culminating in IKEA!! particularly interesting.  Say what you will…life has definitely gotten better and more comfortable for most!  Even today's poor have 20x the comfort as did the wealthy from the 1660s...

  These bird houses were pretty sparse themselves, being part of a sculpture exhibit inside the gardens of the museum, and lacking from what I could tell any actual birds.  Still, if I were a fairly modernist bird I could see myself perching there on occasion. The benches on the other hand, part of a classical terrace on the back of the museum, just seemed particularly quiet and attractive, evoking if not the 1600s then times gone by, the kind of thing one might expect to see at a 1950s era building in rural Missouri or in the Poconos!  Something very pleasant about them... 

  Ah, one very cool new feature added to the blog, full-screen photo viewing! Check it out, it appears as a choice when you hover over the picture.  Now you can see them as they were intended...

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