Thursday, January 24, 2013

'Pembroke' Aerial

'Pembroke', the Joseph R. De Lamar estate designed by C.P.H. Gilbert c. 1916 in Glen Cove.  Click HEREHERE and HERE for more on 'Pembroke' which has since been demolished.  Photo from Arts & Decoration, 1921.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wish it wasn't so blurry....looks like a great shot.

Old Grey Dog said...

Could the picture be reposted ? The illustration too 'digitalized'.

archibuff said...

It's very unfortunate indeed that the image of Pembroke is not the best, but it clearly shows the incredible scale of the house and the monumental conservatory wing. The series of aerial views of late has been great to see.

The Down East Dilettante said...

And once more the mixed blessings of google books displays itself. the good news is that the digitization makes available material it would otherwise take years to find---the bad news is that there are no standard rules for the digitization, and we sometimes wind up with images like this, or more often, images that have severe moire.

Drives me nuts with frustration.

lil' gay boy said...


DED,

Too true -- in the rush to digitize, standard scanning techniques will usually produce a moire because of the low dot gain on older pubs (even contemporary pubs can produce this). Eliminating the moire is not always practical as it produces an unwieldy file size.

This image is only 700x656 -- could easily be larger & render more detail.

Zach said...

Yes yes I know. This image was about 2" x 2" in the digital magazine and was clipped at that size. I uploaded that same sized image into Blogger and this is what it produced...so I'm not sure how to change it.

My best advice would be simply to avoid enlarging it and just enjoy the smaller image from the main page.

LGB...if you can improve it please do.

The Down East Dilettante said...

LOL, truly Zach, we're not holding you responsible. The fault lies entirely with google and the lack of technical standards.

The only way to improve it would be for one of us to go to a holding library and rescan or photograph it. Love OLI though I do, my nearest holding library is Bangor, an hour away, and they now keep their bound magazines off-site in dead storage, and the process and wait involved means more trouble than its worth. One could request a scan of the image through ILL, or if passing NYPL, go in and get it--before they move everything to New Jersey, that is...

:-)

Zach said...

Success. Doug Floor Plan has been kind enough to supply me with a cleaned up version for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Sean Levchuck said...

Hi, Great post as always. i really have enjoyed your site for the past several years. Thanks for todays post. It is sad to look at this and compare it with an aerial from the 60's the Monica Randall showed in her book. Hard to believe these grand estates could fall into such overgrowth and disrepair.

lil' gay boy said...

Ah, DFP beat me to it...the miracle of PhotoShop!

Zach said...

Off topic but this week's American Pickers episode on the History Channel's first stop was at Leatherstocking Farm in Cooperstown, the estate of the late Dorothy Stokes Bostwick Smith Campbell. They poke around the barns and her grandson tells some stories about the family and the estate (which has been in the family for 5 generations).

Anonymous said...

Indecorous Taste has some splendid photos of a beautifully derelict Pembroke. http://www.indecoroustaste.com/2009/08/and-they-partied-themselves-into-ground.html

Kellsboro Jack said...

Zach - get out of here with the Picker's episode! The estate passed to her daughter 'Dotsie' (d. 2010) who like her mother had an interesting life ...

http://coopercrier.com/obituaries/x865118782/Dorothy-Sampson-Smith-Rudkin