Monday, November 2, 2009

Maxine's

I posted some pictures of a building in Trenton New Jersey on my Something Sighted blog. That got me thinking about Trenton and since it's not too far away I went there today for about an hour and took a few more pictures.
I don't know anything about this building but it seems like it could be a night club.

I can imagine this place 50 years ago filled with well dressed people smoking and drinking while listening to jazz that was smoother than honey and cooler than the ice in their drinks.
That's probably far from the real story but it's fun to imagine.
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32 comments:

Gallow said...

This is a great photo for monochrome. The letters are spectacular. Nice job.

Carolyn Ford said...

I love the style of the letters. Even the trash can is perfect for monochrome. The history could be quite interesting and add even more to the monochrome style! Your trip was definitely worth it...

Luis Gomez said...

You don't see many facades like this one anymore. They were rather elegant. Nice shot!

ruma2008 said...

I think that surely your story is right.

A witty building is photographed with an atmosphere settled down.

This building is photographed beautifully in this way, and I imagine it to be happy.

Bogey said...

"....listening to jazz that was smoother than honey and cooler than the ice in their drinks."

Now isn't that a memory. If only the tables could tell tales. Great picture James.

Ai Shiang said...

That's a good imagination! The black and white image makes it look rather deserted.

SquirrelQueen said...

A very interesting assortment of textures, I love how it is framed with the trees. The letters do give the feel of another era.

The Accessory Lady said...

This is a wonderful building and so well preserved. Definitely takes you back to a different place and time! Great shot!

Thérèse said...

Closed during the day and opened at night!

Thom said...

Your story brings this so to life. I can just picture that as well. I love it :) When I saw the title in my google reader I thought what the hell is he doing with Maxine (that cartoon character lady) LOL

Riet said...

THat sure brings back memories.Those letters look like longer ago. More Charleston time??
Jazz and blues sound great too.

Sunny said...

Very cool picture, love your imagination and you weren't far off.

"From a casual lunch to a formal private dinner, Maxine's offers a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere and cuisines bursting with flavor. It offers the finest catering and event hosting and showcases world class R and B and Jazz artists."

Malyss said...

Like you, the design of letters and the mood of the picture made me think about the fifties..
Humm, listening to "smooth and cool" Jazz, in the darkness of a night-club, with candles on the tables..(sigh..)

Bibi said...

Gosh, take away the parking meter and newspaper dispenser and it would almost look like a Parisian scene...or am I thinking of Maxim's?? :<)

Aileni said...

A name like Maxine's is certainly evocative.

Cezar and Léia said...

I liked your imagination, in fact I did know nothing about this name or place, but I could imagine the story following your words!
Thanks!
Léia

In Three Rivers, Michigan said...

Love the photo, the Deco lettering - and your story! Photos should inspire the imagination, I think, and b&w does it so well.

Three Rivers Daily Photo

Lois said...

I love that lettering style! This looks fabulous in black and white.

moorebloglife said...

This has such a beautiful retro look to it the black and white makes it look right out of a news paper clip!

cieldequimper said...

Oh yes, I see your imagination took you to the same place mine did. I can hear jazz in the jukebox.

Cheryl said...

I too agree with your sentiments! I could imagine being there, enjoying a show, sipping a drink...

Ms. Fiddlesticks said...

I love the old timey look of it. Being in black and white really makes it look like the picture came out of someone's trunk in an attic. Is it still open for business?
DF

Alan Burnett said...

Great photo. And I just love the lettering.

amatamari© said...

I also look at the photo and let
the imagination fly, seeking details
and then just enjoy!
Beautiful monochrome! Thanks!

Asta said...

Hi James,

It's very 1950. Nightclub, handsome men and beautiful coco channel ladies with their small lapdogs, smoking long cigarettes and sipping champagne. That's the picture I see in my head-:)

Best regards
Asta

ER said...

I used to see this place from my office window. I remember when it opened, and when it closed. Just couldn't get the customers to come at night. Has it re-opened? I love your photograph. It captures what the original owners had intended. Lizzy :)

@nemonen said...

A great photo for monochrome. I can imagine the jazz and the peole, who was ther in the good old days.

Pacey said...

Pretty great mono here James, sorry am late...

ruma2008 said...

Thank you for your wonderful comment.

I am very honored.

chrome3d said...

It´s a cool and jazzy place with lot of history. Hopefully more than that too.

Life with Kaishon said...

I love those letters a ton. What a cool design!

Hilda said...

I have a feeling that your guess isn't too far off! Love that lettering and monochrome's just perfect for it!