Thursday, January 19, 2012

Social Climber

My raisiny little grandfather was an ironworker. Although he mostly constructed bridges, he also built the tall smoke stacks at the Ford Foundry. My childish mind believed he did this singlehandedly. Just Pépé. On Sundays we’d wave to them on our way home from Holy Rosary. In university Vic and Sergio pointed out that the famous architect Albert Kahn designed the factory. A fact lost on Oscar. He just had to build them high enough so that the soot floated past the nice houses on Riverside Drive to settle instead on the battleship grey porches of Hickory Road. His street.

Photo taken by Peter W. Gilbert.

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