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Cabinets, Codes,

and Catalogues
Or, Structured Data +
Other Disordered Things
Shannon Mattern | The New School
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Paul Otlet
Diderot’s Tree of Knowledge, ca. 1780; Library of Congress, Card Division, ca. 1919
W.C. Heller & Co, “The Shelving with Brains,” 1922
Berenice Abbott, Hardware Store, 316-318 Bowery, Manhattan, 1938
Gene Pool, via YouTube; Crest Hardware Art Show, via http://www.cresthardwarenyc.com/crestarts/
via http://www.cresthardwarenyc.com/crestarts/
Via Bond Street
Photos by Me
Photos by Me + M. Fine Lumber
Photos by Me + T. Orlandini
Photos by Passerbuys + Me
Photos by Passerbuys + Crest
Images by Anita Behrman + Me
Photos by Me
W.C. Heller & Company, The Shelving With Brains, 1922
Brooks Blevins, “The Country Store: In
Search of Mercantiles and Memories in
the Ozarks,” Southern Cultures 18:4
(Winter 2012): 43
Buckingham’s General Store, ca. 1898, via Library of Congress
General Store, Faulkner County, AR, ca. 1940, via Library of Congress
General Store, Jarreau, LA, by Russell Lee, 1938, via Library of Congress
General Store, Killarney, Queensland, 1910-1920, via Wikimedia
Sigfried Kahn, Questa, NM, photo by John Collier, 1943, via Library of Congress
Provision Store, Caracas, Venezuela, 1900 to 1906, via Library of Congress
This is not Schaefferstown. It’s Moundville, AL, 1936, via Wikimedia
Nail, AR, photo by Brooks Blevins; Jarreau, LA, photo by Russell Lee, 1938, via Library of Congress
Robert A. Mittelstaedt, “The General Store Era: Memoirs of Arthur and Harold Mittelstaedt,” South Dakota History 9:1 (Winter 1978): 58.
G.S. Hastings General Store / Post Office, photo by Fritz Haele, 1942, via Library of Congress
W.M. Scott General Store, Farrington, NC, photo by Marion Post Wolcott, 1940; West Danville, VT,
photo by Fritz Henle, 1942, via Library of Congress
R.B. .Whitley, owner of general store and cotton mill and bank president, Wendell, NC,
photo by Marion Post Wendell, 1939, via Library of Congress
S.O. Grimes, Westminster, MD, 1895 to 1910, via Library of Congress;
Stem, NC, photo by Jack Delano, 1940, via Library of Congress
Chapleau, ON, store catering to First Nations customers, 1900, via Chapleau Library;
Jerome, AK, photo by Russell Lee, 1939, via Library of Congress
Illustration by Charles Henry Sykes, 1922; Lamoille, IA, photo by ArthurRothstein, 1939,
both via Library of Congress
Lake Dick Project, AR, photos by Russell Lee, 1938, via Library of Congress
Manchester, NC, photo by Jack Delano, 1941, via Library of Congress
Pony, MT, photo by Arthur Rothstein, 1939, via Library of Congress
Gravel Switch, KY; Protem, MO
That’s a pun.

Sarah Smith, Clark Bros. Bolt Co., 2011; Screw Lathe, Diderot’s L’Encyclopédie, vol. 9
Hardware Dealer, 1894; Marion, OH, photo by Ben Shahn, 1938, via Library of Congress
R. R. Williams, ed., Hardware Store Business Methods, new and enlarged ed.
(New York: David Williams Company, 1901).
Mr. Dahlen, Williston, NC, photo by John Vachon, 1942, via LOC
Carl W. Dipman, ed., The Modern Hardware Store, 1 st ed.
(New York: Butterick Publishing Company, 1929).
Warren K. Leffler, 1957, via Library of Congress
Garber Hardware, NYC, Since 1884
Photos by Me + T. Orlandini
Still from YouTube; Photos by Me
Photos by T. Orlandini
Catherine Opie, Bravo, 2011
Thank you.

In memory of my grandfather, William Vernon Mattern, co-founder


of Triangle Building Supplies, who passed away April 30, 2017

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