While dismantling the storage drawers and shelves in the basement workshop, I found some interesting old paper lining a couple of the drawers.
The papers date from the house’s “parsonage era” from 1952 to 1973 when it was owned by the last Norwegian-language Lutheran church in the city and occupied by Norwegian pastors. It was pretty easy to determine that date because they’re both total giveaways: part of an old banner with norwegian words on it, and a calendar page from August 1964.
The only Norwegian I know is “Uff da” and the names of a few scandinavian foods our family eats at holidays, so I have no idea what this banner says. However, Ms. Bungalow has an intern in her office from Norway who has offered to translate for us. What mysteries are locked in the phrase, “Fra Vesterhovet?” Stay tuned and all will be revealed…
The calendar page from August of 1964 shows an image of downtown Chicago. The calendar image shows the Chicago River, Wacker Drive and the Chicago Tribune building. The picture wouldn’t mean much to me, but it appears to have been taken just one block from the location of a hotel Ms. Bungalow and I have stayed for a conference each of the past two years. Here’s a current picture of the same view from the hotel’s website:
It’s a strange coincidence that a 40-year-old picture of a city I’ve only visited a few times can be so immediately familiar.