Cinemas, Horse-Drawn Post, and Lenin's House

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TGIF everyone! Hope everyone has been catching some of the great Olympic events, there have been some inspiring moments. Check out our Favourites this week:

 Pin of the Week

Joy Theater, Texarkana, 1930

Pin of the week comes to us from Texarkana Museums Systems, with a wonderful photo of one of first moving picture screens in Texarkana, Arkansas. The Joy Theater is named after Joy Newton Houck Sr. (b. July 10th, 1900), a producer of B-movie Westerns in the 1940’s and 50’s and owner of 29 theatres in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. After its run as a cinema the Witt, Siebert, and Halsey-designed brick building became a men’s clothing store. Today, it has been converted into loft apartments and a retail space.

See how this corner of small-town America has changed over time by looking at this photo in Street View here.

Pinner of the Week

Street View: Last horse-drawn post in London, 1949 (Click photo to view larger version on Historypin)

Pinner of the week is the British Postal Museum & Archive, a great resource for British postal heritage. The Archive aims to connect people through the evolving story of communications past and present, and their online photo collection is an excellent way to learn about the achievements of British postal services over the years. In our crazy, fast-paced digital lives, it is nice to flip through how our communication with one another has changed. Maybe users will be inspired to send a letter to a loved-one by post!

Click here to see their fabulous Photos, Collections, and Tours.

Story of the Week

Lenin’s London home at 16 Percy Circus, taken in 1968.

Story of the week comes from the Islington Museum, who have pinned a photo of the London home where Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin stayed for a number of weeks in 1905. In the wake of the 1905 Russian Revolution, the first Bolshevik congress was held in London, from April 12th to May 10th, 1905. Lenin, who chaired the congress, stayed around the corner from his old London flat at 30 Holford Square, at 16 Percy Circus. The building is now marked with a Blue Plaque. During this short visit to London, Lenin made visits to the National Gallery and the theatre, the zoo, the British Library, and Highgate Cemetery among other places. He also managed to fit in several visits to the pub!

Click on the picture above to view it on Historypin!