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Sunday
Mar022008

Old Hollywood in the Heights

Bernhoft shows one of his many stereoscopes.

The Washington Heights townhouse, built in 1897, and shared by Peter Mintun and Eric Bernhoft retains most of its original woodwork and fixtures. The interior décor is somewhat streamlined, not having the curvaceous bulkiness usually associated with the late Victorian period. It is an appropriate environment for a collection that could have easily been left behind by the original owners. Mintun, a pianist, maintains a huge assortment of sheet music, magazines, and memorabilia from the early part of the last century. Bernhoft, a former telephone technician, has gathered together an extraordinary assortment of hand-colored photographic glass slides and their accompanying music on Edison wax cylinders that were shown in movie houses during the silent film era, usually when the projectionist was changing the film reels.

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