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Hauptmann's Handiwork in Harlem?
Fri Jan 5, 2018 15:39

How much of Hauptmann's carpentry work can STILL be found in the Bronx?

I wonder if his handiwork, that still exists, could be used to prove or eliminate Hauptmann as the builder of the kidnap ladder?

This 2007 article is called "I Live in Harlem...I Think," by Minnette Coleman (any relation to Gregory Coleman, former Bronx Home News editor?)

Here is an excerpt:

"Even though most brownstones in 1984 were contracted by word of mouth, we got a real estate agent to show us one on 150th Street between Convent and St. Nicholas Avenues. She explained that the lavish interior wood carvings and designs were thought to have been done by the carpenter accused of kidnapping the Lindbergh baby."

    • Re: Hauptmann's Handiwork in Harlem?Anonymous, Fri Jan 5 20:24
      Would be bo fun to find something known to be done by him. I don't know NY - is the Majestic still a standing building? Was in a good neighborhood, so maybe. I'm sure a determined researcher could... more
      • Hauptmann's Carpentry WorkSue for Jack, Fri Jan 5 22:34
        On a Bronx tour from many years ago, a participant shared that his grandfather and Hauptmann built the home that is across the street from Condon's house. The details can best be provided by Richard... more
        • Hauptmann's workRichard E Sloan, Sat Jan 6 09:57
          Carpentry work isn't like painting a Rembrandt. I don't think Bruno's work wouldn't stand out as being anything extraordinary. And unlike an oil painting, the creator wouldn't sign his work. I have... more
          • Re: Hauptmann's workSue for Richard, Sat Jan 6 12:07
            I thought you would clarify about the house you spoke about many years ago. That's why I wrote it that way. Who better than the Bronx tour guide!
            • house Bruno builtSue, Sun Jan 7 10:22
              The way you wrote it, you identified it as a house on Decatur, so I couldn't connect the dots. You meant Kurt's descendant and Bruno. We never went in to examine it. I dont remember what Kurt said... more
              • Re: house Bruno builtSue, Sun Jan 7 13:27
                Yes, you too, Richard! Stay warm! Cars, for instance, can yield forensic evidence. I imagine carpentry work that was done to interior of houses, also, can establish authorship.
                • Hauptmann as carpenterbob mills for sue and richard, Mon Jan 8 11:44
                  Hauptmann apparently made a decent living as a carpenter. A German immigrant with less than requisite skills for major work would not have done so, I feel sure. When asked by Wilentz, "Did you build... more
                  • Very well said Richard. Myself, I think Hauptman would have made a much better ladder than the LKC one because he was semi-skilled at least in carpentry. The German people are a proud sort to start... more
                  • I am a capenter!Richard E Sloan, Tue Jan 9 09:35
                    I think Bruno built the ladder and said "I am a carpenter" as a defensive ploy, to distance himself from the possibility that he could have built it. (By the way, he was claiming that it was a rank... more
                  • Did Hauptmann Build That Ladder?Sue for Bob, Tue Jan 9 08:06
                    Maybe Hauptmann needed a translator? Maybe not. He answered intelligently and cleverly like someone who fully understood what he was being asked. I think there was a big difference between how he... more
                • Fisch houseRichard Sloan, Mon Jan 8 09:46
                  This pictufre of the gas sta. backed by Fisch's house makes me think that STeve and I only looked for the spiritual place on the right (south) sd. of the street, and I didnt realize that his house... more
                  • Liberty Magazine, 1935Sue, Mon Jan 8 22:58
                    I believe those photos are from an article from Liberty Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 4, Liberty Pub., 1935.
                  • Another View of Warner-Quinlan StationSue for Richard, Mon Jan 8 22:46
                    Here is another view of the Warner-Quinlan gas station... And also the two filling attendants! I'm not sure what book these pictures are from.
                  • Esso Station at 130th StreetSue for Richard, Mon Jan 8 22:13
                    And why did Hauptmann choose the filling station at 127th Street and Lexington Avenue instead of the Esso station at 130 Street? Cheaper gas? Walter Winchell's memoir, Winchell Exclusive: Things That ... more
      • Re: Hauptmann's Handiwork in Harlem?Anonymous, Fri Jan 5 20:24
        Oops above by Jack.
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