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Gypsum memorabilia

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Jeremy White, fellow gypsum lover, recently wrote to tell me about his terrific collection of gypsum company memorabilia. He gave me permission to share some of his collection with my readers. I think you’ll agree these items are a fascinating look at the history of the gypsum industry.

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USG-Badges-Tool-Tags-450x300

USG-Atlas-1903-300x200

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Written by Elizabeth McCullough

September 24, 2015 at 11:29 am

Blackboard Chalk Isn’t Chalk

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Ubiquitous in many classrooms since the 19th century, chalk and chalkboards are familiar to most of us. White, powdery and prone to sticking to those surfaces where it is put and just as easy to wipe away, chalk and its accompanying board are excellent instructional aids. Notably, however, most chalk today isn’t technically chalk at all, but gypsum.

Read more at: Blackboard Chalk Isn’t Chalk.

Written by Elizabeth McCullough

May 4, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Chinese drywall manufacturer skips court hearing

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As many as 20,000 property owners in Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia installed the toxic drywall during frenzied building after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and a nation-wide housing boom.

Homeowners complained of foul odors, damage to appliances, health issues such as skin irritation and breathing problems and blackening of copper and silver they say is connected to the product.

Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin settled with 4,500 property owners, mostly from the Gulf Coast, for damages reaching $1 billion, including an estimated $280 million to $350 million for Louisiana residents.

Taishan Gypsum has resisted the authority of U.S. courts, arguing the judicial system has no authority over the foreign company. Last month, the firm refused to show up for a hearing in U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon’s New Orleans courtroom after a judgment against the company was made final.

via Maker of defective Chinese drywall Taishan skips out on court hearing, leaving homeowners waiting | NOLA.com.

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Revisiting Midland, CA

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Midland, CA has been mentioned on this blog before. Recently BLDGBLOG took another look at this gypsum ghost town and its surprising connection to Hollywood:

What’s so interesting about this place—aside from the exposed concrete foundation pads now reused as platforms for RVs, or the empty streets forming an altogether different kind of geoglyph, or even the obvious ease with which one can get there, simply following the aptly named Midland Road northeast from Blythe—is the fact that the town was built for workers at the gypsum mine, and that the gypsum extracted from the ground in Midland was then used as artificial snow in many Hollywood productions.

via BLDGBLOG: The Snow Mine.

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Written by Elizabeth McCullough

July 16, 2014 at 1:33 pm

The 1965 Parade of Homes

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The quality on this video is not great, but you can see a method of wall construction using sound-deadening board plus gypsum wall board that was used for the 1965 Parade of Homes in Alabama. As Boomer families grew and entertainment moved inside the home, the building industry played up the concept of the “Quietized” home.

via 1965 Parade of Homes, The – YouTube.

Written by Elizabeth McCullough

June 24, 2014 at 8:00 am

From power plant to corn field

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Shaping The Future with Gypsum Wallboard

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I wish I knew more about this video. I can date it back to 1969, but I think it might be older than that. This is another industrial film from the Gypsum Association, and uses clips that I’ve seen in some of their other videos. There’s a shot of a living room set towards the end of the video that is particularly groovy.

 

Written by Elizabeth McCullough

May 22, 2014 at 12:45 pm

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