“Few of them were to be trusted within reach of a trowel and a pile of bricks”*…
It is oddly mesmerizing to watch Robert Boll win the the 1st annual World Champion Brick Olympics– and set a Guinness world record– by laying 914 bricks in one hour. Boll’s feat has been bested several times since, most recently, by Travis McGee:
* P.G. Wodehouse
As we get set for the paint drying event, we might recall that it was on this date in 1917 that the Victor Talking Machine Company released two songs recorded by The Original Dixieland Jass Band — “Livery Stable Blues” and “Dixie Jass Band One Step”– as two sides of a 78 rpm disc… the first jazz record ever released. As readers can see in the photo below, the band changed the spelling to “Jazz” later that year.