ArtInRuins is undergoing a (quarantine-powered ) makeover. The properties here have been updated for 2020 within a new responsive and mobile-friendly design. Photographs have been re-cropped, enhanced, and enlarged. Histories have been revisited and current events have been updated. We are going through properties one by one, starting with some of our oldest, to bring them into the new decade. We hope you enjoy the new look.

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Anecdotes

1087 anecdotes from people just like you.

  • I worked at RPP in the mid 90’s in maintenance. I started out cleaning up around the park and eventually ended up working on the rides. I worked with Greg, Bob, Joe, Henry, Big Rob (or Mate) as his friends called him, Scotty and Jay in the Carpentry Department shout out to you...
    Jason Churchill on Rocky Point Park
  • Question. My mother worked fir What Cheer Laundry back in the 40’s. Is there a way for me to find out the years she was employed, I do remember seeing a “5 year pin”. My mom passed when I was 13, unfortunately I never was able to hear her wonderful stories of friends she had t...
    Marian Shannon-Fre on Louttit Laundry
  • I LOVE THE SILVER TOP DINER!!! I was an Architecture student at RISD during the 80’s. As me and other fellow RISD students had to pull all-nighters working on design projects at the design studio located on South Main Street, we would go to Silver Top around 3 am starving!... ...
    Mary King on Silver Top Diner
  • I remember meetings there while I was a member of Fidelity Chapter of the Order of Demolay (the youth arm of the Masons) in the late 1960’s. We also had monthly dances at the Edgewood Yacht Club down the hill. They were well attended by various chapters of Demolay and of cour...
    Michael Poole on Possner Castle
  • I bowled there in the 1960’s and started working there when I turned 16 at the end of 1970. The owner was Ed Sullivan, not to be confused with the host of the famous TV show at the time. He offered me a weekend job and I worked there for 6 years until I graduated from college....
    Jim Nielson on Down Under Duckpin Bowling
  • The 72 Fountain Street building was purchased by the Operating Engineers, Local 57 in 1940 for use as their union hall. My grandfather, Jack White, was the Business Manager at the time of the purchase. Local 57 Engineers is a union that represents the heavy equipment operators...
    Jim White — Business Manager & President, Local 57 Engineers on Fountain Street, #66
  • My great-grandfather, Thomas Costello was a Foreman at American Screw Company in Providence when he died in 1937. His death certificate states 47 years spent in that occupation.
    Jason Costello on American Screw Company
  • I Loved this building, going to a Red’s Hockey game with my brothers, Father, and uncle who had season tickets was such a treat growing up in West Warwick, born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. I remember going in on cold, snowy evenings and feeling the cold air, the smell of roas...
    Bobby Desjardins on Rhode Island Auditorium