The old Florentine shops on two wheels
If the wonder of Florence, city of art is in the eyes of all – and recalls centuries of economic and cultural wealth and luxury – the uniqueness of his soul is instead hidden in the folds of the popular districts. And ‘here that in the early decades of the twentieth century modest artisans, street vendors and other street workers interpreted the art of’ make do with simple solutions and so brilliant as “bike for work“: bike equipped as workshops to meet the job where probably was.
Luca Giannelli, Florentine lily doc and student of history, in his book published by Scramasax has called “the old Florentine shops on two wheels” and told of how Marco Paoletti, collector identity Tuscan mortified because he found them abandoned in the corners the most hidden of the markets a little ‘everywhere, and has placed in position, removing dust and years of their lives to put them back as new.
That family Paoletti is a story that is intertwined with the life of Tuscany as in the ’30s was interwoven straw to cover the flasks and chairs; or hats, as they did in the factory Maurizio Paoletti grandfather of Mark, arranged a Signa, in the area of trecciaiole fact. George, the father, was a textile machinery company at the turn of the seventies while Mark has worked for Lockman – watches from the island of Elba in the world – until now that, for some years past sixty, he devoted himself exclusively to his research.
And it was his father to start the bike, that Mark has continued rummaging in markets, attics, listening to some dudes, following others. And maybe that happened to make the pleasure of cleaning the cellar, Mark I pocketed their treasures. As the bicycle bottaro, which ran the farms to adjust the barrels and, more generally, the containers of wine, and is not to be explained how important this work.
So here is the bicycle of the shoemaker, with two suitcases: a front-mounted, horizontally, with shoes ready. The other behind, vertical, open turned in the work plan and which contained forms of wood and fish glue, thread, and scissors, erasers and lime, leather and hammer.
Or that of the Hatter and behind the sewing machine had three beautiful hats already made that, while he had a suitcase with straw in front of Signa, two forms of wood, wearing hat and tuba travel. But also that of the photographer with two cameras, wooden easel and mica sheets and then a light stuff to carry around.
And then that of the mattress, the butcher and the toymaker that you understand what it might contain in the luggage, for a total of twenty-eight in the November 2012 book, useful to tell the stories of the people who worked in bicycle, obvious things that today are unimaginable.
“The bike hardest to find was the fireman,” Mark tells us, with the fire hose in the center of the frame “while I’m still looking for is that of ice cream, then that is not a bike but a kind of tricycle. The dream instead is a museum of craft and its traditions. ”
“Some of the shops in Florence on two wheels are common, perhaps with variations, to others in the rest of Italy” specifies Giannelli. Maybe so, but the bike seller of fish of the Arno, who fished eels and bleak and put them in a pumpkin emptied and then filled with water to sell live minnows around, it is the soul of Florence.
Luca Giannelli. Le botteghe fiorentine su due ruote. Ed Scramasax 83 pag 12,00 Euro