Saint Maron’s Lebanese Festival

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Today is your last chance to catch St. Maron’s annual festival – food, live music, games, raffles, arts and crafts. They’re located at 10th & Ellsworth Streets, the festival begins at noon until 9 pm – stop by if you’re in the neighborhood!

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Friday Five – Number Eighty Nine

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Eighty-ninth in a series creating a collage using five elements.

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Where’s My Boot?!

I had just written about the beautifully restored Boot & Saddle Sign on Broad Street in South Philadelphia, and I was looking forward to it being lit up and sharing a shot on the site when this happened!The Boot & Saddle Bar with no signHey, what gives?!

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Mrs Voorhees VS Rob Petrie

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Betsy Palmer and Dick Van DykeDiagnosis Murder?

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Sisters

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I was searching for something in an old envelope of negatives, when I stumbled upon this gem. A photo of my father’s six sisters, on what looks to be a happy occasion, and judging by their clothes – I’m guessing mid to late fifties. We were so fortunate to grow up in such a big family! Original scan behind the cut.  Continue reading

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The Boot & Saddle Sign RESTORED!

If you’ve driven, biked, walked or crawled along South Broad Street near the Ellsworth subway stop in Philadelphia over the past several decades, you’ve probably seen this sign:
Boot and Saddle BarThe bar was vacant for years, but it’s recently been refurbished and is seeing new life as a bar and music venue under the same name. There were promises of restoring the sign, but the weathered original remained. It was still impressive, but it had seen some better days.

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White Pizza with Roasted Tomatoes

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We’re big fans of white pizza around here. For those of you who aren’t in the know – tomato sauce is omitted and replaced by olive oil and garlic. Then the pizza is topped with tomatoes, spinach, broccoli rabe, or whatever floats your boat – then sprinkled with mozzarella and baked. Usually, I slice fresh plum or Jersey tomatoes for my white pies, but since I had no fresh on hand, I substituted canned whole tomatoes. Slow roasting the tomatoes with garlic and olive oil intensifies the flavor, and makes a magnificent pizza!

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Friday Five – Number Eighty Eight

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Eighty-eighth in a series creating a collage using five elements.

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10th & Market

Girl in platform shoes - 10th and Market StreetsAnother of my from the hip shots.

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Fire at St. Mary’s School

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On the morning of January 30, 1953, there was a disastrous fire at St. Mary’s School in Willimantic, CT. The fire, which originated in the boiler room, raged for five hours and destroyed the building. I found these going through some of the old family photos, threw them on the scanner and cleaned them up. I think that everyone in our town has one or two of these photos of the fire lying around in a box or an album. The tight-knit community banded together, raised money, and the new school was dedicated in 1955. There’s one more photo behind the cut. 
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Leftovers for Lunch

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Today’s lesson – always make more! If you’re going to grill pesto marinated chicken for dinner like I did last week, throw a few more breasts on the grill. While you’re at it, grab a red pepper, brush it with olive oil, and toss it on the grill too. When dinner is over, you have extra delicious grilled chicken, a roasted red pepper, and if you really planned ahead – you reserved some of the pesto to make a pasta salad to take to work on Monday or for dinner the following night. If not, you’ve got the makings for a great chicken salad. I’m all about shortcuts and turning on the oven as little as possible in the summer – except to make pies, of course.

 

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Westville Pond at Night

Westville, New Jersey Pond at NightHere is a shot of Westville’s park surround The Pond circa 1982. It’s early in the evening and the moon is visible in the sky. I’m not sure if I shot this handheld or dragged a tripod with me.

Back in the 1980s, I went to art school, and I along with all of the other illustration majors were required to take a minor course in photography. We had to shoot the photos as well as process the negatives and make prints. I don’t recall what the particulars of the class assignments were although I can tell from looking at the negatives which were the assignments and which ones were shot just to finish off a roll. The shots to finish a roll are a lot more interesting. While my fellow students mostly resided and shot their photographs in the vibrant metropolis of Philadelphia, I lived and did most of my shooting in and around the staid and solid small town of Westville, New Jersey.

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Friday Five – Number Eighty Seven

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Eighty-seventh in a series creating a collage using five elements.

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Too Good to be True

COMICS-HEADMissile Firing Tank vintage comic adEven the grade school boys at which this ad was squarely aimed knew this was too good to be true.

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