Drake Under Glass

Drake-from-the-KimmelThe fabulous Drake shot from the interior of The Kimmel Center of the Performing Arts at Broad and Spruce Streets in Philadelphia. I shot this when I went to see Philadelphia Television legend Gene London.

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The Three Graces


Another old family photo from my collection. Again, I’m not sure who these ladies are – however, the woman seated in the middle bears a strong resemblance to my father’s sister Viola. What I find interesting about this photo is the way the three women are positioned – two looking into the lens of the camera, while the third is in profile looking off into the distance. Original photo behind the cut.  Continue reading

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Gene London

Gene-London-autographOf the great pantheon of kid show hosts who graced the airwaves and won the hearts and minds of children in the Philadelphia broadcast region, Gene London, the genial host of The Gene London Show is one of the last of the Mohicans. When I heard that he was making a local appearance, I knew I had to see him.

Gene London was scheduled to appear as part of Phila Flea Markets which move all throughout the City of Philadelphia and on this occasion was situated within the massive Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts at Broad and Spruce Streets.  Dealers of antiques, art and collectibles packed the place while Mr. London was there to meet fans and to display some of his Hollywood Collection. Continue reading

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No – Knead Baguette



More adventures with no-knead bread. These baguettes are good on their own, but as the foundation of a sandwich – spectacular!  Continue reading

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Friday Five – Number Ninety Two



Ninety-second in a series creating a collage using five elements.

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Throwback Thursday

Joe-dining room-2A self-portrait circa 1982. This is yet another Photo Elective shot. I’m not sure if this was to finish off a roll of film or was part of an assignment. I’ve heard other people from art school mention a self-portrait project, and this may have been mine. There were a couple of similar shots contiguous to this frame so this may have been part of an assignment rather than a film killer.

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Arthur Vertefeuille


Among the family photos I’ve restored is this studio portrait of my great aunt’s husband’s nephew.  Photographs taken during this era were staged with painted backdrops, and props like books, courting benches, and tapestry covered tables. Original scan behind the cut.  Continue reading

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A Jacket & Tie Kind of Town

15th and Locust Streets circa 1981Here’s another Photo Elective shot by Tina Garceau. As I’ve said before, all sophomore students majoring in illustration at The Philadelphia College of Art were required to take a minor course in photography where the students would take and process black and white, 35mm images. I lived in South Jersey and commuted to school, while Tina lived in and shot her photographs around the school’s downtown Philadelphia campus. She made a number of exposures from these corners at 15th and Locust back in 1981. The area remains largely the same although the businesses have changed hands several times over the decades. The sense of style has changed quite a bit. This is back when center city Philadelphia was a jacket and tie kind of town.

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Crêpes with Strawberries and Yogurt



Determined to pull myself out of my Sunday brunch blueberry pancakes/French toast rut,  I made crêpes. Crêpes are lighter than pancakes and perfectly suited for summer mornings. The beauty is you can make them the night before, store them separated with wax paper in the fridge, then in the morning – just fill and roll!  Continue reading

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Hats Off


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The Lone Boxcar

Here’s a series of my photo elective shots I took while wandering the “wilds” of Westville, New Jersey trying to find a subject or composition that would please my photography teacher and get me a passing grade. It seems that I favored industrial detritus, abandoned buildings, auto graveyards and human graveyards. I guess I was a gloomy Gus, but I was also going with the things in and around my hometown that would lend itself to artsy-fartsy, contrasty, black and white photography.

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Among the family photos I recently inherited – this tintype is the oldest – and in horrible shape. According to Wikipedia:

tintype, also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark lacquer or enamel and used as the support for the photographic emulsion. Tintypes enjoyed their widest use during the 1860s and 1870s, but lesser use of the medium persisted into the early 20th century and it has been revived as a novelty in the 21st.

Tintype portraits were at first usually made in a formal photographic studio, like daguerreotypes and other early types of photographs, but later they were most commonly made by photographers working in booths or the open air at fairs and carnivals, as well as by itinerant sidewalk photographers. Because the lacquered iron support (there is no actual tin used) was resilient and did not need drying, a tintype could be developed and fixed and handed to the customer only a few minutes after the picture had been taken.

So basically, tintypes were the old timey version of a Polaroid. The name tintype came from the tin shears were used to cut the plate. The most common size of these photos, like mine, are 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.  Unfortunately, I’m not sure who these people are – I’ll have to post it to various spots and run it past my cousins. I’ll keep you updated. Original scan behind the cut.  Continue reading

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Courtesy is Caring

Courtesy is Caring - Sears name badgeI meant to put this name-badge up on Fathers Day, but, of course, I couldn’t find it, and it’s only natural that I came across it when I was looking for something else. I never did find the other thing I was looking for.


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Strawberry Blueberry Tart



Three cheers for the red, white, and blue! Since it’s the 4th – I made my favorite fruit tart from The Frog Commissary Cookbook. A light crust, brushed with melted chocolate, filled with a sweetened cream cheese, and topped with fresh fruit.  Continue reading

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