Gaiety Sandwich Shop — an Update

Gaiety Sandwich ShopPeople constantly scour the Internet seeking the newest of the new. What I love about the Internet is that it is also a nearly infinite backlog of information. There is something for everyone, and something that may have been posted years ago is always new to a fresh pair of eyes. Case in point is the above photo which is a 35mm negative I shot as part of an art school course and forgot about in 1982; rediscovered and scanned 10 years ago and wrote a post about it on this website back in 2011. When I wrote the post, I had no idea where I shot it. I knew it was in Center City Philadelphia, but I had no idea of the exact locale until a fresh pair of eyes fell upon the post, and the owner of those eyeballs reached out.

Dennis Kirkpatrick sent me an email with the location information I so sorely lacked:

I was happy to see your photo. The address was 136 S 15th Street. This shot was of Moravian Street a small branch off of 15th facing south. The Gaiety Sandwich Shop was in my family from 1979 to 1989. We closed due to my father’s health.

Better still, Mr. Kirkpatrick also knew the gentleman in the picture who I always assumed was just a passerby I accidentally captured on film:

The gentleman in the photo worked for my dad and his name was Lee Finney. He washed dishes and cleaned up. He was taking out the garbage here as our garbage cans were directly under that sign and the dumpster to the right.

Thanks so much, Mr. Kirkpatrick!

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3 Responses to Gaiety Sandwich Shop — an Update

  1. Great shot! Cool subject matter too. Goes straight to me stomach LOL

  2. Tina says:

    The sign painted on the exterior is marvelous!

  3. Joe_Williams says:

    I would be lost if it wasn’t for people scouring the internet!

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