Category Archives: Blast from the Past

Tiled Entryways on 4th Street

More tiled entryways in Philadelphia’s fabric district.

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Tiled Entryway No. 703

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post on tiled entryways, however on Saturday, I ran into this beauty while doing some shopping on Fabric Row.

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Happy Birthday Lloyd!

The Boy turns nineteen today – where does the time go? I was thinking about his tenth birthday when he decided he wanted a Neapolitan cake for his birthday. That meant baking three different cake layers, which I was trying … Continue reading

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My Childhood Captured on a Single Page

Regular readers of the site are probably aware of the fantastic illustrative work of Tina Garceau. If not, you can head over to this page for a heaping helping of her incredible work. I’ll wait. Are you back? Good! As … Continue reading

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You No Canna Refuse

Back when movies were cultural touchstones made for adults, they were not as heavily merchandised as they are today. A soundtrack album may have been released and a paperback novelization would be on a shelves in bookstores, and that was … Continue reading

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Almost All of Them Flops

This is a nicely printed flyer that was handed out at a comic book convention in the very early 1980s. On the opposite side of what’s pictured above was a list of horror and science fiction classics released by Universal … Continue reading

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Digital Clutter

This is a followup to my earlier post about the art school formerly known as The Philadelphia College of Art. Thanks to the Internet Archive which is probably the greatest site on the internet a number of odd, wonderful and … Continue reading

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The Way It Was

This terrific map is from the 1982-83 Philadelphia College of Art catalog which I uncovered amid my clutter and marveled at the terrifically clean graphic design done well before anybody had heard of Illustrator, Freehand or CorelDraw. This was all … Continue reading

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The Details – Upper Darby

Having basked in comic books and old movies my whole life, architectural details were what cities were supposed to be about. On a morning like the one above, the ornamentation would catch the light and look glorious. These details also … Continue reading

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Roaring High Above 15th & Chestnut

I was headed to a newly opened art supply store in what is known as Center City in Philadelphia when I happened to look up. Fortunately the lighting was good, and I had my compact camera with the terrific zoom … Continue reading

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