Category Archives: Blast from the Past

Angry Red Planet

Watching trash on a tube TV in the studio a while back. I think this is around the time that television broadcasts went digital and I was obsessed with the station ThisTV.

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The Light at the Edge of the World

I’m falling out of love with streaming. I’ve grown weary of a number of television streaming options and have pruned them from my monthly expenses. The free, ad supported streaming platforms occasionally offer a pleasant surprise, but the barrage of … Continue reading

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SEND MY SELECTIONS ON…

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WFIL 56

Before Philadelphia’s American Broadcast Company affiliate was WPVI it was WFIL, and it had a sister radio station on the AM dial that played a heavy rotation of top forty hits and a whole lot of commercials.

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Read this students, QUIETLY!

My Weekly Reader from the Spring of 1972. I found this in a crumbling folder of ancient homework and handouts from grade school circa 1972. Teachers would hand these out and make the students read them QUIETLY so they could cadge … Continue reading

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OH BOY!

A cartoon I did back when I was around 7 or 8 years old. It was probably drawn while I was splayed out on the floor in front of the television watching Wee Willie Webber. I found it in a … Continue reading

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Things to do about four decades ago…

These ads were on the back of an article in what was probably The Courier Post that I thought was very important at the time. This was before the home video market took off and not everybody had cable television … Continue reading

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It seemed like a good idea at the time…

Behold…the FUTURE! …or at least it was about 20 years ago.

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Only Two Bits at Broad & Lombard

I found another pay phone in Philadelphia, and a call on this one will only set you back 25¢! Of course, the disinfectant used to kill whatever transferred from the receiver to your ear may cost considerably more. This coin … Continue reading

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Sign of the Times

Back in 1991, I got a freelance assignment illustrating an article on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for a local paper. Everybody knows what OCD is now, but I was unfamiliar with it at the time. It seemed that new manias and … Continue reading

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The Post-Apocalypse on $5 a Day

As Halloween approaches, I continue to watch some of the bottom-of-the-barrel horror films that I used to watch on UHF television way back when. Movies like this were usually presented by a horror host and constantly interrupted by commercials for … Continue reading

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Halloween Screenings Continue

Amazon Prime is the gift that keeps giving this Halloween season with an incredible selection of low-budget but beloved (by me) horror and science fiction films. I just watched Earth VS The Spider which I haven’t seen since the late … Continue reading

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Photo Restoration: Big Hats!

Another family photo restoration – although I’m not certain if these folks are relations or friends of my grandparents. It looks like a special occasion – perhaps a wedding since they’re dressed to the nines – the men in white … Continue reading

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Backstage at The Walnut Street Theater

Walking home from an appointment yesterday, the side doors of The Walnut Street Theater were open, and I snapped this photo. The Walnut Street Theater is one of Philadelphia’s long standing gems. It was founded in 1809, originally going by … Continue reading

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